Madeleine Chapman

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

Politics
Mar 22, 2019

Jacinda Ardern, after Christchurch

Eighteen months into her first term as prime minister, Jacinda Ardern faced a formidable task: communicate what happened on March 15, embrace a ruptured community, and force through real reform.

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Society
Mar 18, 2019

As NZ Muslims prepare to bury loved ones, some wait still for the dreaded news

After the terrorist atrocity in Christchurch, supporters including Sikhs are rallying around the Muslim community to ensure bodies can be buried as quickly as possible. Madeleine Chapman reports from Christchurch

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Society
Mar 16, 2019

The day after: Christchurch mourns as murder accused appears in court

A 28 year old man was charged with murder after an unprecedented terror attack in a city still patching itself together. Madeleine Chapman reports from Christchurch

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Ātea
Mar 8, 2019

Melodie Robinson: New Zealand’s first Barbie doll

Commentator and former Black Fern Melodie Robinson has become the first New Zealander to be given the Barbie treatment.

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Society
Mar 6, 2019

The many, many lives of Samoan women

In a stunning new play Wild Dogs Under My Skirt, Samoan women are allowed to be whole, writes Madeleine Chapman.

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Music
Feb 28, 2019

How the hell did ‘Hide and Seek’ end up in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?

In the middle of a spectacular play about witches and wizards, a song from The O.C. plays. Madeleine Chapman unpacks her emotions around 'Hide and Seek'.

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Business
Feb 19, 2019

The bitter fight tearing Avondale apart

For 18 years a small group of local business owners ran the Avondale Business Association as they pleased. It took 18 months for two brothers to spark a revolution.

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Politics
Feb 13, 2019

A deep and critical analysis of every WordArt font

School projects weren't complete without a meticulously selected WordArt title. Madeleine Chapman looks back at the fonts that shaped many children's lives.

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Ātea
Feb 6, 2019

There’s something off about the London Waitangi Day Pub Crawl

Every year, thousands of New Zealand immigrants in London celebrate Waitangi Day by dressing up, publicly getting drunk, and doing the haka, and it makes Madeleine Chapman shudder.

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Music
Jan 31, 2019

Praise Be: A definitive ranking of the best church bangers

God may have created all his children in his image, but the same cannot be said for his hymns. Some church songs are good, some are bad, and some are absolute bangers.

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Media
Jan 19, 2019

One tragedy, one farce, and six days of ugliness

How two families, in the space of one week, brought out the worst in New Zealand media and public.

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Society
Jan 17, 2019

A 10km/h footpath speed limit will limit more than Lime scooters

A proposed 10km/h speed limit on footpaths won't just be slowing e-scooters down.

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Society
Jan 15, 2019

Please stop being mean to us, boy in the Bunnings Warehouse hat

A group of tourists have been travelling the country (Auckland) leaving litter and unpaid restaurant bills in their wake. Government-appointed negotiator Madeleine Chapman tries to reason with them.

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Sports
Jan 14, 2019

New Zealand, it’s time to make Steven Adams an All-Star

Every year the NBA holds an All-Star game, showcasing the best players in the league, as voted in by players, league officials, and fans. It's time for New Zealand to make Steven Adams an All-Star. Here's how.

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Auckland
Jan 13, 2019

Friend like him: Gareth Jacobs on his star turn as Genie in Aladdin

Aladdin the musical is currently playing at Civic Theatre. Madeleine Chapman sat down with the star of the show, Gareth Jacobs.

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Business
Jan 9, 2019

How $14.99 plus ‘FREE’ can really mean $614.96

How honest do advertisements really need to be? Madeleine Chapman investigates a newspaper ad promising a price of $14.99 when the real cost is far, far more.

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Media
Jan 4, 2019

Summer reissue: How to tell if your child has fallen victim to a liberal meme hate group

Last year Seven Sharp aired a segment warning against the left-leaning political extremist groups, aka meme pages, on Facebook. Madeleine Chapman expands on the report.

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Auckland
Jan 4, 2019

Summer reissue: Mike Hosking’s brave battle with mathematics

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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Books
Jan 1, 2019

Summer reissue: Madeleine Chapman on co-writing Steven Adams’ autobiography

Madeleine Chapman co-wrote basketball star Steven Adams' autobiography. She tells how she wrote the book alongside an athlete she's known since they were both teenagers.

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Music
Dec 28, 2018

Summer reissue: On tiredness – Eight hours of SLEEP with Max Richter

To sleep or not to sleep? Madeleine Chapman stays overnight at Max Richter's eight-hour show and realises how tired she is.

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Ātea
Dec 26, 2018

Summer reissue: How did a 77-year-old white guy become the go-to media voice on Māori issues?

When Don Brash was invited onto national television to speak about Māori language week this year, Madeleine Chapman decided she could speak about almost anything.

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Sports
Dec 20, 2018

Stop investing so much in rowing and give that money to basketball

New Zealand currently invests in Olympic medals when it should be investing in viable careers for our athletes, argues Madeleine Chapman.

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Music
Dec 18, 2018

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 18

Every day in the lead-up to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Our arbitrary and strictly enforced word limit: 365. Today: Madeleine Chapman doesn't understand the obsession with Michael Bublé.

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Ātea
Dec 13, 2018

Why is Christchurch Hospital displaying photos of staff in blackface?

A ‘Christmas tradition’ featuring photos of urology consultants in dark brown makeup and afro wigs has angered members of the public.

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Politics
Dec 6, 2018

My beef-only week living as Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson, the polarising Canadian psychologist, is coming to New Zealand in February. In an attempt to understand his appeal, Madeleine Chapman spent a week in Peterson's beef-filled shoes.

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Media
Dec 3, 2018

Why does Rotorua hate Mike Hosking?

Mike Hosking's Newstalk ZB breakfast show rates highly in every city and region in the country except Rotorua. Madeleine Chapman investigates.

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