Group Think

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

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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Television
Sep 5, 2017

Debating which of the leaders’ debates was the best debate

Everyone is talking about which party leader 'won' the first major leaders' debate, but nobody is asking which debate 'won'. Until now. 

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Politics
Sep 4, 2017

Ardern v English, round #2: Ben Thomas, Annabelle Lee, Simon Wilson and more on the Newshub debate

Bill English and Jacinda Ardern met this evening in their second big campaign set-piece, this time with Patrick Gower moderating. How did they fare? 

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Politics
Aug 31, 2017

Debate #1: Guy Williams, Annabelle Lee, Ben Thomas, Emily Writes, Simon Wilson and more on English v Ardern

Who won – Jacinda? Bill? A surprisingly competent Mike? A range of commentators from The Spinoff and all points on the political spectrum weigh in. Duncan Greive: Mike Hosking is still …

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Television
Aug 10, 2017

Metiria resigns and New Zealand TV explodes

Following Metiria Turei's resignation as leader of the Greens, The Spinoff TV writers report back on how our news outlets and commentators reacted to the political bombshell/earthquake/catastrophe.

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Television
Aug 3, 2017

The Spinoff’s guide to the most essential Seinfeld episodes

One of the world's most celebrated comedians, Jerry Seinfeld is performing one show only in Auckland this month. The Spinoff writers celebrate their favourite Seinfeld episodes before the live event.

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Television
Jul 1, 2017

We ranked every song from the Flight of the Conchords TV series

It's been 10 years since Bret and Jemaine first appeared on the small screen in their HBO series Flight of the Conchords. By way of celebration, The Spinoff writers enter …

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Television
Jun 13, 2017

The search for the greatest episode of a New Zealand webseries ever made

In this completely unbiased search, we asked New Zealand webseries makers to pick their favourite episodes and tell us the stories behind them.

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Society
Jun 12, 2017

The Spinoff’s Worst Jobs Ever: fish oil, shoplifting, trenches, and trance

To finally get to our dream jobs at The Spinoff, our staff have been through some pretty terrible employment. From flagrant sexism to gagging on fur balls from beard clippings, we've been exploited and used by our former employers.

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Television
May 25, 2017

Group think: Our fondest Shortland Street memories from the last 25 years

We asked Spinoff writers, contributors and pals to share their very favourite Shortland Street moments from 25 rich years of soapy drama.

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