Madeleine Chapman

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

Politics
Nov 13, 2018

Which MP occupies the worst seat in parliament? A Spinoff investigation

There are so many issues facing the nation but one rises above them all. Madeleine Chapman goes on a quest to find the worst seat in the House.

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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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Politics
Jun 25, 2018

Waiting for Neve Te Aroha: inside the media room at Auckland Hospital

How does one report on something that's happening behind closed doors? New Zealand media did their best last week as Jacinda Ardern gave birth, but was it enough? Or too much?

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Auckland
Jun 20, 2018

Maths is hard: Mike Hosking’s brave battle with statistics

After the release of an Auckland Transport survey claiming two thirds of Aucklanders support more cycleways, Mike Hosking stepped into the ring to fight Statistics.

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Media
Jun 20, 2018

A desperate search for a single good New Zealand accent

Has there ever been a good pretend Kiwi accent on screen? Like, ever? Madeleine Chapman searches far and wide for one, just one, decent New Zealand accent.

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Science
Jun 14, 2018

The one easy trick to rid your home of mould

Mould is one of the biggest health risks associated with New Zealand’s substandard housing stock. But what to do about it? Madeleine Chapman came up with an easy workaround.

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Sports
Jun 6, 2018

Of course NFL players would dominate world rugby

An ESPN writer caused an uproar when he suggested America would be the best at rugby if they tried. Madeleine Chapman agrees.

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Barkers 1972
Jun 3, 2018

Where are all our Pacific cricket players?

After talking to author and scholar Damon Salesa, Madeleine Chapman wonders why we don't see more Pacific players in New Zealand cricket.

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Media
May 31, 2018

Wake up New Zealand and give a voice to those who already have booming voices

These are cruel days for white old men who feel silenced. We scour the country to find the last remaining safe spaces for these struggling titans. 

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Society
May 28, 2018

So you want to wear blackface? A step by step guide to being the absolute worst™

Ever wanted to make an unfunny joke and be deeply offensive at the same time? Harcourts has all the answers you need.

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Politics
May 24, 2018

A critical analysis of parliamentary power sits

Every little advantage counts in Parliament. Madeleine Chapman and Ra Pomare critically analyse the power sits of Question Time.

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Books
May 21, 2018

Please ban festival audiences from asking questions forever

Has there ever been a good question asked by an audience member at a literary festival? Going by the Auckland Writers Festival, the answer appears to be no, uh-uh, never.

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Music
May 18, 2018

All the best cameos in JessB’s incredible new music video

Everyone loves a cameo, and JessB has them all for you in her new music video for 'Set It Off.

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Techweek18
May 17, 2018

Cycling on the sea: how technology is changing sport

Olympic cyclist and America's Cup cyclor Simon Van Velthooven talks to Madeleine Chapman about the increasingly important role of technology in sport.

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Business
May 14, 2018

Commerce Commission launches investigation into WORLD Made in NZ labelling

Nine complaints made to regulator following Spinoff investigation published last week.

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Media
May 11, 2018

Why are the police cheering social media ‘pressure’ driven by online vigilantism?

Social media can be an effective tool for police in finding missing persons and suspects. But where is the line and was it crossed this week?

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Society
May 8, 2018

Mad’s great Onzo commute from Mt Eden to Huntly

What's the longest commute you've ever had? How about 12 hours on a single-gear rental bike?

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Business
May 7, 2018

Those WORLD T-shirts: Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet responds

The outspoken ethical fashion champion has contacted the Spinoff with further comments about the garments that were manufactured offshore but boast 'Made in NZ' tags.

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Business
May 7, 2018

T-Shirts from Bangladesh. Sequin patches from China. Sold by WORLD as ‘Made in New Zealand’

A Spinoff investigation reveals ethical fashion pioneer WORLD as stocking garments made in Bangladesh and China, despite their being labeled 'Made in New Zealand'.

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Media
May 1, 2018

Madeleine Chapman: I feel for Deborah Hill Cone and Kate Hawkesby

Breaking: A column about a column about a column about a column about Clarke Gayford.

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Business
Apr 26, 2018

Would the real Mt Albert BBQ Noodle House please stand up?

Two restaurants with the exact same name operate beside each other in Mt Albert. But which is the real Mt Albert BBQ Noodle House? Madeleine Chapman eats and investigates.

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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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