Josie Adams

Josie Adams is a staff writer at The Spinoff. Email her on josie@thespinoff.co.nz

Television
Sep 17, 2019

Netflix's The Tall Girl offers hope to all conventionally attractive tall girls

New Netflix movie The Tall Girl was roundly mocked before it even came out. Josie Adams, a tall girl herself, reviews it.

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Food
Jul 7, 2019

A last meal at Mercury Plaza

It’s finally true: Mercury Plaza is closing its doors in just a few months’ time. Josie Adams and Tina Tiller went for a last meal at the iconic Karangahape Road food court.

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Ātea
Jul 2, 2019

Rei's new album wears its purpose on its sleeve

Rei is an internationally successful, award-winning musician who can rap, sing, produce beats, and even tell a couple of jokes. He talked to The Spinoff about Ariana Grande, meditation, and writing music as self-encouragement.

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Society
Jul 2, 2019

Flu season is worrying hospital staff and you should be worried, too

Sources at Middlemore Hospital fear that two patients may have died after catching the flu when being admitted. 

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Gaming
Jun 29, 2019

Review: I hate that I enjoyed Harry Potter: Wizards Unite as much as I did

A new challenger has entered the augmented reality ring. Wizarding wonder Harry Potter is coming for Pokémon GO’s title — but despite the shared basics, they’re very different games.

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Food
Jun 28, 2019

Naz’s Ketonic Vodka taught me to love myself

Naz Khanjani is a social influencer, a professional boxer, a reality star, and now a vodka baron. “We’re drinking sexy back,” says her new product. Josie Adams tried to do just that.

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In My Backyard
Jun 24, 2019

Transforming Mt Albert: how trains will change everything

Mt Albert is on the verge of a transformation. Josie Adams gives a roadmap for how to change Auckland’s second-oldest suburb without ruining it in the process.

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Onehunga Arts Festival
Jun 21, 2019

The Onehunga Arts Festival is about to take over

Onehunga is throwing a nine-day celebration of the creativity that defines the suburb. Josie Adams reports on what you need to visit on every single day of the Onehunga Arts Festival.

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Tāwhiri
Jun 18, 2019

The vampires of Vellington are back – and you could be one

On the Wellington waterfront, over several dark and stormy nights, a documentary is being filmed - and they need extras. Josie Adams, who had blood to spare, spent the night at Second Unit’s new, undead theatre experience.

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Onehunga Arts Festival
Jun 18, 2019

Onehunga: the beating heart of everything that’s good about Auckland

Onehunga is one of the most eccentric suburbs in the supercity. Josie Adams got a tour of the beating heart of Auckland from its inventive locals.

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Politics
Jun 13, 2019

How the law stands in the way of Auckland combatting its climate emergency

Auckland Council declared a 'climate emergency' yesterday, but campaigners say there are legal impediments to it making truly impactful decisions.

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Media
Jun 12, 2019

Shrek might just be Dreamworks’ greatest cinematic achievement

Last week an Auckland cinema hosted a six-hour Shrek marathon. In a show of classic Kiwi stoicism, Josie Adams found that what didn't kill her made her stronger.

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Politics
Jun 11, 2019

Two polls. Two wildly differing results. What happened?

Last night Newshub-Reid Research and Colmar Brunton both released opinion polls. Political pundits, in the middle of a poll drought, waited eagerly for what turned out to be wildly diverging results.

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Television
Jun 10, 2019

Review: Pecking Order proves not all is fair in love and war and chickens

Director Slavko Martinov brings his eye for social critique to Christchurch’s Poultry, Bantam, and Pigeon Club in the dramatic, uplifting flockumentary Pecking Order.

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Society
Jun 10, 2019

Taranaki is the Texas of New Zealand

Residents of New Plymouth are suggesting Austin, Texas, become their next sister city. Taranaki-raised Josie Adams compares the two.

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Society
Jun 7, 2019

Sir Ed, cereal magnate? Sir Edmund Hillary’s many legacies, ranked

The memory of Sir Edmund Hillary is still fresh, but as the years roll by it may not stay that way. Josie Adams ranks the ways future generations could learn about our national hero.

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Music
Jun 4, 2019

‘Wrap that shit up and move on’: Bailey Wiley on her creative process

She's only 28, but Bailey Wiley already feels like an industry veteran. She’s been grinding away in Dunedin, Berlin, the US, and Auckland for years, and her latest EP is …

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Society
Jun 3, 2019

It’s my birthday, and I’ll hate the Queen if I want to

It’s Queen’s Birthday Monday, but it’s not the Queen’s birthday. Josie Adams explains her personal vendetta against this holiday and the monarchy in general.

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Television
May 31, 2019

Where to redirect your Drag Race energy now that it’s over

Season 11 of RuPaul's Drag Race comes to an end tonight, leaving a void in the souls of its massive fandom. But don't put away your merch money yet – there are plenty of local acts waiting to steal your heart.

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Television
May 29, 2019

Let’s Get Inventin’ was the most hectic kids show of the noughties

Let’s Get Inventin’ was a late-noughties reality TV show that pitted children and scientists against common sense. Josie Adams looks back at what made it great.

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Auckland
May 29, 2019

I survived the Waiheke ferry

A watery war zone has emerged in New Zealand's biggest city, with Waiheke-Auckland ferry cutbacks leaving abandoned souls desperate for home and hungry for retribution. Josie Adams risks everything.

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Science
May 28, 2019

Diseases not to die of, ranked

Whether you’re heading into rabies territory overseas or visiting the measles ward at your local hospital, there’s a shot for that.

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Society
May 25, 2019

The quiet problem with New Zealand’s comedy audiences

This year’s International Comedy Festival was a roaring success, but some comedians have turned the spotlight on audiences. Are they too timid? Do our hecklers suck? Josie Adams sizes things up

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