Josie Adams

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

Science
Jan 26, 2021
Maori father helping his daughter to ride bicycle in backyard.

Discrimination by healthcare providers could affect immunisation rates – study

Negative experiences with health workers lead to distrust, which has all kinds of knock-on effects for our kids.

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Politics
Sep 11, 2020
tauranga and bay of plenty electorate candidates

Muller and Bridges square up again in the Tauranga double-feature debate

Last night Simon Bridges and Todd Muller were at the same debate. Who came out on top?

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Money
Sep 10, 2020

There's still gold in them hills

We're buying it, mining it, burying it, and losing it. The gold rush in New Zealand is still alive.

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Television
Sep 6, 2020

New Zealand’s Antony Starr on playing an all-American monster in The Boys

Antony Starr cut his teeth on Outrageous Fortune. Now he’s the most terrifying hero on US television.

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Music
Sep 1, 2020

The man behind the music: Aucklander Ollie Wards is TikTok’s latest hire

Ollie Wards has joined TikTok as the music director for Australia and New Zealand. What does this mean for our local acts?

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Politics
Aug 26, 2020

The winners and losers of the Youth Wings debate

A debate needs a winner, and this one had many.

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Food
Aug 25, 2020

The real question of the election: how thick does your MP spread their Marmite?

What one yeasty question can tell us about politicians.

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Politics
Aug 20, 2020

Youth Wings: Ali Gammeter’s story

Ali Gammeter resigned from Young Act in May. This is her story.

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Society
Aug 18, 2020

The Auckland doctor saving lives from her home office

Dr Ramanathan isn't giving tips on how to avoid Covid-19. She's telling us how to beat it.

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Science
Aug 18, 2020

Think you know who’s most vulnerable to conspiracy theories? You may be wrong

Common sense says people who believe conspiracies need order in their life. New research suggests that maybe they don't.

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Books
Aug 16, 2020

My flatmate, the rat

A review of Rat King Landlord, the new novel by activist and satirist Murdoch Stephens, by Josie Adams, who lives with a rat.

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Politics
Aug 10, 2020

Central heating: fringe parties pipe up from crowd in first Auckland debate

The first Auckland Central debate took place last night, despite the lack of a National candidate. We went along.

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Society
Aug 6, 2020

‘The risk isn’t gone’: Why Covid-19 is still impacting our mental health

Depression and anxiety levels haven't returned to normal yet – and they probably won't for a while.

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Society
Aug 1, 2020

Battle of the berm: The outdoor furniture pitting Auckland’s authorities against a local cafe

Why a berm in Grey Lynn is at the centre of a months-long dispute.

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Food
Jul 26, 2020

‘Like a mug of the River Styx’: Hot Marmite Drink, reviewed

We drank a hot mug of Marmite so you don't have to.

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Money
Jul 25, 2020

What the Equal Pay Amendment Bill means for women

Pay equity disputes are now easier to resolve for women in undervalued occupations.

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Oliver Tree
Jul 17, 2020

Ugly is beautiful and Oliver Tree is modern art

Oliver Tree is no flash-in-the-pan absurdist. He's honed his careers (music and scooters) for over a decade. Welcome to his first album.

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Media
Jul 16, 2020

How volunteers created Wikipedia’s world-beating Covid-19 coverage

Wikipedia's articles on Covid-19 have racked up more than 450 million views. Should we trust it as a resource?

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Society
Jul 7, 2020

‘Everything was in place to ignore us’: Officials ‘uninterested’ in Muslim community’s pre-March 15 warnings

The Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand said it repeatedly warned the government an attack like that on March 15 last year was possible.

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Music
Jul 6, 2020

Live from our living rooms: How The Beths accidentally made a variety show

As The Beths prepare for their first show in front of a crowd in months, they tell Josie Adams the stories behind Live From 'House'.

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Society
Jul 3, 2020

The truth about ‘the truth about adrenochrome’, The Spinoff’s most-viewed story of all time

One million people have now viewed our article about a niche conspiracy theory that most New Zealanders have never even heard of.

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Society
Jun 30, 2020

Why are conspiracy theorists monitoring yachts in Auckland’s Viaduct?

Bizarre claims about superyachts moored in Auckland are gaining traction on social media.

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Vodafone
Jun 26, 2020

The gig economy: Why ‘support local’ means music too

Thanks to technology, the connection between music makers and audiences held strong over lockdown and now, they’re more in sync than ever.

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New Zealand Music
Jun 23, 2020

The Naked and Famous on the hustle and the heartbreak

Ten years, one move to LA and one break-up on from 'Young Blood', The Naked and Famous have a new album out.

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Television
Jun 20, 2020

Man Lessons: How to make a documentary about transitioning

When Ben Sarten began filming his old rock climbing student's transition, he had no idea how their friendship would be affected.

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Society
Jun 16, 2020

Simpson health system overhaul: The experts weigh in

The wide-ranging review is not the revolution many were hoping for, but those inside the sector still think it's a step in the right direction

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Food
Jun 13, 2020

Te Puke’s golden promise: Harnessing the post-Covid potential of a furry little fruit

The horticultural industry has picked up 2,000 New Zealanders made unemployed over the past few months. What lies in wait for them?

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