Catherine McGregor

Catherine McGregor is the Spinoff’s deputy editor. Email her at catherine@thespinoff.co.nz.

Television
May 30, 2021

Review: Heaven and Hell – the Centrepoint Story is the remarkable tale of an unremarkable monster

A new TVNZ documentary tells the harrowing story of the years of abuse at Bert Potter's Albany commune – and asks why it took so long to bring him to justice.

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Society
Feb 27, 2021
PM Jacinda Ardern and Dr Ashley Bloomfield at yesterday's press conference (Getty Images)

Auckland back in lockdown: What we know so far

Auckland is to return to alert level three, and the rest of the country level two, from 6am on Sunday.

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Books
Feb 21, 2021

Live from the Garden: News and updates from Wellington's Garden Party festival

All the news and gossip from the free summer festival brought to you by Verb Wellington and The Spinoff, happening this weekend at Wellington's Botanic Gardens.

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Enterprise Dunedin Travel
Jan 28, 2021

How to do Dunedin

Get wild, get cultured, get fed and then get to bed: the essential guide to a perfect few days in the southern city.

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Society
Jan 24, 2021

Live updates, January 24: Probable new Northland community case went through MIQ in Auckland

The latest news from NZ and around the world, updated throughout the day.

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Enterprise Dunedin Startup
Jan 22, 2021

The Dunedin district fostering the next generation of startups

In a historic corner of Dunedin, startup culture is thriving.

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Politics
Jan 21, 2021

Inauguration Live: Joe Biden gets to work after being sworn in as president

Inauguration news, analysis and reaction, updated throughout the day.

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Enterprise Dunedin Travel
Jan 18, 2021

150 years on, Dunedin is still the tertiary education capital of New Zealand

It's as true now as it ever has been: nowhere else in the country offers an education experience quite like that of Dunedin.

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Politics
Nov 7, 2020

Why the US Senate matters, and why this election spelled disaster for Democrats

The Democrats started this week high on hopes for winning Senate elections up and down the map. It didn't quite work out that way.

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Politics
Nov 4, 2020

US election updates, November 4: Trump claims ‘fraud’; even Fox News isn’t buying it

All the latest 2020 US election news, updated throughout the day.

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Television
Oct 26, 2020

Review: The Undoing is here to fill the Big Little Lies-shaped hole in your life

The Big Little Lies showrunner and one of its stars are back with an addictive new limited series – and they've brought Hugh Grant along for the ride.

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Media
Oct 23, 2020

The strange hijacking of RNZ’s US debate preview

It’s normal to feature two different perspectives discussing a major US political set piece. Yet this morning RNZ’s flagship Morning Report hosted two unabashed Trump acolytes ahead of the final debate.

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Politics
Oct 17, 2020

Saturday night and Sunday morning: Where to watch Election Night 2020

Your essential guide to following election night with your eyes and ears, on TV, radio and online, plus where to watch and listen to Sunday's bumper crop of post-election analysis.

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Politics
Oct 11, 2020

Election Live, October 11: One million Covid-19 tests completed; leaders begin homestretch of campaign

The latest on election 2020 and other New Zealand news, updated throughout the day.

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Politics
Oct 5, 2020
Politics
Sep 30, 2020
Politics
Sep 27, 2020

Election Live, September 27: Two new cases in managed isolation; Nats still under 30% in new poll

The latest on election 2020 and other New Zealand news, updated throughout the day.

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Society
Aug 30, 2020

Live updates, August 30: Ardern ‘incredibly angry’ over mistaken call for South and West Auckland testing

The latest on New Zealand news and Covid-19 as it returns to the community, updated throughout the day.

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Television
Aug 21, 2020

Review: Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story is a pulpy true crime tale with a feminist twist

The second season of the female-focused anthology series is as much a portrait of a disintegrating marriage as it is a crime story.

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Society
Aug 2, 2020

Live updates, August 2: ‘State of disaster’ declared in Victoria; Curfew implemented in Melbourne

The latest on New Zealand news, politics and the Covid-19 crisis, updated throughout the day.

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Business
Jul 19, 2020

Live updates, July 19: Winston Peters attacks urge to tax – and ‘woke pixie dust’ – in speech to party

The latest on New Zealand news, politics and the Covid-19 crisis, updated throughout the day.

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Television
Jul 14, 2020

Review: High Fidelity brings new warmth to Nick Hornby’s music nerd love story

The new gender-flipped version features Zoë Kravitz in the role John Cusack made famous 20 years ago. And it works far better than you might expect.

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Television
Jun 25, 2020

Review: The £1 million con of Quiz asks us whether to believe our own ears

The Who Wants to Be a Millionaire's coughing scandal made villains out of British couple Charles and Diana Ingram. But what if they were innocent?

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Society
Jun 3, 2020

What life will be like under alert level one

Jacinda Ardern has unveiled details of the changes New Zealanders can expect when we move from level two to level one. What will it mean for businesses, hospitality and day-to-day life? 

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Business
May 15, 2020

‘An absolute crock’: Tourism industry rounds on ‘wildly disappointing’ budget

The tourism sector was holding out hope for a lifeline. It didn't come, and now, they say, they're drowning.

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Television
May 10, 2020

Review: Netflix’s Never Have I Ever is a teen rom-com that everyone can love

The new Netflix comedy features one of television's most relatable depictions of teenage girlhood.

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