Madeleine Chapman

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

Food
Jan 23, 2020

BREAKING... your toilet. Because detox teas will only make you shit

Detox teas have been taken off shelves after being shown to include a pharmacy-only laxative ingredient.

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Society
Jan 21, 2020

This one shower trick won't change your life but do it anyway

It'll improve your life a tiny, tiny bit. What more do you want?

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Food
Jan 18, 2020

Please stop offering sober people orange juice

Embrace the many zero-alcohol drink options out there and stop bloody serving OJ.

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Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Serena Williams won her first title as a mother and one columnist wasn’t happy

After three years, Serena Williams is a champion again. Sadly not everyone was too thrilled about a mother competing.

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Society
Jan 9, 2020

I’m messy and I’m done apologising for it

Some people are just untidy. Madeleine Chapman is one of them, and this year she's decided to embrace the mess.

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Media
Jan 7, 2020

Nick Kroll is growing up, kind of

Nick Kroll discusses lessons he's learned in comedy, including how an applicator tampon works.

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Politics
Jan 4, 2020

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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Food
Jan 2, 2020

All 123 chip flavours in New Zealand ranked from best to worst

Summer reissue: Madeleine Chapman goes through starchy hell to rank every flavour of chip available in New Zealand.

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Books
Dec 30, 2019

Here’s what happens when no one shows up to your writers festival event

Summer reissue: Madeleine Chapman wrote a book and was asked to speak about it at a writers festival. The problem was, nobody wanted to listen.

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Music
Dec 25, 2019

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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Decade in Review
Dec 18, 2019

Decade in review: when the internet turned on us

Madeleine Chapman looks back at ten years of global migration from the real world to the online world. 

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Business
Dec 18, 2019

Learning the art of the sale on Sir Michael Hill’s superyacht

A book interview turns into a business and life lesson for Madeleine Chapman.

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Sports
Dec 12, 2019

Woman first, athlete second: Barbara Cox and the struggle for female footballers

When Barbara Cox joined a football team in 1973, she was one of the first women in the country to do so.

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GJNZ
Dec 2, 2019

Girl on a train: How the TranzAlpine made me at last notice New Zealand

The third instalment in a three-part series on the Great Journeys of New Zealand.

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GJNZ
Dec 1, 2019

Girl on a train: to the edge of the world on the Interislander and Coastal Pacific

The second instalment in a three-part series on the Great Journeys of New Zealand.

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GJNZ
Nov 30, 2019

Girl on a train: the pure joy of nothingness on the Northern Explorer

The first instalment in a three-part series on the Great Journeys of New Zealand.

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Science
Nov 29, 2019

It’s time to get rid of the BMI test once and for all

Body Mass Index is particularly flawed as an indicator of health in children and ethnic minorities. So why do we still use it?

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Society
Nov 28, 2019

Sāmoa is deep in a measles crisis. The last thing it needs is misinformation

At a time like this individuals spreading nonsense is downright dangerous.

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Society
Nov 13, 2019

A search for the truth behind the strangest news story of the year

One journalist's quest for a silly answer leads to a desperate search for the truth behind the most bizarre news story. 

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Sports
Nov 6, 2019

The Breakers just made a very dangerous hire

The Breakers' newest recruit has a history of violent behaviour on and off the court.

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Books
Nov 5, 2019

On punching up – and all the things The Spinoff made me do

From the all-new Spinoff Book, Madeleine Chapman spills the beans on the ordeal of writing for this very site.

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Society
Nov 3, 2019

I got myself Date Checked and the results terrified me

What could an online private investigator discover about you? Madeleine Chapman paid $99 to find out.

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Politics
Oct 30, 2019

NZ citizenship requirements for the rich celebs who want to move here

What does a celebrity have to do to get a slice of our paradise?

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James Blunt
Oct 25, 2019

You’re a James Blunt fan, you just don’t know it yet

It's time we all accepted that James Blunt is good, argues Madeleine Chapman.

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Business
Oct 24, 2019

Auditing ethics: How to prove you’re a good corporate citizen

What the B-Corp certification actually means and why it matters.

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Society
Oct 23, 2019

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