Calum Henderson

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

Gaming
Dec 4, 2017

The world needs more games like Flutter, the butterfly sanctuary in your pocket

Runaway’s Emma Johansson tells Calum Henderson about the many benefits of diversity in gaming, the secret to making chilled-out but highly addictive mobile games and why Animal Crossing rules.

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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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Music
Aug 10, 2017

Chartlander: The NZ music charts this week in … 1991

Each week Chartlander travels back through time to land 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 26 years to this day in 1991.

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Music
Aug 5, 2017

‘Wait!’: Lisa Coleman on why The Revolution wants a say in what gets released from Prince’s vault

The Revolution’s Lisa Coleman – also known as one half of Wendy & Lisa – tells Calum Henderson about getting the band back together and how they feel about the recent Purple Rain reissue.

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Music
Jul 13, 2017

‘I’m not really a big awards dude’: Shayne Carter on music directing the Silver Scroll Awards

As music director for this year’s Silver Scroll Awards, Shayne Carter’s job is to design the reinterpretation of the five finalists for the best New Zealand songwriting. He spoke to Calum Henderson about the skill of covering a song, writing his book, and not really liking awards shows.

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Media
Jul 7, 2017

After midnight: An oral history of SKY 1 porn

Remember staying up extra late, one hand hovering over the remote in case of footsteps, waiting to catch a glimpse of nudity on TV? You were not alone. An anonymous panel revisits the golden era of SKY 1 soft porn.

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Television
Jun 29, 2017

From Butt-head to Bravo: Happy 20th birthday to New Zealand’s fourth TV channel

From Beavis and Butt-Head to Drew and Shannon, TeleTrader to the Champagne Lady, Calum Henderson looks back on twenty years of New Zealand’s fourth TV channel.

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Media
Jun 14, 2017

Piers Morgan’s tweet ‘I want to die.’: The definitive history

“I want to die.” is Piers Morgan’s masterpiece. It will be his legacy. But for most of us the origins of the tweet have been a mystery lost to the ravages of time... until now.

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Television
Jun 13, 2017

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #30: The Earthcare Bear

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today: Calum Henderson takes down an awful bear.

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Television
Jun 11, 2017

The greatest reality TV hits of Dame Julie Christie

Regardless of whether she is good or bad, there's no denying that Julie Christie made a tonne of iconic New Zealand reality television. Calum Henderson breaks down her top five efforts.

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Sports
Jun 8, 2017

Here’s everything you need to know about Amul, the Blackcaps’ latest shirt sponsor

The new logo adorning the Blackcaps' shirts belongs to an Indian dairy giant with a long-running advertising campaign based around spectacular puns.

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Television
May 26, 2017

Where were you the day a deadly volcano erupted on Shortland Street?

Calum Henderson recaps the thrills and spills of Shortland Street's monster 25th anniversary episode.

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Television
May 25, 2017

Yvonne and Ben: Shortland Street’s greatest love of all

Calum Henderson pays tribute to the most beautiful romance storyline of Shortland Street's first 25 years.

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Television
May 13, 2017

Fecal horror and more: Gutsful puts the realest New Zealand on TV

Calum Henderson reviews Gutsful, the new factual series from the brains behind Neighbours at War.

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Music
May 11, 2017

Spinoff staff picks: Calum’s top 10 rainy day songs

There's a perfect playlist out there for every scenario. Chances are the Spinoff staff picks won't be them but we gave it a go anyway. Today: Calum Henderson details his very specific playlist for a rain delay at the cricket.

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Television
May 10, 2017

The telly legend behind Neighbours at War is back with a brand new show

The unmistakable voice of Neighbours at War, Bill Kerton tells Calum Henderson about making his new show Gutsful and how he cut his TV teeth directing Havoc and Newsboy at the height of their infamy.

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Television
May 4, 2017

Where are the stars of 2001’s Celebrity Treasure Island now?

Before there was Survivor, there was New Zealand’s own reality juggernaut Treasure Island. Calum Henderson revisits the first episode of 2001’s Celebrity Treasure Island and finds out what the contestants are doing with themselves now.

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Sports
May 1, 2017

Meet the artist who paints the world’s biggest rugby stars as adorable penguins

Calum Henderson talks to Yuko Inaba, the rugby-loving artist behind the delightful internet presence Nadegata Penguin.

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Television
Apr 19, 2017

Finally: The local fishing show we’ve all been waiting for

Calum Henderson watches TVNZ DUKE's new fishing show Screaming Reels, Leigh Hart's latest comedy venture to rival Outdoors With Geoff.

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Television
Apr 6, 2017

Could Darryl be New Zealand’s answer to The Castle?

Calum Henderson watches TVNZ's Darryl: An Outward Bound Story, a warm Kiwi comedy about how one moustachioed man goes bush to find himself.

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Politics
Apr 5, 2017

Prime minister’s pizza ‘not pizza’ – Italian pizza chef

Bill English made pizza for tea last night, igniting widespread internet debate over the leader of the nation's culinary abilities. We asked one of the world’s best pizza chefs for his thoughts.

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Television
Mar 24, 2017

Renters is New Zealand’s excruciating, hilarious answer to The Office

In celebration of Rent Week, Calum Henderson watches the hilariously bleak docu-series Renters and finds Kiwi comedy gold.

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