Don Rowe

Don Rowe (Ngāi Tahu) is a staff writer at The Spinoff. He was the 2015 Canon Media Awards student journalist of the year and the 2017 junior long form feature writer of the year. Email him on don@thespinoff.co.nz

Politics
Oct 19, 2018

'I am just motivated to cut throats': meet Jami Lee-Ross's political mastermind

Who is the political operative giving advice to the rogue National MP?

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Society
Oct 15, 2018

Tasman deathtrap: the brutal toll of Australia's deportation policy

As the number of New Zealand citizens deported from Australia grows, so too does the death toll. Don Rowe reports on the rising human costs of Australia's immigration reforms. 

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LATE at the Museum
Oct 3, 2018

Don't be scared: the scientists calling for genetic modification in New Zealand

Genetic modification offers space-age healthcare, booming agriculture and a new weapon in the war on invasive species – if we choose to use it.

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Ātea
Oct 3, 2018

How Ngāi Tahu turned a landmark settlement into a billion dollar iwi empire

Ngāi Tahu spent 150 years in poverty, dispossessed of the vast majority of their whenua and mahinga kai. Today, 20 years on from their landmark settlement with the Crown, they're sitting atop a billion dollar pūtea.

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Ātea
Sep 20, 2018

How Hinewehi Mohi made the Māori national anthem mainstream

When Hinewehi Mohi was asked to sing the anthem before New Zealand's 1999 quarter final versus England, she made a choice that would change the pregame ritual for good.

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Music
Sep 4, 2018

Get out your Oakleys: Blindspott are back

After ten years of public fallout, New Zealand's favourite Nu-Metal band are back. Don Rowe talks to Blindspott. 

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Society
Sep 3, 2018

A Pacific powderkeg: why Nauru will dominate the news this week

Jacinda Ardern flies to Nauru this week for the Pacific Islands Forum, and the host is already making headlines way beyond the official agenda

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Society
Aug 30, 2018

‘Baffling hypocrisy’: Wilderpeople star slams use of film in gambling promotion

The acclaimed Hunt for the Wilderpeople is the main attraction on a new line of Instant Kiwi scratchie cards, raising concerns among actors, artists and anti-gambling activists.

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Society
Aug 27, 2018

The bizarre true story of the gun club which invaded the Makarau Valley

Critics claim the controversial Auckland Shooting Club is pulling a fast one on the community by filing a resource consent that doesn't represent what's actually going on in this sleepy rural glen.

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Food
Aug 24, 2018

Action promised on intensive farming after distressing images released

A horror week for intensive farming continues as the government promises action on slack regional councils following the release of concerning footage, writes Don Rowe.

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Food
Aug 23, 2018

Why you should give a damn about feedlots

Pressure is mounting to ban the intensive farming practice found in feedlots. What are they, and why are they such a problem?

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Food
Aug 16, 2018

You wouldn’t eat a kiwi – so why is whitebait okay?

Whitebait season is here, and Forest and Bird are steaming mad about it. Why are we serving endangered fish in kitchens and cafes alike?

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Business
Aug 16, 2018

Meet the DOC dogs protecting New Zealand’s native wildlife

Since 2016, the department has partnered with Kiwibank to develop the conservation dog programme and, by proxy, raise the profile of conservation as a whole. 

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Society
Aug 10, 2018

SkyCity’s bet on offshore online gambling lays bare the crapness of NZ’s law

SkyCity want to open an online casino. What makes them any different from the sharks already here, asks Don Rowe.

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Music
Aug 6, 2018

Burned out: The Kiwi Burning Man has been cancelled

'Burners' around the country will have to look elsewhere for their collectivist fix, after Kiwiburn 2019 was cancelled by event organisers.

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Business
Aug 3, 2018

Apple reaches $1 trillion – and you’re an investor!

Youth of New Zealand rejoice: Apple has become the most valuable company to ever exist, and we're all investors. 

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Food
Aug 1, 2018

Blades of glory: The knives chefs go nuts for

In a world replete with generic knives, Auckland chefs are moving towards something a little more special.

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Society
Jul 31, 2018

Why the fly-spray and toxic waste hysteria on synthetics has to stop

Stuart Nash says it was just 'a metaphor', but that's not good enough: for too long the drug debate has been blighted by wild and counterproductive hyperbole, writes Don Rowe  Police …

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Society
Jul 26, 2018

Finally: tests reveal NZ had some very legit pingers last summer

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, the results of more than 400 drug tests from across the festival season are in. Who is eating what? 

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Sports
Jul 25, 2018

A win is not enough for Joseph Parker in London

Joseph Parker’s future in boxing demands a career-high performance this weekend, writes Don Rowe.

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Ātea
Jul 21, 2018

‘The key word is manaakitanga’: Trading indigenous knowledge with First Nations peoples

As winter passes and new life takes hold in New Zealand, indigenous guests from far abroad have arrived to exchange cultural knowledge. 

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Food
Jul 20, 2018

An illustrated guide to New Zealand’s loosest BYOs

Nothing goes better with cheap food than cheaper wine drunk quickly. Here are the 10 best BYO spots in New Zealand, as submitted by you. 

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Ātea
Jul 19, 2018

The podcasting architect aiming to revitalise a historic Northland community

Whangārei architect Jade Kake has made a career changing behaviour through design, decolonising Māori thought patterns and outcomes through altering the environment in which they take place.

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Science
Jul 15, 2018

Fact check: could smoking weed off a can give you Alzheimer’s?

Teens have smoked weed from the side of a can for decades, and probably always will. But doesn't that give you Alzheimer's?

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Media
Jul 12, 2018

Newshub reporter attacked by grizzly beer as England’s World Cup dream dies

A Kiwi reporter took a pint of lager to the face live on the AM Show as England fell to Croatia in extra time this morning.

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Food
Jul 12, 2018

How terrible food is killing New Zealand’s poor

New research from the University of Auckland reveals startling disparities in the ways communities are targeted by junk food retailers. Don Rowe speaks to the study's author. 

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