Group Think

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

Politics
Oct 29, 2018

Reeferendum: what should the question on cannabis legalisation be?

Some time before the end of the government's first term, the public will be asked to vote on whether or not New Zealand should legalise the personal use of cannabis. But how exactly should that question be phrased? We went to the experts to find out.

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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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Television
May 8, 2017

The tribe has spoken: The Survivor NZ voting papers are simply too crisp

Our superfan think tank weighs in following the premiere of Survivor New Zealand on TVNZ 2 last night.

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Books
May 5, 2017

The Unity Books best-seller chart for the week ending May 5

The best-selling books at the two best bookstores in the Western world.

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Gaming
May 3, 2017

The second Spinoff Internal Office Gaming Tournament: Tetris

Workmate against workmate, block on block, the Spinoff office will never be the same.

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Comedy
Apr 19, 2017

‘I think she’s having a fit!’ – NZ comedians share their festival horror stories

Every comedian has at least one horror story. We asked some our favourite funny people for their festival nightmares, and we got back stories ranging from lost luggage to accidental hypnotisation.

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Music
Apr 17, 2017

Best Songs Ever: Steve Braunias reviews the Harry Styles single – and more!

Our regular round-up of new songs and singles, this week featuring Chelsea Jade, Harry Styles, Kamasi Washington, and Mermaidens.

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Television
Apr 10, 2017

We don’t know how lucky we were: tributes to the great John Clarke

Memories and accolades from Michele A’Court, Kim Hill, Oscar Kightley, Guy Williams and more One of the sharpest wits this country ever produced has died at the age of 68. John Clarke, originally …

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Television
Mar 31, 2017

Confessional: Our favourite fake TV meals that we wish were real

There is no greater torture than seeing a delicious meal in your favourite TV show and knowing you will never be able to eat it. Here are some that we wish we could try.

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Comedy
Mar 27, 2017

‘Your offensive material isn’t edgy, it’s offensive’: Professional comedians’ best advice for rookies

Ever wanted to try out comedy? Ever wanted to be scared off doing comedy forever? We asked a few comedians for their tips on doing stand-up comedy for the first time. "Don't …

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Society
Mar 24, 2017

Your renting horror stories vol. 3 ft. celebs Bob Odenkirk and an ex-Shortland Street star

On Monday we asked for your renting stories, good and bad, and the response so far has been overwhelming. To mark the end of Rent Week, we present the third and final installment (for now)

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Politics
Mar 22, 2017

Exit, stage centre-right: watch John Key’s valedictory speech, and read our panel’s appraisals

John Key has left the building, but not before delivering one final address. How did he go? Our experts offer their assessment of the last parliamentary appearance by the man who was New Zealand prime minister from 2008 to 2016.

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Society
Mar 22, 2017

‘In winter I sleep wearing a woollen hat and an extra hoody.’ Your renting horror stories, vol. 2

On Monday we asked for your renting stories, good and bad, and the response so far has been overwhelming. This is the second installment, with more to come throughout Rent Week.

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Society
Mar 21, 2017

‘The garden was a literal shit swamp’: Your renting horror stories, vol. 1

Yesterday we asked for your stories, good and bad, about the experience of renting a home in New Zealand, and the response was huge. This is first installment, with more to come throughout Rent Week.

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Society
Mar 20, 2017

Introducing the great Spinoff group think of rental horror stories

To kick off Rent Week, The Spinoff writers and friends share some of the worst renting conditions they've had to live with.

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Gaming
Feb 17, 2017

The first ever Spinoff Internal Office Gaming Tournament: Snake

In the first edition of our intra-office gameplay championship, Spinoff staff each play a single round of Snake. Who will achieve high score?!

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Television
Feb 13, 2017

Key learnings from the first episode of The AM Show

The Spinoff watched and listened to the first episode of The AM Show, Three's new offering to the multi-platform breakfast news buffet. Here's what we reckon.

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Media
Feb 9, 2017

Welcome to the world, +HR=E: The Spinoff on the new TV3 logo

So farewell then, TV3. New Zealand's third channel is now the 100% numeral-free Three, complete with a new visual identity that attempts the rare feat of being both "vibrant, playful and inspiring" and wholly mathematics themed. Spinoff writers Madeleine Chapman, José Barbosa and Calum Henderson weigh in on the changes.

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