Duncan Greive

Duncan Greive is founder and managing editor of The Spinoff.

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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Media
May 18, 2019

The Spinoff named best website at the Voyager Awards

Last night at the Voyager Media Awards in Auckland, The Spinoff was named website of the year. Managing editor Duncan Greive is still in shock.

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Music
May 4, 2019

Openside and the apex of New Zealand pop fandom

How a singer's revelation about their identity gave Openside their purpose – and New Zealand's most intense pop fans.

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Politics
Apr 23, 2019

CGT was icing on a massive cake: five key triumphs in Boomers’ blessed lives

The capital gains tax capitulation is just the latest triumph for the most powerful voting bloc in New Zealand history

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Television
Apr 19, 2019

The strangely aimless late career of John Campbell

The arrival of one of New Zealand’s most beloved broadcasters on breakfast TV is very perplexing

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Television
Apr 14, 2019

Review: The Bad Seed is NZ drama finally arriving in the 21st century

After years of hammy performances and ropey writing, The Bad Seed represents a landmark for New Zealand drama. Duncan Greive reviews.

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Media
Apr 5, 2019

Facebook’s three seismic weeks grappling with Christchurch

CEO Mark Zuckerberg was silent for weeks following the attacks, yet the world has refused to let this story go. Here is a summary of three extraordinary weeks for Facebook.

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Business
Mar 26, 2019

Facebook Live is unpopular, unsafe – and untouchable

The product used to broadcast the murder of 50 innocents is one of Facebook’s least popular and least profitable. What makes it so special that they can’t just hit pause?

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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 Otago
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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