Group Think

Multiple Spinoff contributors coming together to collaboratively author a post, video or podcast.

Science
Oct 8, 2018

Today marks the end of magical thinking on climate change

Bronwyn Hayward, Jim Salinger, James Renwick and other experts respond to a critical report from the International Panel on Climate Change  The IPCC’s latest special report, Global Warming of 1.5C, has …

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Society
Aug 7, 2018

Don Brash made a martyr? On the Massey University ban decision

The former National leader and Hobson’s Pledge advocate has become a fresh lightning rod in the debate around free speech and ‘deplatforming’

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WOAP 2018
Jun 20, 2018

How to throw a party right: an expert guide

Wellington's party experts share their tips on how to nail your next gig. 

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Business
Jun 8, 2018

In praise of bricks and mortar: The Spinoff picks their favourite stores

Online shopping is great, but sometimes you just can't beat a good old trip to your favourite local.

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Television
Jun 6, 2018

Fucking? Fecking? Fricking? What did Angry Cop really say on Shortland Street?

The S***off panel of experts with their learned assessments of what was said on the nation’s favourite soap.

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Business
May 24, 2018

The coolest Kiwi tech companies you need to know about

We've assembled a list of the most exciting startups and tech companies in New Zealand right now, chosen by some of the tech leaders gathered for Techweek'18.

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Budget 2018
May 17, 2018

Budget 2018: the great Spinoff hot-take fry-up

How did Grant Robertson and co fare? Experts from across a range of sectors give their verdicts.

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Techweek18
May 15, 2018

Techweek’18: A festival of the future

At Techweek‘18 the people leading New Zealand’s innovation and technological revolution share their secrets. We asked the experts for their festival recommendations.

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Television
May 7, 2018

Dancing with the Stars NZ Power Rankings: The kiss of death for the first celeb

It's week two on Dancing with the Stars and one star must combust. Sam Brooks and Alex Casey power rank the contestants with varying levels of expertise and insight.

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Media
Mar 27, 2018

We downloaded our Facebook data and all we got was this lousy list of random stuff

Inspired by the controversy over Facebook's exploitation of users' personal information, four Spinoff staffers downloaded their data. Here's what they found.

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Sports
Mar 24, 2018

Pink Ball Diaries: Who is New Zealand’s greatest batsman of all time?

Yesterday, Kane Williamson became the first New Zealand batsman to score 18 test centuries. But is he New Zealand's greatest ever batsman?

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Television
Feb 5, 2018

Ten thoughts about the brand new Seven Sharp

Alex Casey and Duncan Greive share ten observations from the premiere episode of an all-new Seven Sharp.

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Jan 24, 2018

Intrepid summer road trip: Auckland’s secrets hiding in plain sight

In the final part of our series exploring adventures around Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, our writers take a trip through Auckland's backyard, and further beyond.

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Society
Jan 19, 2018

The hell that is renting as a single parent in Wellington

Finding a rental in Wellington isn't only a battle for students and young professionals. Here, single mothers tell their accommodation search stories, and public policy researcher Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw explains why housing insecurity is so damaging for families.

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Television
Jan 17, 2018

What’s new to Lightbox in January?

Alex Casey and Sam Brooks introduce some new shows on Lightbox that might take your fancy this month.

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Television
Jan 16, 2018

Which channel wore their returning 7 o’clock show best? 

Last night marked the return of several key shows to the coveted 7 pm time slot, so we deployed our television moles to watch and report back. 

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Politics
Dec 31, 2017

Our experts’ wild predictions for politics in 2018

At least one of these 15 soothsayers is bound to be right ...

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Television
Dec 24, 2017

Summer reissue: A chat about the debut of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams

Alex Casey and José Barbosa try to piece together the meaning behind the unique, mind-bending tales of anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. Contains spoilers and trippiness. 

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Gaming
Dec 22, 2017

The Spinoff test drive the PlayStation party games you’ll be playing this summer

Turns out the best thing for a monster hangover is computer party games.

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Politics
Dec 18, 2017

2018 in politics: What will be the crucial issues?

The three big areas for NZ and the world next year, according our first 15.

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Politics
Dec 16, 2017

The world in 2017, in one sentence

Fifteen politics watchers attempt the impossible.

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Politics
Dec 14, 2017

2017 in politics: The champs and the flops

16 top politics watchers name their winners and losers from a tumultuous political year.

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Television
Nov 8, 2017

Kiwi hero Anna Paquin is back to melt your mind in Electric Dreams

WIth Kiwi hero Anna Pacquin gracing the buzzy anthology Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams this week, Alex Casey and Jose Barbosa dissect her reality-bending episode. 

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Politics
Oct 19, 2017

Group Think: It’s Jacinda Ardern, PM, as Winston goes with Labour

Arise Prime Minister Ardern, arise Deputy PM Peters (tbc). Our hastily convened panel weigh in on what tonight's announcement means.

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Television
Oct 19, 2017

A buzzy chat about the debut of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams

Alex Casey and Jose Barbosa try to piece together the meaning behind the mind-bending tales of Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams.  

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Politics
Oct 4, 2017

Group think: Which way will Winston leap?

As a nation awaits NZ First leader Winston Peters' decision on which major party to support in government, we asked a gang of political experts and insiders for their predictions.

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