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
Dec 18, 2018

Wake up Sheeple: Elf on the Shelf is a tool of a fascist government

Emily Writes goes to war with Elf on the Shelf and its disturbing surveillance agenda.

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Society
Dec 17, 2018

Gift ideas for your terrible relative that aren't another box of sampler biscuits

What do you get your drunk uncle for Christmas? What about your aunty who believes in conspiracy theories? Or your cousin's wife who is super racist? Emily Writes has your back.

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Television
Dec 12, 2018

Thank you to The Strip, the TV show that inspired my teenage sexual awakening

The strip club-set New Zealand TV series The Strip ran for two seasons in the early-2000s and is now largely forgotten. But Emily Writes remembers it...

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Parents
Dec 11, 2018

You don’t have to travel at Christmas

Christmas can be stressful – so Emily Writes decided to do something about it by giving up on festive travel. She explains why you should join her in refusing to budge this Christmas.

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Society
Dec 10, 2018

Rules won’t save women

Karla, Kirsa, Kirsty, Teresa, Christie, Sophie, Grace. Every woman has the name of another who taught them it's not safe to be a woman. But what are men being taught?

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Society
Dec 6, 2018

Why are doctors and their medical association fighting against reproductive rights?

A group of doctors are fighting as 'conscientious objectors' on abortion, and the NZ Medical Association is in their corner. Emily Writes is not impressed.

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Music
Dec 6, 2018

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 6

Today: Emily Writes on why Christmas music is great.

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Parents
Dec 3, 2018

Elliot has a brain tumour – one year on

Elliot's family invite us into their homes again to see how she's doing one year on from chemotherapy. Photos by Danny Rood. Words by Emily Writes.

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Food
Dec 3, 2018

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 3

Today: Emily Writes dismantles the Freakshake.

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Society
Nov 30, 2018

An exclusive investigation into the undercover world of vegan dogs

There's a new movement in the dog community – veganism. But are dogs being forced to forego meat against their will? Emily Writes investigates.

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Parents
Nov 27, 2018

Santa is real, and she’s pissed off

Yes a woman can be Santa – just ask all the mothers out there, says Emily Writes.

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Society
Nov 21, 2018

Great mates: The prison inmates caring for retired greyhounds

Retired greyhounds being supported to become the wonderful pets they are inside by men who are inside New Zealand prisons.

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Society
Nov 20, 2018

Why does a Wellington councillor want to charge homeless people to live in their cars?

A tale of a Wellington City Councillor, a plaque celebrating a famously compassionate Wellingtonian, and 32 people living in cars in the councillor's ward. "Apparently there are now 32 people living …

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Parents
Nov 19, 2018

Stop letting your kids watch horror films

Trying to navigate what films and games your child consume can be difficult. But R18 means R18, says Emily Writes.

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Society
Nov 15, 2018

Look at this sheep that is like a poodle!

LOOK AT ITS FACE AND EARS WHAT ABOUT ITS NOSE.

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Society
Nov 15, 2018

When will men start believing women?

A new survey of New Zealand women found that 82% had experienced either sexual violence or harassment. Compelling evidence – but will men ever believe it?

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Parents
Nov 12, 2018

Inside the secret world of co-sleepers

It's time to reveal the truth about co-sleepers. Emily Writes exposes the secret lives of families who bed share.

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Parents
Nov 6, 2018

Ten stupid toys your kids don’t need for Christmas

TradeMe has released its list of the Top 10 most-searched toys for 2018. Emily Writes tries to figure out what the hell they are.

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Society
Nov 3, 2018

Guy Fawkes Night sucks, let’s get rid of it

Emily Writes is mad as hell and not going to take it (fireworks) any more.

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Business
Nov 1, 2018

What really happened to NZ Secret Santa?

Yesterday, NZ Post broke hearts by ending the Twitter Secret Santa game. Emily Writes asked Libby Greatnews – social media specialist for NZ Post / social elf for NZ Secret Santa – what happened.

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Parents
Oct 31, 2018

Emily Writes: In defence of Halloween

Halloween in New Zealand is still not really a thing. But Emily Writes thinks it maybe should be.

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Parents
Oct 30, 2018

Emily Writes: Would you want to be a kid again?

Emily Writes has been considering how great it is to be a kid while staying up until midnight making a Halloween costume for her child who wants to be a "bubble".

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Media
Oct 25, 2018

Pregnant Princess Meghan Harry Windsor Cambridge pregnantly tours New Zealand

Emily Writes travels to the future to file the first news report on Meghan and Harry's forthcoming tour of New Zealand.

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Society
Oct 18, 2018

Maureen Pugh’s mum and the power of unconditional love

The mother of Maureen Pugh, the National MP whom Simon Bridges called 'fucking useless', has rounded on the party leader, calling him a 'dumb arse' in return. Good on her, says Emily Writes.

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Society
Oct 17, 2018

Celebrate National Boss’s Day with some stories about really bad bosses

Do you have a terrible boss story? We asked friends and whānau to share their worst for National Boss's Day.

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