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 3, 2021

Three big questions as Ardern prepares to unfurl the road map to a post-Covid NZ

Mark August 12 in your calendar because it could be one of the most important discussions the country has this year.

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Politics
Jul 29, 2021

NZ supermarket giants warned: Change your ways or face break-up

You’re paying far too much for your groceries, while the two big companies pocket the profits.

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Politics
Jul 28, 2021

The one weird trick that could help NZ catch up with the global vaccine champs

One lesson: Focus on getting first doses into arms and don't worry if people have to wait longer for their second.

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Politics
Jul 24, 2021

‘Don’t tell me how to run the ball’: Louisa Wall on forging her own path in politics

She’s more visible than many cabinet ministers, so why is she left to languish on the Labour backbench?

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Society
Jul 22, 2021

Simon Thornley of ‘Plan B’ sends legal threat to Siouxsie Wiles and The Spinoff

The prominent opponent of NZ’s response to Covid-19 insists he is making no ‘attempt to suppress genuine public scientific criticism’.

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Politics
Jul 15, 2021

With changes to the booking system ruled out, the MIQ bots are here to stay

The government won't be shaking up border facilities despite the number of people overseas who can't get a spot back this year.

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Politics
Jul 10, 2021

New Zealand is done thinking about Covid-19, finds government study

The country is over Covid and just wants nice lie down and a rest.

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Politics
Jul 8, 2021

The great New Zealand labour shortage might not exist

Almost 400,000 people either want to work more or can't find a job. How does that square with claims of a labour shortage?

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Politics
Jul 6, 2021

New Zealand’s border to remain closed as PM vows to keep Covid out

All signs point to MIQ being a fact of New Zealand life for a long time yet.

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Politics
Jul 5, 2021

When will Covid end and New Zealand’s border reopen?

The outlook is far less certain than it once seemed.

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Society
Jun 30, 2021

Half the country sucked in by at least one bit of misinformation – chief censor

From 1080 to climate change, nearly half the population believes something that isn’t true – and the chief censor is calling for action.

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Politics
Jun 29, 2021

The masks are coming as Ardern seeks advice to mandate use

Mask wearing has been mandatory on public transit for months, but the use of face coverings otherwise has been minimal in NZ. That could be about to change.

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Politics
Jun 25, 2021

2021: A spatial odyssey with the Wellington City Council

The crucial, controversial plan to determine how Wellington will build and house its future was up for debate yesterday.

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Politics
Jun 19, 2021

The shape of Wellington’s future is about to be decided

A draft plan that increases by 50% the amount of inner Wellington shielded from new dense housing is set to face a tough week in council.

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Food
Jun 16, 2021

One Canadian’s brave search for a decent plate of poutine in New Zealand

From Burger Fuel's 'Vladimir Poutine' to the Fed Deli's 'Montreal' offering, NZ's efforts are missing one crucial element.

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Money
Jun 15, 2021

Why the same mid-market EV costs over 50% more in New Zealand

A popular electric SUV costs the equivalent of $52,000 in Canada; here in New Zealand, the same model's price tag is closer to $80,000. Why the huge difference?

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Politics
Jun 9, 2021

‘We need to move faster’: Climate Commission lays down challenge in final advice

'The decisions we make off the back of it will truly shape Aotearoa’s future' - Jacinda Ardern.

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Politics
Jun 4, 2021

National struggles to get show back on the road after week of scandal congestion

Judith Collins may have finally found an attack on Labour that won't see her labelled a racist.

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Politics
Jun 2, 2021

‘How do you spell hongi?’ 26 hours in Queenstown with ScoMo and Jacinda

What did we learn about the trans-Tasman relationship from the Australian prime minister's whistlestop trip?

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Politics
May 31, 2021

Ardern and Morrison put up joint front on China, but division over deportees remains

The prime ministers are quick to dismiss any suggestion of a divide over China, but the treatment of so-called 501 deportees? That's another matter entirely

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Politics
May 31, 2021

New jobs plan for women coming to fix lasting damage of Covid-19 recession

Women lost 90% of the jobs that disappeared right after the Covid-19 lockdown. Never again, says the government.

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Politics
May 31, 2021

As Ardern welcomes Morrison in Queenstown, what are they seeking from one other?

A short hop and a short stay, but even the sight of two leaders pressing the flesh is a novelty in recent times, reports Justin Giovannetti from Queenstown.

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Politics
May 20, 2021

Budget 2021: One of the biggest ideas is ‘social unemployment insurance’. What’s that then?

The budget saw plans to design a new scheme to protect those who fall out of work. Here's how it might work.

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Politics
May 20, 2021
Politics
May 20, 2021

The key things to look out for in today’s budget

The 2021 budget will be a balancing act between demands to improve the country and Labour's debt fears.

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Politics
May 11, 2021

Ardern and Robertson say public sector wage freeze is ‘misreporting’. But is it?

Justin Giovannetti examines the claim that public servants are being misled by the media over pay.

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