Duncan Greive

Duncan Greive is founder and managing editor of The Spinoff.

Business
Mar 19, 2019

Post-Christchurch, corporate NZ is calling big tech to account

A coalition of major New Zealand advertisers is building a coalition to demand change from the tech giants.

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Media
Mar 19, 2019

The quiet deletion of the Islamophobic archives

How New Zealand and international organisations are dealing with their islamophobic past and present – and which are leaving it all live.

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Society
Mar 16, 2019

The atrocity profits

New Zealanders were furious with news organisations that broadcast video and manifesto related to the atrocity in Christchurch. But what about the online giants which made it all accessible?

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Ātea
Mar 10, 2019

What Cook missed when he landed

The current New Zealand innovator of the year is on a mission to sear the real story of New Zealand’s discovery into the minds of a generation of New Zealanders.

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Television
Mar 3, 2019

Love Island NZ is Three betting its house on epic reality TV

Love Island has smashed streaming records all over the world and Three’s purchase of the global rights, along with pricey a local franchise, will complete a radical transformation of the channel.

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Business
Feb 19, 2019

NZ’s Facebook tax suggests the day of digital reckoning draws near

Does yesterday’s surprise announcement around the tax status of digital giants indicate a willingness to tackle the vast problems they create?

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Business
Feb 5, 2019

Vice NZ looks set to close as part of a massive wave of global redundancies

Sources suggest the New Zealand editorial arm of the global youth media giant is shutting down.

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Television
Feb 4, 2019

Peter Jackson is out of control and must be stopped

The announcement that Peter Jackson’s latest project is a Beatles documentary is proof the decorated director has finally gone too far.

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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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