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
Jan 15, 2021

Pressure mounts on government to accelerate Covid vaccine roll-out

Covid-19 minister Chris Hipkins says when we finish vaccinating the country is more important than when we start. Health experts don't agree.

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Politics
Jan 8, 2021

New Zealand tightens border as Covid-19 wildfires burn out of control in 2021

While NZ has been on holiday, Covid-19 has gotten much worse beyond our borders. What we can expect in the year to come?

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Politics
Jan 8, 2021
Shane Reti

Do no harm: Dr Shane Reti on leading National's changed Covid-19 response

Summer reissue: Shane Reti has emerged in recent weeks as the opposition's most capable communicator in the age of Covid-19. Justin Giovannetti speaks with 'Dr Shane' about the changes he's …

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Politics
Jan 1, 2021

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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Society
Dec 24, 2020

We wish you a merry quarantine: How NZ’s border facilities are celebrating Christmas

Keeping up festive traditions in managed-isolation will be a bit weird

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Politics
Dec 12, 2020

Why is the ‘urgent’ Covid-19 border testing review still under wraps?

In August it came to light that most border workers weren't being tested, and an urgent review was ordered. So where is it?

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Society
Dec 9, 2020

Covid Tracer app gets a major bluetooth upgrade – but QR check-in remains key

An update to the NZ Covid Tracer app today adds bluetooth functionality, allowing your phone to automatically track other app users you're near to.

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Society
Dec 8, 2020

Ardern apologises as Royal Commission on March 15 attacks calls for spy agency overhaul

The inquiry found an 'inappropriate concentration of resources' on Islamic extremism and a failure to focus on far-right extremism.

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Politics
Dec 7, 2020

Mass vaccination is beginning around the world, but NZ will wait for a Covid jab

The Queen is expected to receive her Covid jab in the coming weeks, but New Zealand is giving medical regulators time to study the vaccines

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Politics
Dec 2, 2020

A day to define Jacinda Ardern’s second term

Threads of a political career, woven together: climate change, child poverty and global leadership.

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Politics
Dec 1, 2020

Legal pill testing at summer festivals is only the first step

After legalising pill testing at festivals, the government is eyeing expanding it to the community next year.

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Politics
Nov 27, 2020

Get set, go: Labour plans big sprint of new laws before Christmas

A climate change emergency is only the start, as changes to the tax code and Reserve Bank are also awaited.

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Politics
Nov 24, 2020

Grant Robertson today moved to ‘reset the clock’ on housing. Can it work?

Today, the first signs of a fresh crack in the wall between the government and the Reserve Bank appeared.

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Politics
Nov 18, 2020

New Zealanders could be asked to pay for a Covid-19 vaccine

Donald Trump has promised it'll be free. So has Justin Trudeau. But the NZ government hasn't yet decided.

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Money
Nov 18, 2020

Price check: Government investigates high food prices at supermarkets

It seems even Jacinda Ardern knows that grocery prices are too high

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Politics
Nov 14, 2020

Why has mandatory mask wearing taken so long?

The masks are coming. New Zealand's hard and early response to Covid-19 is finally adopting widespread mask use outside of lockdown. Justin Giovannetti writes about what changed in the halls …

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Politics
Nov 13, 2020

Five reasons the cannabis referendum ‘yes’ campaign floundered

Chlöe Swarbrick claimed victory in Auckland Central. But, despite her passion and dedication, cannabis remains illegal. What happened?

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Politics
Nov 12, 2020
Politics
Nov 9, 2020

Bloomfield says no failure as Covid-19 community cases from the border spread

Community cases of Covid-19 linked to quarantine facilities have been reported in New Zealand’s three largest cities over the past week.

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Politics
Nov 6, 2020

The special votes are in and it’s bad news for the cannabis referendum, and National

National's Matt King and Denise Lee are out of parliament, and the Māori Party's Debbie Ngarewa-Packer is in.

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Politics
Nov 5, 2020

‘Democracy is vibrant’: Election night with Trump’s man in Wellington

About two-thirds of New Zealanders he’s met are supportive of president Donald Trump and his policies, says the US ambassador.

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Politics
Nov 2, 2020

The Covid election is over. Here comes the Covid cabinet

Jacinda Ardern has unveiled a cabinet line-up with plenty of surprises, and a fair bit of history-making.

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Politics
Oct 31, 2020

What the Labour-Greens deal means for the next three years

It’ll be a difficult juggling act if the future government runs afoul of the Green base. 

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Politics
Oct 30, 2020

When, and how, will we learn about the Labour-Green government deal?

With the Greens or without them, Labour is forming a new government next week

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Politics
Oct 29, 2020

The campaign promises Labour didn’t talk about

Two promises that didn't get any public announcement? Reopening the door to refugees and a review of how political parties can raise money.

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Politics
Oct 21, 2020

The only two words at parliament this week: no comment

Welcome to parliament, post-election, where everyone is zipping it, sweetie.

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