Alice Webb-Liddall

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

Ātea
Aug 11, 2019

The man hijacking the Cook commemorations to tell the story of Polynesian exploration

On the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook landing in Aotearoa, Ian Taylor is vowing to tell the story of those who came before Cook.

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Ātea
May 2, 2019

Merata Mita: the godmother of indigenous film

Nine years after Māori filmmaker Merata Mita's death, her son Hepi Mita has made a documentary about the immense legacy she left behind.

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Ātea
May 1, 2019

University of Auckland racism hui highlights huge problems

A hui at the University of Auckland today revealed the tip of the iceberg of the institute’s problem with racism and discrimination.

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Business
Apr 30, 2019

How one small business absorbed the minimum wage increase, and you can too

The recent minimum wage rise took a toll on some small businesses, particularly in sectors such as hospitality and retail, which rely on minimum wage workers.

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Ātea
Apr 23, 2019

The Māori ward project is failing, and it’s hurting New Zealand democracy

Traditional local council structures are shutting out indigenous voices. Māori wards were supposed to be the answer – so why are so few being created?

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Ātea
Apr 10, 2019

Ballet documentary The Heart Dances is a lesson in cross-cultural understanding

Documentary The Heart Dances is about the process of a European choreographer recreating The Piano as a ballet, but its real story lies in the exploration of what can happen when Māori culture meets European art.

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Politics
Apr 2, 2019

How startups are leading the business community’s response to climate change

When 60 CEOs signed up to the Climate Leaders Coalition in July 2018 CEOs much was made of the presence of the big players. But a number of nimble smaller companies are leading from the back.

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This is 42
Oct 4, 2018

‘Most boys don’t rape and murder’: Christina Hoff Sommers and her unique brand of feminism

Controversial American academic and writer Christina Hoff Sommers is coming to New Zealand in 2019 for #FEMINIST, a talk with Roxane Gay about 21st century feminism.

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Business
Sep 25, 2018

The Kiwi business making activewear for new mums around the world

After giving birth, Niki Clarke discovered there was nothing for her to wear to the gym to accommodate her changed body and desire to breastfeed. So she decided to do something about it.

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Business
Aug 18, 2018

Morningside for life: How Crave cafe reinvests in its neighbourhood

Crave café has been serving locals in Morningside, Auckland for almost a decade, and is spearheading plans for a major regeneration of the suburb over the coming year.

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Science
Jun 20, 2018

Nicola Gaston on taking the wheel at the MacDiarmid Institute

Recently appointed co-director of the MacDiarmid Institute Dr. Nicola Gaston's new role allows her to guide one of New Zealand's top science institutes to potentially world-leading research.

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Science
May 20, 2018

Professor Brian Cox on why flat-earthers are funny (and frightening)

Superstar scientist Brian Cox talks to Alice Webb-Liddall about aliens, wormholes, and whether he'd punch Albert Einstein if he had the chance.

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Gaming
Apr 23, 2018

How to return to Hogwarts (on your phone)

The latest addition to the vast and sprawling Harry Potter canon is out, and it's a mobile game. Alice Webb-Liddall heads to Hogwarts in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.

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Music
Apr 21, 2018

Cheat sheet: New Zealand music’s making money

Newly released stats reveal a surprising growth in New Zealand music revenue. What does that mean for the industry, and for you, the humble fan?

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Music
Feb 10, 2018

Cheat sheet: What is the New Zealand Music Industry Manifesto?

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today we figure out what the New Zealand Music Industry Manifesto means for local music.

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Science
Jan 16, 2018

Short shark shock: NZ’s shark man on the scare at Oriental Bay

Just how worried should we be about talk around a surge in shark numbers in our shore, and the unexpected visitors to Oriental Bay. Alice Webb-Liddall talks to Riley Elliott. 

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Society
Feb 16, 2017

Fire in the Port Hills

Christchurch is operating under a state of emergency as wildfires rage on the Port Hills. The Spinoff intern Alice Webb-Liddall writes a personal account of watching smoke wreath the city.

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Television
Jan 10, 2017

Inside the Lightbox: Shows to help the new you into the New Year

Alice Webb-Liddall creates a vision board of Lightbox shows to help you become the best person you can be in 2017.

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