Alex Casey

Alex Casey is the Senior Writer at The Spinoff and host of the On the Rag podcast. Email her on alex@thespinoff.co.nz

Television
Jul 17, 2019

James Reid on The Block NZ was a huge, unrelenting mood

Last night on The Block NZ, something incredible happened: James Reid from The Feelers showed up. 

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Television
Jul 16, 2019

Married at First Sight NZ asked professional photographer to work for free

A local photographer has posted emails from Warner Brothers NZ requesting they work "unpaid" on Married At First Sight NZ. 

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Media
Jul 12, 2019

I watched the new Lion King and have some thoughts

Alex Casey, a bona fide Simba-head, went to premiere of the new Lion King movie last night. She wasn't mad at it.

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Hawkes Bay
Jul 2, 2019

How to have an extremely large weekend in Hawke’s Bay

Hawke's Bay prides itself on good food and wine, pristine art deco buildings and having two Countdown supermarkets right across the road from each other. Alex Casey spent a weekend in the region to see just how much of it she could see. 

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Society
Jun 26, 2019

Teenage girls talk about their online lives

Alex Casey chats to a group of 16 year-olds about the pressures of Instagram, weird men in the DMs and their multiple online identities. 

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In My Backyard
Jun 25, 2019

A tribute to the pie shop that saved my terrible soul

Muzza’s Pies is a beloved Mt Albert institution, responsible for curing a million hangovers. Alex Casey pays tribute to the shop that got her through her teenage years.

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Television
Jun 23, 2019

And the stars of Celebrity Treasure Island 2019 are…

Alex Casey breaks down the full line-up for Celebrity Treasure Island 2019, including two weather presenters and a mandatory Lana.

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Business
Jun 17, 2019

The life and death of Wellington’s SXSW

The $800 per ticket, council-funded festival of ‘creative collisions’ has been cancelled and the company behind it has gone bust. Alex Casey reports.

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Society
Jun 12, 2019

Everything you need to know about taking your pet on the train

In what is being touted as “paw-some” news by AT, domestic pets will be allowed on trains in Auckland from Sunday 16 June. Here are all your burning burning questions answered.

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Television
Jun 10, 2019

We don’t deserve Manu Vatuvei’s laugh

Alex Casey pays tribute to one of the only good things left in this cold, hard world.

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Television
Jun 7, 2019

What to watch when you feel like bawling your fucking eyes out

Television doesn't make your eyes square, but it can make them leak. Alex Casey explains why. 

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Television
Jun 6, 2019

Blessed be the fight: The Handmaid’s Tale returns tonight

With three episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale arriving express to Lightbox tonight, Alex Casey prepares you to return to life in Gilead.

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Television
Jun 4, 2019

Julz Tocker is the most interesting man on NZ television

Alex Casey meets Julz Tocker, the Dancing With the Stars NZ judge that refuses to sit down. 

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Barkers 1972
Jun 2, 2019

The men who stare at boats

Ever wondered what those blokes with their tiny yachts are up to? Alex Casey hit the pond to find out. 

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Television
May 30, 2019

Wife Swap NZ just gifted us the reality star of the year

Despite the outdated format, the premiere of Wife Swap NZ felt like quietly revolutionary. Alex Casey explains why.

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Television
May 28, 2019

What is the best New Zealand jingle of all time?

Alex Casey goes down a YouTube rabbit hole to try and find the best New Zealand advertising jingle ever created.

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Society
May 23, 2019

How to find the most cursed shit for sale on Trade Me

Alex Casey talks to the woman behind @trademebae, the Instagram account archiving the most bizarre items that Trade Me has to offer.

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Television
May 16, 2019

Never forget the time Justin Bieber got very mad at a bottle of L&P

Forget his problematic Instagram and his pet monkey, Justin Bieber made his most evocative piece of art during a whirlwind trip to New Zealand in 2010.

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Society
May 12, 2019

I survived my first Brazilian wax

For the body hair episode of On the Rag, Alex Casey decided to get waxed for the very first time. This is her story. 

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Women's Health Action
May 8, 2019

Positive influencers: The Kiwi women changing the face of Instagram

As Instagram comes under increasing scrutiny for contributing to poor mental health and body image, Alex Casey discovers a growing number of local women who are using the platform to empower. 

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Music
May 2, 2019

Who is she: A quest to find the women behind our most famous song titles

Many of the great New Zealand songs have one thing in common: a woman’s first name as their title. Alex Casey went on a mission to find the real women who inspired them.

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Television
Apr 29, 2019

Hear me out: John Campbell on Breakfast is kind of iconic

Alex Casey woke up at 5.59am this morning to watch John Campbell’s Breakfast debut. Here are some of the highlights.

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Society
Apr 28, 2019

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #84: My friend’s fabric shaver

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Alex Casey revels in the wonders of a borrowed fabric shaver.

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Media
Apr 24, 2019

The absurd history of period advertising in New Zealand

Alex Casey takes a look back at the period ads of the late 90s and early 2000s, with the help of advertising guru Jill Brinsdon. 

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Gaming
Apr 23, 2019

How Overcooked 2 taught me to be a better cook (and person)

Alex Casey plays chaotic cooking game Overcooked 2 and learns some very valuable lessons.

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Television
Apr 19, 2019

How Courtney Act turned reality television into activism

Alex Casey talks to Courtney Act, host of Bravo’s The Bi Life, about her brand of political activism in the most unlikely of places – reality television. I don’t know …

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