Alice Neville

Alice Neville is The Spinoff's food editor. Email her on aliceneville@thespinoff.co.nz

Media
Nov 10, 2019

Oh Chlöe no! All the boomers who aren’t OK with OK boomer

Online commenters have had an absolute field day with Chlöe Swarbrick’s parliamentary riposte. Here's our high-level analysis.

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Food
Nov 9, 2019

From upstart pioneer to craft beer corporate: the Tuatara Brewing story

From a rural shed to a multimillion-dollar acquisition by DB, Tuatara's two decades in the business have been a wild ride. Now, after revamping the beers, its talented head brewer has called it quits.

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Food
Oct 31, 2019

The fall of Queen's Rise? Auckland's hot new dining precinct feels the pinch

It was supposed to be Auckland's answer to Melbourne's laneways or New York's Chelsea Market, but the tenants of Queen's Rise have been dropping like flies.

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Food
Oct 30, 2019

Cheat sheet: The rise and rise of plant-based eating 

New research has found a third of New Zealanders are actively reducing their meat consumption or have cut it out entirely.

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Society
Oct 30, 2019

Eight extremely topical and uniquely New Zealand Halloween costumes

Don't have your costume sorted yet? Fear not: here's how to impress and terrify the neighbours in equal measure.

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Food
Oct 28, 2019

It’s been five years since the country lost its collective shit over chocolate milk

Alice Neville looks back on a heady time in New Zealand's social history – when an insatiable thirst for a new dairy product brought the country to its very knees.

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Ecostore Ocean Waste
Oct 18, 2019

From trash to treasure: finding the value in ocean waste

The billions of tonnes of plastic in our oceans isn’t going away any time soon, but innovative companies here and abroad are working together to find silver linings to this daunting problem.

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Top of the List
Oct 15, 2019

Top of the List: five of Nelson’s must-try attractions

Sunshine capital? Check. Rich artisan tradition? Check. Incredible sausages? That’s a big check. We’ve put together a list of all you need to know before you explore the truly gorgeous Nelson region this summer. 

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Society
Oct 7, 2019

‘Setting us up to fail’: Kids in state-run care speak out in damning new report

Distressing evidence from children and young people living in 'locked-in care' features in a newly released report from the children's commissioner, who has repeatedly called for the facilities to be shut down.

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Food
Oct 2, 2019

A chocolate for breakfast and a burden lifted: Christmas with The Aunties 

This December, with the help of other generous food businesses, Freedom Farms will deliver 40 Christmas hampers to women affected by domestic violence. 

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Food
Sep 24, 2019

Turning waste into resource: Auckland city’s new living compost hub

Transforming food scraps into a nutrient-rich climate-change fighter is dependent on keeping it in the neighbourhood, according to the people behind a new composting initiative. 

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Food
Sep 20, 2019

Vegan Week update: In which we emerge stronger, faster, hotter, smarter, better

The Spinoff crew who took on climate change with a vegan diet for the week reflect on the highs, the lows, the pies and the fries.  

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Food
Sep 18, 2019

Vegan Week update: In which scrolls save our souls

A midweek update from the Spinoffers who have ditched dairy (and eggs, and meat, and fish...) for the week.  

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Food
Sep 16, 2019

Plant power: The Spinoff food section goes vegan (for a week)

Why we're saying adios to animal products (just for a little while). 

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Ātea
Sep 16, 2019

Blank stares and brain explosions: My day speaking only te reo

For the first day of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Alice Neville banned herself from speaking English. Here's how it went down.

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Food
Sep 15, 2019

Future of Kiwi onion dip hangs in the balance as Nestlé factory closes

For some, it symbolises the very backbone of New Zealand's food culture. But can Kiwi onion dip survive after the factory that makes reduced cream is shut down?

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BurgerFuel
Sep 3, 2019

Hemp, pūhā and not a patty in sight: welcome to the future of burgers

A pair of innovative Kiwi startups have partnered with a Kiwi burger behemoth to bring two delicious, nutritious and under-appreciated local ingredients to the people.

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Food
Sep 3, 2019

‘Not a level playing field’: NZ restaurants speak out on Uber Eats

Small businesses have told The Spinoff that hefty commission fees from the global delivery giant are pushing them to the brink, and are asking why global fast food chains get a discount.

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WOAP 2019
Sep 1, 2019

Inside Wellington’s obsessive and hyper-competitive cheese scone scene

Alice Neville dives into Wellington's doughy underbelly to uncover the eye-opening truth about the capital's passion for this humble baked item.

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Society
Aug 27, 2019

Selling out or just shrewd? Conservation groups go head to head on Māui dolphins

WWF-NZ has crossed enemy lines to team up with two large fishing companies on a proposal to mitigate the threat to Māui dolphins... and other environment groups aren't buying it.

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WOAP 2019
Aug 21, 2019

Stalks, pests and beer gone bad: Tricks of the trade from a no-waste dinner

Inspired by the ethos of food-rescue organisation Kaibosh, chef Kelda Hains looked to the past to champion unloved ingredients and showcase clever waste-minimising techniques at her All Taste, No Waste dinner. 

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Food
Aug 19, 2019

Natural progression: A Wellington craft beer crew open their first wine bar

The new joint from the team behind one of Wellington's favourite craft beer bars is dedicated to minimal-intervention, organic wine.

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Food
Aug 18, 2019

Cheat sheet: The trouble with tarakihi

We love it battered and served with chips, but tarakihi stocks aren't doing well and another big cut to commercial catch limits is in the works. 

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Food
Aug 13, 2019

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #91: Currizza, the capital’s curry-pizza hybrid

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Alice Neville critiques a curious culinary union. 

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Food
Aug 4, 2019

The beloved Auckland eatery that quietly opened an UberEats ‘ghost restaurant’

The staunchly independent and popular Auckland eatery Coco's Cantina has launched a ghost restaurant on UberEats, and it 'shows that our industry is not in a healthy place', says the restaurant's owner.

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Food
Aug 1, 2019

When all the world’s a stage and all the stage’s a kitchen

In Mrs Krishnan's Party, Kalyani Nagarajan plays the lead role and cooks the audience dinner to boot. What could possibly go wrong?

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