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.
Don Rowe speaks Seth Luisi, co-founder of Impulse Studios and lead developer on Farpoint, the first legitimate AAA title on PSVR. Read Don Rowe's Farpoint review here. Don Rowe: I've played through â€¦
PlayStation have made a major play in the VR department, releasing the first AAA-quality game bundled with an innovative new controller to boot. Don Rowe straps on his goggles and goes alien hunting with Farpoint.
The first of three planned DLC expansions for the critically-acclaimed Nioh has been released, but does it address the game's noticeable faults? Don Rowe reviews the Dragon of the North.
Since opening in October last year the AR/VR Garage in Uptown is now home to more than 20 companies working across virtual and augmented reality. Don Rowe visits ahead of their ten day programme at Techweek'17.
2017 is the centennial anniversary of New Zealand’s darkest period in military history. This Anzac Day, Don Rowe looks back on 1917, a time of fleeting hope and unprecedented human loss.
A new initiative to teach yoga and mindfulness to troubled youth is effecting remarkable change. Don Rowe visits with Atawhai, a new initiative from Kristina Cavit and The Kindness Institute, ahead of their inaugural end of programme event this Sunday.
At around this time every year, the howls of agony echo around the country as people realise the retailers of liquor are shut. But forewarned is forearmed: Don Rowe presents the Spinoff's guide to buying booze at Easter and on Anzac Day.
Don Rowe speaks to Steve Williams, a Palmerston North man who has curated the most incredible collection of packaging materials in New Zealand - and possibly the world.
Last week we invited you to lob your questions regarding autonomous cars at AUT professor Reinhard Klette, New Zealand's foremost expert on the subject. Today he responds to a selection of the many questions he received, and explains why driverless cars might not be as close as you think.
Don Rowe speaks to Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson, the leading science communicator of our age, about climate change, celebratory ignorance and the rise (or not) of artificial intelligence.
As more and more young and vulnerable people are locked out of the market, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has declared war on bad landlords, releasing their tenancy compliance team into the wild. Don Rowe talks to their leader.
As summer drops away with the leaves a family in West Auckland prepares to endure another winter in substandard government housing, in a place that feels far from a home. Don Rowe visits and hears their story.
A new game ten years in the making attempts to adapt naturist Henry David Thoreau's classic Walden. But far from the rich and luscious text of Thoreau's hippie bible, Walden, a game is closer to a bowl of plastic fruit, writes Don Rowe.
As NASA announces the discovery of seven 'Earth-like' planets in deep outer-space, Don Rowe chats to Dr Brian Greene, certified super genius, about emotive science and the frontiers of theoretical physics.
As visitor arrivals reach unprecedented levels, and our environment and infrastructure buckle beneath the pressure, Don Rowe argues that it's time tourists paid their fair share.