Duncan Greive

Duncan Greive is founder and managing editor of The Spinoff.

Food
Jan 9, 2020

This morning a robot cooked me eggs

Industrial robots can make our cars and planes, but for some reason the sight of a mechanical omelette machine filled Duncan Greive with existential dread. 

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Business
Jan 1, 2020

A New Zealand media health check

In the wake of the shocking revelations about Three, Duncan Greive assesses the health of New Zealand’s six big media companies. This story was first published on 20 October, 2019. Winston Peters …

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Food
Dec 31, 2019

Leo Molloy is still sharpening his knives

Summer reissue: 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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Books
Dec 26, 2019

The extraordinary and appalling true story of the rise of Uber

Uber became one of the biggest companies in the world in a few short years. Mike Isaac’s extraordinary Super Pumped shows the world just what it sacrificed for cheap rides.

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Media
Dec 12, 2019

The Fold with Duncan Greive: A new podcast covering the chaos of NZ media

A new podcast devoted to analysing New Zealand's media as it undergoes the biggest and most troublesome transition in its history.

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Decade in Review
Dec 10, 2019

The decade in media: How the mighty have fallen and broken both their arms

Looking back on 10 years which saw New Zealand’s media transform from a position of near-limitless power and influence to the deeply humbled reality of today.

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Vodafone
Nov 27, 2019

The everything platform

At Vodafone HQ on the North Shore, a multinational team is working to build a network which will change New Zealand. Duncan Greive watches the birth of 5G.

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Media
Nov 14, 2019

Five key questions about the new super-broadcaster to replace TVNZ and RNZ

An untimely leak to RNZ brought some clarity to the government’s plans for its media assets – yet left many questions unanswered. Duncan Greive analyses the latest revelations.

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Media
Nov 13, 2019

Two days in Sydney as Australia burns

The catastrophic bushfires in Australia are framed very differently depending on which media you consume.

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Top of the List
Nov 12, 2019

Five ways to fall in love with the Coromandel

The Coromandel Peninsula is a magic geographical cul-de-sac. Here's how to explore this stunning part of our backyard.

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Business
Nov 8, 2019

The All Blacks’ success masks long-term decline for NZ rugby. Is it terminal?

A combination of bad demographics, financial pressure and a decade's old bill coming due make the new NZ Rugby CEO’s job infinitely harder than that of the next All Blacks coach.

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Money
Nov 6, 2019

Announcing The Spinoff Money

After years of trying The Spinoff today launches Money – its newest section, one aimed at demystifying and making accessible the world of money.

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Media
Nov 1, 2019

The Guardian launches New Zealand expansion

Its first full-time reporter will lead the project, which includes a dedicated section of its homepage for New Zealand.

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Business
Oct 20, 2019

New Zealand media: a health check

Three is for sale and could easily disappear. The forces disrupting it are impacting all our media – we assess the health of New Zealand’s six big media companies.

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Business
Oct 18, 2019

MediaWorks quits television: Three will be sold – or closed

MediaWorks’ owners have called time after years of losses from its TV division. Sources say the company will announce it is for sale – if no buyers emerge, it will close within months.

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Television
Oct 16, 2019

MediaWorks wasn’t bluffing: NZ Today and MAFS NZ cancelled, 7 Days faces huge cuts

It’s the end of an era at Three as MAFS NZ and Guy Williams’ new show cancelled and 7 Days cut to bone

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SME
Oct 15, 2019

The economist who forgot everything he learned

He was the prototypical high school nerd, hanging on Don Brash’s every word. Then the financial world turned upside down. This is the story of how Kiwibank’s Jarrod Kerr became a most unconventional economist.

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Media
Oct 10, 2019

Spark just swiped the cricket rights. What does that mean for Sky – and you?

Even bigger than the Rugby World Cup, Spark’s acquisition of six years of local cricket signals the end of a sporting era – and that the telco giant is deadly serious about sports.

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Television
Oct 7, 2019

Review: My Restaurant Rules is Michelin-starred local reality TV

The seething passions of small-town restaurants explode in TVNZ 2’s new cooking show.

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Media
Oct 2, 2019

Review: the new Vodafone TV is the last box you’ll ever buy for your telly

Vodafone TV is yet another damn thing to plug into your television – but one you really should take a look at.

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Books
Sep 29, 2019

The extraordinary and appalling true story of the rise of Uber

Uber became one of the biggest companies in the world in a few short years. Mike Isaac’s extraordinary Super Pumped shows the world just what it sacrificed for cheap rides.

Read on.

Business
Sep 23, 2019

All the winners and losers after Spark’s ‘abject disaster’ of a weekend

Assessing the fallout – for better and for worse – of Spark's dismal RWC debut.

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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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