Duncan Greive

Duncan Greive is founder and managing editor of The Spinoff.

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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Media
Jul 23, 2019

One chart which reveals NZ’s incredible 30 year decline in public media funding

While researching NZ on Air for a recent history, Duncan Greive noticed a shocking 30 year trend.

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Television
Jul 20, 2019

Assessing NZ on Air, 30 years after the radical public broadcasting experiment began

No one else in the world funds public media like New Zealand. Is that a good thing?

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Cricket World Cup 2019
Jul 15, 2019

How it feels to lose the perfect game of cricket

The Black Caps were a critical part of what is probably the greatest game of cricket ever played, writes Duncan Greive. Is that enough to get over having lost it?

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Media
Jul 11, 2019

What you learn about TV from five years of ratings for The Block and Shortland St

They’re the two most important shows for TVNZ 2 and Three. And their ratings are changing radically, writes Duncan Greive.

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Business
Jul 9, 2019

The incredible vitality of Asian media told through five startups

One startup was banned by the government. Another founder was thrown in prison. Yet still they thrive.

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Business
Jul 7, 2019

The reluctant founder

He was one of the first employees at TradeMe, Xero and Vend. He’s just started his first company since the ‘90s. So why does Rowan Simpson want out already?

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Music
Jul 2, 2019

The extraordinary story of Love Brar, the fraudster who became a pop star

Lovepreet Brar was a migrant who scrapped his way from a one year diploma to New Zealand residency, before becoming an international bhangra hip hop star. In between times, he was part of an epic and dangerous fraud.

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Media
Jun 25, 2019

Announcing The Spinoff Members

We’re launching a brand new membership programme, inviting readers to support new journalistic endeavours and help shape our editorial direction.

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Food
Jun 25, 2019

Leo Molloy is still sharpening his knives

The bad boy of hospitality is nearing retirement age, yet his capacity for bitter feuds remains undiminished. Duncan Greive meets Leo Molloy, the Viaduct’s best host and worst enemy.

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Music
Jun 12, 2019

Interview: PNC on Bazooka Kid, and why hip hop doesn’t win songwriting awards

Ten years after he released one of the most singular New Zealand hip hop albums, PNC sits down with Duncan Greive to talk about its genesis, and why rappers still don’t get their due in this country.

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Politics
Jun 11, 2019

The Auckland mayoral hopeful and the journalist

John Tamihere’s unconventional campaign for the Auckland mayoralty continues, with his putting money behind a social media post attacking Simon Wilson’s coverage for the Herald.

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Budget 2019
Jun 1, 2019

The wellbeing budget is a very bad name for a very good idea

The wellbeing budget is a genuinely big idea, and deserves to transcend a messy week.

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Sports
May 29, 2019

‘They don’t chase wins, they chase prices’: why the fixing stench still clings to cricket

An international gambling industry source has told The Spinoff that World Cup warm-up matches are prime targets for the vast subcontinental fixing machine. Warm-up games in the Cricket World Cup …

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