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

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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Media
Sep 9, 2020

Are you a troll? A simple guide to finding out

Is 2020 the year of the troll? Are you a troll? Emily Writes has a quiz to see if you can change.

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Society
Aug 31, 2020

Emily Writes: OnlyFans is for sex workers, not attention-hungry celebrities

What is OnlyFans and why are sex workers upset about celebrities using it?

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Society
Aug 24, 2020

Emily Writes: What’s wrong with being wrong?

How can we help people realise they've made a mistake without falling into the 'callout culture' trap?

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Society
Aug 12, 2020

Emily Writes: Tackling all the terrible new Covid-19 takes in one go

Within minutes, the online community transmission of dumb takes was going like wildfire.

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Society
Aug 11, 2020

I complained about my stalker, over and over again. Then he killed

'I look carefully at every police car driving by. I don’t sleep. I'm terrified.'

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Te Hiringa Hauora
Jul 29, 2020

Born in lockdown: Stories of mothers giving birth during Covid-19

It’s estimated about 6700 babies were born in New Zealand during alert levels four and three. Emily Writes collected birth stories from mothers around the country.

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Society
Jul 29, 2020

Enduring the unendurable: The podcast shining a light on a silent tragedy

It’s a podcast almost four years in the making on a topic 'shrouded in silence'. Emily Writes speaks to Susie Ferguson about The Unthinkable.

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Society
Jul 28, 2020

‘I feel helpless’: The nine-month wait for action on a sexual assault complaint

In October 2019, she laid a complaint of sexual assault. Police say they’re ‘still waiting for a free detective’ to assign to the case.

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Food
Jul 16, 2020

Emily Writes: If you don’t know the price of cheese, you’re not fit to run the country

The leader of the National Party, Judith Collins, doesn't know how much cheese costs.

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Society
Jul 6, 2020

Movement against bible study in schools ramps up with court action and petition

A new petition calling for an end to religious instruction in primary schools is part of a renewed campaign to make state schooling truly secular, reports Emily Writes.

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Parents
Jun 25, 2020

It’s time New Zealand takes post-birth care seriously

A group of mothers, personal trainers, and physiotherapists have joined together to try to address New Zealand's lack of post-birth care. Here's why.

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Television
Jun 24, 2020

Emily Writes: High School Mums should be a call to action

There's no doubt the young women of High School Mums will leave you feeling inspired. But the show should also spur change.

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Television
Jun 12, 2020

If America can cancel Cops, New Zealand can bin Police Ten 7

After 31 years on air, the American police television show Cops was finally cancelled on Wednesday. Is it time for New Zealand to do the same to Police 10-7?

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Society
Jun 9, 2020

The sperm drought: Why New Zealand needs more donors

You may snigger, but it's a serious issue. Emily Writes asked embryologist Emily Wilson why our nation needs more sperm donors.

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Books
Jun 5, 2020

Emily Writes reports on a new and frankly upsetting twist on #TurnArdern

Emily Writes interviews Steve McSteverson about his traumatic and tragic ordeal this week.

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Television
May 28, 2020

Emily Writes: In celebration of Soft TV

Emily Writes celebrates wholesome shows and the rise of cosy television.

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MOE
May 26, 2020

Emily Writes: On coming ‘home’ to school and our community

'Standing on the hopscotch with the sun shining down, it felt like everything was right. And it hasn’t felt like that for a long time.'

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