Inside the secret world of co-sleepers

It's time to reveal the truth about co-sleepers. Emily Writes exposes the secret lives of families who bed share.

A message to parents from Feilding Intermediate School principal Diane Crate, first published on the school's Facebook page and republished with permission.


The Best Of

Today people all over the world will come together to think about World War I and those who fought in it. How could we remember better? And what can we do with remembering?

Labour is getting crapped on from the left and right after loosening its restrictions on people making capital gains off KiwiBuild houses

A semi-fictional memoir by Jackson C. Payne, son of the late Bill Payne, ex-con, winner of the 1993 Sargeson Literary Fellowship, author of a classic book about New Zealand gangs, and writer in residence at the Alhambra in Three Lamps.


TradeMe has released its list of the Top 10 most-searched toys for 2018. Emily Writes tries to figure out what the hell they are.

Were a group of Māori men from Parihaka in Taranaki really held in a Dunedin cave in the late 1800s? New research by museum curator Seán Brosnahan may finally reveal the truth.

A new group seeks to challenge the orthodoxy, starting with a call to establish an independent Conflict Prevention Unit

A NZer on what he learned campaigning with the Democrats in New York, and the key to overcoming Trump in 2020

Former long-serving MP Peter Dunne explains what will determine the immigration minister's fate.


The PM must swiftly condemn China on its mass detention of minority groups if her UN speech talking up the virtues of kindness and justice is to hold credibility

Trump has proven once again that he is an impressive electoral campaigner with a crude but effective grasp of strategy – and shown that scaring people works

What do you get when you mix a South Korean auteur, a French-sounding British spy author and a ridiculous attractive cast? A genuine must-see.

Alex Casey dives into the second season of the least relatable show on television.

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the week in New Zealand pop culture and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.


Zip yourself into your sourdough onesie and relax into your ciabatta couch, because it’s Bread Week, my little GKBO doughballs of happiness. Tara Ward power-ranks episode four.

She's touched all our lives in some way, but she's only been able to do that by being a totally-up-for-it chameleon. José Barbosa pays tribute to perhaps New Zealand's brightest …

Simon Pound talks to Veronica Harwood-Stevenson from bioplastic company Humble Bee.

Householders are losing out as 'unjustified' wholesale prices cause a wave of power company closures, a group of independent power retailers have told the Electricity Authority. 

It may lack the sex appeal of a brand new city-centre build, but Mt Smart is Auckland's rock star venue in waiting, writes Mark Thomas.


New Zealanders’ obsession with buying new double cab utes will make achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 almost impossible.

Simon Pound talks to Phil Thomson, co-founder and co-CEO of security company Auror.

Charli XCX played twice in Auckland on Friday night – at Mt Smart Stadium and a performance space/yoga studio on K Road. Dejan Jotanovic was there.

Lydia Burgham reflects on over a decade of being a Taylor Swift fan, and reviews her Reputation Tour show at Mt Smart Stadium.

Ahead of her stadium gig in Auckland, New Zealand, the pop star was spotted this afternoon riding a pay-per-minute electric scooter along Mission Bay, according to a man called Ben.


How the Wombats, one of the most long-lasting bands from the mid-2000s British guitar rock revival, outlived their contemporaries.

Ex-Heavy/Cool Tan rapper Meer talks about her new single ‘1953'.

When doctors, teachers, police and care workers take advantage of society’s most vulnerable, the results can be devastating. But how are public employers responding to reports of sexual assault and harassment?

Comedian Amanda Kennedy writes about the dangers of simply getting home – and what's being done to solve it.

The first in a series for The Spinoff, Mike Kilpatrick shares how his weight loss journey began with a single tweet. 


Mitchell Pham on how he escaped alone from Vietnam as a 12-year-old, and went on to create a hugely successful NZ software company.

Almost every Kiwi who moves to London tries to soften the blow to family and friends by claiming they'll regularly return. But is it realistic?

Why are New Zealand women eschewing fertility clinics and looking for sperm donors online? And why are Kiwi men donating to strangers they meet on Facebook groups? Amy Nelmes Bissett uncovers a world of hope and risk.

Halloween in New Zealand is still not really a thing. But Emily Writes thinks it maybe should be.

Emily Writes has been considering how great it is to be a kid while staying up until midnight making a Halloween costume for her child who wants to be a "bubble".


A last minute cancelation of the final day of school at Mount Albert Grammar has deprived its students of one of the most emotional moments of their lives, writes Duncan Greive, parent to a MAGS school leaver.

Best playground in New Zealand? According to whom, exactly? Tara Ward and her kids review Whanganui's greatest claim to fame.

When we remember the Armistice, remember what happened here too.

A 1999 Waitangi Tribunal report said Māori have rights to the radio spectrum, what we know as the 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks. The Crown disagreed. Now, 20 years on from the original claim, the government has the opportunity to right past wrongs when it makes its 5G allocation.

From better access to New Zealand Sign Language on the marae, to being visible in Parliament – disabled Māori need to be better represented in our democracy, argues disability rights advocate Kera Sherwood-O'Regan.


In this excerpt from the new book Mountains to Sea: Solving New Zealand's Freshwater Crisis, Tina Ngata talks about the whakapapa of life-giving freshwater.

As we enter the third phase of summer, the pōhutukawa are flowering and mullet are leaping. Want to know more? Check out the maramataka for November.

If the rhetoric on cycling and walking means anything, why are they the only modes now set to lose their specialist focus and public champion at Auckland Transport?

The City Rail Link could have been an opportunity to rejuvenate one of Auckland's most unlovely thoroughfares. Instead, Albert St seems likely to end up looking even worse than before.

Last week, Auckland Theatre Company announced their 2018/19 programme - a programme with a glaring lack of representation for women and new New Zealand work. James Wenley takes the programme to task.


The waterfront stadium debate bubbles up once every couple of months in Auckland. But why has the debate over a waterfront university never resurfaced?

New building consents in Auckland are almost keeping up with the region's population growth, reports Greg Ninness of interest.co.nz.

Bringing you the best weekly reading from your friendly local website.

Stuff has confirmed that 16 reporter and three news director jobs could be made redundant in community papers. And that's terrible news, former Rodney Times editor Rhonwyn Newson writes for Newshub.

A new product from the upmarket US audio company promises to lull you to sleep. We take them to bed. 


Bringing you the best weekly reading from your friendly local website.

Janice Mary has been off Facebook for a month, but it wasn't an easy road to get there. She writes about her social media addiction.

Welcome back to Waterdeep Mountain High, a Dungeons & Dragons podcast set in a below average school in the mystical land of Faerun.

Does my soul still burn? After six years, kind of! Sam Brooks reviews Soul Calibur 6.

It's time for the annual Assassin's Creed game, but 2018's version doesn't feel very much like an Assassin's Creed at all. So why does it work so well? Sam Brooks reviews.


While fakers are playing so-called big budget horror spectacles like Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Zombie mode, Adam Goodall knows where to find the best and most meaningful scares: a little place called Giraffe Town.

Welcome back to Waterdeep Mountain High, a Dungeons & Dragons podcast set in a below average school in the mystical land of Faerun.

New verse by Kirikiriroa writer essa may ranapiri.

Only 46 shopping days till Xmas! Get in early and peruse the week’s bestselling books at the Unity stores in High St, Auckland, and Willis St, Wellington.

Book of the Week: Jane Stafford reviews a vast, thought-provoking study of late colonial New Zealand, when European portrait artists romanticised Māori culture.


A New Zealand reviewer thought that a line in a new novel by acclaimed Irish writer Caoillin Hughes was about a "head-cold". She has helpfully pointed out it was a period.

The star of Wellington's awesome LitCrawl event this weekend is poet Kaveh Akbar, who has a great haircut.

November was the peak month of the 1918 pandemic that killed 9,000 New Zealanders. A century, will we be able to deal with another outbreak?

Human excrement is not just a bunch of dead cells. Most of it is alive, teeming with billions of microbes.

Today's 6.2 earthquake was centred near Taumarunui and transmitted via a rigid subducting slab on the east of the North Island  A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck at 3.13pm today, centred 25 …


Dogs think harder when their owners speak gibberish words, a study has found, and one New Zealand dog behaviourist suggests it could be because they're trying to read humans' thoughts.

If the future is going to be powered by renewable energy, the world needs to get a lot better at dealing with one very precious element, the Materialise conference on sustainability in Wellington has heard.

Listen to Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Madeleine Chapman tackle the past month in women, news and popular culture, with thanks to our friends at The Women’s Bookshop.

One hundred and fifty years ago today New Zealand became the first country to introduce standard time. Kerri Jackson looks back at time.

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s new monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms and Fine Wine Delivery Co.


The Real Pod assembles to dissect the week in New Zealand pop culture and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.

In this special edition of our politics podcast, Spinoff editor Toby Manhire talks to the prime minister about her first year in the job.

A long time before being green was cool, and sustainability was a buzzword, ecostore was committed to looking after the planet. Henry Oliver talks to the founder, and the new CEO, about how to run a successful business at the same time as protecting the planet. 

Delaney Davidson, whose album release tour starts today, talks to Henry Oliver about storytelling, collaborating and his new album Shining Day.

You've heard of them. All your cool friends and your coolest aunt watches them – but what the hell are these blonde dramas with subtitles? Sam Brooks is here to school you on Scandi-noir.


How the Wombats, one of the most long-lasting bands from the mid-2000s British guitar rock revival, outlived their contemporaries.

They said he couldn't do it, but what else are you going to do in seven days? Sam Brooks watched 42 episodes of Outlander in a single week to catch up before the fourth season premiere tonight on Lightbox.

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