Duncan Greive

Duncan Greive is founder and managing editor of The Spinoff.

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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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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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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