Madeleine Chapman

Madeleine Chapman is a former senior writer at The Spinoff and a current painter of garages

Food
Apr 26, 2020

All 142 biscuit flavours in New Zealand ranked from worst to best

We fought when she ranked the chips. We bickered when she ranked the lollies. And now, Madeleine Chapman returns to bring the nation together as one.

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Books
Mar 31, 2020

Madeleine Chapman: Our PM is the finals MVP we need right now

Watching our prime minister handle the Covid-19 response is like watching an NBA star burst out from the pack.

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Books
Mar 30, 2020

Madeleine Chapman: Just how cool was Jacinda Ardern in high school?

An extract from Jacinda Ardern: A New Kind of Leader, the new biography of the prime minister by Madeleine Chapman.

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Society
Mar 11, 2020

Just a list of everything I touched in one day

The spectre of Covid-19 got me wondering: how many things do my hands come into contact with every day? 

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Food
Mar 10, 2020

Ch-ch-change range: Finding the best bang for your buck in New Zealand

A Madeleine Chapman guide to the best and worst of the change range.

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Society
Feb 18, 2020

Counselling for girls to wear shorts at school is still progress, unfortunately

A Southland school has been criticised for requiring girls to see a counsellor before opting to wear shorts as their uniform. But it’s merely a symptom of a bigger problem.

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Food
Feb 14, 2020

Every dairy lolly in New Zealand, reviewed and ranked

Summer is the time for buying dollar bags at the dairy. It's also the time for Madeleine Chapman to rank every single one of them.

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Politics
Feb 12, 2020

The wins and losses in the new Sallies’ State of the Nation report

Every year the Salvation Army releases a report assessing areas like child poverty and housing. Here's how we're doing in 2020.

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The Bulletin
Feb 7, 2020

The hands-on charity asking Aotearoa’s kids to design our EV future

EVolocity is using innovation, creativity and the incoming electric vehicle revolution to encourage kids into STEM education. Madeleine Chapman talks to its founders about the how and why of their mission.

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Ātea
Feb 4, 2020

It took 60 years, but Ruia Morrison has finally been recognised as a tennis legend

In a classic case of better late than never, pioneering Māori tennis player Ruia Morrison was honoured at the 2020 ASB Classic in Auckland.

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Media
Feb 4, 2020

Mark Richardson is angry about millennials not having sex. A Spinoff millennial responds

A recent survey showed millennials are having less sex than older generations. Mark Richardson hates it.

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Society
Jan 29, 2020

Hallelujah: New Zealand Anglicans can have sex outside of marriage

The Church of England says no to sex outside of heterosexual marriage. The Church of New Zealand isn't too fussed.

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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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