Madeleine Chapman

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

Politics
Oct 17, 2018

Just some memes about Jami-Lee Ross and the National Party

Every great political moment births a thousand not-so-great political memes. Madeleine Chapman gets the ball rolling on the Ross-Bridges saga.

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Society
Oct 13, 2018

Why the Breakers' 'family values' and Barstool Sports don't go together

Website Barstool Sports has been called misogynist, racist and a cyber bully. It's also the latest sponsor of the NZ Breakers basketball team

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Politics
Oct 12, 2018

Too many girls quit sport. Will this breathe fresh life into future Olympians?

The government announced a $10m strategy yesterday to boost women and girls in sport. Madeleine Chapman wonders if the nice sentiment will turn into action.

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Objectspace
Oct 11, 2018

Weaving a life: Lakiloko and the functional beauty of Tuvalu art

Madeleine Chapman explores the beauty and purpose of Tuvalu art, and meets one of its foremost creators, Lakiloko Keakea.

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Sports
Oct 9, 2018

The rarest piece of NZ sporting merchandise? A Black Ferns jersey

It's literally impossible to buy Black Ferns merchandise. Madeleine Chapman still tried, and got very angry in the process.

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Business
Sep 28, 2018

The Great New Zealand Dessert Box War

Influencers may promote your product for a fee, but loyalty is not included.

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Business
Sep 28, 2018

Last night Derek Handley gave a talk called ‘Making bold moves for your career’

The man embroiled in the scandal that saw Clare Curran sacked by Jacinda Ardern challenged an audience at AUT to think about their careers

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Politics
Sep 17, 2018

A soon-to-be-deleted look at New Zealand politicians’ worst tweets

No platform has caused as much career havoc as twitter.com. Madeleine Chapman looks back (but not that far back) on New Zealand politics' best worst tweets.

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Ātea
Sep 10, 2018

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

If Don Brash can be invited onto national television to speak about Māori language week then I can speak about almost anything too.

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Society
Sep 6, 2018

C’s get degrees: the extra tough law school grading at Victoria University

Victoria University has this week been shown to award significantly more C and D grades to its law students than the Universities of Auckland and Otago. But does it matter?

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Unitec
Sep 5, 2018

We need more houses and we need women to help build them

New Zealand is in desperate need of skilled tradespeople, which means it’s past time we got women onboard and on the drills.

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Politics
Sep 2, 2018

A special episode of The Block NZ: Kiwibuild edition

The first of a promised 100,000 Kiwibuild homes was revealed today. Madeleine Chapman dons her safety glasses and jumps in the bath.

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Sports
Aug 29, 2018

Why divide youth sports teams by gender anyway?

The debate around girls playing in boys' sports teams has resurfaced. Just let them play, says Madeleine Chapman.

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Sports
Aug 25, 2018

Rugby and concussions are a tragedy in the making

Concussions are a problem rugby has never really reckoned with, and they have the power to truly change how we view the game.

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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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