Madeleine Chapman

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

Books
May 17, 2019

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

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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Politics
May 2, 2019

Every frame of Simon Bridges yelling 'slushies!' in parliament, analysed

On May 1st 2019, Simon Bridges stood up in parliament and yelled the word "slushies" at the government. Madeleine Chapman dives deep into the slush.

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Society
May 1, 2019

Hankies are good and cool and everyone should use them

Hankies are a gross piece of cloth filled with snot that you carried around all day. They're also great, argues Madeleine Chapman.

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Society
Apr 29, 2019

Michael Hill wants you to buy your ‘work mum’ some jewellery for Mother’s Day. Please don’t.

Michael Hill jeweller is currently urging the public to buy for "all your Mums" this Mother's Day, including your real mum and your 'work mum'. Madeleine Chapman wonders how many other mums are out there.

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Politics
Apr 27, 2019

Mourning the loss of Jacinda Ardern and Simon Bridges’ friendship

The prime minister and the leader of the opposition are supposed to be enemies, but Madeleine Chapman just wants Jacinda Ardern and Simon Bridges to be friends again.

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Barkers 1972
Apr 20, 2019

The art of the manu

Madeleine Chapman on dropping the perfect (dive bomb) – and why it's worth protecting.

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Food
Apr 19, 2019

The one-stop guide to executing a perfect Easter egg hunt

Eater of chocolate and master budgeter Madeleine Chapman lays out the recipe for a killer Easter egg hunt.

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Politics
Apr 17, 2019

An explosive interview with the most popular MP in the National Party

Madeleine Chapman interrogates Andrew Falloon as to how he managed to go so viral on Twitter.

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Society
Apr 15, 2019

Wonky Donkey author under fire for song defending golliwogs

The author of the wildly popular Wonky Donkey children's book is facing criticisms over a 2008 song about golliwogs.

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Ātea
Apr 11, 2019

From Rotorua to Wimbledon: the unlikely tale of lost tennis legend Ruia Morrison

One of New Zealand's most successful tennis players has fallen through the cracks of sporting history. Madeleine Chapman tells the story of Ruia Morrison, Wimbledon quarter finalist.

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Sports
Apr 6, 2019

Don’t worry, Crusaders fans, we’ve got your new name sorted

The Crusaders rugby franchise are looking into changing their name. Madeleine Chapman and Toby Morris have some ideas.

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Ātea
Apr 5, 2019

Across the Pacific: Vai and the beauty in a chorus of voices

In cinemas now, Vai tells the story of one woman's life through eight ten-minute shorts, directed by nine Pacific women.

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Food
Apr 3, 2019

I told New Zealand what chips to eat and New Zealand told me to fuck off

On Friday March 29, the Spinoff published a ranking of every chip flavour in New Zealand. Everyone promptly lost the plot. Chip ranker Madeleine Chapman wonders where she went wrong.

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Food
Mar 29, 2019

All 122 chip flavours in New Zealand ranked from best to worst

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

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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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