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
May 5, 2021

Mallard's expensive allegation and an extraordinary night in parliament

A claim of rape, an accusation of bullying and one big late-night fight at parliament

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Politics
May 4, 2021

Nanaia Mahuta’s China dilemma and the future of New Zealand diplomacy

As tensions across the Pacific mount, Wellington finds itself in the middle of a US-China tempest.

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Politics
Apr 23, 2021

What's gone wrong in Canada

A year ago, Justin Giovannetti left Canada to join his fiancée (and The Spinoff) in New Zealand. Today, his home country is confronting another debilitating wave of Covid-19.

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Politics
Apr 15, 2021

A day that laid bare the need for scrutiny of our Covid-19 response

A sobering picture of the shortcomings in the system.

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Politics
Apr 14, 2021

Tired of renting office space, parliament considers investing in a new build

For decades, many parliament staffers worked in a rented building that was both unsafe and extortionately priced.

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Politics
Apr 13, 2021

Five pressing questions about the state of New Zealand’s vaccination programme

The jabs are coming, but lots of details are still missing.

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Politics
Apr 8, 2021

The air routes bringing in the most Covid to NZ aren’t flagged as ‘high risk’. Why not?

One route in particular is carrying high numbers of passengers with Covid-19, but crew working these flights aren't subject to the tightest restrictions.

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Politics
Apr 7, 2021

The bubble won’t make it easier for most New Zealanders to come home

Quarantine-free trans-Tasman travel will free up a third of rooms in managed isolation, but most will be left empty.

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Politics
Apr 6, 2021

Andrew Coster on claims of racism, Police Ten 7 and the future of the force

An interview with the man branded the 'wokester commissioner', as he approaches one year as NZ's top cop.

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Politics
Mar 26, 2021

Did Labour just create a back-door capital gains tax? The experts weigh in

By doubling the bright line test for the sale of residential property, the government has made thousands more sellers liable for tax. But what kind of tax?

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Politics
Mar 23, 2021

Ardern unveils housing plan, promises to ’tilt the balance’ towards first-time buyers

The long promised fix to the crisis includes an extension of the bright-line test, a series of tweaks to existing programmes and billions to help new home builds.

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Politics
Mar 22, 2021

Review, apologise, overhaul: Kelvin Davis dramatically changes tune on women’s prison abuses

In response to findings of 'degrading' treatment of women prisoners, the Corrections minister today diagnosed a 'systemic breakdown'.

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Politics
Mar 19, 2021

‘It can’t go back to how it was’: Nash signals new shape for post Covid-19 tourism

Travellers from across the ditch could save some tourism businesses, but they've got to prepare for a world with fewer visitors.

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Money
Mar 18, 2021

The New Zealand economy experienced its largest ever decline in 2020

Covid-19 pummelled New Zealand harder than the great depression or the global financial crisis.

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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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