Michael Andrew

Michael Andrew is the business editor of The Spinoff. Email him on michael@thespinoff.co.nz

Money
Apr 10, 2021

The laughable quest of saving a first home deposit in 2021

Thinking of saving for a deposit on your first home? You may not want to bother after seeing these figures.

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Business
Mar 26, 2021

One year on, what lessons has Covid-19 taught NZ about the digital world?

With the world rapidly evolving, some fear New Zealand is at risk of falling further behind.

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Business
Mar 23, 2021

'It’s a drop in the bucket and it’s a leaky bucket at that': Housing package underwhelms experts

What do the experts make of the government's latest attempts to address the rampant housing market?

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Business
Mar 13, 2021

The Campbell enigma: Corporate juggernaut with a socialist heart

From picket line anarchist to chair of SkyCity, how does the man once included on Robert Muldoon’s list of 'dangerous communists' reconcile his ideological evolution?

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Money
Mar 5, 2021

NZ Super Fund drops Israeli banks for funding settlements in Palestine

The fund says the Israeli companies’ activities are inconsistent with its ethical guidelines.

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Business
Mar 5, 2021

The old marketing ‘made me sick’, says Moa’s new owner

'I think it was a pretty lazy way to attempt to disrupt and build the brand, personally.'

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Business
Mar 3, 2021

A wish list for all that capital gains tax revenue, which doesn’t exist

What could NZ spend the capital gains tax revenue on, if it were real?

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Business
Mar 2, 2021

How financial literacy spreads beyond the classroom

So many New Zealanders only learned about finances once they were adults. That's why these kids are learning it as early as possible.

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Business
Feb 26, 2021

How Moa’s awful marketing left it stranded in craft beer no man’s land

Moa lost nearly $30m over the last decade, and has just been sold for a pittance. Did its dodgy advertising play a role?

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Business
Feb 19, 2021

Is Southland finally free of its toxic burden?

The environmental court has ruled that the toxic ouvea premix will be removed from Mataura by May 2021. So why are locals still dubious?

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Money
Feb 18, 2021

Who is eligible for the Covid-19 Resurgence Support Payment?

All you need to know about the government’s latest support package for businesses and sole traders affected by the rise in alert levels.

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Business
Feb 18, 2021

What’s the deal with the My Food Bag IPO?

New Zealanders have a chance to own a slice of the popular meal-kit company. What's the catch?

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Business
Feb 16, 2021

No, your boss can’t ‘make’ you take annual leave over the lockdown

Whether it's a lockdown, earthquake or a rampant plague of locusts, employers must still act in good faith.

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Business
Feb 11, 2021

Five housing market numbers that will make your eyes bleed

The housing market monster continues to grow, causing panic and rapture, depending on who you are.

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Money
Feb 5, 2021

What New Zealand investment platforms think of Reddit’s Wall St rebellion

Hatch and Sharesies may have started to democratise investing, but they are still subject to a vast mire of regulations.

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Business
Jan 23, 2021

Five big ticket items that New Zealanders are going crazy over

The vehicles, plants and pets that are dominating many of our wish lists.

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Business
Jan 20, 2021

The rise and rise of the merino wool shoe

Exploring the origins and the alternatives of the shoe that almost everyone wants to wear.

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Business
Jan 15, 2021

Tolaga Bay businesses are innovating beyond brick, mortar and distance

What connects a remote East Coast inn with a Norwegian printing company? A whole lot of grassroots innovation.

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Business
Jan 10, 2021

Can you really make $400 a day picking cherries?

With the summer fruit industry facing a potentially disastrous worker shortage, the wages of fruit pickers are in the spotlight. Is cherry picking really as lucrative as it's marketed to be?

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Food
Jan 9, 2021

New Zealand’s gluten-free bread, reviewed and ranked

What qualities does one look for in a great gluten-free bread?

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Business
Jan 6, 2021

The tale of Ian Swney: The spray-can-wielding wage subsidy avenger

He's a semi-retired kindergarten teacher with a vendetta against big business and a pending charge for wilful damage.

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Business
Dec 23, 2020

A retrospective look at the ‘mind-blowing’ economic experiment of 2020

It was forecast to be the Great Depression of the 21st century. So what happened?

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Business
Dec 20, 2020

Dean Hall flies very close to the sun

He's a commissioned airforce officer, a millionaire CEO, and he bought his Lamborghini by text. So what else is on Dean Hall's bucket list?

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Business
Dec 9, 2020

New report shows the truly dire state of NZ housing

We all knew housing in NZ was a disaster, but this 150-page report quantifies it for us.

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Business
Dec 8, 2020

Reckon houses are expensive? Try buying a puppy

If you’ve been dreaming of that cute little cavoodle, prepare to end up locked in a bidding war with hundreds of equally desperate buyers.

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Spark
Dec 1, 2020

The future of retail is already here

The old retail model isn't coming back. Spark is prepared for what's coming next.

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