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

Media
Sep 18, 2019

Finally: A climate change documentary that won't make you feel like shit

Alex Casey watches 2040, a climate change documentary determined to let the light in. 

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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Despite the outdated format, the premiere of Wife Swap NZ felt like quietly revolutionary.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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Womens 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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Media
Apr 14, 2019

My YouTube Party of Five: Alex Casey

We invite people to share their five favourite YouTube videos – the ones hold closest in their heart, the ones they’ll play at 2am while drunk at a party. This week: Spinoff senior writer Alex Casey.

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Television
Apr 12, 2019

Presenting the 2019 Married at First Sight Australia awards

Alex Casey reflects on the most dramatic season of Married at First Sight in history.

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Society
Apr 9, 2019

Eight simple rules for being a woman and wearing clothes in public

In the same week that a woman was told her bikini was "inappropriate" to wear at an Auckland pool, Alex Casey provides some much-needed reminders for women wearing clothes everywhere. 

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Society
Apr 7, 2019

How Candy Lee is candy crushing the wrestling world

Alex Casey chats to Leilani Tominiko, aka Candy Lee, about raising trans awareness from the wrestling ring.

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Business
Apr 1, 2019

How one local fashion site became a world first in accessibility

Alex Casey talks to Grace Stratton, founder of All is For All, about creating a pioneering online store that makes accessibility a priority.

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New World
Mar 30, 2019

Getting to know your food chain: the good oil on extra virgin olive oil

In the second part of a series in which The Spinoff gets to know who, what, where and how our food gets to our plate, Alex Casey learns about how olive oil is made.

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News
Mar 20, 2019

Surge in reports to online safety agency following Christchurch terror attacks

If the big sites ignore your complaints, come straight to us, say Netsafe. Alex Casey reports

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Society
Mar 18, 2019

Mosque terror attacks: African NZ group condemns nine-month race relations vacancy

'We need someone asking what is being done about racist hatred', says head of African Communities Forum.

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Society
Mar 14, 2019

We asked seasoned protestors for their top Strike 4 Climate tips

Fellow kids, are you going on strike for climate change tomorrow? Here are some top tips from seasoned pros.

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Media
Mar 14, 2019

A brief history of New Zealanders getting mad as hell about period ads

Alex Casey combs through the most furious complaints made to the ASA about sanitary product advertising. 

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Television
Mar 11, 2019

Why do the men on MAFS Australia wear boardies to bed?

Alex Casey rips open the velcro on Married at First Sight Australia's biggest scandal yet. 

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Television
Mar 8, 2019

Who in the name of what is Jojo Siwa?

Alex Casey can’t stop watching Jojo Siwa’s vlogs on Youtube. With the documentary Jojo Siwa: My World arriving to Lightbox this month, here’s your much-needed introduction to an internet sensation.

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