Duncan Greive

Duncan Greive is founder and managing editor of The Spinoff.

Music
Jul 21, 2018

The biggest band in New Zealand history are doing everything wrong

Six60 are as much a business as a band, and have broken every rule in music on their way to historically unprecedented success, writes lapsed music critic and Six60 hater 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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Music
Oct 22, 2017

Preview review: Sean Paul, Ne-Yo, Craig David and more of the Friday Jams lineup, live in Melbourne

The best era in recent R&B history unites for a concert in downtown Auckland tonight. Duncan Greive reviews the Melbourne version.

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Media
Oct 12, 2017

Me and Sean Plunket: a brief history

Sean Plunket is back in the news thanks to a searingly bad Tweet on the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which he later claimed was a 'social experiment'. But it's far from his first offence. The Spinoff's editor Duncan Greive details his weird history with Plunket.

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Television
Oct 11, 2017

Doctor Foster and the unbearable ordinariness of the common marital affair

The second season of English drama Doctor Foster might be the best thriller on television, despite its everyday subject matter, writes Duncan Greive.

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Politics
Sep 26, 2017

The sad fate of the Māori party shows the Greens what awaits pragmatists

The annihilation of the Māori party shows the grim reality of MMP, and the rationality of the Greens’ refusal to engage with National under any circumstances, writes Duncan Greive.

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Politics
Sep 23, 2017

8.25pm: The most intriguing electorates so far

Duncan Greive scrolls down the electorates in play – including some big name potential casualties.

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Politics
Sep 20, 2017

What our Policy tool’s data vault has to tell us about election 2017

We present the five most interesting takeaways from analysis of the vast trove of data thrown up by our Policy tool in the lead-up to this election.

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Television
Sep 18, 2017

‘All silent, all done’: The Block and the end of a New Zealand housing era

Duncan Greive reflects on the shambolic end to The Block 2017, and what the show has revealed to us about our housing market and crisis over that time.

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Politics
Sep 16, 2017

Screaming into the void with Gareth Morgan and TOP

Duncan Greive spends an extraordinary two days with Gareth Morgan – and his comms sidekick Sean Plunket – as he tries to will TOP back into relevance amid the chaos of the 2017 election.

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Politics
Sep 14, 2017

‘Words do mean things’: Highlights from Guyon Espiner’s brutal interview with Winston Peters

The best interview of the election happened today on Morning Report, when Guyon Espiner made Winston Peters look like his race was already run. Duncan Greive recounts the 10 greatest hits.

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Politics
Sep 14, 2017

If the election is driving you to drink, there’s now a podcast for that

This week ‘The Beerhive’ launched, a podcast which sits between beer and politics. Host Shane Cowlishaw explains the pod to Duncan Greive.

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Television
Sep 13, 2017

‘We’re now slushing around in a tabloid shit pit’ – An interview with Guy Williams

Former radio host, current Jono and Ben man and Billy T winning comic Guy Williams has just released a half-hour stand-up special for free on the internet. He spoke with Duncan Greive about a variety of things.

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Television
Sep 13, 2017

Just when you thought we’d stopped with the China-bashing

Bryan Bruce’s documentary Who owns New Zealand now? – which screened on Three last night in primetime – is a deeply problematic sequel to Labour’s ‘Chinese-sounding names’ fiasco of 2015, writes Duncan Greive.

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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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