The Best Of

Today marks 40 years since the Day of Shame, when the first match of the rugby tour that divided a nation was played.

Traditional press conferences can be ultra-boring time-wasters for everyone involved. But when musos front up, all bets are off.

According to the data, more renters are paying more money for increasingly squalid houses.


In the third instalment of an annual-ish series, Alex Casey takes a cruise through the bizarre breakfast offerings on The Mad Butcher's Instagram. 

Elite sportswomen are expected to be faster, stronger, fitter, and leaner than ever before. But at what cost to their health?

Top stories from New Zealand, updated throughout the day.

The positive response on the overall government response: 69%. On the vaccination programme, it's less than half that.

Top stories from New Zealand, updated throughout the day.


The National Party MP tells us about his first car, first concert, accidentally killing his childhood axolotl and more in this week's episode of FIRST.

Based on their track record, they may just succeed in getting rodeo banned.

Add a bit of excitement to your morning muesli.

Our reporter did not fulfil his mission, but he learned a few things along the way.

What do you get when you combine a five-course banquet with pan-Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa performance? Find out at this month's Elemental Festival.


What's so special about Young's Bakery? Hint: it's not just the cakes and pastries.

Meet your new favourite side dish. 

On this week's episode of Business is Boring, Simon Pound talks to Melanie Spencer, co-CEO of social media agency Socialites.

The owners of this accounting service have proved that in business, you don't need to conform to rules that weren't written for you.

Tech companies are offering $120,000 salaries. So why can't they find the workers?


Kaleb Johnston only listed his first NFT six months ago and has already earned $20,000 from the blockchain-based platform.

The only solution to our broken electricity market is to tear the whole thing down.

American TV critics are struggling to understand the gentle Kiwi-ness of Wellington Paranormal.

We'd recognise that mullet anywhere.

Prediction: there'll be lots more pashing in front of an open fire.


Only 14 episodes of this silent comedy classic were ever made. Which one is the best?

After a hugely successful first season, Taskmaster NZ is back with a handful of new comics ready to put their dignity on the line.

The prominent opponent of NZ’s response to Covid-19 insists he is making no ‘attempt to suppress genuine public scientific criticism’.

If New Zealand is going to move towards a more sustainable primary sector, then media, politicians and fringe groups need to stop stoking division.

Māori are often excluded from the healthcare conversation. Mātai Institute wants to change that.


A quick trip to Melbourne to see a show was never meant to end in two weeks locked down in a hotel room.

Our current school system isn’t just underfunded, it’s outdated, by about a century. 

This Christchurch barber founded a movement to help men like him, and now he's written a book.

An interview with John Summers, essayist of Aotearoa.

A new poem by University of Canterbury lecturer Nicholas Wright.


This week: a mystery wrapped in a top 10 list.

The to-read list continues to grow exponentially.

At a marae in Te Urewera, representatives of the Crown listened as Tūhoe ranatahi spoke of their dreams of self-sufficiency.

A matauranga-led study into alcohol harm will help smaller communities battle wara waipiro.

How Covid-19 will unequally impact Māori and Pacific populations. And what to do about it.


Despite Māori over-representation in the death statistics, drowning prevention strategies have largely neglected Māori perspectives on water safety.

A new storytelling experience brings peace for three Spinoff writers as they see in the new year.

The moon has always wobbled. But we're the ones making the floods more likely.

'Internationally recognised practice for separated cetaceans this young is either lifelong human care or euthanasia.'

It's all about immunity – and being vaccinated is just one element.


Change must come from the top to make eating better a viable option for all.

Many people will die, and many, many more will be left with chronic health problems that will have personal and economic impacts for decades.

Sport on the radio is back with the launch of the local arm of an Australian media giant.

We are seeking an account director and an account manager to join the team at Daylight Creative, the new creative studio within The Spinoff Group.

We're on the hunt for the next editor of our flagship morning newsletter.


Alex Braae reads the ‘anti-diversity’ essay that won a Defence Force writing contest before being removed by the top brass.

Sam Casey's column for Rugby News is an insult to wāhine players, to the sport in general, and to everyone's intelligence.

Yes, the Reserve Bank will probably start hiking the OCR later in the year. No, it won't cause a crisis.

Getting to 100% renewable energy is possible. It’s just trickier – and more costly – than you think. 

The gap between incomes and house prices has widened. But by how much?


Money worries are one of life's biggest stressors – and the issue can be especially acute for women.

Trying to nab tickets for Lorde's New Zealand tour? It pays to watch where you're buying your tickets from, says Chris Schulz.

The multi-venue Elemental Nights festival is a long-awaited chance for alternative music fans to dance in the dark.

Musician Georgia Lines tells us how Crocs made it from the top of her list of fashion don'ts to the cover of her latest single.

Watch | Ladi6 tells us about her first paid gig, a racist dog, Hammer pants and more.


Why stop at musicals about problematic figures from Hollywood history? Ban them all and be done with it, says Alex Braae.

Why we shouldn't mourn the loss of the Logan Campbell Centre.

'I’ve seen a few cars lose bumpers.'

Labelling cyclists as ‘rats’ and ‘cockroaches’ is retrograde and dehumanising.

John Tamihere said AT had gone rogue. Hayden Donnell says he was right.


Every weekday morning, a group of Auckland city commuters fight to claim one of 10 free car parks. How long can this 'secret oasis' last?

Tomorrow sees the opening of Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Stories of Auckland, Auckland Museum’s biggest new exhibition in years.

They're mean!

Cricket tragic Samuel Flynn-Scott celebrates the remarkable achievement of our world-champion Black Caps.

A monumental overnight World Test Championship victory, and the culmination of six days of intense early-morning podcasting.


'I’m almost most proud of when I stepped away. I knew the team was ready to go in a different direction. The team was ready for Kane.'

The World Test Championship final poses severe challenges for any NZ-based fan hoping to watch it overnight.

Podcast | Shotgun co-founder Dan Necklen joins Simon Pound to talk about designing a new type of kids’ bike seat and taking it to the world.

Podcast | Scroll Media founder Jane Ormsby joins Simon Pound to talk innovation in the online ad industry and share some tips for selling a business.

On this week's episode of Business is Boring, Simon Pound talks to Thomas Dietz, founder and CEO of Woop, about breaking into the competitive food box market.


Podcast | Humanitix CEO Georgia Robertson tells Simon Pound about the company’s work at the intersection of tech and social good.

Podcast | Simon Pound speaks to Steve Leftly, cofounder of pioneering wearable tech company Myovolt, as they launch their first major consumer products.

Virtual GP services are helping remove barriers to healthcare for those that find it hard to access. 

The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab are empowering New Zealanders to harness the potential of a rapidly changing world.

The Productivity Commission is investigating how people end up leading persistently disadvantaged lives, and what can be done to break the cycle.


Heaven is a five star resort. Hell is everybody staying there.

With help from Trade Me's Kindness Store, KidsCan will give thousands of students the ability to participate.

Megan Dunn and her six year old daughter spend an afternoon with the surrealists at Te Papa's blockbuster exhibition.

Twenty-four years and more than 100 million audience members since its Broadway premiere, The Lion King musical has opened at Spark Arena.

A genius book that reminds us poetry can be revolutionary.


Despite moments of trademark Paddy Gower goofiness, his new documentary does an impressive job at getting to the heart of the P epidemic

A new biography was written by two authors trying hard to tell the story of a country without visiting it. The errors are troubling, and so is some of the sourcing.

Is the government making decisions outside of its mandate, as alleged by Judith Collins? The answer isn't clear-cut.

On the face of it, Oranga Tamariki’s leadership has come a long way. But why does it take media exposure for those in charge to do the bare minimum?

The group argues that the commission gave bad advice to the government based on faulty carbon calculations.


While thousands of 'eager Kiwi' trampers miss out, private companies appear to be snapping up places in our taxpayer-funded DOC huts.

As the vaccine programme kicks into second gear, Christchurch residents are left wondering why they're already so far behind.

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