Duncan Greive

Duncan Greive is founder and managing editor of The Spinoff.

Top of the List
Nov 12, 2019

Five ways to fall in love with the Coromandel

The Coromandel Peninsula is a magic geographical cul-de-sac. Here's how to explore this stunning part of our backyard.

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Business
Nov 8, 2019

The All Blacks’ success masks long-term decline for NZ rugby. Is it terminal?

A combination of bad demographics, financial pressure and a decade's old bill coming due make the new NZ Rugby CEO’s job infinitely harder than that of the next All Blacks coach.

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Money
Nov 6, 2019

Announcing The Spinoff Money

After years of trying The Spinoff today launches Money – its newest section, one aimed at demystifying and making accessible the world of money.

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Media
Nov 1, 2019

The Guardian launches New Zealand expansion

Its first full-time reporter will lead the project, which includes a dedicated section of its homepage for New Zealand.

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Business
Oct 20, 2019

New Zealand media: a health check

Three is for sale and could easily disappear. The forces disrupting it are impacting all our media – we assess the health of New Zealand’s six big media companies.

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Business
Oct 18, 2019

MediaWorks quits television: Three will be sold – or closed

MediaWorks’ owners have called time after years of losses from its TV division. Sources say the company will announce it is for sale – if no buyers emerge, it will close within months.

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Television
Oct 16, 2019

MediaWorks wasn’t bluffing: NZ Today and MAFS NZ cancelled, 7 Days faces huge cuts

It’s the end of an era at Three as MAFS NZ and Guy Williams’ new show cancelled and 7 Days cut to bone

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SME
Oct 15, 2019

The economist who forgot everything he learned

He was the prototypical high school nerd, hanging on Don Brash’s every word. Then the financial world turned upside down. This is the story of how Kiwibank’s Jarrod Kerr became a most unconventional economist.

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Media
Oct 10, 2019

Spark just swiped the cricket rights. What does that mean for Sky – and you?

Even bigger than the Rugby World Cup, Spark’s acquisition of six years of local cricket signals the end of a sporting era – and that the telco giant is deadly serious about sports.

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Television
Oct 7, 2019

Review: My Restaurant Rules is Michelin-starred local reality TV

The seething passions of small-town restaurants explode in TVNZ 2’s new cooking show.

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Media
Oct 2, 2019

Review: the new Vodafone TV is the last box you’ll ever buy for your telly

Vodafone TV is yet another damn thing to plug into your television – but one you really should take a look at.

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Books
Sep 29, 2019

The extraordinary and appalling true story of the rise of Uber

Uber became one of the biggest companies in the world in a few short years. Mike Isaac’s extraordinary Super Pumped shows the world just what it sacrificed for cheap rides.

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Business
Sep 23, 2019

All the winners and losers after Spark’s ‘abject disaster’ of a weekend

Assessing the fallout – for better and for worse – of Spark's dismal RWC debut.

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Media
Sep 11, 2019

‘Google is our biggest competitor’: CEO Kevin Kenrick reimagines TVNZ for the digital age

Facing streaming giants with multi-billion dollar budgets, the state broadcaster has announced it expects a big 2020 loss. Duncan Greive goes to find out why TVNZ CEO Kevin Kenrick is still smiling.

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Business
Sep 8, 2019

The story behind New Zealand’s most bizarre print ad

For weeks, Carpet Mill has been running a very strange full page ad in a national newspaper. Duncan Greive investigates.

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Television
Aug 31, 2019

MAFS NZ to cut entire storyline of the groom accused of domestic violence

A shocking Herald story about the past actions of one of its grooms have forced an unprecedented move from MediaWorks.

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Television
Aug 26, 2019

Review: The Gulf is a genuinely world-class crime drama set on Waiheke island

For years, New Zealand has bemoaned the gap between much of our television drama and the cutting edge out in the world. That gap might finally be closing.

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Television
Aug 25, 2019

Review: Celebrity Treasure Island reboot is a brilliant blast from TV’s ancient past

As a format it predates almost all reality TV, and that’s precisely why it works in 2019, writes Duncan Greive.

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Television
Aug 23, 2019

Review: Guy Williams finally gets out from under Jono and Ben on NZ Today

The lanky sidekick from Jono and Ben journeys around New Zealand trying to solve small town problems. Does he succeed?

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Television
Aug 20, 2019

Review: Netflix’s Derry Girls is the best teen comedy on TV right now

Stranger Things owns all the oxygen for period-piece teen TV, but Ireland’s impossibly charming Derry Girls deserves as much acclaim, writes Duncan Greive.

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Media
Aug 17, 2019

Assessing the TVNZ, RNZ and Māori TV merger that everyone is talking about

Could a new hybrid of all the government’s major media holdings solve multiple media and government problems?

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Business
Aug 15, 2019

Contemplating the end of Three

MediaWorks’ CEO asks us to imagine a world with only government-owned TV news.

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Television
Aug 6, 2019

The two big resignations which have everyone in NZ television talking

Commissioners are among the most powerful and coveted roles in television. Suddenly, after years  of little movement, there are five vacancies.

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Media
Jul 29, 2019

Announcing The Spinoff’s local elections pop up 

Two months of sustained coverage of the local elections, all around New Zealand – brought to you by The Spinoff Members.

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Media
Jul 27, 2019

Revealed: TVNZ’s plan to become a not-for-profit while it turns to face Netflix

The state-owned broadcaster has quietly announced it sees no prospect of returning a profit in the 'foreseeable future'

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Media
Jul 25, 2019

Meet the minister in charge of a media teetering towards end times

Kris Faafoi sits down with The Spinoff's managing editor to discuss all that bedevils a rowdy sector with big problems and high expectations.

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