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Photographs of tūpuna Māori are fetching top prices at auction houses, with their descendants often forking out to 'bring them home'. 

From high school rugby star to law school dropout to UFC deity.

It's not exactly blue-sky thinking – but it is candid, and completely fascinating.


We have witnessed a hapless coup attempt in the US. Is there a potential for a similar breakdown in New Zealand?

Leonie Hayden gets in her feelings about a shitty day for Māori women.

We’re the generation who’ve been there and done that and earned the right to what we’ve got. And changing the world is already in our social and political DNA.

A climate change emergency is only the start, as changes to the tax code and Reserve Bank are also awaited.

The fallout continues from the post-election leadership change in the New Conservatives.


What they wrote. And what they meant.

Today, the first signs of a fresh crack in the wall between the government and the Reserve Bank appeared.

The pandemic sparked a sudden and massive acceleration in tech adoption worldwide, and the NZ hospitality sector is working together to harness the true potential.

Liliana Mañetto Quick illustrates her love for Cha, a haven of calm on Courtenay Place.

Of every dozen bottles of wine NZ exports, 10 are sauvignon blanc. That's a problem.


The Dietary Requirements team drag Lucy and Matt out of the office and into the studio to discuss some of The Spinoff’s most controversial food topics from the past week.

This week, host Simon Pound is joined by Eat My Lunch founder Lisa King to talk about her new venture, AF Drinks.

With the summer fruit industry facing a potentially disastrous worker shortage, the wages of fruit pickers are in the spotlight. Is cherry picking really as lucrative as it's marketed to be?

In this week's episode, host Simon Pound is joined by William Chomley, founder and CEO of IMAGR.

The Covid border restrictions might be saving lives but they’re also threatening the livelihoods of New Zealand farmers.


Looking for a woman tradie? This website can help.

Just in time for fraud awareness week, a new phishing scam is sweeping through the mobile phones of the country

Can we ever get enough of Dolly Parton? The answer is no.

What happens if you take a personal memoir and strip it of everything that made it unique? You get Hillbilly Elegy.

It was the most critically acclaimed drama of all time, so why the hell did TVNZ keep it from the public for so long?


It's been on telly for 50-odd years, it frequently tops the weekly ratings and it just won best factual series at the 2020 NZ TV Awards. What is it about Country Calendar that we just can't get enough of?

Bizarre Aussie sketch comedy group Aunty Donna finally got a Netflix series. Have they sold out to Big American Comedy?

All the latest news from New Zealand, updated throughout the day.

Perimenopause and its big sister, menopause, can seem like the cruellest of jokes after a lifetime of hormone-related struggles.

Transgender pioneer, the last surviving member of Hillary's Everest team, and one of the world's greatest travel writers – Jan Morris, who died this week aged 94, was one of a kind.


The 1918 Spanish flue devasated Samoa, and its impact is still felt today.

All the latest news from New Zealand, updated throughout the day.

The brilliant, bloviating Christian Karlson Stead.

Knock knock, who's there – it's the best-loved kids' books in the country this week.

A new poem by Oscar Upperton from a sequence about Dr James Barry, a 19th century surgeon whose gender has been the subject of much debate. Code name Young Barry begins the …


Inside: a peek at what you'll be reading on Boxing Day, probably.

A simple, powerful way to make a difference.

The first class from the Māoriland MATCH programme are set to graduate today, injecting a fresh cohort of Māori voices into creative tech.

Why does the idea of a brown Santa get people so riled up? Comedian Janaye Henry gets in the Christmas spirit.

Raiha Cook had visited the University of Otago before she left home to study there, but she wasn't ready for the culture shock of her first year.


Māori journalists are used to receiving racist messages. Sometimes you get one that just hits different.

A second review by the Children's Commission has made four key recommendations.

The controversy over the People of Colour exhibition shows how alt-right ideas can thrive in irony-steeped artistic environments.

Te Papa's natural history collection, photographed by a living legend.

At a nondescript rural intersection in Waikato lies the site of a near-forgotten massacre, the subject of a new show by artist and writer Bob Kerr, who tells the story of Rangiaowhia here.


John Newton has written a book about Llew Summers and his extraordinary life in sculptures.

From kete and hiapo to MS Paint and neo-pop crocodiles, Tautai Gallery celebrates Pacific art in all its forms.

A superstar line up of scientists was at Auckland Girls' Grammar last week. Here's why.

Take a 19th century German scientist, a 21st century disease and add internet: the result is a dangerous upsurge in Covid-denial nonsense.

In warm weather, these toxic slugs can wash ashore. Here's what to look out for.


Siouxsie Wiles takes on some important questions around this promising development.

A Covid-19 vaccine is showing promising signs in trials, and world leaders are excited.

NZ Rugby is in a fascinating situation at the moment, with some big calls to be made over the coming years. This episode, the man in charge of making them talks to Duncan Greive.

The documentary has become the defining art form of the Covid era, writes the director of the first film made in New Zealand since the pandemic began. 

Another week, another scandal hits a lowly ex-reality TV idiot. But what of those who rush in to defend Pete Evans, and people like him?


Why the news media will miss the Trump presidency – and how the New Zealand leader's use of social media bears a passing resemblance to Trump's.

Everything you need to know about the huge new social media platform you've never heard of.

It’s the third most streamed game in the world, but what the hell is it?

It’s big, it’s powerful, it’s packed with impressive new features – but is it worth shelling out $800 for? The Spinoff takes the XBox Series X out for a test drive.

The Playstation 5 is Sony's entry into the new generation of gaming. How does the big unit fare?


The right puzzle speaks to me like poetry, an active meditation.

It's been two decades, so how is it you can still pull off a kickflip like it was yesterday?

Six60: Till the Lights Go Out showcases how far pure ambition can take you.

Before Splore, there was a South Island music festival that celebrated 'unity through diversity' at the turn of the millennium.

Four Auckland POC women have kicked aside the old bros' club to create three Auckland club nights that represent the power of music, culture and dance. Makanaka Tuwe talks to …


How mould, MIDI and missing friends inspired Another Wave Is Coming.

The erstwhile Vodafone Music Awards returned to Spark Arena last night with a new format – and a new Covid-inspired appreciation for the joys of live music. Here's what Spinoff's staffers thought.

It's time to change the way we view caesareans.

If you're a parent looking for spooky activities to entertain your beastly offspring, Emily Writes has got your back.

Our children learn from everyone around them – and in 2020, we need to recognise that they learn from TikTok, PornHub, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat too.


Because nothing says 'thanks Dad!' than a bag of pork crackling.

It’s a podcast almost four years in the making on a topic 'shrouded in silence'. Emily Writes speaks to Susie Ferguson about The Unthinkable.

For a whole lot of Auckland notables, the hottest ticket in town this week has been a trip to see the unveiling of Waiheke Island's new electric buses.

A small, loud minority who oppose change at Eden Park has been the voice of our neighbourhood for too long.

How the new structure helped Aucklanders, and how it let them down, by someone who was there.


A handful of polling stations throughout New Zealand have an uncanny ability with picking general election winners. RNZ's Kate Newton visits Birkdale on Auckland's North Shore to meet the voters at one such bellwether.

Walk from Karangahape Road to the waterfront and Queen Street will give you a view into the soul of Auckland. Alice Webb-Liddall explored the street's history and how it has shaped the city.

New broadcasters, a new Boxing Day test venue, and new selection problems for the Black Caps.

In their heyday they were invulnerable, but now the likes of Piri Weepu and Eroni Clarke are all too human. That’s what makes Match Fit so compelling.

How did two pupils from Māngere College end up playing on different sides in the Bledisloe Cup?


After last weekend's Bledisloe Cup match, Justin Latif asks why we've fallen out of love with drop kicking.

Some people made sourdough. Some took up sewing. Some developed a curious obsession with a brutal winter sport.

In our new podcast series Coming Home, we talk to some of the many highly skilled New Zealanders who’ve returned in 2020 and explore what it means for us as a country.

Toby Manhire, Annabelle Lee Mather and Ben Thomas return, electrolytes replenished after the election marathon, to assess the newly announced Labour cabinet and more.

Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. This week host Simon Pound is joined by Jo Mills, co-founder of Fuel50.


Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. This week's guests are Hengjie Wang and Alliv Samson, co-founders of Kami.

The MP for Auckland Central from 1993-1996 had some words of wisdom for the Green Party’s Chlöe Swarbrick on Sunday’s post-election episode of Gone By Lunchtime.

For decades we've felt the magnetic pull of big cities overseas. But in an uncertain year, many of us saw those pull factors become push factors to come home.

In the same way we gig our cars or gig our spare bedrooms, we could soon be able to gig our data.

From spag bol to nachos to dan dan noodles, is there anything it can't do?


In the final episode of the first season of Conversations That Count – Ngā Kōrero Whai Take, we discuss and dissect the way that Aotearoa talks about mental wellbeing.

Internet that's up to 40 times faster than average. And doesn't require digging up the street.

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