Madeleine Chapman

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

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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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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Society
Jan 15, 2019

Please stop being mean to us, boy in the Bunnings Warehouse hat

A group of tourists have been travelling the country (Auckland) leaving litter and unpaid restaurant bills in their wake. Government-appointed negotiator Madeleine Chapman tries to reason with them.

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Sports
Jan 14, 2019

New Zealand, it’s time to make Steven Adams an All-Star

Every year the NBA holds an All-Star game, showcasing the best players in the league, as voted in by players, league officials, and fans. It's time for New Zealand to make Steven Adams an All-Star. Here's how.

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Auckland
Jan 13, 2019

Friend like him: Gareth Jacobs on his star turn as Genie in Aladdin

Aladdin the musical is currently playing at Civic Theatre. Madeleine Chapman sat down with the star of the show, Gareth Jacobs.

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Business
Jan 9, 2019

How $14.99 plus ‘FREE’ can really mean $614.96

How honest do advertisements really need to be? Madeleine Chapman investigates a newspaper ad promising a price of $14.99 when the real cost is far, far more.

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Media
Jan 4, 2019

Summer reissue: How to tell if your child has fallen victim to a liberal meme hate group

Last year Seven Sharp aired a segment warning against the left-leaning political extremist groups, aka meme pages, on Facebook. Madeleine Chapman expands on the report.

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Auckland
Jan 4, 2019

Summer reissue: Mike Hosking’s brave battle with mathematics

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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Books
Jan 1, 2019

Summer reissue: Madeleine Chapman on co-writing Steven Adams’ autobiography

Madeleine Chapman co-wrote basketball star Steven Adams' autobiography. She tells how she wrote the book alongside an athlete she's known since they were both teenagers.

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Music
Dec 28, 2018

Summer reissue: On tiredness – Eight hours of SLEEP with Max Richter

To sleep or not to sleep? Madeleine Chapman stays overnight at Max Richter's eight-hour show and realises how tired she is.

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Ātea
Dec 26, 2018

Summer reissue: How did a 77-year-old white guy become the go-to media voice on Māori issues?

When Don Brash was invited onto national television to speak about Māori language week this year, Madeleine Chapman decided she could speak about almost anything.

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Sports
Dec 20, 2018

Stop investing so much in rowing and give that money to basketball

New Zealand currently invests in Olympic medals when it should be investing in viable careers for our athletes, argues Madeleine Chapman.

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Music
Dec 18, 2018

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 18

Every day in the lead-up to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Our arbitrary and strictly enforced word limit: 365. Today: Madeleine Chapman doesn't understand the obsession with Michael Bublé.

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Ātea
Dec 13, 2018

Why is Christchurch Hospital displaying photos of staff in blackface?

A ‘Christmas tradition’ featuring photos of urology consultants in dark brown makeup and afro wigs has angered members of the public.

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Politics
Dec 6, 2018

My beef-only week living as Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson, the polarising Canadian psychologist, is coming to New Zealand in February. In an attempt to understand his appeal, Madeleine Chapman spent a week in Peterson's beef-filled shoes.

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Media
Dec 3, 2018

Why does Rotorua hate Mike Hosking?

Mike Hosking's Newstalk ZB breakfast show rates highly in every city and region in the country except Rotorua. Madeleine Chapman investigates.

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Music
Nov 24, 2018

Going to PHAROS this weekend? Here’s what to expect

The much-anticipated PHAROS event debuted last night just outside of Auckland. Here's what you need to know about the notoriously secret event.

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Society
Nov 21, 2018
Society
Nov 20, 2018

Cancel the prizegiving, but don’t discourage competitiveness

Some people simply love to compete. Madeleine Chapman writes in defence of competitiveness.

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Food
Nov 14, 2018

Onions on top or bottom? A desperate search for the sausage sizzling truth

Bunnings Warehouse will now recommend that sausage sizzle onions be placed on the bread before the sausage. Madeleine Chapman went on a journey of discovery to find the correct way to assemble a snag.

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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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Society
Nov 10, 2018

The marathon runner they tried to tackle out of the race, for being a woman

The Olympic women's marathon was first held in 1984, largely thanks to one woman and her historic run 16 years earlier.

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Sports
Nov 6, 2018

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #74: Watching lawn bowls

There's a new game in town and it's bloody good fun to watch. Madeleine Chapman reviews Bowls3Five at New Lynn Bowling Club.

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Ātea
Nov 1, 2018

How a new programme is helping school students avoid payday lenders

A new programme being rolled out in 111 schools teaches students how to manage money – and the difference between good and bad debt.

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Business
Oct 26, 2018

WORLD U-turns over legality of ‘Fabriqué En Nouvelle Zelande’ tags

After its initial stubborn refusal to accept wrongdoing and attacking the integrity of Spinoff reporting, the NZ fashion retailer WORLD has changed its tune, accepting a likely breach of law over clothing labels, following a Commerce Commission investigation

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Auckland
Oct 23, 2018

Are Auckland’s new Lime e-scooters any good? And how do they compare to OnZos?

Madeleine Chapman rode to Huntly on an OnzO bike. Sadly, she won't be doing the same with a Lime scooter.

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