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
Mar 8, 2021

Mike Hosking lashes out at Jacinda Ardern as she quits weekly Newstalk ZB slot

The prime minister is 'running for the hills', says the Newstalk ZB host.

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Politics
Mar 4, 2021

New Zealand's Covid-19 vaccine programme is still largely a secret

The government is yet to release any detailed roadmap for when most people will get a vaccine.

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Politics
Mar 2, 2021

Is the Ardern government's kindness mantra beginning to fray?

The government's response to the Covid rule breakers has presented both a moral and political opportunity for the opposition.

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Politics
Feb 26, 2021

Covid hit NZ a year ago. Where will it – and we – be in February 2022?

Covid-19 jabs won't save us from hard choices we'll need to make during our second or even third year of living with the coronavirus.

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Politics
Feb 16, 2021

‘Tired of Australia exporting its problems’: Ardern denounces Morrison over detainee in Turkey

Australia's decision to revoke the citizenship of a dual citizen, who has lived in Australia since the age of six, has prompted a furious response from the NZ PM.

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Politics
Feb 16, 2021

The critical factors that will determine if lockdown is lifted

The government faces a tough decision later this week: play it safe and extend the lockdown or relax restrictions.

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Politics
Feb 12, 2021

Senior teacher emails Covid-19 conspiracy theories to principals across Waikato region

The email warned teachers could lose their jobs and included an attachment that included false claims around the 'controlavirus' and Bill Gates.

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Politics
Feb 12, 2021

The five big moments in a busy first week back for NZ’s members of parliament

The mojitos are memories and parliament's bar is back to pulling pints as MPs return to business.

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Politics
Feb 5, 2021

New Zealand’s Covid-19 vaccine programme explained

For starters, it might go on for years.

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Politics
Feb 3, 2021

New Zealand approves Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, first jabs expected next month

The vaccine is a cornerstone of the global effort, hugely effective but beset by production delays.

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Politics
Jan 31, 2021

New Zealand roadmap to net zero revealed on historic day. Here’s what it means for you

Ardern says the government is ready to 'accelerate' to meet the ambitious demands of the emissions budget laid down by the Climate Change Commission.

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Politics
Jan 29, 2021

New Zealand’s most important day yet fighting the climate crisis

2021 is going to be the year New Zealand gets serious about climate change – or explains to the world why it never will.

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Politics
Jan 27, 2021

Judith Collins wants to help solve the country’s housing crisis. Do people care?

National's leader wants the government to adopt her housing plan. It won't happen, but parliament is slowly moving towards doing something.

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Politics
Jan 22, 2021

After CEO exit, the big question for Oranga Tamariki: reform it or scrap it and start again?

The chief executive of Oranga Tamariki is quitting, leaving behind an agency she's admitted suffers from structural racism.

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Politics
Jan 20, 2021

The 10 political stories that will dominate NZ headlines this year

The issues political editor Justin Giovannetti will be keeping an eye on in 2021 (that have nothing to do with Covid-19).

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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

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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