James Dann

James Dann lives in Christchurch and writes about the rebuild, politics, and the Warriors. He was in Labour before it was cool, running for the Ilam seat at the 2014 election. He lost.

Food
Apr 22, 2019

A tale of too many quinces

At this time of year, an abundance of this old-fashioned fruit is not a bad problem to have – especially if you've got the help of Aunt Daisy. All through my …

Read on.

Politics
Apr 14, 2016

A tellingly short power ranking of all CERA's major achievements

CERA will close its doors on April 18th, 2016. James Dann carries out the not-so-Herculean task of ranking all the "anchor projects" that have been completed during its five-year reign.

Read on.

Sports
Mar 21, 2016

Don't panic! The Warriors are going to be okay... maybe

Trouble overwhelming? Panic setting in? James Dann offers a few reasons to stop despairing over the Warriors' terrible start.

Read on.


Politics
Mar 17, 2016

How the dairy slump beefs up the case to restore democracy to ECan

Opinion: With falling dairy prices and evaporating rivers, James Dann says it's time to give Cantabrians back their vote for their regional council.

Read on.

Sports
Mar 5, 2016

We did it! Every Warriors jersey ever, power ranked

James Dann scales his personal Everest, power ranking all 45 Warriors jerseys from magnificent best to dreadful worst.

Read on.

Politics
Mar 2, 2016

Keytruda, Pharmac, and the zero sum game of drug funding

The human appeals for drug funding are heartbreaking. But we need somehow to put emotion to the side, and allow the experts to weigh up the evidence.

Read on.

Society
Feb 14, 2016

Christchurch quake: ‘an unwelcome reminder painful memories are just below surface’

Days before the five year anniversary of the destructive 6.3 earthquake, Christchurch has been struck by another tremor, wreaking damage far beyond a few broken mugs, writes James Dann.

Read on.

Society
Oct 21, 2015

Power Ranking Christchurch Public Art Biennial SCAPE 8

Is there a better way to analyse a complex collection of artworks than the Spinoff’s trademarked Power Ranking format? No, says James Dann. No there isn’t.

Read on.

The Spinoff is made possible by the generous support of the following organisations.
Please help us by supporting them.