Madeleine Chapman

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

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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Sports
Oct 9, 2017

New Zealand basketball has its very own LeBron James

The national secondary school basketball champs have been newly crowned, but more importantly, a star was brought to the fore. Madeleine Chapman introduces New Zealand basketball's newest superstar.

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Politics
Oct 7, 2017

Winston Peters is the hot girl on campus: a sexy guide to MMP relationships

If the Beehive were a college campus, Winston Peters would be the It Girl with multiple suitors. Madeleine Chapman presents a guided tour through Peters' relationship options as the Hot Girl on Campus.

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Music
Oct 2, 2017

A powerful, if quiet, night with London Grammar

London Grammar played live in Auckland for the first time on Saturday. Madeleine Chapman was at Spark Arena to see it unfold.

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Business
Sep 30, 2017

Living the moral high life: a week consuming consciously

As part of the The Spinoff’s  social enterprise series, Madeleine Chapman attempted to use only the most woke businesses for a week’s worth of consumption. It wasn't easy but she was left uplifted.  

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Auckland
Sep 28, 2017

A KFC fangirl attends the opening of the fancy new KFC

New Zealand's newest and fanciest KFC opened on Fort St in Auckland this week. Vocal KFC fan Madeleine Chapman was there to experience the magic.

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Television
Sep 25, 2017

The seven stages of listening to Don Brash speak on TV

Madeleine Chapman becomes bewitched by a new television phenomenon: people reacting to Don Brash on current affairs panels. 

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Politics
Sep 21, 2017

Call the police: here’s everything you can’t do on election day

Election day isn't just for voting, there are countless rules to follow between the hours of 12am and 7pm on September 23rd. Professional voter Madeleine Chapman spells them out. 

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Music
Sep 20, 2017

Dot Major of London Grammar likes that you won’t remember his face

With the release of a new album and a NZ show coming up, Madeleine Chapman spoke to London Grammar's Dot Major to find out just what's been happening for the past four years.

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Zero Carbon Act
Sep 1, 2017

The script to zero carbon has been written. Now the government needs to act

After travelling to the Solomon Islands to meet the communities already affected by climate change, Madeleine Chapman looks at New Zealand's responsibility in the region and the campaign for the Zero Carbon Act. 

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Politics
Aug 30, 2017

Politics by numbers: important data journalism from the two big party launches

Political scandals are popping up everywhere but what the people really want is cold, hard stats. So Madeleine Chapman went along to the Labour and National campaign launches and crunched only the most important numbers.

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Zero Carbon Act
Aug 29, 2017

The crowded community on the run from climate change

Climate change is a harsh reality for the Pacific Islands. Madeleine Chapman travelled to the Solomon Islands with World Vision to meet the communities whose lives are already being upturned by climate change.

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