Henry Oliver

Henry Oliver is the Spinoff's music editor and an aspiring liner note writer. Email him on henry@thespinoff.co.nz

Business
Aug 16, 2018

Notes from New Richland: Nine takeaways from the NBR Rich List

Today, the National Business Review, New Zealand's most prestigious and weirdly-run business publication, published its annual Rich List. Here are our biggest takeaways.

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Beverage
Aug 7, 2018

We've come a long way, baby: Why Kiwi pinot just keeps getting better

With its fascinating regional diversity, New Zealand’s most popular red has evolved into a wine that’s making the world sit up and take notice.

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Music
Aug 2, 2018

Give Up Your Dreams: Samuel Flynn Scott on The Phoenix Foundation's 20th Anniversary

On longevity, listening to your old work and the band's four-date tour with the NZSO to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

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Business
Aug 1, 2018

How is a major contractor going bust in the middle of NZ’s building boom?

Why major contractors keep going bust just as the construction industry is supposed to be ramping up.

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Business
Jul 26, 2018

A fierce argument for and against Eat My Lunch

Henry Oliver and Henry Oliver debate the efficacy of Eat My Lunch’s social enterprise model.

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Music
Jul 24, 2018

Jon Toogood’s The Adults: ‘I’m bored of hearing me. I didn’t make the record to hear me’

Jon Toogood, frontman of evergreen rockers Shihad, about the new record of his collaborative project The Adults.

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Music
Jul 11, 2018

Lontalius: ‘I want everything I do to be embarrassing in five years. That’s how I know it’s real’

Eddie Johnston talks living and working in LA and his first new music in two years.

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Lighthouse
Jun 22, 2018

The new K’ Road: How to pay tribute to a neighbourhood while moving it forward

Once Auckland's retail centre, K' Road is on its way back to being a thriving retail centre where people want to live. Henry Oliver went to look at one new addition to K' Road's continual evolution.

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Auckland Museum
Jun 13, 2018

A view into the city’s future through the taonga of Auckland Museum

Henry Oliver explores the corridors and changes happening at Auckland Museum, and what they say about Tāmaki Makaurau.

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Auckland
Jun 8, 2018

What’s happening to the Western Springs speedway?

The speedway is leaving Western Springs. We explain where it's going and what's going to take its place.

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Music
May 26, 2018

Matthew Young’s lost years are bearing fruit

Pop artist Matthew Young on his new EP and re-evaluating success after mental illness.

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Music
May 19, 2018

Elton, Etta or Ed? Our best guesses for the Royal Wedding first dance

For The Spinoff Music, the big question of the day isn't what dress Meghan Markle is going to wear, but what song she'll be dancing to with Harry. Thanks to Spotify, here's our best guess.

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Society
May 4, 2018

Are we really teaching kids how to do P?

What exactly was the pamphlet Massey High School were using in its health class? And what were the kids doing with it?

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Music
Apr 30, 2018

Estère: ‘I don’t like writing love songs’

Henry Oliver talks to Wellington artist and producer Estère about technology, attention and her new album My Design, On Others' Lives. 

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Society
Apr 28, 2018

Who is Luke Willis Thompson? And what the hell is the Turner Prize?

This week, Fijian-New Zealand artist Luke Willis Thompson was short-listed for the Turner Prize, Britain's most prestigious contemporary art award. Don't know what that means? We're here to help.

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Music
Apr 24, 2018

On her new album, Kimbra pares down and returns to Earth

Henry Oliver talks to Kimbra, the Hamilton-raised, New York-based art-pop star, about her new album, Primal Heart.

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Music
Apr 23, 2018

October: A reluctant DIY pop-star

Last week, Auckland-based producer and musician October released her debut album, Ultra Red. She tells Henry Oliver about how, two months before the album's intended release, she took the recordings back and remade it by herself.

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Music
Mar 29, 2018

E^ST’s provocative new single: ‘If you’re gonna go there, you may as well bloody go there’

Henry Oliver talks to E^ST, a young Australian pop artist whose two recent singles are turning hears around the world.

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Music
Mar 28, 2018

New kid on the Block Party: JessB, the pro netballer-turned-rapper

Henry Oliver talks to JessB about her first EP and how her professional netball career is helping her in the music industry.

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Music
Mar 23, 2018

‘We’re so grateful to everyone’: The Golden Dawn says goodbye

In the days before its last hurrah, Henry Oliver talked to The Golden Dawn's Matthew Crawley and Nick Harrison about the life and death of the weirdest bar on Ponsonby Road.

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Television
Mar 16, 2018

A chat with The Good Doctor’s Freddie Highmore, the politest TV star in the world

Henry Oliver sits down with Freddie Highmore to talk about his TV journey from the cellars of Bates Motel to the corridors of The Good Doctor.

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Music
Mar 13, 2018

King Krule: Live in a cyclone

Last night, during Cyclone Hola, King Krule played Silo Park as part of the Auckland Arts Festival. Henry Oliver was there in all the wet weather gear he could find.

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Music
Mar 9, 2018

Astro Children: ‘The only Dunedin Sound I have ever cared about is my own’

 Henry Oliver talks to Astro Children's Millie Lovelock about the band's new single and Dunedin's indie music generational rift. 

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Music
Mar 9, 2018

Beck: ‘Now I get to just do what I do. I can just be myself’

Henry Oliver talks to Beck about the '90s, guitars, Bruno Mars, and his new album Colors.

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Music
Mar 1, 2018

Cheat Sheet: Donald Glover is coming to New Zealand???

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, Henry Oliver answers your questions about Donald Glover's mysterious tour announcement.

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Music
Feb 16, 2018

Marlon Williams is trying to break your heart

Today, Marlon Williams releases the first great New Zealand album of 2018. He talks to Henry Oliver about the heartbreak and honesty that went into making it.

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