Alice Webb-Liddall

Alice Webb-Liddall (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Pikiao) is a staff writer at The Spinoff. Email her on alice@thespinoff.co.nz

Society
Nov 18, 2019

Cheat sheet: Prince Andrew, Jeffrey Epstein, and that train wreck interview

The royal has spoken for the first time about his friendship with the late sex offender. What did he say to create such a media storm?

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Health Not Handcuffs
Nov 17, 2019

How cannabis legalisation will help balance justice's racist scales

With the 2020 cannabis referendum fast approaching, New Zealanders have a unique opportunity to let the government know what they want from drug reform.

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Politics
Nov 12, 2019

Cheat sheet: What is going to happen to our education system?

The government's reform of 1989's Tomorrow's Schools legislation has been announced today, and it's promising changes for students, teachers, principals and boards.

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Science
Nov 8, 2019

More young people are taking antidepressants – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing

Rates of antidepressant medication dispensing are on the rise among young people. What can this tell us about NZ's prescribing habits and the demographics missing out?

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Politics
Nov 7, 2019

Huge changes to be made at Oranga Tamariki following review into child uplift process

A review into Oranga Tamariki has been released after an investigation into their child uplifting practices by Newsroom – here's what it said.

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Ātea Otago
Nov 7, 2019

Celebrating Te Huka Mātauraka, a home away from home for Dunedin’s Māori students

Te Huka Mātauraka, the University of Otago Māori Centre, celebrates its 30th birthday this year as a crucial part of life for the university's Māori students.

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Ātea
Nov 6, 2019

Signs, songs, stumps, symbols: A history of protest in Aotearoa in 350 objects

New book Protest Tautohetohe: Objects of Resistance, Persistence and Defiance explores our history of protest through objects symbolising the power and lasting legacy of activism in New Zealand.

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Business
Nov 4, 2019

How Kiwis are sending a $5 billion cheque to the Aussie banks every year

Huge numbers of Kiwi customers don't know who owns their bank, and it's contributing to a multi-billion dollar profit for Australian-owned banks in New Zealand every year.

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Business
Nov 2, 2019

How the hospitality industry incentivises smoking

The reward for being a smoker in the hospitality industry? An extra 20 minutes more break time than non-smokers are entitled to. 

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Sports
Oct 27, 2019

Noeline Taurua on Australian rivalry, equal pay and the future of professional netball

Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua shares her thoughts on today's Constellation Cup game and the changing landscape of netball in New Zealand.

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Politics
Oct 22, 2019

Cheat sheet: Labour’s counter-terrorism bill and its political hurdles

The Counter-terrorism bill is going through its first reading in Parliament, and it's been all over the news for the past week, but what exactly is it? Why is it so controversial? And do we really need it?

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Society
Oct 21, 2019

Around the world in five cannabis markets

Five experts from five countries that have legalised cannabis are in New Zealand sharing their knowledge.

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Ātea
Oct 10, 2019

Harry Potter among 100 books set to be translated into te reo Māori

An initiative launched on Wednesday will translate 100 popular fiction books into te reo Māori, and it's kicking off with the first of the most popular book series of all time.

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Ātea
Oct 5, 2019

Move over, James Cook: Māori and Pacific voices on Tuia 250

The first encounter between Māori, Captain Cook and his crew ended in the murder and brutalising of nine Tūranaga-nui-a-kiwa ancestors. The Ministry of Culture and Heritage's intention to include Māori history and voyaging traditions in the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of that tragedy has been received with mixed results.

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Ātea
Sep 18, 2019

Mana whenua have agreed to keeping the land at Ihumātao. So what comes next?

Kiingitanga has announced, after over a month of discussions, that mana whenua at Ihumātao want to keep the land. Fletcher Buildings still owns it.

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Local Elections
Sep 18, 2019

Race briefing: The highly successful Māori wards in the Bay of Plenty

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council was the first in New Zealand to vote in Māori ward seats. This election, the region's longest-standing Māori councillor is up against some fierce competition.

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MAS
Sep 17, 2019

Why sustainable investing matters – and how to take a stand with your KiwiSaver

With attitudes shifting towards sustainability, what can people do to take a stand against big corporations making the wrong environmental decisions?

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Politics
Sep 16, 2019

Five ways to make the best bill ahead of next year’s 2020 cannabis referendum

With the 2020 referendum fast approaching, what should the government be considering in their approach to cannabis legislation?

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Ātea
Sep 14, 2019

Meet Rawinia Higgins, our first woman Māori Language Commissioner

Rawinia Higgins, the first female and first te reo Maori second-language speaker appointed chairperson of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori talks about her reo journey.

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Ātea
Sep 11, 2019

Bic Runga on finding her voice in te reo Māori: ‘It’s invigorated my whole life’

A new version of Bic Runga's classic single 'Sway' is among the tracks on Waiata/Anthems, a compilation of te reo Māori versions of hit New Zealand songs.

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Ātea Otago
Sep 11, 2019

Corrections’ plan to use te ao Māori to reduce Māori incarceration rates

Hōkai Rangi is a recently-released strategy aiming to drastically lower the ratio of Māori in prison in New Zealand, using Māori strategy to do so.

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Television
Sep 7, 2019

The creators of PEN15 on making comedy out of being a 12-year-old reject

With American comedy PEN15 landing on Neon today, Alice Webb-Liddall chats with its creators and stars about uncovering all the shameful secrets pre-teen girls thought they got away with.

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Ātea
Aug 31, 2019

Meet Unco designer Nash Karaitiana: the man bringing bootleg to Fashion Week

Award-winning designer Nash Karaitiana just had his first show at NZFW. Alice Webb-Liddall caught up with him about his unique brand Unco, and his journey to Fashion Week.

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Local Elections
Aug 30, 2019

Race Briefing: Gisborne, aka the ‘farewell mayor Meng Foon’ election

Over the course of the local elections period, The Spinoff is running primers on some of the most interesting races around the country. Today, we look at the Gisborne District Council election.

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Television
Aug 28, 2019

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #95: An actual Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak!

The Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak has just been released in toy stores worldwide. Alice Webb-Liddall got the chance to try one out.

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Local Elections
Aug 26, 2019

Meng Foon on 18 years as Gisborne mayor, and a new life in race relations

Meng Foon has been a fixture in Gisborne local government for more than two decades. Today he starts a new role, as race relations commissioner.

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