NZ courts banned naming Grace Millane's accused killer. Google just emailed it out

That one of the world’s biggest companies rides roughshod over a New Zealand court name suppression tells you all you need to know about the giants of Silicon Valley, argues …



It’s the biggest and by far the most profitable media company in New Zealand. In today's instalment of his series on NZ media in 2018, Duncan Greive asks media executives why no one believes in Sky any more.

Shortland Street The Musical: A post-mortem

On Monday, it was announced that ATC’s Shortland Street: The Musical would be cancelling its planned 2019 tour. Sam Brooks analyses why the show might’ve fallen short of its ambitions – and what it says about the industry.


The Best Of

We speak to senior figures across NZ’s biggest media companies to find out what they think about their plight, their rivals and the industry as a whole

Karla, Kirsa, Kirsty, Teresa, Christie, Sophie, Grace. Every woman has the name of another who taught them it's not safe to be a woman. But what are men being taught?

Inspired by the recently publicised onion-related peril of sausage sizzles, The Spinoff goes deep into the produce aisle and finds that getting your 5+ a day can be a risky business.


Need some last minute Christmas present ideas? Why not support Māori-owned business while you're at it?

We love to hate the media but it's social media we should be concerned about, writes Danyl Mclauchlan.

It is absurd to saw we're appealing to anti-immigration sentiment – the UN compact is riddled with problems, writes National's foreign spokesperson

What the United Nations agreement really means for immigration

In the last politics podcast of the year, Annabelle Lee, Ben Thomas and Toby Manhire rub their weary eyes and stick out their stockings


Accusing parliament’s Speaker of behaving in a biased fashion undermines the necessary authority of the office

Following the South Korean president's visit, what can we can do to help restore lasting peace on the peninsula?

Praise the the chocolate gods, you've blessed us with the nicest show on television.

Last week saw a hat-eating pig on Fraser’s Ridge, this week there was a snake in the dunny. What other joys await us in the next episode of Outlander? Tara …

In the eleventh episode of Project Runway New Zealand, the designers had to make a look representing their hypothetical spring/summer line. Henry Oliver ranks the results.


Alex Casey talks to Medulla Oblongata following their shock elimination from House of Drag. 

It was the *other* double murder that defined the nineties – the one that wasn't OJ-related. Coming to Lightbox today is its TV dramatisation: Law and Order True Crime: The Menéndez Murders. But who are all these people?

What's driving the new pet economy? Jihee Junn talks to the small business owners cashing in on the pet care craze.

Former Tesla employee Hamish McKenzie explains why he believes the widespread adoption of electric vehicles is inevitable.

On this week's Primer, we talk to the co-founder of vegan, low calorie, halal certified ice cream brand WāHiki Creamery which has recently signed a deal to enter the Chinese market. 


Self-described sneakerhead Dylan Moran on what drives collectors like him – and how stop-at-nothing resellers are distorting the market.

If you want to do gift-giving without hurting the world this Christmas, we have just the guide for you.

Every day in the leadup to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Our arbitrary and strictly enforced word limit: 365. …

Kiran Dass remembers Pete Shelley, co-founder and co-songwriter of the Buzzcocks, who died this week.

Tom Scott tells the story behind his unique music video/documentary 'Old Dogs'.


From vineyards to forests, beaches to baches, New Zealand offers a bloody smorgasbord of ways to bring in the New Year. Here's where to go.

Today: Emily Writes on why Christmas music is great.

Staff Writers

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 12

Every day in the leadup to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Our arbitrary and strictly enforced word limit: 365. Today: Duncan Greive on why churches (and other religious institutions) should start paying tax.

Read on.

The shameful culture of violence against women in New Zealand must urgently change, writes the Women’s Rights Commissioner

Many of us, especially young women, have been experiencing dark thoughts and emotions in the aftermath of Grace Millane's death. It's called vicarious trauma, writes 20 year old Waveney Russ, and it's a totally valid response.

Here are some actions that you can take to redirect your anger and sadness following the death of Grace Millane.


Each day this week we'll release a different set of data from our major national survey with UMR.

Ben French asked his colleague what she wanted for her Secret Santa. She requested that he turn one of his regular rants into a piece of writing. 

What can parents do to keep their kids safe online? We asked New Zealand's guru.

Elliot's family invite us into their homes again to see how she's doing one year on from chemotherapy. Photos by Danny Rood. Words by Emily Writes.

Yes a woman can be Santa – just ask all the mothers out there, says Emily Writes.


Trying to navigate what films and games your child consume can be difficult. But R18 means R18, says Emily Writes.

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

The man who sat down with the owner of Dutch Delights and convinced him to do away with the blackface tradition talks about Black Pete and its racist history.

We are entering the fourth phase of summer and the teoteo are calling out to let you know their chicks have hatched. Read on to find out what else Hakihea (December) holds.

Two Auckland friends have combined their love of tea with their passion for te reo Māori – and turned it into a business.


125 years after New Zealand women won the right to vote, we take a look at what the first polling day looked like for Māori women... sort of.

As a formerly incarcerated person, I know that denying the right to vote violates respect for human dignity, sending the message that absolute rehabilitation is impossible.

The answer to the Lime scooter/pedestrian conflict is right in front of us, says Jessica Rose of the group Women in Urbanism.

The ferry operator is seeking major investment. David Slack just wants to know why his boat to Devonport is always borked. Can they find a common dream? 

This year the Basement Christmas show is Work Do, written by superstar comedians Rose Matafeo and Alice Snedden. Alex Casey talks to the duo about office parties, Christmas fantasies and Michelle Obama.


Cycleways are under fire this week following an incredibly misleading Herald story. Hayden Donnell goes in search of some transport projects to actually get angry about.

‘Cycleway figures in doubt’ says the headline on an article by Herald journalist Bernard Orsman, and Mike Hosking has prematurely leapt in to agree. But what’s really in doubt may be some basic reading comprehension.

Stuff is both the biggest news site in the country and its most precarious big media company.

The Spinoff partnered with UMR to survey the attitudes of our readers, and the nation as a whole. Today, how are we consuming media, and what do we reckon about it?

The first of a series on the major New Zealand media companies, sourced through anonymous conversations with senior executives.


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

This week Massey University opened polling for their top 10 quotes of the year. Here's our 10.

It’s already being compared to Dark Souls, Breath of the Wild, Journey and and after five years in the making, one of the most ambitious games ever made in New Zealand is almost ready for release.

In a new ecology-focused Civ VI expansion, Kupe leads the Māori in an attempt to dominate the globe through kaitiakitanga. 

You have to buy a gift for someone, and the one thing you know they're into is video games. But what the hell are you meant to buy them without looking like a fool?


The Spinoff's gaming journalist morbid_angel_69 returns with an in depth investigation into a true red dead mystery! What is that guy doing in the Valentine hotel behind closed doors?

Hitman 2 has a storyline set in a New Zealand beachfront mansion. So how accurately does Hitman 2 capture Hawke's Bay?

All week this week we present the 20 best books of the year. Today: the 20 best collections of poetry.

All week this week The Spinoff Review of Books presents the best books of the year. Today: the best 20 books for kids.

New poetry by Thames writer Bob Orr.


Only 18 shopping days till Xmas, for God's sake! Find what you're looking for by perusing the week's best-selling books at the Unity stores in High St, Auckland, and Willis St, Wellington.

Book of the Week: Charlotte Grimshaw reviews the titanic, monstrous, final volume of the My Struggle series by the one and only Karl Ove Knausgaard.

Tired of the procrastination and timidity of government-led change, climate rage is now ripe for rebellion.

Eight hours a night, every night, has become received wisdom – but how true is it?

With no new classes of antibiotics for decades and resistance to all antimicrobial drugs on the rise, an urgent search is under way to develop innovative new biological alternatives, explains …


The renewal of the takahē population is one of the most remarkable stories of survival in New Zealand's conservation history.

New research has revealed the real reason why cat tongues are so damn rough. 

Shaun Johnson burst into the NRL as the presumptive saviour of the ever-woeful Warriors, but his moments of transcendent brilliance were increasingly few and far between. And now he's been cut loose.

Regardless on where you stand on the Owen Farrell Incident, the last 72 hours demonstrate one thing: rugby union revels in confusing its own fans.

There's a new game in town and it's bloody good fun to watch. Madeleine Chapman reviews Bowls3Five at New Lynn Bowling Club.


Short answer? No. Long answer? Well, maybe.

The death of famed sports pundit Dr Z adds extra motivation for six of the USA Eagles as they prepare to take on the Māori All Blacks on Sunday.

This week, Simon Pound talks to Nick Whitehouse, CEO and co-founder of McCarthyFinch, an artificial intelligence engine designed to work alongside lawyers.

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

A very special episode with thanks to our friends at The Women’s Bookshop. 


Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s 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.

From beach outings to barbecues to battling feelings of festive stress, December is jam-packed with moments made for popping the cork on something sparkling. 

How much do you really know about who your beer is? Elevate your Christmas party chat with the Spinoff's guide to beer varieties. 

Henry Oliver talks to the man who made 'Snoopy's Christmas' a perennial hit single in New Zealand charts.  


The pros and cons of putting solar panels on the roof of your home are well debated. But what about the empty rooftop spaces on commercial buildings throughout our country?

You've already met the new Freeview On Demand – now it's time to get acquainted with the documentaries on it. Tara Ward has you sorted. Don’t listen to what your parents …

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