Unlicensed course materials and substandard teaching at a private tertiary institution connected to New Zealand’s education royalty have left students indebted and fuming. Don Rowe investigates.
Does your house earn more than you do? For almost every Aucklander the answer is yes. So, asks Don Rowe, what sort of job would you need to do if you wanted to earn as much as the home you live in?
The Spinoff has obtained the email which prompted TOP leader Gareth Morgan to tell one of his candidates to resign for being a 'pain in the arse'. Don Rowe looks back on another chaotic week for TOP.
In August, Ngāi Tūhoe invited experts and community leaders to come together in Rūātoki to declare war on drug dependence. Don Rowe was in attendance.
Humans susceptibility to group pressure extends to pressure from a group consisting solely of robots, according to new research conducted by Dr Christoph Bartneck. Robots are changing the way we talk, and so the way we think. Don Rowe talks to Dr Bartneck and asks the question on everyone's lips: is it time to freak out?
Radio New Zealand has released a 30-minute documentary on the battle at Ruapekapeka, an incredibly sophisticated pā in the far north where 400 Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Hine warriors stood against a combined British force of 1600. Don Rowe attends the premiere, and considers what it means for New Zealand's self-image.
After several years of flirting with the bloodsport we call politics, 2014 New Zealander of the Year Dr Lance O'Sullivan has entered the fracas, announcing he will run for the Māori Party in 2020. But why? And what does he stand for? Don Rowe finds out.
With Yourdrive, a peer-to-peer car rental service, you can put your car to work, renting by the hour or the day to users across New Zealand. Desperate to get to Ruatoki, Don Rowe takes Yourdrive for a spin.
As the most notorious figures in boxing and mixed martial arts collided in The Money Fight this weekend, Don Rowe sat down for a few beers with with Israel Adesanya, a multi-sport veteran of almost 100 fights, to talk about fame, defeat and the realities of a sport centred around dishing out brain damage.
Not content with plastering billboards and bus stations in the real world, fast food giant Wendy's are inserting themselves inside virtual worlds too. It's a trend that makes Don Rowe feel nauseous.
Climate change is the defining challenge of our times. The Spinoff is devoting a week of coverage to the issue, its advocates, complexities, and solutions. Climate Change Week at The Spinoff is brought to you by Al Gore's An Inconvenient Sequel. Today Don Rowe talks to departing Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright.
Election 2017 will see New Zealand's growing ethnic communities play a greater role than ever in choosing the next government. Ahead of the final leg of the campaign Don Rowe speaks to the editors of their leading newspapers. Today: David Soh, editor of the Mandarin Pages.
In the wake of Metiria Turei's resignation as Greens co-leader there has been much discussion about a perceived tension between the emphasis on social justice or environmental issues. Don Rowe tracked down Greens icon Nándor Tánczos to get his thoughts.
More than ever, New Zealand's ethnic communities can play a crucial role in elections. In the first of a Spinoff series, Don Rowe talks to Sandeep Singh, editor of the Indian Weekender.
Another death overnight has been attributed to the 'synthetic cannabis crisis' tearing through Auckland and New Zealand at large. But the situation isn't as clear as it seems, the Drug Foundation's Ross Bell tells Don Rowe, and hard facts are few and far between.
Stuff today released Black Hands, their first podcast, in which leading David Bain authority and occasional terrible column writer Martin van Beynen draws on ten years of experience following the case. Don Rowe speaks to van Beynen about switching medium and the danger of journalists writing columns.
The controversial Auckland Shooting Club was officially opened this month by deputy prime minister Paula Bennett. But the court battles are far from over, and now Ngāti Rango o Ngāti Whātua have joined the fray. Don Rowe reports.
In an attempt to reclaim their position atop the music industry, MTV are going back to basics - reincarnating their most iconic series. Don Rowe attends their first attempt at the format in New Zealand.
Slap on your rose-tinted sunnies because Crash Bandicoot is back, and he's aged like a fine wine. Don Rowe gets stuck into the N.sane trilogy and positively bathes in nostalgia.
Pandora - not the charm bracelets - has officially announced it's the end of the line for their service in Australia and New Zealand, reports Don Rowe.
Last night Dr Lance O'Sullivan, 2014 New Zealander of the Year for his work bringing health programmes to disadvantaged rural areas, leapt onto the stage to protest a screening of the controversial anti-vaccination movie Vaxxed. He spoke to Don Rowe about why he did it.