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A late night excursion for fried food in level three.

There's some confusion around definitions. But to abandon elimination while so many are unvaccinated would put vulnerable people at unconscionable risk.

Get ready for less choice and higher prices, warns the vehicle import industry. Worth it, say climate campaigners.


The truth is that I didn’t know what an 'R number' was a year ago.

Hardly any New Zealand writers are on BookTok. Should they be?

A new plan for mental health for the next decade makes for welcome reading. But important questions await.

Bringing you the latest on the Covid-19 delta crisis – and more.

Bringing you the latest on the Covid-19 delta crisis – and more.


Bringing you the latest on the Covid-19 delta crisis – and more.

Bringing you the latest on the Covid-19 delta crisis – and more.

Why we’re so obsessed with coffees, chips and curries at level three.

Meet three kitchen maestros whose online profiles have soared in the stay-at-home era.

Which is the best value? Which has the lowest waste? And which is telling the biggest lie about cooking times?


Stuck in level four, Aucklanders are smashing deep-fried dough balls into their faces like never before.

If you're after an orange giving birth, some blue Pepsi or perhaps a two-day-old KFC burger, head straight to this curious corner of the world wide web.

It may claim to have changed its ways, but the global fashion industry continues to exploit both workers and the environment.

The psychologist, keynote speaker at this year's virtual Property Conference, on how to work from home without going round the bend.

Lightforce's Luke Nutting joins Simon Pound to talk about helping New Zealand catch up with the rest of the world on solar power.


When we let housing prices drive people out of cities, it has a ripple effect on all parts of our social and economic fabric.

What are the rules in alert level three? All the key questions, answered.

Because where else are you going to hear an all-women Muslim punk band sing 'Voldemort Under My Headscarf'?

Back in the Coc-kroft days, it was running around on a beach. Now, it’s towers, mazes, blindfolds and giant slingshots.

It’s a shocking week in paradise, as our favourite celebrities continue to battle it out to raise money for charity.


With news that RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under is holding an open casting call, we asked this year's queens to share their advice for season 2 hopefuls.

How has Auckland's long lockdown affected The AM Show? Tara Ward tuned in this morning to find out.

When the lockdown became more than a health crisis for many South Auckland families, it was their local, Pacific-led social services that stepped up to help.

Explore the graphs showing data by DHB, ethnicity and age to see where the gaps can hurt us.

These death-defying structures that have made us who we are. 


Even before Covid, the idea that spending too long away from New Zealand should lose you the right to vote made little sense.

People who use drugs aren't inherently unable to be reached and vaccinated – they just need someone to take the initiative.

A new poem from Christchurch poet Erik Kennedy.

She's fashionably late and even hotter than expected.

For kids to thrive at school they have to be engaged – and so do teachers.


Hilz Baz read Jane Austen to the nation and it was glorious.

When I read something that fully engages me, I experience a feeling of completion, as if reading has achieved, for a potent instant, what I am meant to be.

'Living with the virus' effectively means some people dying with it. We know who many of them would be.

When our predominantly English legal system uses te teo terms like mana, care must be taken not to twist the concepts that term represents.

When Ngāti Porou and Te Whānau-a-Apanui drew the line at their borders to protect the people within they weren’t just fighting to keep Covid out – they were battling bureaucracy, racism and hunger too.


I mua kē a Ngāti Porou me Te Whānau-a-Apanui e ārahi ana i te tīmatanga o te mate urutā i tā rātou aukati i te huarahi whakaroto ki ō rātou rohe hei tiaki i te hunga o roto.

Lorde's te reo Māori mini-album has has prompted passionate conversation in Māori communities and exposed complex feelings among those without their language.

DIY Covid-19 tests are all the rage overseas but how do they work and are they any good?

Better ventilation in classrooms has all kinds of benefits for kids – but the responsibility shouldn't fall on already overburdened teachers.

Training cows to urinate in a certain spot could make a big difference to the fight against climate change and the amount of nitrogen in our waterways.


The big challenge: finding the 'breathprint'.

New Zealand is ready to think outside the trap-box when it comes to getting rid of pests.

Thanks to some existing law, New Zealand media organisations remain generally safe from liability for comments posted under their content on Facebook.

What this week's shock high court ruling means for media on both sides of the Tasman

We've overcome the long odds that greeted us when we first flicked the switch, and become a small but singular part of the media in Aotearoa.


Next week we launch a new investigative project on The Spinoff, untangling the knotty intersection between real life and the internet. 

All the illustrations and animations in one place.

Many of us are acutely aware of the things we’re missing out on during lockdown. Here's how they add up over a two week period.

Bringing you the latest on the Covid-19 delta crisis – and more.

They're seen as a chance to lock in a price before the property market rises even further, but many first-home buyers are being stung by unforeseen costs.


Pākehā men still pay off their student loans fastest, but the gap is closing.

So many items, and all of them essential! We whittle down the top 10 buys to ride out this lockdown.

'Shout out the Corona. All my boys remember the Corona, yeah.'

No one can go to a big gig right now, but a 2020 concert by The Beths has become the lockdown movie experience the country needs. How'd that happen?

Producer Haz Beats tells us about his first gig, taking a goat to the Aotearoa Music Awards and more on this week’s episode of FIRST.


Earth Tongue tell us about axolotl experiences, the horror of Matilda, a cigarette-smoking ghost and more in this week’s episode of FIRST.

Acclaimed New Zealand hip-hop artist Louie Knuxx died of a heart attack in Melbourne on August 13.

Auckland’s usually busy streets are again all but empty after the country returned to level four lockdown – here's what that looked like.

Collins says he has been reflecting on his future in politics after a bomb threat was made against him and his family in response to comments about Police Ten 7.

It all started with a 'meet your neighbours' barbecue. Three years later, the community group were celebrating the opening of a $600,000 playground they'd fought for.


'I’ve seen a few cars lose bumpers.'

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

New Zealand's next swimming star speaks to Madeleine Chapman.

Rugby writer, rugby fan, and an inspiration to so many, Mike Pulman has died aged 29.

Inside the most tumultuous week in trans-Tasman rugby history.


Catch up on Scratched, the Spinoff's video series celebrating New Zealand sporting heroes who never got their due.

One of New Zealand's greatest Olympic moments is also its most shameful.

Podcast | Simon Pound talks to Dr Shalini Divya, co-founder of TasmanIon, about working on a new generation of more recyclable, sustainable and equitable batteries.

Maggie Marilyn designer and founder Maggie Hewitt tells Simon Pound about her mission to create a climate-friendly and accessible clothing brand. 

Podcast | Simon Pound talks to Samantha Gadd about how HR is changing, and why she's starting the Employee Experience Design School.


Podcast | The New Zealand business leader tells Simon Pound why she's funding the Theresa Gattung Chair of Women in Entrepreneurship and why we need to start taking burnout in business more seriously.

Podcast | Jodie Imam and Lance Hodges of Tractor Ventures join Simon Pound to talk about the growing startup industry and how they’re helping fund it.

I Ōrākei Marae, e whakaako ana ngā kaiako o Te Kaa i ētahi rōpū nō ētahi kamupene huri noa i Aotearoa me pēhea e whai māramatanga ai, e whai hononga anō ai ki te ahurea Māori i runga hoki i te ngākau pai.

At Ōrākei Marae, Māori cultural competency kaiako from Te Kaa are teaching rōpū from companies across Aotearoa how to positively identify with Māori culture.

Through film and television, Māori storytellers are sharing their tales further than ever.


Music 101 host Charlotte Ryan on where she goes to find peace and how to create the perfect radio show. 

International students bring their knowledge, culture and diversity with them to New Zealand, and then out into the world when they return home.

What happens when you put 21 celebrities on a local beach and sort them into teams based on their careers? A dream mix of absurdity, ego and nostalgia. 

The documentary about the mosque shootings served as a reminder of the incredible strength of those left behind.

The latest entry in the Kidman-Kelley-Moriarty canon is their weakest one yet.


The plot and performances are compelling, but the TVNZ mystery series never quite matches up to its spectacular setting.

Holding out hope that tomorrow's Skegg report will give a clear roadmap for the reopening of our borders? You may want to brace for disappointment

When do incentives turn into coercion, and does containing the threat of Covid justify it?

Our council faces crisis. Wellingtonians deserve better. What they don't need is corporate spin.

While the world recoiled, we we watched from a frigate.


The legislation cannot and should not be used to plug a gap in criminal law.

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