Duncan Greive

Duncan Greive is founder and managing editor of The Spinoff.

Media
Dec 16, 2018

The media in 2018: Spark and the risks and rewards of entering the rights race

A look at some of the smaller and emerging players – including Spark, Bauer Media and Māori Television.

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Media
Dec 15, 2018

RNZ in 2018: will well-meaning government interference end its dream run?

It has been the best-performing media brand of the past five years. Yet Labour’s bold plans to grow it have caused RNZ nothing but trouble so far.

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Media
Dec 14, 2018

NZME: the media giant still at war after all these years

The owner of both Newstalk ZB and the Herald retains a singular influence in the New Zealand media. But anonymous rival executives have doubts about its ability to pull off its biggest challenge – introducing a paywall in 2019.

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Media
Dec 13, 2018

MediaWorks in 2018: is the toughest kid in the media finally going to be released from private equity prison?

The home of Three and radio stations like The Edge has been owned by private equity for 10 years now. Duncan Greive talks to anonymous executives to find out whether it might be close to getting an owner that really wants it.

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Media
Dec 12, 2018

Sky in 2018: the pay TV giant has one last shot at the internet

It’s the biggest and by far the most profitable media company in New Zealand. In today's instalment of his series on NZ media in 2018, Duncan Greive asks media executives why no one believes in Sky any more.

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Society
Dec 12, 2018

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 12

Every day in the leadup to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Our arbitrary and strictly enforced word limit: 365. Today: Duncan Greive on why churches (and other religious institutions) should start paying tax.

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Media
Dec 11, 2018

Stuff in 2018: the media monster no one wants to own

Stuff is both the biggest news site in the country and its most precarious big media company.

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Media
Dec 10, 2018

The edge of the cliff: inside the major NZ media companies in 2018

We speak to senior figures across NZ’s biggest media companies to find out what they think about their plight, their rivals and the industry as a whole

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Media
Dec 10, 2018

TVNZ in 2018: the public broadcaster finally remembers who owns it

The first of a series on the major New Zealand media companies, sourced through anonymous conversations with senior executives.

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Parents
Oct 26, 2018

How to ruin one of the biggest days in a young person’s life

A last minute cancelation of the final day of school at Mount Albert Grammar has deprived its students of one of the most emotional moments of their lives, writes Duncan Greive, parent to a MAGS school leaver.

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Business
Oct 23, 2018

The data does lie: how Facebook’s fake video stats smashed NZ journalism

A lawsuit has revealed Facebook inflated its video statistics for years, inspiring the 'pivot to video' which decimated journalism. Duncan Greive looks at its impact on New Zealand.

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Business
Oct 6, 2018

Inside the cult of Xero

Staff and customers of accounting software platform Xero speak of it in awe. Duncan Greive heads to their conference to find out why.

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Television
Oct 6, 2018

‘We’re not arseholes’: Block winners Amy and Stu hit back at the haters

The Block NZ season seven champs Amy and Stu meet The Spinoff nursing hangovers, but carrying a big cheque.

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Television
Oct 1, 2018

The house always wins: lessons from the finale of The Block NZ 2018

Duncan Greive watches The Block’s final nail and asks what this strange show tells us about New Zealand in 2018.

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Politics
Sep 25, 2018

Derek Handley and the CTO saga that refuses to die

The aborted appointment of Derek Handley to the government’s CTO role continues to drag on – the latest installment is a folder of communications between himself, Clare Curran and Jacinda Ardern.

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Politics
Sep 21, 2018

When one percent is a really big number

An unexpectedly high growth number might herald the end of a harsh winter for the government, writes Duncan Greive.

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Business
Aug 29, 2018

NZ tech is losing it over the idea of Derek Handley as CTO of New Zealand

Entrepreneur Derek Handley is apparently on the verge of being appointed CTO of the whole country of New Zealand. And its tech community is not happy.

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Business
Aug 27, 2018

Z Energy takes huge stake in Flick – will its petrol-into-power move work?

Z Energy, the petrol retailer that trumpets its environmental record, today put its money where its PR is in purchasing a large majority stake in Wellington startup Flick Electric Co.

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Business
Aug 24, 2018

Sky TV completes a very rare feat in legacy media: raising underlying profits

The pay TV giant has lost customers, it's making less out of each one, and has cut prices. But their annual result shows they might yet find a way out of the woods.

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Media
Aug 21, 2018

The real ratings of NZ’s news sites shows some have a big problem

A just-released cache of Nielsen data shows the impact a series of Facebook algorithm changes have done to New Zealand’s online media (spoiler: it’s not great).

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Parents
Aug 7, 2018

I send my kid to the cold equivalent of a prison-yard most days and I’m fine with it

As if parents of pre-schoolers didn't have enough to deal with, a searing column on Monday informed them that the daycares they sent their kids to were kiddie prisons. Duncan Greive examines this appalling situation.

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Media
Aug 4, 2018

One simple hack to (maybe!) cure your phone addiction

After years of watching powerlessly as his iPhone took over his brain, Duncan Greive found a way of getting it back.

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Media
Aug 1, 2018

10 takeaways from NZ on Air’s shocking new audience survey

We've been waiting for the tipping point, where online really surges against broadcast media. It just arrived

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Music
Jul 21, 2018

The biggest band in New Zealand history are doing everything wrong

Six60 are as much a business as a band, and have broken every rule in music on their way to historically unprecedented success, writes lapsed music critic and Six60 hater Duncan Greive.

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Media
Jul 12, 2018

Behold, a new era in public media – but how much has really changed?

Clare Curran yesterday announced $15m in new funding for the media. How will it affect what you hear, see and read?

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Politics
Jul 10, 2018

‘I enjoyed pissing off the flakes and groupies’: Gareth Morgan on TOP, RIP

As the Opportunities Party throws in the towel, its polarising former leader explains why it's just not worth persevering.

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