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 and Is it bedtime yet? Sign up to her newsletter on Substack: Emily Writes Weekly. Email her on emily@thespinoff.co.nz

Food
Jul 30, 2021

What the hell has happened to the McFlurry®?

McDonald’s must address this grave offence that we just kind of didn’t notice for many years.

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Society
Jul 27, 2021

How do we bridge an impossible divide?

Despairing in the wake of anti-lockdown protests in Australia, Emily Writes searches for ways to fight the monster of ignorance and selfishness.

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Books
Jun 22, 2021
Sleeping greyhound cradling a book called Sleep Easy, and a big glowing phone.

Emily Writes: I tried to review a book about sleep

Turns out her reading is just as broken as her sleep.

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Society
Jun 21, 2021

Do not buy your child an axolotl because of a video game

An amphibian that lives for 15 years and whose needs are almost impossible to meet in captivity makes for a terrible pet, warns Emily Writes.

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Auckland Zoo
Jun 5, 2021

The vital work that makes Auckland Zoo proud to be a zoo

Emily Writes visits Auckland Zoo to meet some of New Zealand’s rarest species and the people tasked with ensuring they survive.

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Society
May 8, 2021

A leaked transcript from the JB Hi-Fi Mother’s Day catalogue planning meeting

We thought the Farmers catalogue planning meeting couldn't be topped. But then Emily Writes obtained another exclusive transcript.

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Food
May 4, 2021

Lunchbox shaming is out of control

Emily Writes on why a kid being told they don't have the 'right' food can do real damage.

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Society
Apr 6, 2021

My heart is where my home is

With a trans-Tasman bubble likely imminent, Australia-born Emily Writes, who used to hop across the ditch to see her family regularly, explains the dull ache of a year apart.

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Society
Mar 19, 2021

Women feeling unsafe in Wellington is nothing new

After 20 years of living in Wellington, walking anywhere alone just doesn't cross my mind.

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Society
Mar 13, 2021

A nation’s reckoning and the ripples that follow

We have no choice but to keep fighting.

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Society
Mar 2, 2021

Tips to keep your children engaged while not destroying yourself during lockdown

Across about a third of the country, parents are staring, empty eyed, into the middle distance, while their beloved kids unleash a special hell around them.

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Society
Feb 25, 2021

A short list of the ‘wokesters’ Simon Bridges should target next

Inspired by Bridges' brave stand against the evil wokesters, Emily Writes unearths other examples of the woke peril.

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Television
Feb 15, 2021

Review: Framing Britney Spears will make you feel angry – and guilty

The documentary is an uncomfortable watch that forces us to consider our own complicity in the pop singer's suffering.

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Southern Cross Pet
Feb 11, 2021

Best friends furever: The unconditional love of our pets

Emily Writes met five families to learn about the special role of the dogs in their lives.

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Science
Feb 4, 2021

Ten common misconceptions about the Covid-19 vaccine, debunked

Got a friend who’s got it wrong about vaccination? Here’s how to set them right.

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Science
Feb 3, 2021

What’s that weird jelly-like substance you’ve been swimming in this summer?

If you've been sharing the beach with the odd string of salps this summer, don't be alarmed – not only are they harmless, they play a key role in our marine ecosystem.

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Society
Jan 26, 2021

Will Drag Race Down Under truly represent the NZ drag scene?

Our homegrown drag royalty on their hopes – and fears – as RuPaul fever comes to Aotearoa.

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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

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