Duncan Greive

Duncan Greive is founder and managing editor of The Spinoff.

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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Society
Jul 4, 2018

The richest group of New Zealanders just got some more government money

The winter warmer package came in on Sunday, an extra $20-$30 a week to help pay power bills. Only, a big part of it is going to those who need it least.

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Television
Jun 26, 2018

Heartbreak Island: the reality behind this TV mutant

Even before it aired, Heartbreak Island had attracted an excess of controversy. Duncan Greive says the show is much better and stranger than its detractors would have you believe.

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Politics
Jun 13, 2018

Call the cops: a senior cabinet minister accidentally told the truth about drugs

Phil Twyford called meth use a “health issue” this morning, and said his Housing NZ would not make people homeless. Good words and true. So why is his government still locking addicts up?

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Media
May 27, 2018

Sky and the limit: Can NZ’s pay-TV giant ever rediscover its glory days?

After decades spent botching its online products, Sky has finally unveiled a strategy which appears to answer its critics. Duncan Greive asks CEO John Fellet whether this time really will be different.

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Books
May 16, 2018

When the bottom falls out: a masterpiece on a town that died

Amy Goldstein wanted to know what happened to the ordinary people impacted by the GFC. She tells Duncan Greive about the extraordinary book she wrote showing what happened after GM shut its oldest manufacturing plant.

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Television
May 16, 2018

With $38m on the table, TVNZ suddenly remembers how to do public broadcasting

With the government’s relationship with RNZ rocky, is moving Q+A to primetime a deftly timed olive branch?

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Auckland
May 10, 2018

The great Waiheke Island ferry rort

Statistics released under official information legislation reveal a tiny pool of 100 Supergold card holders hoover up over $200,000 worth of free trips to Waiheke Island every year.

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Media
Apr 16, 2018

What does Spark winning the RWC mean for Sky, and for rugby fans?

The telecomms company and TVNZ have outbid the satellite giant for the right to broadcast the 2019 men’s Rugby World Cup – and it marks a watershed moment for our media and audiences

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Politics
Apr 8, 2018

Sir Michael Cullen: ‘tax is not a necessary evil – it’s a necessary part of a civilised society’

The former deputy prime minister and chair of Labour’s tax working group talks to Duncan Greive about housing, tax, Bill English and Labour’s big 2017 campaign mistake.

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Media
Apr 5, 2018

The online revolution is (finally) coming to Sky

Sky’s bold new strategic plan reveals ambitions to offer unbundled content, online only access and an Apple TV-style box – all while keeping its pricey satellite service.

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Tax Heroes
Mar 28, 2018

Tax Heroes: forget the rich list – who pays the most tax in NZ?

Today we launch Tax Heroes, a project created in partnership with the IRD which aims to ‘invert the rich list’, and instead focus on the entities that contribute the most to New Zealand.

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Auckland
Mar 25, 2018

The long-lost diorama of Auckland which reveals the city of 1939

A diorama of Auckland dating to the 1930s was lost for decades, and shows in stunning detail the central city with light rail right through it, and before huge chunks of it were demolished.

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Auckland
Mar 15, 2018

Memo, Mike Hosking – no one’s forcing you to live in an apartment

A furious Mike Hosking has written a column decrying the construction of 33 new apartments with not a single carpark between them. Duncan Greive responds.

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Media
Feb 28, 2018

The plan to save Sky from following DVDs to the TV grave

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today we explain what Sky has done to its prices – and why they’ve done it.

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Media
Feb 27, 2018

RNZ and NZ on Air are battling over Labour’s $38m media funding windfall

Redactions which disappeared due to a technical glitch point to a standoff which pits NZ on Air and the big private media companies against RNZ. The stakes? A huge funding boost which could shape the future of media in NZ.

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Media
Feb 20, 2018

The Herald and Stuff are defying the Commerce Commission and getting closer all the time

NZME and Stuff are working together wherever they can, regardless of what the watchdog and high court have to say about it.

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Politics
Feb 13, 2018

Bill English and the end of an overlong era

In just 15 months New Zealand has witnessed a generational sea change in its politics and media, writes Duncan Greive.

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Television
Feb 11, 2018

MAFS Australia is bloated, bizarre and sometimes brilliant

There are over 350 minutes of MAFS Australia a week on Three. Should you spend almost all your spare time watching them?

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Television
Feb 1, 2018

Who the hell is Jeremy Wells and what right has he to replace Mike Hosking?

The Spinoff introduces a rightly fearful nation to the Mike Hosking impersonator replacing Mike Hosking as the host of Seven Sharp.

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