Calum Henderson

Calum Henderson is a staff writer at The Spinoff and television columnist for NZ Herald. Email him on calum@thespinoff.co.nz

Television
Jul 30, 2018

What will a New Zealand version of Gogglebox be like?

The hugely popular British show about people watching telly is finally getting a New Zealand version. Calum Henderson on why that's exciting, and what it might look like.

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Television
Nov 10, 2017

Rude? Friday nights on TVNZ2 will show you rude

Where Three have cornered the Friday night comedy lineup, Calum Henderson finds that TVNZ2 are running with a very different, stripped-back viewing experience.

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Music
Nov 9, 2017

The Dutch version of Top of the Pops was absolutely wild

A vast YouTube archive reveals the weird, wonderful and sometimes genius parallel universe of TopPop – the Netherlands' anything-goes answer to Top of the Pops.

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Television
Nov 8, 2017

Overachiever Jacinda Ardern becomes DNA Detective as well as prime minister

Before she became prime minister, Jacinda Ardern went on a valiant journey to trace her ancestry on TVNZ's DNA Detectives. 

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Television
Nov 7, 2017

My Kitchen Rules NZ: Lucy’s back from the dead to hit on Paleo Pete

It’s out of the instant restaurant frying pan and into the sudden death cook-off fire – and half the Shortland Street cast has come for tea.

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Gaming
Nov 1, 2017

Here’s a real-life Wall-E who has come to replace our pets

Calum Henderson reviews this year’s pretender to the Hatchimals throne, a cool-but-rude robot called Cozmo.

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Television
Oct 31, 2017

My Kitchen Rules NZ recap: Honey, I shrunk Heather and Mitch

The demon foodies of Christchurch get brought down to size by a French celebrity chef as My Kitchen Rules NZ prepares to enter the sudden-death cook-off round.

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Television
Oct 24, 2017

My Kitchen Rules NZ recap: Everybody hates Chris (and Bex)

This week on My Kitchen Rules NZ, Chris and Bex learn you can lead ten amateur foodies to Wanaka for tea, but you can’t make them like it.

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Television
Oct 18, 2017

We found the genius behind the 1 News Tonight weather music

Fascinated by the surprising and often inspired music curation on TVNZ 1’s evening news bulletin, Calum Henderson goes in search of the person responsible.

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Television
Oct 17, 2017

My Kitchen Rules NZ recap: The secret ingredient that rocked Manu’s world

The youngest contestants in My Kitchen Rules NZ history write the weirdest menu in My Kitchen Rules NZ history, and poor old Pete Evans has to read it out loud.

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Television
Oct 10, 2017

My Kitchen Recap: Inside the mansion walls with Teal and Sophie

They’re renowned hairdressers and A+ reality TV talent, but are Wellington couple Teal and Sophie any good at cooking? This week on My Kitchen Rules NZ, we find out.

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Television
Oct 8, 2017

Holy mackerel: There’s a new celebrity fishing show in town

Calum Henderson watches ITM Hook Me Up, a new fishing show that gets local celebs out in the deep blue. 

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Television
Oct 2, 2017

MKRNZ recap: New theory – Teal is a David Lynch character

A Johnny Depp lookalike, a Tourism Wanaka ambassador and 'Paleo' Pete Evans walk into a Great Gatsby-themed dining room in suburban Auckland.

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Television
Sep 25, 2017

The new My Kitchen Rules NZ is leaner and meaner than ever

Calum Henderson watches the revamped My Kitchen Rules NZ, with shiny new judges and shady new contestants. 

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Music
Sep 21, 2017

Chartlander: The dynamite singles chart the day Winston Peters first entered parliament

Every week Chartlander travels back through time, landing in a different year on the official New Zealand singles chart in the hopes of (re)discovering forgotten Top 40 gold. Today we continue our tour of classic general elections at the start of Winston Peters' career in parliament.

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Television
Sep 21, 2017

Five things election night TV coverage could learn from Havoc and Newsboy

What could a TV2 election special from 2002 teach modern news producers as they prepare for Saturday night’s big event? Calum Henderson investigates.

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Television
Sep 20, 2017

The children of New Zealand just gave our politicians a roasting

Calum Henderson watches Face the Classroom, TVNZ's two-night special that forced our politicians to confront their harshest critics – the children of NZ. 

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Music
Sep 14, 2017

Chartlander: New Zealand’s hottest singles the week Robert Muldoon became PM

Every week Chartlander travels back through time, landing in a different year on the official New Zealand singles chart in the hopes of (re)discovering forgotten Top 40 gold. Today we continue our tour of classic general elections in 1975.

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Television
Sep 10, 2017

Common Sense is the reality show New Zealand needs to make next

Calum Henderson watches Common Sense, a reality show that asks real people for their real reckons on current events.

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Music
Sep 7, 2017

Chartlander: Hip Hop-R&B holds a majority as New Zealand votes in its first MMP election

Every week Chartlander travels back through time, landing in a different year on the official New Zealand singles chart in the hopes of (re)discovering forgotten Top 40 gold. Today we continue our tour of classic general elections at the dawn of MMP.

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Gaming
Sep 1, 2017

My advice for Jacinda and Bill after playing politics simulator Democracy 3

Just how hard is it to win an election and successfully lead a government? Seems easy enough, but there’s only one way to find out for sure: simulate it in a computer game.

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Music
Aug 31, 2017

Chartlander: The cassingles that flew off the shelves the day Jim Bolger became PM

Every week Chartlander travels back through time, landing in a different year on the official New Zealand singles chart in the hopes of (re)discovering forgotten Top 40 gold. Today we continue our tour of classic general elections in 1990.

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Television
Aug 30, 2017

HOMEmade is a throwback to the golden days of tradie telly

New Zealand's search for a bona fide celebrity builder to carry the torch lit by Cocksy may finally be over with the arrival of TVNZ 1's no nonsense new home reno show.

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Music
Aug 24, 2017

Chartlander: What was on the airwaves the day Robert Muldoon called the snap election

Every week Chartlander travels back through time, landing in a different year on the official New Zealand singles chart in the hopes of (re)discovering forgotten Top 40 gold. Today we continue our tour of significant election moments.

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Music
Aug 17, 2017

Chartlander: What we were listening to the day Helen Clark became Prime Minister

Every week Chartlander travels back through time, landing in a different year on the official New Zealand singles chart in the hopes of (re)discovering forgotten Top 40 gold. Today we go back to the last time the Labour Party came into power.

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Sports
Aug 11, 2017

The Mitre 10 Cup players most likely to become All Blacks, based solely on their name

Is is possible to sense a rugby player's future from their name and name alone? Watch these players closely this Mitre 10 Cup season to find out.

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Sports
Aug 10, 2017

Every pedestrian who ignored Wellington Phoenix FC’s new logo launch, ranked

I am an early-morning commuter trying to get to work on time. I am not interested in looking at your new logo.

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