Duncan Greive

Duncan Greive is founder and editor of The Spinoff.

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
Sep 12, 2017

Labour is starting a new TV channel – so why won't it sell TVNZ?

Labour’s non-commercial RNZ+ multi-media network is a brilliant idea – but it makes no sense to keep it and retain public ownership of TVNZ, argues Duncan Greive.

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Business
Sep 8, 2017

Amazon is coming for our wallets. How one little Mt Albert supermarket is fighting back

The car park was chockers, but Duncan Grieve battled the Christian hoards to check out New World's new answer to a New York Deli crossed with My Food Bag. But did it deliver the goods?

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Politics
Sep 7, 2017

The money fight: Ardern lights up English in Christchurch

In the most obscure yet symbolically important debate of recent elections, Ardern attacked English with a pitiless fury. Duncan Greive recaps the massacre.

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Politics
Sep 7, 2017

The very best of The Spinoff Great Debate

Last night The Spinoff hosted ‘The Great Debate’ on Facebook Live. We wanted the most entertaining politicians on one stage to cause chaos, and that’s exactly what we got. Duncan Greive recounts the highlights.

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Politics
Sep 5, 2017

The $11.7 billion question: Steven Joyce and Grant Robertson can’t both be right

Yesterday Steven Joyce claimed there was a giant hole in Labour's books. We asked a lot of economists and accountants whether the claim was correct.

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Politics
Sep 3, 2017

Mask off: National decides gang members have ‘fewer human rights’

National's newly-announced policy giving police powers to search gang members' houses at any time to check for weapons shows them returning to their base with a vengeance, writes Duncan Greive.

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Books
Aug 29, 2017

Review: The potentially redundant book adaptation of prime ministerial podcast series ‘The 9th Floor’

Like the podcast, but a book! While that sounds boring and pointless, Duncan Greive controversially argues that it’s actually good.

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Politics
Aug 28, 2017

Winston Peters and the real mother of all scandals

The New Zealand First leader is paid almost $200,000 a year in public money. Shouldn't he be leading the conscientious objectors rather than claiming superannuation, asks Duncan Greive.

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Media
Aug 22, 2017

The Skytanic has sighted its iceberg

For years now Sky has been the biggest force in New Zealand media, crushing everything in its path. But by ignoring digital it has found itself in a brutal squeeze between rising costs and shrinking revenue – all with thousands of customers poised to flee post-Lions tour. Duncan Greive asks if the end is now inevitable.

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Television
Aug 20, 2017

Eras don’t last forever: Clarkson, Hosking and the last days of the rude white dude

When Jeremy Clarkson left Top Gear in 2015, the show seemed doomed. Yet it soldiers on, boring but unbowed, while Clarkson's profile is much diminished. Duncan Greive asks whether the fading of Clarkson, Paul Henry and Bill O'Reilly means the end of an era for a particular species of male broadcaster.

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Climate Change Week
Aug 17, 2017

An interview with the climate change-obsessed CEO of NZ’s biggest petrol company

Z Energy is the largest retailer of petrol in New Zealand, yet is paying to promote Al Gore’s climate change movie An Inconvenient Sequel. Duncan Greive meets Z CEO Mike Bennetts and asks what’s up with that.

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Media
Aug 11, 2017

Exclusive: All Blacks in major content deal with US tech giant Amazon

The All Blacks will be featured in an in-depth eight part documentary series for Amazon Prime. New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew talks to Duncan Greive about what the partnership means for the brand – and for their relationship with Sky.

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Politics
Aug 7, 2017

Meanwhile, in the outer suburbs: National launch transport policy at a train station

Two hours after Labour launched its flagship transport policy in the central city, National launched its own 30 kilometres south. Duncan Greive was there to watch.

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Garage Project
Jul 31, 2017

‘I’ve just always been really nosy’: A few beers with Hilary Barry

2016 saw the end of a 23-year career at TV3 for Hilary Barry. A year on, happily ensconsed at TVNZ's Breakfast, she sits down for a few beers with Duncan Greive and photographer Joel Thomas to look back on her glittering career, the chaotic Mark Weldon era, and what came after.

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Television
Jul 26, 2017

Review: ‘Attitude’ shows New Zealand lives we rarely see on screen

Attitude is nearing 500 episodes over 13 years, and its current mental health series shows that it deserves a far better timeslot than 8.30am Sunday, writes Duncan Greive.

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Television
Jul 25, 2017

Unbelievably, Real Housewife Julia Sloane is plotting a comeback from her racist infamy

She became an international pariah after uttering the worst racial slur on The Real Housewives of Auckland. Now Julia Sloane is apparently plotting a comeback with a feature-length documentary, reports Duncan Greive.

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Media
Jul 24, 2017

Announcing The Spinoff Longform Fund

Want us to do more investigative journalism? Now you can help make that happen, writes Duncan Greive.

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Television
Jul 23, 2017

What NZ drama series can learn from Sunday Theatre

TVNZ 1's Sunday Theatre is one of the oldest surviving timeslots in New Zealand television. Duncan Greive reviews the excellent Resolve, and looks at the lessons it contains for our struggling serial dramas.

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Media
Jul 16, 2017

It’s not a fad: what TVNZ must learn from Netflix

A TVNZ exec made headlines last week for calling Netflix a fad. But after another big budget failure, Duncan Greive asks if it’s time the state broadcaster tried to learn from the streaming giant, rather than embarrassing itself by dismissing it.

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Television
Jul 12, 2017

New Zealand’s most ridiculous drama is back, and as bad as ever

A year on from a critically-mauled first season, big-budget local drama Filthy Rich returns. Duncan Greive watches to see if they've fixed what was broken.

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Media
Jul 7, 2017

Vacancy! The Spinoff seeks its first business journalist

Your favourite New Zealand media company is hiring a business journalist to join our cool team.

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Media
Jul 1, 2017

The Wellington City Council is brawling with the Dominion Post and it’s quite full on

Yesterday the Dominion Post published a story critical of the fees the Wellington City Council charged Lions fans to park camper vans in the city. A few hours later the Council gave back double.

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Sports
Jun 27, 2017

Peter Burling uses calm as a sporting weapon

Team New Zealand's innovation and Peter Burling's ineffable calm have returned the America's Cup to New Zealand.

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Parents
Jun 17, 2017

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #32: The Park and The Grounds at Whoa! Studios in Henderson

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today: Duncan Greive discovers Whoa! Studios, a magical place where parents and their children can co-exist in equal happiness via playgrounds, beer and food.

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Television
Jun 14, 2017

John Campbell and Nigel Latta combine to make the most ambitious NZ television in years

John Campbell makes his TVNZ debut and a strong case for a regular return to mainstream TV in What Next, TVNZ’s most public-spirited show since the charter was scrapped. Duncan Greive reviews the ambitious week-long TV event.

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Television
Jun 7, 2017

Hear us out: Julie Christie deserves to be a dame

When Julie Christie was announced as recipient of one of our most prestigious honours on Queen's Birthday, many were shocked and appalled. Duncan Greive makes the case for her as a worthy Dame.

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