Madeleine Chapman

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

Politics
Sep 17, 2018

A soon-to-be-deleted look at New Zealand politicians' worst tweets

No platform has caused as much career havoc as twitter.com. Madeleine Chapman looks back (but not that far back) on New Zealand politics' best worst tweets.

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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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Society
Mar 21, 2018

How to holiday in New Zealand like Barack Obama

Former US president Barack Obama is in New Zealand for three days. You might not get to see him but as Madeleine Chapman, shows you can still travel like him.

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Music
Mar 17, 2018

On the nature of 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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Music
Mar 13, 2018

A night of music at the Festival Playground feeds the soul

Teeks, Emily King, and Tank and the Bangas performed together in a three-part outdoor event for Auckland Arts Festival. Madeleine Chapman was there.

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Sports
Mar 8, 2018

Husband and father of three Ross Taylor performs heroic feat for NZ men’s cricket team

Ross Taylor scored an unbeaten 181 runs in yesterday's ODI victory against the England men's team. Madeleine ChapMAN accurately reports.

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Music
Mar 7, 2018

James Blunt deserved more from a lacklustre Auckland crowd

James Blunt may be a world-class entertainer but his crowd at Spark Arena last night were anything but. Madeleine Chapman reviews one of her favourite artists.

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Music
Mar 6, 2018

Who let Dan Carter steal the stage at Auckland City Limits?

Grace Jones performed at Auckland City Limits to an enthusiastic crowd. Then Dan Carter appeared and ruined everything. Madeleine Chapman reports.

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Society
Mar 1, 2018

How many property managers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

Madeleine Chapman spends a long, soul-sucking day at an Auckland tenancy tribunal.

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Media
Feb 28, 2018

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

On Monday night, 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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Media
Feb 26, 2018

Was that gross 60 Minutes interview with Jacinda Ardern actually a rom-com?

Australian 60 Minutes presenter Charles Wooley this week revealed himself to be in love, or "smitten", with Jacinda Ardern. Madeleine Chapman watched and wept.

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Society
Feb 23, 2018

Kiwi teenagers are over achievers and it’s very cool

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Nico Porteous, both 16, won bronze medals at the Winter Olympics this week. Their efforts add to an ever-growing list of impressive achievements by New Zealand teenagers.

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Media
Feb 21, 2018

‘We’ll be kinder? I absolutely reject that’: The Spinoff grills NZ’s top political editors

With Tova O'Brien and Jessica Mutch's recent promotions, the leading editors in the press gallery are now all women. Madeleine Chapman asks four of them whether that matters, and about the broader state of play in 2018.

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Politics
Feb 15, 2018

A step-by-step guide to writing a Jacinda Ardern profile

With each passing week, a new international profile of Jacinda Ardern is published. Having studied them all, Madeleine Chapman presents a simple DIY guide.

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Books
Feb 14, 2018

Sparks vs Steel: A Valentine’s Day battle of love

Today is Valentine's Day but for two very rich authors, every day is a day for romance. Nicholas Sparks and Danielle Steel go head-to-head in a battle for the trashy romance crown.

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