Duncan Greive

Duncan Greive is founder and editor of The Spinoff.

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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Media
Jan 31, 2018

‘I just think we’ve been more aggressive’: an exit interview with Film Commission boss Dave Gibson  

An interview with Dave Gibson, collecting his thoughts on the state of the industry, #metoo and the state of the public arts sector.

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Media
Jan 22, 2018

Editorial changes at The Spinoff

The editor of The Spinoff explains why he is no longer editor of The Spinoff, plus talks through other key staff changes. Then indulges himself about what The Spinoff means, and how it was made.

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Television
Jan 16, 2018

Three’s stealth attack on TVNZ

The shock resignation of Mike Hosking has lead to Three playing some very aggressive media chess.

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Television
Jan 1, 2018

Summer reissue: Married at First Sight and the end of a reality TV era

The contrivances of the first generation of reality shows are being overtaken by higher stakes games, writes Duncan Greive.

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Politics
Dec 27, 2017

Summer reissue: Washington Post reveals the ‘far right agenda’ of the new Labour-led government

New Zealand has been living a lie. The Washington Post reveals that the Labour-led government is in fact a facade for the 'far right agenda' of Winston Peters. Duncan Greive details the shocking revelations.

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Society
Dec 9, 2017

Is every institution in Hamilton determined to disgrace itself?

It started with a gross message sent from a councillor to a journalist. And it hasn’t stopped since.

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Media
Dec 4, 2017

A farewell to Leighton Smith, NZ radio’s crankiest uncle

After more than 30 years, Newstalk ZB's pause-loving, conspiracy peddling morning talk host is hanging up the headphones. Duncan Greive tunes in.

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Television
Nov 29, 2017

The time is right to bring back Clash of the Codes

Duncan Greive watches Australian Ninja Warrior and makes a serious pitch for the return of New Zealand's own 90s multi-sport extravaganza.

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Business
Nov 21, 2017

Why does online shopping turn us all into rabid libertarians?

Last week Labour announced that all online purchases would – finally – incur GST. Then, almost immediately, they backed the hell away. Duncan Greive explains why they were right first time.

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Television
Nov 15, 2017

Married at First Sight and the end of a reality TV era

The contrivances of the first generation of reality shows are being overtaken by higher stakes games, writes Duncan Greive.

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Politics
Nov 9, 2017

The shocking truth: Washington Post reveals the ‘far right agenda’ of the new Labour-led government

New Zealand has been living a lie. The Washington Post today revealed that Jacinda Ardern's Labour-led government is in fact a facade for the "far right agenda" of Winston Peters. Duncan Greive details the shocking revelations – and the legislative programme of this terrifying coalition.

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Television
Nov 8, 2017

The NZ television awards are back, baby, and the nominees are….

After five years in which our local TV successes went largely uncelebrated, New Zealand once again has a national television awards.

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Politics
Nov 7, 2017

Gareth Morgan is shutting down the Morgan Foundation to double down on TOP

While TOP only managed 2.5% of the vote in the recent election, Gareth Morgan’s political ambitions are far from over. He’s just dropped $430,000 more into TOP while putting his think tank on long-term hiatus, writes Duncan Greive.

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Gaming
Nov 2, 2017

The SNES Mini and the power of gaming nostalgia

Duncan Greive plays the SNES Mini and recalls a time in his life when it was the one thing he wanted to be happy.

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Television
Nov 1, 2017

What will the new government do to our beloved TV?

Will Jacinda Ardern and her new cabinet mess with the remote? Duncan Greive inspects the broadcasting policies of Labour, NZ First and the Greens to find out.

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Television
Oct 25, 2017

Law & Order has jumped on the true crime miniseries bandwagon

Duncan Greive watches Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, a series following yet another grizzly case that gripped the world in the 90s. 

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Music
Oct 22, 2017

Preview review: Sean Paul, Ne-Yo, Craig David and more of the Friday Jams lineup, live in Melbourne

The best era in recent R&B history unites for a concert in downtown Auckland tonight. Duncan Greive reviews the Melbourne version.

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Media
Oct 12, 2017

Me and Sean Plunket: a brief history

Sean Plunket is back in the news thanks to a searingly bad Tweet on the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which he later claimed was a 'social experiment'. But it's far from his first offence. The Spinoff's editor Duncan Greive details his weird history with Plunket.

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Television
Oct 11, 2017

Doctor Foster and the unbearable ordinariness of the common marital affair

The second season of English drama Doctor Foster might be the best thriller on television, despite its everyday subject matter, writes Duncan Greive.

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Politics
Sep 26, 2017

The sad fate of the Māori party shows the Greens what awaits pragmatists

The annihilation of the Māori party shows the grim reality of MMP, and the rationality of the Greens’ refusal to engage with National under any circumstances, writes Duncan Greive.

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Politics
Sep 23, 2017

8.25pm: The most intriguing electorates so far

Duncan Greive scrolls down the electorates in play – including some big name potential casualties.

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Politics
Sep 20, 2017

What our Policy tool’s data vault has to tell us about election 2017

We present the five most interesting takeaways from analysis of the vast trove of data thrown up by our Policy tool in the lead-up to this election.

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