Her name was Allie

Writer and poet Paula Harris reflects on a childhood friend's experience with abuse - and how her upbringing affected how she viewed that abuse.



Yet another waterfront stadium plan is being put forward for Auckland. Modern-day stadium naysayer Hayden Donnell summons his stadium-supporting past self to debate the merits.

The Jami-Lee Ross saga is the most damaging betrayal in New Zealand's political history. Danyl Mclauchlan explains why.


The Best Of

The second season of Married at First Sight looks to walk queer representation down the aisle of mainstream New Zealand TV. But this week, it made a serious misstep.

In a dramatic turn of events, the National Party expenses leak has suddenly turned about a thousand times more toxic. What the hell is going on?

Alex Casey talks to Michele Wilson of I am Eva, New Zealand's first brand of period proof undies, and takes a pair for a spin. 


As the number of New Zealand citizens deported from Australia grows, so too does the death toll. Don Rowe reports on the rising human costs of Australia's immigration reforms. 

Jacinda Ardern pops by the Spinoff to talk about what's been achieved, what hasn't, and whether or not she's allowed to say 'Labour-led government'

Communication broke down in Britain's parliament today as a New Zealand-born MP struggled with his opponent's Glaswegian accent.

Who is the political operative giving advice to the rogue National MP?

A new bill to increase the penalty for drug supply and distribution has passed its second reading in Parliament. Green MP Chloë Swarbrick looks back on a decade of harmful drug laws. 


If there’s one takeaway from the donations controversy that sparked the National Party Meltdown, it’s that we ought to start taking such influence campaigns seriously

Allegations raised today by four women about the conduct of rogue MP Jami-Lee Ross, and the response to complaints, send a bleak message to women in Aotearoa.

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

The new drama from Facebook Watch (yes, that's a thing) is the small screen's most delicately rendered and thoughtful tackling of grief since Six Feet Under.

In episode two of Get It to Te Papa, a Lightbox Original made by The Spinoff, Hayden Donnell goes in search of the animatronic veges that instilled both delight and horror in '90s kids across the nation.


Unisex bathrooms, weird homophobia and even weirder visual effects. Sam Rutledge revisits the simultaneously regressive and progressive Ally McBeal.

It’s week three on Married at First Sight NZ, and it's going downhill faster than Ksenia in a minivan. 

From hand rolling bliss balls, to exporting to South Korea, Maria Slade spoke one half of Tom & Luke about taking their healthy bars and balls global.

From businesses doing good to charities running businesses and everything in between, social enterprise as an industry is growing up and holding its first national conference.

On this week's Primer, we talk to James Fuller whose tech platform, Hnry, takes the admin out of being self-employed.


Words like 'bloodbath', 'plunge', 'tumble', and 'plummet' are back in the headlines. But what does this mean for investors?

If your eyes glaze over at the very mention of the word, purple-haired ‘community strategist’ Savannah Peterson is here to change your mind about blockchain, writes Maria Slade.

Twenty years on from the release of his debut album 2b S.Pacific, RNZ Music speaks to Che Fu about how getting kicked out of Supergroove lit the fire that helped him create his landmark album.

Which high school rocks the hardest? Which is top of the pops? Which is number on the New Zealand number one album charts tally?

Today, British singer-songwriter Jess Glynne released her second album. If you don't think you've heard of her, you probably have. Let us re-introduce you.


Kaylee Bell on her new music, her foothold in the Australian country scene and the musical stalwarts she’s been working with in Nashville.

Staff Writers

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is the best in the series - but it's not really an Assassin's Creed game

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.

Read on.

Do you have a terrible boss story? We asked friends and whānau to share their worst for National Boss's Day.

Last year it was the ubiquitous seagull! But who has nabbed the title of the Dirtbag Bird of the Year 2018? Sam Brooks has the result.

A first-hand account of the controversy over the law that has seen two NZ women targeted over an open letter they wrote to Lorde, by a New Zealander formerly based in Israel.


Website Barstool Sports has been called misogynist, racist and a cyber bully. It's also the latest sponsor of the NZ Breakers basketball team

An Israeli court has ordered Jewish New Zealander Justine Sachs and Palestinian New Zealander Nadia Abu-Shanab to pay thousands after Lorde cancelled a Tel Aviv concert

Emily Writes bids an emotional goodbye to The Spinoff Parents, a world unto itself she dreamed up and shaped.

Eight years ago a birth accident resulted in Andrew Dickson's son being diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Today Dickson is still battling the ACC for compensation.

With abortion still in the Crimes Act and other people getting to decide whether pregnant people can terminate, we really have no reason to feel safe.


The rise in feminist writing is long overdue and will only grow, writes Claire Murdoch for RNZ.

Cloth nappies are making a resurgence and Hamilton mum Emily Holdaway is doing her best to help families give them a go by starting a pay it forward campaign. 

Leigh-Marama McLachlan speaks to former prisoners trying to build a life outside the gates.

Social scientist Lucy Carter says people's resilience and generosity during the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes spurred her to look at how Māori and indigenous communities respond to disaster.

An indigenous free-trade agreement is one of the key ideas up for discussion at the World Indigenous Business Forum in Rotorua this week.


A Māori owner of a United Kingdom-based kapa haka company says it is vital to protect the integrity of the haka – but a Dutch man who also offers kapa haka experiences says it is there to be shared by everyone.

In her first post for Te Puna Kōrero, a new blogging platform for Māori education and kaupapa, Māori research expert Linda Tuhiwai Smith takes stock of how far we've come, and at what cost.

Set to deliver 100,000 homes in the next 10 years, Kiwibuild is already changing Auckland's wider landscape.

Last month's 'point in time' survey tallied 336 people living without shelter, but a far greater number following a 'validation exercise'

Auckland has erupted into furious debate over a proposal to adopt a 30km/h speed limit in the city centre. Hayden Donnell comes up with a solution sure to please everyone. 


A challenge for the Auckland mayoralty is looming next year, with John Tamihere today turning up at Auckland Council to rattle some cages.

To mark Auckland Council environment month, Mayor Phil Goff writes about the challenges facing the city and surrounds – and how the new targeted rate will be used to address them.

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

Comics artist and writer Dylan Horrocks pays tribute to the revered New Zealand cartoonist Barry Linton, who died last week.

Our two favourite frenemies still have a lot of shit to work through.


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

In the ongoing palaver around the non-appointment of a chief technology officer, we're awash in opinions from pakeha blokes

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.

Not only is Astro Bot: Rescue Mission a platformer on par with anything you’d expect from Nintendo’s moustachioed plumber, it’s also the first ‘killer app’ for PlayStation VR.


Sam Brooks has played over one hundred hours of Dragon Quest - and found it to be an act of self-care, not grinding torture. This is his story.

Since its early access release in March last year, PlayersUnknown's Battlegrounds has been a global phenomenon – but events over recent months have nearly killed its Oceania playerbase.

Only 67 shopping days till Xmas! Get in early and peruse the week's biggest-selling books at the Unity stores in Willis St, Wellington, and High St, Auckland.

The always hilarious and brilliant Leah McFall, who releases her new book of selected columns this week, pays her respects to five of the most hilarious and brilliant women writers of all time - Jane Austen, Nancy Mitford, Sue Townsend, Erma Bombeck, and Nora Ephron.

Slam poetry! It's raw, it's rough, and it's also a wildly popular live entertainment, writes Ben Fagan, who is masterminding slam events across the country this month.


Three writers pocketed $60,000 last night at the Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement. Spinoff Review of Books literary editor Steve Braunias was there, apparently.

Maurice Gee - recently named the author of the best New Zealand book of the past 50 years - writes a memoir of the boy who had a dark, terrifying idea for a game.

Bronwyn Hayward, Jim Salinger, James Renwick and other experts respond to a critical report from the International Panel on Climate Change  The IPCC’s latest special report, Global Warming of 1.5C, has …

Monday sees the release of a new IPCC report that will tell us whether keeping warming under 1.5deg is possible. The next question will be: do we have the will?

This week, Wikipedia hit the headlines after it was reported that Nobel Prize-winning physicist Donna Strickland didn’t have her own page until after her win.


The controversy around signage in Auckland points to a deeper malaise.

Ignorance of the facts of genetic modification poses an economic risk to New Zealand, writes a professor of plant biology.

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

This week Simon Pound talks to the author who's literally written the book on creating great teams, Sandy Mamoli.

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


Simon Pound talks to Steven Renata, CEO of Kiwa Digital.

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

It's natural to assume that the IT revolution will continue forward at a cracking pace, but that could be about to end.

World Energy Day has put a spotlight on New Zealand’s sluggish progress towards becoming net zero carbon by 2050.

Five women talk about challenging stereotypes in New Zealand’s ever-evolving beer scene.


In the second episode of The Good Citizen, Jeremy Hansen talks to Henry Crothers about having the bravery to transform our urban landscapes.

Today, British singer-songwriter Jess Glynne released her second album. If you don't think you've heard of her, you probably have. Let us re-introduce you.

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