Tara Ward hands out her first impression roses as she dives deep into the sea of single men vying to win The Bachelorette NZ’s heart. 

New to sailing? With the Prada Cup resuming this weekend, here's how to bluff your way into sounding like a pro. 


The Best Of

This commendable and realistic decision again underlines that it is the police, not government, who are largely responsible for the reduction in cannabis prosecutions.

Exploring the origins and the alternatives of the shoe that almost everyone wants to wear.

The rot goes so deep it almost defies belief.


Why are New Zealand's 2 Minute Noodles called 3 Minute Noodles in the UK? It's a puzzle that has taken hold of Dylan Reeve and refuses to let go.

The experience in the Brazilian city of Manaus reveals how mistaken, and dangerous, the herd-immunity-by-infection theory really is. 

Inauguration news, analysis and reaction, updated throughout the day.

The issues political editor Justin Giovannetti will be keeping an eye on in 2021 (that have nothing to do with Covid-19).

Summer reissue: The new Auckland Central MP joins the GBL team to discuss the big night.


Despite a popular and unifying leader of the governing party, divisions both in policy and culture will test the progressive movement.

Covid-19 minister Chris Hipkins says when we finish vaccinating the country is more important than when we start. Health experts don't agree.

Miss Torta in central Auckland is putting the spotlight on a snack that's commonplace in Mexico, but until now relatively unknown in New Zealand. You've heard of a torta, but what …

Summer reissue: Chef Monique Fiso joins us for a chat about Hiakai – her acclaimed Wellington restaurant, and the title of her stunning new book.

Get the tartan out, champ your tatties and raise your dram – it's time for a very Scottish celebration.


Supermarket shoppers looking for citrus are seeing a sour trend at the moment – some stores are entirely tapped out of lemons.

Summer reissue: What is sourdough and why did so many people become obsessed with it during lockdown? This month’s Dietary Requirements podcast cracks open the starter to investigate.

With new strains of Covid-19 bearing down on our shores, Pattrick Smellie of BusinessDesk looks at the challenges 2021 has in store, and what can be done to prepare.

What connects a remote East Coast inn with a Norwegian printing company? A whole lot of grassroots innovation.

Summer reissue: In this episode, Simon Pound talks with Pony Club Secrets author Stacy Gregg about the business of children's books.


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?

Her clothing has been seen on celebrities like Ariana Grande and Kylie Jenner, she has over 150,000 Instagram followers and she's currently working from her bedroom.

Summer reissue: Join Michèle A’Court, Alex Casey and Leonie Hayden as they go on an odyssey of women’s rage, and find out how we can channel our anger into good. 

Breakfast TV news is back for 2021, and Tara Ward got up early to watch. 

Summer reissue: In the final episode of this season of Bad News, Alice is joined by Billy T award winner Kura Forrester to look at how well we're honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi in 2020.


Summer reissue: Watch out Kate Sheppard, Alice Snedden's coming for your spot on the $10 note.

A tribute to the sitcoms of old? In the Marvel Cinematic Universe? You better believe it.

What to do when you've been stung.

How does one turn into a rabid extremist over the description of a children's bike?

We ask 100 motorists: How has it been on the roads of Aotearoa this holiday period?


Summer reissue: Join Michèle A’Court, Alex Casey and Leonie Hayden as they find out what exactly we’re voting on in the cannabis referendum, and discover how weed is a women’s issue.

A former case manager says that his experience working with beneficiaries suggests claims of a ‘complete shift’ in the service’s approach are laughable.

Lucy Revill's The Residents is a low-key coffee-table volume featuring interviews and photographs of 38 Wellingtonians. In this extract, Revill profiles Eboni Waitere, owner and executive director of Huia Publishers.

The first Friday Poem for 2021 is by Wellington poet Rebecca Hawkes. While you were partying I studied the blade I your ever-loving edgelord         God-emperor of the bot army & bitcoin mine         subsisting on …


A Time to Build goes a long way to explaining what has happened there, and in New Zealand, too.

Never mind the film: Alie Benge, aka Jo/Meg, on the book that meant the world to her.

The conditions at Waikeria were called 'unfit for purpose' long before the protesters burned it down.

Prisoner advocate Sir Kim Workman on how New Zealand's human rights record has taken a battering, and the Māori-led measures that are actually working.

An excerpt in The Guardian in May claimed to have discovered the story of the "real Lord of the Flies". One Tongan writer believed it erased the voices of the boys themselves and the Tongan values and knowledge systems that prepared them for survival.


In seven short years the number of Māori women on remand has doubled, and you should be furious.

For two decades, the police have been allowed to turn a blind eye to low-level cannabis use and possession. The problem is they don’t always use the same approach for all cannabis users.

Art writer and former gallerist Sarah Hopkinson attempts to understand the contradictory values that produced the People of Colour exhibition, and what the tumult means for the future of the industry.

Zina Swanson's paintings are inspired by old, outlandish books about botany.

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.

Boris Johnson has announced that the Pfizer vaccine will be distributed from next week. How did that happen, and are they cutting corners?

Two new vaccine procurements will provide enough to vaccinate all New Zealanders, and will roll out beginning in the second quarter of next year.

All this week we're looking back on some of the best videos published on The Spinoff in 2020. Today, 100 Year Forecast looks at the future of flooding in New Zealand.


But this should not be about blame.

Visitors travel from far and wide to Northland’s Waipoua Forest. Are they putting Tāne Mahuta and his brothers and sisters at risk?

Think twice before you accept that surprise school reunion invite.

Summer reissue: Our feminist webseries On the Rag returns to dissect representation in the media and who is still being left behind when you turn on the telly. 

A crowd-sourced effort to identify the perpetrators of the Capitol invasion and riot has swung into action on Twitter – with remarkable success.


Summer reissue: The associate editor of The Indian Times on why he believes the media ignores the quarter of our population not born here – and why both parties lose as a result.

Last night New Zealand witnessed one of the most exhilarating, confronting political stories to air on national television.

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

It was all set to be the biggest game of the year, but Cyberpunk 2077's release has been overshadowed by technical hitches and multiple controversies.

In the mood for some good old fashioned pillaging? Then play this. But if you want to have a good time while doing so, best to look elsewhere.


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 music producers fund is making good music easier to achieve.

Summer reissue: Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris spends a session in the recording studio with The Beths.

'I was fuming when she said that. I can do whatever I want to do on stage, I can say whatever I want.'


If you've listened to New Zealand music from the last decade-and-a-half, chances are you've heard the influences of Josh Fountain.

Ever wanted to see John Campbell lit on Kava? Look no further than Melodownz' new show, Kava Corner.

'We must never forget out aim: to break the parents.'

'I know you don’t need me any more and I’m happy with that. It’s the way it should be.'

We sat down with a wine and read our books knowing the kids were safe because they were so loud we could hear them from literally every corner of the camp.


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.

She's head girl, a viral star, a poet. But none of those credentials can ever capture the force of nature that is Aigagalefili ‘Fili’ Fepulea’i-Tapua’i. 

'Just as this project is taking New Zealand to a better place, Dame Whina did that too.'

A suburban Auckland property home to hundreds of rabbits is causing a stir with neighbours.


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.

Can we please stick to T-shirt cannons and on-field tug-of-war instead of watching strangers smooch?

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

All this week we're looking back on some of the best videos published on The Spinoff in 2020. Today, when Scratched caught up with Joeli Vidiri.


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

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

Summer reissue: Relive the 53-day reign of Todd Muller as National Party leader.

Pour yourself some eggnog and join the hosts of The Spinoff’s podcast network for our annual Superpod.

What's one of the biggest venture capital operators in Australia got in store for its New Zealand office?


Two of Auckland’s best sandwich makers join sandwich aficionados Simon Day and Stewart Sowman-Lund on the podcast for a chat about their craft.

Are you part of the 25% of people who suffer from seasickness? See-LEVEL might have found the solution – virtual reality.

In a historic corner of Dunedin, startup culture is thriving.

Care is at the centre of Auckland Zoo’s mandate, and it’s clear to see when you witness the staff doing their day-to-day jobs up close.

A distinctly colonial institution, banking has long ignored te ao Māori. Teaho Pihama believes investment in tikanga Māori at Kiwibank can have significant, positive outcomes for Māori.


It's as true now as it ever has been: nowhere else in the country offers an education experience quite like that of Dunedin.

After the toughest years of his career, Hayden Paddon is taking on the world again. In a garage in Cromwell he’s building the world’s first electric rally car.

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