Emily Writes

Emily Writes is editor of The Spinoff Parents. She is a mother of two, the best-selling author of Rants in the Dark - From one tired mama to another, writer and speaker. He second book Is it bedtime yet? is out now in all good bookstores. Email her on emily@thespinoff.co.nz

Society
Jan 21, 2021

Sorry, but I checked and Facebook comments continue to be a toxic cesspit

How does one turn into a rabid extremist over the description of a children's bike?

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Society
Jan 12, 2021

Sorry: the first 12 days of 2021 prove the apocalypse is coming

From aggressive squirrels to the return of SATC, the start of the year has presented clear evidence that the end is nigh.

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Society
Dec 31, 2020

Ten ways to leave 2020 where it belongs

We did it, folks. This hell year is finally over. Emily Writes has some suggestions for celebrating 2020's departure the way it deserves.

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Society
Dec 27, 2020

A meeting of NZ’s children on how to ruin the lives of parents in lockdown

'We must never forget out aim: to break the parents.'

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Southern Cross Travel
Dec 22, 2020

The art of packing: Start your summer the right way

Emily Writes lists the essential items you need to pack for your family road trip. 

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Society
Dec 20, 2020

After years in black, I braved dressing in glorious colour – and found myself again

It's called 'dopamine dressing', and it promises to make you feel happier with just the change of an outfit. The notoriously colour-allergic Emily Writes took the plunge.

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Society
Dec 9, 2020

A guide to passive aggressive Christmas gift giving

It’s time to shop for Christmas! But what to get for your creepy uncle and judgemental aunt?

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Society
Nov 30, 2020

An ode to the ‘best place in the world’: the Top 10 Holiday Park

We sat down with a wine and read our books knowing the kids were safe because they were so loud we could hear them from literally every corner of the camp.

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Society
Nov 25, 2020
Society
Nov 24, 2020

Please, stop picking on poor old Wellington

After a journalist wrote a mean column, Emily Writes steps up to defend her city's honour.

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Media
Nov 20, 2020

A guide to defending garbage people on Facebook

Another week, another scandal hits a lowly ex-reality TV idiot. But what of those who rush in to defend Pete Evans, and people like him?

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Society
Nov 19, 2020

‘Great day for poo in Wellington’: Faecal fans celebrate capital’s shitty success

Today's central city poonami seals it: Wellington is New Zealand's capital of crap, says Emily Writes

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Television
Nov 15, 2020

Review: Stuff’s web series Emma is gentle, uplifting and heartbreakingly complex

Stuff Circuit has delivered another moving documentary series with Emma, the story of one young woman's search for meaning, connection and closure.

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Society
Nov 5, 2020

Emily Writes: Farewell to the fairy godmother of self-pleasure

Pondering the passing of sex-positive pioneer Betty Dodson, Emily Writes concludes we're at a turning point – the shame is melting away as women embrace self-love and empowerment. 

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Television
Oct 30, 2020

Emily Writes: The best spooky TV to binge this Halloween weekend

Are you excited about spending Halloween on the couch this year? So is Emily Writes, who has some suggestions for a weekend of spooky streaming.

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Parents
Oct 27, 2020

Emily Writes: Bad Halloween ideas to entertain your little devils

If you're a parent looking for spooky activities to entertain your beastly offspring, Emily Writes has got your back.

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Television
Oct 24, 2020

Emily Writes: Quibi was dumb but I loved it a lot

Just six months after going live with much fanfare, streaming service Quibi is shutting down. Emily Writes provides a eulogy to the platform nobody liked.

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Mammograms
Oct 12, 2020

Emily Writes: Everything you need to know about mammograms

The facts are simple: mammograms save lives. But what's it like to have one? Emily Writes talks to Dr Monica Saini about keeping your breasts at their best.

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Society
Oct 10, 2020

Parenting Place charity cuts ties with counsellor over sexuality conversion therapy

David Riddell says he has been 'thrown under the bus' by the well-known parenting organisation, which listed him as an approved counsellor despite his therapeutic practice with children whom he …

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Politics
Oct 6, 2020

Emily Writes: I agree with Judith Collins, photography is too woke

You know who probably takes photos? Green voters.

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Breast Cancer Foundation
Oct 1, 2020

Check your breasts for change – it could save your life

After surviving breast cancer, Sarah Gandy has made it her mission to make sure New Zealand women know the signs of the disease so they can too.

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Society
Sep 28, 2020

Despite online abuse, a joyful drag show for kids is set for sell-out success

The children's theatre show that is making some conservatives furious opens in Wellington this week. Emily Writes spoke to creator George Fowler about the controversy, and the empowering message behind the play.

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Society
Sep 28, 2020

Emily Writes: It’s time to act on endometriosis

Having surgery was the best thing I ever did. Everybody deserves the option.

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Te Hiringa Hauora
Sep 18, 2020

We need to talk about antenatal mental health

While there’s still a need for increased support, more people are starting to talk about postnatal depression and anxiety. But antenatal mental distress continues to be misunderstood and left unspoken.

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Parents
Sep 11, 2020

Emily Writes: Why parents needn’t fear the new sex ed guidelines

Our children learn from everyone around them – and in 2020, we need to recognise that they learn from TikTok, PornHub, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat too.

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