Madeleine Chapman

Madeleine Chapman is a staff writer at The Spinoff. Email her on madeleine@thespinoff.co.nz

Sports
Aug 22, 2018

Stop treating the Black Ferns like the support act

Advertising a double header rugby event means you have to treat all four teams equally, which Rugby Australia failed to do.

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Music
Aug 15, 2018

Celine Dion is Big Dick Energy

Celine Dion just finished her world tour with three concerts at Auckland's Spark Arena. Huge fan Madeleine Chapman was there to experience the magic.

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Society
Aug 13, 2018

A frightening journey through Quinovic's history of terrible memes

Quinovic property management have embraced their stereotype of crusty rich people by sharing terrible memes as ads. Madeleine Chapman discovers they've been doing it for years.

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Society
Aug 10, 2018

And the winner is: Don Brash, by a mile

The moot was PC culture has restricted free speech in New Zealand. But really it was about something, or someone, else.

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Media
Aug 8, 2018

A friendly reminder that reverse racism is still not a real thing

Was the exclusion of Pākehā students from a Joseph Parker event ill-conceived? Yes. Was it racist? No.

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Objectspace
Jul 26, 2018

The Single Object: a mighty pen

Madeleine Chapman inspects a pen, and learns about the power of privilege.

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Food
Jul 24, 2018

An interview with NZ’s No 1 hamburger activist MP

Meat on aeroplanes has unexpectedly emerged as a critical political fault line. Madeleine Chapman speaks to Mark Patterson, the politician with the chops

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Books
Jul 24, 2018

His life, his fight: Madeleine Chapman on co-writing Steven Adams’ autobiography

The Spinoff's Madeleine Chapman co-wrote Steven Adams' autobiography, in shops next week. She tells how she wrote the book alongside an athlete she's known since they were both teens.

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Food
Jul 19, 2018

Vitamin supplements: how much should we believe the hype?

The road to health is long and winding but should it be paved with vitamin supplements?

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Television
Jul 10, 2018

Are these the most explosive 15 minutes of local television this year?

One of this year’s must-see moments of NZ television aired at 10am on a quiet Sunday morning and almost everybody missed it.

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Sports
Jul 6, 2018

One on one with teenage basketball star Charlisse Leger-Walker

In which a current MVP is made to play against a former benchwarmer.

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Society
Jul 4, 2018

Fight back against the fake-meat traitors and live like me, a true NZ patriot

Air New Zealand has been lambasted for serving Business Class passengers a burger without meat in it, which is obviously an assault on the NZ economy. Here the Spinoff's leading New Zealander Madeleine Chapman recounts a day in the life of a true patriot

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Politics
Jun 25, 2018

Waiting for Neve Te Aroha: inside the media room at Auckland Hospital

How does one report on something that's happening behind closed doors? New Zealand media did their best last week as Jacinda Ardern gave birth, but was it enough? Or too much?

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Auckland
Jun 20, 2018

Maths is hard: Mike Hosking’s brave battle with statistics

After the release of an Auckland Transport survey claiming two thirds of Aucklanders support more cycleways, Mike Hosking stepped into the ring to fight Statistics.

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Media
Jun 20, 2018

A desperate search for a single good New Zealand accent

Has there ever been a good pretend Kiwi accent on screen? Like, ever? Madeleine Chapman searches far and wide for one, just one, decent New Zealand accent.

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Science
Jun 14, 2018

The one easy trick to rid your home of mould

Mould is one of the biggest health risks associated with New Zealand’s substandard housing stock. But what to do about it? Madeleine Chapman came up with an easy workaround.

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Sports
Jun 6, 2018

Of course NFL players would dominate world rugby

An ESPN writer caused an uproar when he suggested America would be the best at rugby if they tried. Madeleine Chapman agrees.

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Barkers 1972
Jun 3, 2018

Where are all our Pacific cricket players?

After talking to author and scholar Damon Salesa, Madeleine Chapman wonders why we don't see more Pacific players in New Zealand cricket.

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Media
May 31, 2018

Wake up New Zealand and give a voice to those who already have booming voices

These are cruel days for white old men who feel silenced. We scour the country to find the last remaining safe spaces for these struggling titans. 

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Society
May 28, 2018

So you want to wear blackface? A step by step guide to being the absolute worst™

Ever wanted to make an unfunny joke and be deeply offensive at the same time? Harcourts has all the answers you need.

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Politics
May 24, 2018

A critical analysis of parliamentary power sits

Every little advantage counts in Parliament. Madeleine Chapman and Ra Pomare critically analyse the power sits of Question Time.

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Books
May 21, 2018

Please ban festival audiences from asking questions forever

Has there ever been a good question asked by an audience member at a literary festival? Going by the Auckland Writers Festival, the answer appears to be no, uh-uh, never.

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Music
May 18, 2018

All the best cameos in JessB’s incredible new music video

Everyone loves a cameo, and JessB has them all for you in her new music video for 'Set It Off.

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Techweek18
May 17, 2018

Cycling on the sea: how technology is changing sport

Olympic cyclist and America's Cup cyclor Simon Van Velthooven talks to Madeleine Chapman about the increasingly important role of technology in sport.

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Business
May 14, 2018

Commerce Commission launches investigation into WORLD Made in NZ labelling

Nine complaints made to regulator following Spinoff investigation published last week.

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Media
May 11, 2018

Why are the police cheering social media ‘pressure’ driven by online vigilantism?

Social media can be an effective tool for police in finding missing persons and suspects. But where is the line and was it crossed this week?

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