Madeleine Chapman

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

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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Music
Jul 12, 2017

Ansel Elgort is 20% douchebag and 100% a perfectly nice young man

Rising Hollywood star Ansel Elgort has a reputation for being kind of bad. Madeleine Chapman met him to find out the truth.

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Music
Jun 29, 2017

One (very long) night with Hanson and a stranger I met at Nando's

To celebrate 25 years of making music together, former child band Hanson played a single concert at Auckland's town hall. Madeleine Chapman went along with a stranger she met while eating dinner.

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Media
Jun 27, 2017

Some thoughts on Alan Duff’s staggeringly terrible ‘female shriekers’ column

Unladylike shouting from Madeleine Chapman at Alan Duff's Herald piece on 'unfeminine' women, Samoan cleaners and what makes a real Kiwi. Alan Duff went to a bar and heard some women loudly …

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Music
Jun 19, 2017

‘My mom is my muse’: An interview with the guy who plays the mum on Bob’s Burgers

Madeleine Chapman speaks to John Roberts about impersonating his mum and how that became a full-time gig as Linda Belcher on Bob's Burgers.

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Society
May 30, 2017

Twice as nice: the seven steps to keeping leftovers

In a world of excess and greed, Madeleine Chapman just wants everyone to get the most out of their food.

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Music
May 24, 2017

Hey critics – don’t even bother. James Blunt doesn’t care what you think

James Blunt talks to Madeleine Chapman about dealing with fame, critics, and change in his musical style.

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Television
May 3, 2017

A star is born: The horror of being thrust into the spotlight at a NZ talk show taping

Season two of All Talk With Anika Moa premieres tonight on Māori Television. Madeleine Chapman attended the taping and was transformed into a star.

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Society
Apr 27, 2017

A champion is crowned: Air New Zealand vs United Airlines

Madeleine Chapman flew to Los Angeles on United Airlines and flew back on Air New Zealand. One was better.

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Media
Apr 26, 2017

A comprehensive rebuttal of a man’s opinion piece on periods

Tom O'Connor bravely wrote an opinion piece on how men suffer from a woman's period. Madeleine Chapman responds to each of his relevant points.

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Music
Apr 19, 2017

The Spinoff meets movie composer Hans Zimmer *ominous organ tone*

A titan of cinematic scores, Hans Zimmer will perform one show only, Hans Zimmer Revealed, in Auckland later this month. He spoke to Madeleine Chapman about some of his most recognisable scores and how he avoids repeating himself.

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Media
Mar 31, 2017

Making a necessity accessible: How a new scheme is bringing broadband to those in need

The UN has declared internet access a basic human right, but at-home internet remains out of reach for many struggling New Zealand families. Madeleine Chapman learns how the Spark Jump programme is attempting to bridge the digital divide.

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Television
Mar 23, 2017

Game of Bros: the oiliest reality show on television is back

Game of Bros returned to Maori television tonight and picked up right where it left off: in a vat of coconut oil. Madeleine Chapman made a few crucial and important observations to keep an eye out for as the show progresses.

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Music
Mar 23, 2017

The Eagles: Hating them doesn’t make you cool, it’s just a waste of time

Are the Eagles good or are they bad? Madeleine Chapman argues the former.

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Television
Mar 20, 2017

My Aunty Henga reacts to the shirtless Game of Bros calendar shoot

Before the season two premiere of Game of Bros, Madeleine Chapman sat down with her Aunty Henga to judge the contestants based solely on their calendar photo and quote.

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Music
Mar 6, 2017

A harrowing report from the Max Key VIP experience

Max Key is touring the country to promote his new single 'All The Way'. The Spinoff sent known recluse Madeleine Chapman along for the full VIP experience.

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Sports
Mar 1, 2017

‘If you want it too much it can strangle you’: Amy Satterthwaite on her record-tying fourth consecutive ODI century

Madeleine Chapman speaks to White Fern Amy Satterthwaite about her four consecutive ODI centuries, a new world record.

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Society
Feb 24, 2017

‘Were you saying no but not meaning no?’: On the tactics of Scott Kuggeleijn’s lawyer

Regardless of today's verdict, the assumptions made and line of questioning pursued by Kuggeleijn’s lawyer Philip Morgan over the course of two trials were extremely troubling, writes Madeleine Chapman.

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Sports
Feb 23, 2017

Sorry Ross: the White Ferns outplayed the Black Caps yesterday

The White Ferns' win yesterday is more newsworthy than the Black Caps', argues Madeleine Chapman.

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Television
Feb 16, 2017

‘You just got your ass nailed to the wall, sucker’: Suits’ Rick Hoffman on getting Litt up

Madeleine Chapman talks to Rick Hoffman, aka Louis Litt from Suits, about mudding, catchphrases, and his mysterious assistant Norma.

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Music
Feb 15, 2017

Moana composer Opetaia Foa’i on the story behind the best soundtrack since The Lion King

Madeleine Chapman sat down with one of the men responsible for the Moana soundtrack, Opetaia Foa'i, to talk Disney, collaboration, and knowing when to draw the line.

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Media
Feb 7, 2017

Haters will say it’s fake: the true history of Max Key’s shark friend

Max Key has come under very mild fire for photoshopping a shark into an image of himself on holiday. Madeleine Chapman looked into the shark's history and found that it's been in a lot more iconic photos than you'd think.

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Society
Jan 19, 2017

I lived my life using only inspirational advice from Typo and it wasn’t good

The stationery store Typo is known for it's quirky slogans and inspiring messages. Madeleine Chapman followed their advice to see just how positive it really is.

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Media
Jan 4, 2017

Summer reissue: I spent a week living like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and it nearly killed me

Everybody wants to be like The Rock but what happens when you actually try and live like him? Madeleine Chapman was foolish enough to find out.

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Auckland
Dec 31, 2016

Summer reissue: John Key suggested we Google TradeMe for homes under $500,000. So we did, and here they are

Early in June the then prime minister told reporters there were plenty of (relatively) affordable Auckland homes on TradeMe. Madeleine Chapman searched the site to see if he was right.

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Media
Dec 29, 2016

Summer reissue: Hear us out – that ‘brown face’ Maui costume is maybe okay

In September Disney once again came under fire for cultural appropriation, this time for the release of their Maui costume for kids. Madeleine Chapman explains why the costume might not be so bad.

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Society
Dec 19, 2016

Kmart vs The Warehouse: 2016 clash of the Christmas superstores

The Warehouse and Kmart are two of the busiest stores throughout the Christmas season. But which one is better? Madeleine Chapman dived deep into affordable late-night shopping and emerged with a scoresheet.

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