Madeleine Chapman

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

Society
Mar 29, 2018

Real friends: Jesus's 12 disciples, finally ranked

Jesus had dinner with his 12 disciples right before he died. Noted historian Madeleine Chapman finds out who really deserved to be there.

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Society
Mar 21, 2018

How to holiday in New Zealand like Barack Obama

Former US president Barack Obama is in New Zealand for three days. You might not get to see him but as Madeleine Chapman, shows you can still travel like him.

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Music
Mar 17, 2018

On the nature of 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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Auckland
Mar 15, 2018

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #56: Lisa Prager’s sledgehammer technique

Madeleine Chapman winces while watching cycleway protester Lisa Prager swing a hammer.

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Music
Mar 13, 2018

A night of music at the Festival Playground feeds the soul

Teeks, Emily King, and Tank and the Bangas performed together in a three-part outdoor event for Auckland Arts Festival. Madeleine Chapman was there.

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Sports
Mar 8, 2018

Husband and father of three Ross Taylor performs heroic feat for NZ men’s cricket team

Ross Taylor scored an unbeaten 181 runs in yesterday's ODI victory against the England men's team. Madeleine ChapMAN accurately reports.

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Music
Mar 7, 2018

James Blunt deserved more from a lacklustre Auckland crowd

James Blunt may be a world-class entertainer but his crowd at Spark Arena last night were anything but. Madeleine Chapman reviews one of her favourite artists.

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Music
Mar 6, 2018

Who let Dan Carter steal the stage at Auckland City Limits?

Grace Jones performed at Auckland City Limits to an enthusiastic crowd. Then Dan Carter appeared and ruined everything. Madeleine Chapman reports.

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Society
Mar 1, 2018

How many property managers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

Madeleine Chapman spends a long, soul-sucking day at an Auckland tenancy tribunal.

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Media
Feb 28, 2018

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

On Monday night, 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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Media
Feb 26, 2018

Was that gross 60 Minutes interview with Jacinda Ardern actually a rom-com?

Australian 60 Minutes presenter Charles Wooley this week revealed himself to be in love, or "smitten", with Jacinda Ardern. Madeleine Chapman watched and wept.

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Society
Feb 23, 2018

Kiwi teenagers are over achievers and it’s very cool

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Nico Porteous, both 16, won bronze medals at the Winter Olympics this week. Their efforts add to an ever-growing list of impressive achievements by New Zealand teenagers.

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Media
Feb 21, 2018

‘We’ll be kinder? I absolutely reject that’: The Spinoff grills NZ’s top political editors

With Tova O'Brien and Jessica Mutch's recent promotions, the leading editors in the press gallery are now all women. Madeleine Chapman asks four of them whether that matters, and about the broader state of play in 2018.

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Politics
Feb 15, 2018

A step-by-step guide to writing a Jacinda Ardern profile

With each passing week, a new international profile of Jacinda Ardern is published. Having studied them all, Madeleine Chapman presents a simple DIY guide.

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Books
Feb 14, 2018

Sparks vs Steel: A Valentine’s Day battle of love

Today is Valentine's Day but for two very rich authors, every day is a day for romance. Nicholas Sparks and Danielle Steel go head-to-head in a battle for the trashy romance crown.

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Society
Feb 9, 2018

Eat at the soup kitchen? Why stop there?! 10 more money saving hacks for the frugal traveller

A pair of tourists have sparked outrage after admitting to eating at a soup kitchen to save money. Madeleine Chapman presents a few more money-saving tips for tourists.

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Media
Feb 8, 2018

Andrew Steel and the mystery of the vanishing consent campaign

Auckland artist and influencer Andrew Steel recently debuted a major work about consent. The post blew up then, just as quickly, disappeared.

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Business
Jan 22, 2018

A sad reality: rocket launches are boring

On Sunday, a rocket was launched into orbit by Rocket Labs, an aerospace manufacturing company founded by New Zealander Peter Beck. We watched the full livestream – and these are the 'highlights'.

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Music
Jan 7, 2018

Summer reissue: Moana composer Opetaia Foa’i on making the best soundtrack since The Lion King

One of the men responsible for the movie's music, Opetaia Foa'i, talks Disney, collaboration, and knowing when to draw the line.

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Office Christmas
Dec 13, 2017

A Christmas tragic’s desperate attempt to convert an office grinch

Every office has at least one grinch, it's a fact of life. But can an office grinch be converted into a festive fanatic? Madeleine Chapman tries her darnedest. 

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Society
Dec 5, 2017

How 14 women were indecently assaulted after buying massages through GrabOne

A massage therapist was convicted in November 2017 of indecent assault against 14 women during massages they purchased through the voucher site GrabOne. Madeleine Chapman reports with an update from his sentencing today.

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Music
Dec 3, 2017

Live review: J Cole wins over a whole city

J. Cole plays Spark Arena and seems to have no idea how much love his fans have for him.

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Media
Nov 24, 2017

We’ve found it: the worst column of 2017

With 2017 coming to a close, one brave fisherman has thrown his hat in the Worst Opinions ring with a rant against te reo and those who dare speak it. Madeleine Chapman responds.

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Television
Nov 2, 2017

What the hell is up with that Steve Hansen biscuit movie?

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is the star of Arnott's latest ad and film campaign. Madeleine Chapman attended the premiere and still doesn't know what it's supposed to be.

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Television
Oct 25, 2017

Mike Hosking and the five stages of Ardern government grief

New Zealand's top broadcaster has been on a journey since Winston Peters went left. Madeleine Chapman charts the Hosk's passage through Kübler-Ross's five stages of grief.

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Music
Oct 11, 2017

‘They can’t hear me’: A long, tiring night at the Migos concert

Migos performed in New Zealand for the first time, at Spark Arena. Old soul Madeleine Chapman went along to see what the youths have been raving about.

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