Alice Neville

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

Politics
Jun 28, 2020

Review of managed isolation reveals ‘system under extreme stress’

The government’s review of managed isolation facilities paints a picture of an under-resourced, uncoordinated and ad hoc system.

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Food
Jun 10, 2020

So fresh, so green: Hophead heaven is harvest time in Nelson

An urgent excursion to her hoppy homeland shows Alice Neville why brewers and beer drinkers the world over seek out Nelson's pungent bounty.

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Food
Apr 23, 2020

What's the deal with takeaways under alert level three?

Praise all that is good and holy, hospitality businesses are allowed to reopen next week – with a bunch of restrictions.

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Compost Collective
Apr 8, 2020

Composting isn’t a trend, it’s a way of life

Returning nutrients to the soil was once part of every culture, and now, more than ever, it’s time we restore its valuable role in everyday life.

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Food
Mar 22, 2020

From vodka to hand sanitiser: Boutique distilleries switch up to tackle Covid-19

New Zealand craft distilleries are part of a global trend of temporarily halting production of spirits to turn their hands to a sought-after product in the fight against Covid-19.

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Food
Mar 20, 2020

So you’ve forgotten how to cook

Some sensible, non-doomsday-prepper-style advice for making sure your provisions are in good shape for what's to come.

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Chorus
Mar 13, 2020

Leading from the bottom: How Kiwi craft brewers are taking innovation to the world

New Zealand beers are rightfully being recognised as some of the world's best. That didn't happen by accident. 

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Food
Mar 5, 2020

Five takeaways from the entrepreneur tackling food waste on a massive scale

What on earth do you do with 27 tonnes of tuna or 40 tonnes of artificial sweetener that's surplus to requirements?

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Food
Feb 29, 2020

The South Island and green onion chips: A love story for the ages

From the tip of Farewell Spit to the very arse end of Stewart Island, there is one delicacy that unites Te Wai Pounamu: the humble green onion chip. But why?

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Food
Feb 26, 2020

Why it’s time to break up with the disposable cup

Despite the rise and rise of reusable coffee cups, New Zealanders still throw away 295 million single-use cups every year.

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Food
Feb 21, 2020

Plant-based industry hits back at Shane Jones’s red meat tirade

The minister has attacked plant-based producers for 'demonising' traditional agriculture. They've got a message for him, too.

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Compost Collective
Feb 19, 2020

Why everyone can (and should) join the composting revolution

Are you a time-poor urban apartment-dweller who's put composting in the too-hard basket? Read on...

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Society
Feb 16, 2020

Southland braces for more wild weather as ex-tropical cyclone Uesi approaches

Ex-tropical cyclone Uesi is due to reach the west of the South Island this afternoon, bringing further pain to flood-hit Southland.

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Food
Feb 15, 2020

Auckland restaurants struggling as coronavirus fears keep diners away

The cancellation of this weekend's Lantern Festival isn't the only knock-on effect from the novel coronavirus outbreak to reach Auckland, with the city's Chinese restaurants reporting a decline in custom.

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Countdown
Feb 14, 2020

Why saying toodle-pip to plastic in the produce aisle is not as easy as it looks

Three Countdown stores are currently trialling drastically reducing plastic from their fruit and veg… but it’s a solution that comes with problems of its own.

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Food
Feb 1, 2020

The Sawmill Brewery on fires, feuds and forging an identity

In the near decade since Sawmill Brewery's new owners came on board, they've won awards and watched their brewery burn down. And their former landlords at the Leigh Sawmill Cafe accuse them of acting unethically.

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Food
Jan 30, 2020

Hamilton bar pulls Corona-coronavirus promotion

House on Hood, which was criticised for linking a deal on Corona beers to the coronavirus, has discontinued the promotion.

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Food
Jan 23, 2020

An ode to Food Alley, 1992-2020

A downtown Auckland institution, the 28-year-old foodcourt Food Alley is soon to be demolished. The Spinoff visited at lunchtime the day after the news broke to see how diners and stallholders were feeling.

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Food
Jan 4, 2020

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

Summer reissue: 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
Jan 3, 2020

Pets or steak? The inside story of a bovine brouhaha in the suburbs

An urban farm in Auckland has been raising cows for meat for years. This time, they decided to involve the community in the process – but the backlash was so intense, the plan was canned.

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Food
Dec 20, 2019

The 10 drinks that defined the decade in New Zealand 

We love a cheeky bevvy here in Aotearoa, but upon what have we been supping in the 2010s? These are 10 libations that capture the mood of the decade.

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The Warehouse
Dec 20, 2019

Sharing the joy: What Christmas means for New Zealand’s multicultural workers

With 12,000 employees from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds, The Warehouse works hard to make end-of-year celebrations as inclusive and warm as possible.

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Food
Dec 10, 2019

The 10 New Zealand food moments that defined the decade

Looking back on 10 years of wild, weird and wonderful food stories in New Zealand.

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Food
Nov 29, 2019

A groundbreaking solution to the bread shortage: make your own!

In a sure sign of impending doom, it appears we might be running out of bread. Here's how to make your own.

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Food
Nov 27, 2019

Breaking down barriers with a feed and a chat, five nights a week

Pay-as-you-feel dining concept Everybody Eats, which uses food that would otherwise go to waste, has found a permanent home in the Auckland suburb of Onehunga. Founder Nick Loosley explains how it's about so much more than taking on food waste.

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Society
Nov 26, 2019

Revealed: The true fate of the Western Springs geese

A gargantuan gaggle of Auckland's most feared waterfowl have been served an eviction notice. But where are they really going? Alice Neville investigates. 

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