Henry Oliver

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

Barkers 1972
Jan 28, 2019

Bird land: an intimate recital by our native performers

Henry Oliver spends the night at an island bird sanctuary to experience the dawn chorus.

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Now One Hit Wonders
Jan 16, 2019

Music sounds better because I got high: Now that's what I call one hit wonders

Henry Oliver reminds himself of eight songs from the Now That’s What I Call Music collection that hit once and never again.

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Music
Jan 9, 2019

They were dropped by their label (twice!) but Broods have never been happier

Broods on being dropped, getting back up again, and their new album Don't Feed the Pop Monster.

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Music
Dec 21, 2018

The definitive, very best New Zealand music of 2018

For the first and last time, Henry Oliver gives his definitive account of The Spinoff's best New Zealand music of 2018. Read it and get angry. 

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Music
Dec 20, 2018

Best Music 2018: The third annual Spinoff Music Survey!

We asked you, our loyal readers, what your favourite albums and songs of the year were, both from here and from elsewhere. This is what you told us.

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Television
Dec 17, 2018

Project Runway Power Rankings, week 12: And the winner is…

In the final episode of Project Runway New Zealand, the designers had to make a whole damn collection. Henry Oliver ranks the results.

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Music
Dec 17, 2018

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 17

Every day in the lead-up to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Today: Henry Oliver on why there should be a one year break in new albums, TV shows, movies, and books.

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Now Xmas
Dec 12, 2018

How ‘Snoopy’s Christmas’ became a classic in NZ (and nowhere else)

Henry Oliver talks to the man who made 'Snoopy's Christmas' a perennial hit single in New Zealand charts.  

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Television
Dec 10, 2018

Project Runway Power Rankings, week 11: The end is nigh

In the eleventh episode of Project Runway New Zealand, the designers had to make a look representing their hypothetical spring/summer line. Henry Oliver ranks the results.

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Television
Dec 3, 2018

Project Runway Power Rankings, week ten: Suited and booted

In the tenth episode of Project Runway New Zealand, the designers had to make a suit. Henry Oliver ranks the results.

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Music
Nov 30, 2018

Merry Christmas from The Beths, New Zealand’s coolest uncool rock band

Henry Oliver talks to The Beths' Elizabeth Stokes and Jonathan Pearce about their love of Christmas and uncool music.

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Music
Nov 29, 2018

Now that’s what I call an alternative history of NZ music in 10 songs

Henry Oliver traces an alternative history of New Zealand music via songs featured on the Now That's What I Call Music series.

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Television
Nov 26, 2018

Project Runway Power Rankings, week nine: Pretty in bling

In the ninth episode of Project Runway New Zealand, the designers had to make eveningwear based on some sponsored jewellery. Henry Oliver ranks the results.

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Television
Nov 19, 2018

Project Runway Power Rankings, week eight: When does helping become cheating?

In the eighth episode of Project Runway New Zealand, the designers had to remake a secondhand bridesmaid's dress for their models. Henry Oliver ranks the results.

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Music
Nov 16, 2018

Bret McKenzie on Strange Caravan, his new band that isn’t a band and isn’t his

Bret McKenzie about his new project/tour Strange Caravan and which is definitely 100% not a band (even though it's very similar to a band).

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Television
Nov 12, 2018

Project Runway Power Rankings, week seven: Watching reality TV in my activewear

In the sixth episode of Project Runway New Zealand, the designers had to make an athleisure look for Georgia. Henry Oliver ranks the results.

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ecostore
Nov 12, 2018

From eco village to sugarcane plastic: 25 years of ecostore

A long time before being green was cool, and sustainability was a buzzword, ecostore was committed to looking after the planet. Henry Oliver talks to the founder, and the new CEO, about how to run a successful business at the same time as protecting the planet. 

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Music
Nov 9, 2018

Delaney Davidson, musician/travelling salesman: ‘It’s my job and I take it seriously’

Delaney Davidson, whose album release tour starts today, talks to Henry Oliver about storytelling, collaborating and his new album Shining Day.

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Television
Nov 5, 2018

Project Runway Power Rankings, week six: Hell is other designers

In the sixth episode of Project Runway New Zealand, the designers had to make a high-fashion look inspired by wallpaper designs. Henry Oliver ranks the results.

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Television
Oct 29, 2018

Project Runway Power Rankings, week five: Avant-car

In the fifth episode of Project Runway New Zealand, the designers had to make an avant-guard look inspired by a family-friendly car. Henry Oliver ranks the results.

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Television
Oct 22, 2018

Project Runway Power Rankings, week four: Can there be sustainable fashion under capitalism?

In the fourth episode of Project Runway New Zealand, the designers had to make a sustainable red carpet look.

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Television
Oct 15, 2018

Project Runway Power Rankings, week three: Ctrl+Alt+Shifty

The designers have to make a two-piece look out of scrapped technology. Henry Oliver ranks the results.

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Television
Oct 8, 2018

Project Runway Power Rankings, week two: A breadstick in Paris

It's the second episode of Project Runway New Zealand, in which the designers have to make a streetwear look inspired by ... Sylvia Park?

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Music
Oct 4, 2018

Marlon Williams on his Silver Scroll winning song: ‘I think it’s the best song I’ve ever written’

Silver Scroll winner Marlon Williams tells Henry Oliver why 'Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore' is the best song he's ever written.

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Television
Oct 1, 2018

Project Runway Power Rankings, week one: The opposite of Scandinavian

Welcome to the very first episode of Project Runway New Zealand, in which the designers had to make a cocktail dress inspired by a soft drink so inspiring nearly everyone used white.

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