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

Society
Nov 11, 2018

Sir Peter Jackson's haunting WWI masterpiece

100 years from the end of WWI, Sir Peter Jackson has released They Shall Not Grow Old, a groundbreaking restoration of footage from The Great War. 

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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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Music
Jul 7, 2018

Remembering shuffling, the dance craze of the Bebo era

For a time in the late 2000's, youth of all backgrounds in this country began to dance. Don Rowe remembers the brief flash when techno became a unifying force in New Zealand.

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Media
Jul 3, 2018

Metamorphosis is the most revealing Joseph Parker doco yet

A new documentary following New Zealand's Joseph Parker offers fascinating background on the make-or-break moments of boxing, writes Don Rowe. 

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Business
Jul 1, 2018

Meet the NZ ad guru who wants to fix weed’s PR problem

Medical cannabis is still illegal, but an arms race is already under way in anticipation of that changing.

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Music
Jun 25, 2018

An oral history of the night Faith No More played a tiny bar in Queenstown

In May of 1993 alt-metal weirdos Faith No More were cast adrift in New Zealand with nothing to do. And so Don Rowe's dad booked them to open his nightclub, a tiny room in a very different Queenstown. 

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Media
Jun 21, 2018

Are drug drivers really killing us by the droves?

For the first time drug driving deaths have eclipsed drink drivers. Or have they? Don Rowe looks at the media furore around an AA press release experts argue is unsubstantiated. 

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Business
Jun 13, 2018

Auckland Council wants you to help them buy new trains

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, Auckland Council wants you to help buy trains. What's the deal, and can they be trusted with your money?

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Media
Jun 12, 2018

A yuge and groundbreaking analysis of the Trump-Kim staredown in Singapore

The 'Nectarine Nero' meets Kim Jong-un in Singapore today to pursue the shared goals of peace in Korea and a lovely Nobel prize. Don Rowe breaks down the 30 seconds or so the pair spent with the press ahead of their talks today.

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Sports
Jun 8, 2018

Joseph Parker puts himself back in the title chase

In today's cheat sheet, Joseph Parker is heading back to the UK to rejoin the hunt for the heavyweight title. 

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Business
Jun 7, 2018

It’s a wrap on plastic bags

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, the latest on New Zealand's efforts to fight plastic pollution.

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Society
Jun 5, 2018

A brief history of Big Foot, New Zealand’s most ridiculous RTD

For a brief moment, New Zealand was home to Big Foot, a mythically potent RTD served in a giant bottle and apparently aimed squarely at teens. Don Rowe talks to the brain behind it.

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LIC
May 31, 2018

Semen Valley: the NZ agritech hub which milks the world’s finest bulls

Inside the cutting edge Waikato farm technology hub which makes our pastures greener and impregnates up to 80% of New Zealand’s dairy herd.

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Media
May 27, 2018

The best of The Spinoff this week

Bringing you the best weekly reading from your friendly local website. 

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Society
May 24, 2018

Minister pledges crackdown on offshore casinos that prey on Kiwi gamblers

The government promises to take action on JackpotCity-style operations, while urging the private sector and the public to step up, too. Don Rowe reports

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Society
May 22, 2018

‘Flip the bitch-switch’: self-defence gets real in Rodney

An intensive self-defence and empowerment workshop puts young women in stressful roleplays of power dynamics and attempted assault. Don Rowe visits the Stand Up program at Rodney College. 

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Science
May 17, 2018

Dancing with Atoms: the new documentary honouring the ‘Sir Ed of science’

This weekend marks the release of Dancing With Atoms, veteran filmmaker Shirley Horrock's tribute to physicist Sir Paul Callaghan. Don Rowe talks to Horrocks about his life and legacy.

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Society
May 15, 2018

How an online casino is exploiting a legal loophole to prey on Kiwi gambling addicts

Overseas gambling site JackpotCity is getting around legal restrictions to advertise on NZ television – then using aggressive sales tactics to keep vulnerable gamblers hooked.

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Society
May 10, 2018

Phones, trombones, placentas: the weird world of NZ transport lost property

You don't know what you've got until it's gone, unless that's a human placenta or a full sized cello. We present the most bizarre items left behind on public transport.

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Parents
May 3, 2018

March of the Midwives

Midwives around New Zealand marched today, protesting pay rates and working conditions across the industry. Don Rowe joined the march up Auckland's main street.

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Business
May 2, 2018

Bad Bugs: Ranking the creepy crawlies threatening our economy

Don Rowe takes a deep dive into the disgusting to rank the diseases and bugs currently plaguing our shores, threatening our agriculture and tourism industries.

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Society
Apr 30, 2018

The Spinoff Reviews NZ #62: Freezing your ass off with the Wim Hof Method

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Don Rowe hops in an ice bath and gets introspective with the Wim Hof method. 

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Registered Master Builders
Apr 29, 2018

‘We’ve been under-building for a decade’: Registered Master Builders on the future of construction

Don Rowe spoke to Master Builders' David Kelly about the state of the New Zealand construction industry, and how the private sector will play an instrumental role in solving the housing crisis.

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Auckland
Apr 26, 2018

Something has to change: politicians pledge $30b to save Auckland commuters

This morning the government and Auckland Council announced a record $30b investment in solving Auckland's transport crisis. Don Rowe reports. 

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