Catherine McGregor

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

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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Television
Apr 28, 2020

Review: New Zealand murder mystery One Lane Bridge is beautiful but blank

The writing of this new TVNZ series struggles to live up to the drama of its breathtaking location.

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Television
Apr 23, 2020

Review: Cate Blanchett is a sweet-talking anti-feminist nightmare in Mrs. America

The new series about the fight to have gender equality enshrined in the US Constitution is a fun 70s romp with a bitter twist.

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Travel
Apr 21, 2020

Why I love: Duolingo, the language app that’s the next best thing to travel

Missing international travel? At a loose end? It's time to learn a language, the easy way.

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Society
Mar 9, 2020

Hospitals are already short-staffed. Covid-19 could stretch them to the limit

How is New Zealand preparing for staff shortages in the health system as a result of the coronavirus?

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Travel
Mar 7, 2020

What you need to know about travel and Covid-19

Should you stay, or should you go? Your burning questions on travelling in the time of coronavirus, answered.

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Music
Mar 4, 2020

Hold me close to your heart: On loving A-ha for 35 years

It's more than three decades since the release of 'Take on Me', but sometimes it seems like yesterday.

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Travel
Feb 19, 2020

The Spinoff guide to air travel etiquette

You may not be punching strangers' seats, but there's plenty of other behaviour that is guaranteed to make your fellow passengers seethe with rage. Here's how to travel by plane without making people hate you.

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Wellington NZ
Dec 27, 2019

A long weekend in New Zealand’s capital of cheap eats

Catherine McGregor revisits some classic cafes and discovers some newcomers on a nostalgic weekend of culture and bread in Wellington. 

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Decade in Review
Dec 12, 2019

Decade in review: 10 New Zealand scandals that rocked the nation

From unpaid teachers to match fixing and rogue clamping, these are the news stories that outraged New Zealand in the 2010s.

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Science
Dec 8, 2019

Cheat Sheet: A chance for NZ to lead the world in cutting back on plastic

The government will start phasing out polystyrene packaging and beverage containers in response to a major new report calling for a nationwide rethink on plastics in New Zealand.

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Politics
Nov 13, 2019

Cheat Sheet: The live Trump impeachment hearings

Early on Thursday NZ time, the Trump impeachment inquiry kicks into high gear, as the previously closed-door proceedings are replaced with televised public hearings. Here's the lowdown.

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Society
Sep 8, 2019

Cheat Sheet: The government’s plan to stop kids watching porn

What's the issue with online porn, and is there really any way to keep kids from watching it?

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Society
Jun 30, 2019

Kunekune, the New Zealand pigs Chris Pratt calls the ‘best birthday present ever’

The Aotearoa-born breed is having a moment in the spotlight, thanks to The Guardians of the Galaxy's Peter Quill.

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Food
Jun 16, 2019

A short list of reasons for Aucklanders to envy Melbourne’s food scene

Auckland is great – but, argues Catherine McGregor, Melbourne's restaurants, cafes and bars still have the edge.

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Society
Feb 24, 2019

Less cold, less mould: new rental standards offer hope for suffering tenants

The government today announced a raft of measures aimed at making rental homes warmer, drier and healthier.

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Politics
Nov 7, 2018

When will NZ get US election results, and your other midterms questions answered

The time to start tuning in, the races to look out for, the chances of a Democratic 'blue wave', and why today's result could completely alter the course of American politics.

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Society
Sep 4, 2017

‘Trump and New Zealand are a co-brand’

A New York Times feature on the new breed of Washington lobbyists lays bare the weird connection between the New Zealand embassy under Tim Groser and Robert Stryk, a Trump-connected political player. Catherine McGregor explains.

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Society
Jun 8, 2017

Law reformer Max Abbott: ‘If you’re dying and in extreme pain, why can’t you smoke cannabis if you like?’

The news that the Greens' medical marijuana bill is to go before parliament has prompted speculation that cannabis law is set for a long-overdue change. Catherine McGregor sat down with law reform advocate Professor Max Abbott to discuss all things marijuana.

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Asia NZ Foundation
Feb 1, 2017

‘I thought, wow, I’m going to do that when I get back to New Zealand’: Michelle McCarthy on going local on an Asia OE

From Chinese 3D manufacturing to Korean soap operas to Japanese street fashion, the 21st century belongs to Asia. Little wonder, then, that an increasing number of young New Zealanders are ditching the UK OE and heading to Asia instead. In the second of a two part series on The Asia OE, Catherine McGregor talks to Wellingtonian Michelle McCarthy about her experiences living in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan post-university.

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Media
Nov 17, 2016

Happy activism: Paperboy editor Jeremy Hansen on making a free magazine an agent for change

Today marks the publication of the third issue of Bauer Media's new Auckland commuter-focused free magazine, Paperboy. Catherine McGregor sat down with the magazine's editor Jeremy Hansen to discuss urbanism, optimism and why he's glad to be a cheerleader for the new Auckland.

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Partners
Jun 13, 2016

Dutch Courage: Choreographer Paul Lightfoot on bringing the fearless Nederlands Dans Theater to NZ

As the acclaimed contemporary dance company prepares for arrival in Auckland, artistic director Paul Lightfoot tells Catherine McGregor what audiences should expect.

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Partners
Apr 21, 2016

Interview: Comedian Felicity Ward on anxiety, depression and diarrhoea

The Australian comedian, performing in NZ next week, does toilet humour with a difference. She talks with Catherine McGregor about making comedy out of mental illness.

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