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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GJNZ
Dec 1, 2019

Girl on a train: to the edge of the world on the Interislander and Coastal Pacific

The second instalment in a three-part series on the Great Journeys of New Zealand.

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GJNZ
Nov 30, 2019
The Northern Explorer and Ruapehu

Girl on a train: the pure joy of nothingness on the Northern Explorer

The first instalment in a three-part series on the Great Journeys of New Zealand.

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Science
Nov 29, 2019

It’s time to get rid of the BMI test once and for all

Body Mass Index is particularly flawed as an indicator of health in children and ethnic minorities. So why do we still use it?

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Society
Nov 28, 2019

Sāmoa is deep in a measles crisis. The last thing it needs is misinformation

At a time like this individuals spreading nonsense is downright dangerous.

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Society
Nov 13, 2019

A search for the truth behind the strangest news story of the year

One journalist's quest for a silly answer leads to a desperate search for the truth behind the most bizarre news story. 

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Sports
Nov 6, 2019

The Breakers just made a very dangerous hire

The Breakers' newest recruit has a history of violent behaviour on and off the court.

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Books
Nov 5, 2019

On punching up – and all the things The Spinoff made me do

From the all-new Spinoff Book, Madeleine Chapman spills the beans on the ordeal of writing for this very site.

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Society
Nov 3, 2019

I got myself Date Checked and the results terrified me

What could an online private investigator discover about you? Madeleine Chapman paid $99 to find out.

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Politics
Oct 30, 2019

NZ citizenship requirements for the rich celebs who want to move here

What does a celebrity have to do to get a slice of our paradise?

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James Blunt
Oct 25, 2019

You’re a James Blunt fan, you just don’t know it yet

It's time we all accepted that James Blunt is good, argues Madeleine Chapman.

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Business
Oct 24, 2019

Auditing ethics: How to prove you’re a good corporate citizen

What the B-Corp certification actually means and why it matters.

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Society
Oct 23, 2019
Food
Oct 20, 2019

How to eat Christchurch in one day

Madeleine Chapman spent a day learning about Christchurch through its most famous dishes.

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Television
Oct 13, 2019

Girls Are Horny Too, and other important truths from Big Mouth on Netflix

Madeleine Chapman celebrates the girl truths of Netflix's hit show about puberty, Big Mouth.

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Politics
Oct 8, 2019

Expert analysis: Jacinda Ardern and Mike Hosking sitting in the same room

The prime minister conducted her Tuesday morning media interviews in-studio today, including her regular chat with Mike Hosking. Madeleine Chapman watched then wrote this.

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Politics
Oct 4, 2019

Cheat sheet: overdue change to refugee policy announced

A long-derided refugee policy has been reversed, the government announced today.

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Politics
Oct 3, 2019

A review of Shane Jones’s assigned holiday reading: The Cabinet Manual

The prime minister says her misbehaving coalition cabinet minister is taking the Cabinet Manual away to study. Is it the perfect page-turner beach read?

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Sports
Oct 2, 2019

The Chunli dilemma: what happens when you’re too good for New Zealand?

After a short but successful career in China, table tennis champion Chunli Li moved to New Zealand to coach. She soon discovered she was better than everyone, and that was a problem. 

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Sports
Aug 22, 2019

Remembering the six bangers from Jump Jam: Volume One

Before Zumba, before Just Dance, before it was once again cool to move in public group settings, there was Jump Jam.

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Business
Jun 26, 2019

Spinoff investigation: how come every New Zealand kid had the same trike?

The red, yellow, and black trikes are everywhere. But where did they come from and how did they get here? Madeleine Chapman investigates.

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Sports
Jun 6, 2019

The first female Nike athlete was most likely a runner from New Zealand

In 1981, New Zealand runner Anne Audain accepted prize money for winning a race. In doing so, she changed the status of professional sports all around the world.

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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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