Henry Oliver

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

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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Music
Sep 29, 2018

Now That’s What I Call 1997: I get knocked down, but I get up again!

1997 was a simpler time – British anarchists topped the charts and you could buy collections of the days' hits on little plastic discs.

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Brewers Association
Sep 22, 2018

The secret to good beer? All you need is four ingredients

Put them together and malt, water, hops and yeast creates something beautiful. Henry Oliver looks inside his beer, and discovers it's really quite simple.

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Music
Sep 12, 2018

Pacific Heights’ Devin Abrams on living (and recording) the dream

Devin Abrams, who makes music as Pacific Heights, talks about his dreamy new album and making a huge pop hit with Drax Project.

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Business
Aug 26, 2018

Everywhere and nowhere: Airbnb and the future of travel

How Airbnb the future of travel and the places we call home.

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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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