Justin Giovannetti

Justin Giovannetti is The Spinoff's political editor. He's Canadian, speaks some French and is writing a book about poutine. He'd love your news tips. Email him at justin@thespinoff.co.nz

Politics
Aug 7, 2020

Parliament went out with a bang

Before the 52nd parliament bowed out, it left New Zealand with 19 new laws, all passed in a single day.

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Politics
Aug 7, 2020

Landlord's paradise: Even after the law changes, NZ still sucks for renters

New Zealand's rental market is a wild west and the landlords are the cowboys

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Politics
Jul 31, 2020

SAS did nothing wrong, but senior military officers misled public: report

It wasn’t a revenge raid after an attack killed a New Zealand soldier, a government inquiry into Operation Burnham has found.

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Politics
Jul 30, 2020

Everything you need to know about New Zealand’s new managed isolation fees

A look at who will and won't face charges to enter New Zealand.

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Politics
Jul 29, 2020

A change of tune on quarantine fees as Ardern seeks three-party consensus

The government looks set to announce border fees limited to holidaymakers and business travellers, a week after mulling near-universal fees.

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Politics
Jul 26, 2020

Bloomfield of dreams: watching Saint Ashley on the rugby field

He want hard and he went early. Watching the director general dot down in Wainuiomata.

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Politics
Jul 24, 2020

Scandal, what scandal? On the campaign trail with Judith Collins

Yes to cheaper cheese, no to pine trees – the new National leader hits the road to woo voters.

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Politics
Jul 23, 2020
Politics
Jul 22, 2020

On Andrew Falloon, mental health, and political reporting

For several hours the public was led to believe the reason Andrew Falloon wasn't about his victims.

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Politics
Jul 18, 2020

What kind of election can New Zealand expect now?

You could avoid Todd Muller. You can't avoid Judith Collins.

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Politics
Jul 15, 2020

Checkpoints, soldiers, door-to-door testing: NZ’s new Covid outbreak plan

Prepare to go much harder and much earlier if the virus appears in the community.

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Politics
Jul 15, 2020

In the face of the void, National decides it is time at last for Judith Collins

But do not underestimate the challenge, writes Justin Giovannetti from parliament.

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Politics
Jul 14, 2020

Todd Muller quits as National leader, party looks for immediate replacement

Politics editor Justin Giovannetti reports from Wellington.

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Politics
Jul 8, 2020

Selfies, razors, and a missing 40 minutes: What did the Covid-positive absconder get up to?

He slipped through a fence and went missing for a 70 minute jaunt through Auckland.

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Politics
Jul 7, 2020

Winston Peters takes exception to UK media report by issuing an angry diatribe – against The Spinoff

'The clickbait journos can't help themselves,' railed Winston Peters, or a 'disappointed NZF staffer', or someone.

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Politics
Jul 7, 2020

National MP Hamish Walker admits leaking personal Covid-19 details

The admissions by Walker and veteran spin doctor Michelle Boag follow the government's announcement yesterday of a sweeping inquiry to find the source of the leak.

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Politics
Jul 7, 2020

Brexit campaigners pledge to bring ‘mischief, mayhem and guerrilla warfare’ to NZ election

After stonewalling all enquiries on the matter, it has been revealed that NZ First will actually be getting election help from the leading Brexit campaign.

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Politics
Jul 5, 2020

Ardern rouses faithful with a speech high on optimism but thin on new policy

Political editor Justin Giovannatti reports from Te Papa, where the prime minister today addressed Labour's 2020 Congress.

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Politics
Jul 3, 2020

The health minister just quit amid a huge health crisis and no one is freaking out

A mountain bike made David Clark's resignation likely, the wheels of a bus made it inevitable.

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Politics
Jul 1, 2020

The curious case of Winston Peters and ‘Brexit bad boy’ Arron Banks

The bankroller of Nigel Farage's Brexit campaign has spent most of 2020 in NZ, becoming an ardent supporter of Winston Peters and NZ First – and the feeling is mutual.

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Politics
Jun 27, 2020

Nope, sorry: NZ does not have the world’s costliest Covid-19 response

The scale of NZ's spending on a Covid-19 recovery is titanic. But the world's biggest?

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Food
Jun 25, 2020

In celebration of the ‘Eskimo’ exit from NZ grocery shelves

I was appalled that New Zealand was still using the word, and I'm delighted it has seen sense.

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Politics
Jun 21, 2020

The week New Zealand’s border failed

The Spinoff political editor on an extraordinary few days in NZ's Covid-19 response story

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Politics
Jun 17, 2020

A failure of New Zealand’s defensive wall against Covid-19

She wasn't tested and may have never been given a full health check, writes someone with first hand experience of how the system should work.

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Politics
Jun 16, 2020

Facebook to ban foreign political ads in run-up to New Zealand election

New rules will limit who can advertise on Facebook before the 2020 election.

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Politics
Jun 12, 2020

Winston goes to war with the ‘woke generation’ as NZ First gets election ready

NZ First goes on early election offensive as it promises to be tough on the woke generation, lawless roadblocks and Labour's pet projects.

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