Josie Adams

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

Society
Jun 3, 2020

The week in Covid-19 data: False finishes across the globe

New Zealand has had zero new cases for 11 days in a row. Should we be complacent?

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Music
Mar 28, 2020

Remembering Rumblemania

It's been 10 years since the release of Dane Rumble’s solo album The Experiment. Josie Adams looks back on why New Zealand fell so hard and fast.

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Dua Lipa
Mar 27, 2020

Everything that Dua Lipa's new album makes us feel

Dua Lipa’s new album, Future Nostalgia, is an ode to good memories and a gateway to Zumba. Josie Adams listened to it and took a heady trip into her past.

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Music
Mar 20, 2020

Crowdwork from home: How Covid-19 is affecting Kiwi musicians

The effect of Covid-19 on NZ music won’t be short-lived. Here’s how some members of the industry are coping.

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Travel
Mar 18, 2020

For shoestring tourists needing to self-isolate, options are few

The government says tourists could be deported if they fail to self-isolate. One problem: there aren't many places they can do so.

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Society
Mar 17, 2020

Covid-19: Everything you need to know about social distancing

For those of us not in self-isolation, social distancing is one of the ways we can stop the spread of Covid-19. This is how to do it.

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Business
Mar 14, 2020

The inventor of a global dating app has some advice for the chronically single

Justin McLeod has invented Hinge twice: once for smartphones, and once more for romantics. He spoke to Josie Adams about why being open to change is the best path to true love.

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Society
Mar 12, 2020

‘Nothing changes’: An update on New Zealand’s Covid-19 response

In light of Covid-19's new pandemic status, the Ministry of Health gave an update on New Zealand's status and measures being taken.

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Society
Mar 12, 2020

‘Why let one little suburb have so much control?’ The Eden Park battle heats up

A fresh campaign has been launched to get concerts at Eden Park, and Leigh Hart is singing his lungs out.

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Society
Mar 10, 2020

‘A genuine difference’: Volunteer providers draw line with voluntourism

Volunteering organisations say they shouldn't be tarred with the same brush as voluntourism.

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Music
Mar 5, 2020

The new New Wave: Vanessa Worm is redefining the club scene

Born and bred in Dunedin, Vanessa Worm talks about how being punk got her signed to one of the world's best club music labels.

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Politics
Feb 27, 2020

‘Fuck the 2020 election’: Critic editor on student mag’s party politics stance

The first issue of the Otago student magazine for 2020 had barely hit campus before it was making headlines in the wider media. The cover was censored by Facebook, and …

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New Zealand Music
Feb 24, 2020

The return of Dunedin pop: Why Marlin’s Dreaming isn’t afraid of the p word

Marlin’s Dreaming have a new single out ahead of their next, "least accessible" album. Frontman Semisi Maiai sat down to talk about how a bunch of jocks from Dunedin became indie darlings.

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Politics
Feb 21, 2020

Remembering 0800 SMOKEY, the campaign which turned Auckland into the City of Narcs

Josie Adams looks back at the short-lived 0800 SMOKEY snitch campaign.

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Business
Feb 18, 2020

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #104: Jump e-bikes

E-bikes are now just a tap away! Josie Adams reviews the latest disruption in transport culture.

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Music
Feb 13, 2020

Auckland live music is booming, actually

Despite what some critics claim, there isn’t a 'gig problem' in Auckland, writes Josie Adams. You just need to look beyond indie rock.

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Media
Feb 11, 2020

Taika Waititi has a long history of good speeches

Giving off-the-cuff speeches that get everyone talking has become something of a habit for national treasure Taika Waititi.

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Business
Feb 7, 2020

Our Crocs to bear: Why the supremely ugly shoe will never die

Crocs aren’t 'back', they’re timeless. Josie Adams writes in defence of the injection-moulded clog that just won’t quit.

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The Bulletin
Jan 28, 2020

The organisation giving 27,000 children life-changing mentors

For more than two decades, the Graeme Dingle Foundation has helped tens of thousands of young people find joy and direction in life.

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Mac Miller
Jan 24, 2020

Swimming in Circles: the new Mac Miller album is a fitting coda

Two years after the release of Mac Miller’s Swimming, his family has released its posthumous companion piece, Circles. We explain what it is, how it came together, and why you need to listen to it.

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Science
Jan 15, 2020

Baby sharks turn into bigger sharks: How not to get eaten this summer

Fishermen and swimmers around the Hauraki Gulf are reporting droves of baby sharks in the waters. What does it mean, and where are their parents?

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Science
Jan 7, 2020

Australia on fire: the numbers tell the terrible story

Hundreds of vicious bushfires have been scorching the country in an unprecedented wave of destruction

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Decade in Review
Dec 22, 2019

Decade in review: why we took to the streets

ANZ was our most problematic bank, mines were the greatest threat to our environment, and our unions stepped up their mascots. Josie Adams remembers all the major protests of the decade.

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Music
Dec 12, 2019

Cheat Sheet: Benee is blowing up on TikTok. Here’s why it’s a big deal

19-year-old Benee’s track ‘Glitter’ is climbing international charts thanks to being given a TikTok dance. How does that work? Josie Adams explains what a TikTok dance is, and how this social media app is the new MTV.

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Science
Dec 10, 2019

New Zealand’s own ‘terror bird’ ruled Rēkohu with an iron beak 

Another giant bird has been torn from its grave: the ancient Rēkohu/Chatham Island penguin. Just how big was it?

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Cavetown
Dec 9, 2019

Who is Cavetown, and how did he sell out in Auckland?

An artist called Cavetown is coming to Auckland in January for a show that's already sold out. But what, praytell, is a Cavetown?

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Business
Dec 7, 2019

The long night of the Lime

Lime brought e-scooters to Auckland and changed the way we travel in less than a year. Now, the council is replacing it and Wave with three new contenders.

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