Alice Neville

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

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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BurgerFuel
Nov 22, 2019

More than meats the eye: The unstoppable rise of alternative protein

Like it or not, plant-based meats are coming to a burger near you. Does this spell the end for animal agriculture, or just a shift in attitudes?

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Food
Nov 15, 2019

How Māori kai producers are decolonising the New Zealand food story

Māori food systems are rich with potential, and a wide range of producers are looking to traditional ways to ensure their communities thrive in the future.

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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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