Michael Andrew

Michael Andrew is the business editor of The Spinoff. He was awarded junior feature writer of the year at the 2021 Voyager Media Awards. Email him on michael@thespinoff.co.nz

Business
Jul 22, 2021

Why huge salaries are a bandaid solution to New Zealand's tech worker shortage

Tech companies are offering $120,000 salaries. So why can't they find the workers?

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Society
Jul 19, 2021

‘Dire reality’ dawning for Westport, says local business owner

What's the situation on the ground in flood-ravaged Westport?

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Business
Jul 7, 2021

From angels to zebras: An alphabetical guide to NZ startup investing

If someone ever wants to 'onboard more 'deal flow' into their 'unicorn' now you’ll know what they mean.

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Food
Jul 2, 2021

Operation cheese lollipops: The mission to uncover a most unusual snack

They're lollipops, but they're made of cheese. And in China, they're one of Fonterra's biggest hits.

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Business
Jun 25, 2021

Local VC becomes first in NZ to adopt global diversity pledge

What is a Diversity Rider and why does it matter for New Zealand's investing space?

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Money
Jun 23, 2021

Self-employed workers getting spurned on mortgages should not give up hope

More and more people are entering the gig economy and earning independently. So why haven't the banks caught up?

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Business
Jun 18, 2021

How New Zealand plugged the leak on insider trading

Insider trading is not all that common in New Zealand. But has this always been the case?

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Business
Jun 17, 2021

Ten places where you can still buy a house for under $300k

Where are the most affordable houses in New Zealand?

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Money
Jun 11, 2021

All you need to know about the new stock exchange for smaller NZ businesses

A new stock exchange designed for SMEs – small and medium-sized enterprises – will open for trading in late June. Here’s how it will work.

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Business
Jun 10, 2021

Investors are rebelling against Big Oil and the NZ industry is taking notice

Last month, three climate activist investors managed to win seats on Exxon Mobile’s board of directors, sending a strong warning to an industry that is already facing mounting pressure.

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Business
Jun 5, 2021

A bizarre afternoon at a central Auckland auction house

The data says the housing market is cooling. But is that the reality on the front line?

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Business
Jun 3, 2021

Four NZ tech startups that sold for billions this year

Who are these homegrown success stories and why did they fetch such lofty sums?

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Business
May 27, 2021

Five numbers that tell the story of NZ’s productivity failure

We’re working harder and longer and yet producing less.

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Business
May 26, 2021

How UBCO captured NZ’s electric motorbike market

The home-grown electric machine is being used for everything from delivering pizzas in Wellington to herding cows in Waikato.

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Business
May 20, 2021

Budget 2021: Government ‘could have done more to push the envelope’

In stark contrast to Australia's bold budget last week, New Zealand's government took a conservative approach.

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Business
May 18, 2021

Five online trends that tell us about the appetite for Budget 2021

What do Google searches and social media posts reveal about Budget 2021 priorities?

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Business
May 9, 2021

West Coast spirit: How a little distillery is revitalising Reefton

The historic gold-mining town of Reefton is returning to its former prosperity, thanks to some passionate residents and a boutique gin distillery.

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Business
May 7, 2021

A New Zealand indie agency just got named the best in the world

Special Group took out the top creative prize at last night's Campaign Agency of the Year Awards, held in London.

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Business
May 3, 2021

Hold on! Did the NBR just kill the Rich List?

What's going on with New Zealand's sacred scripture of wealth celebration?

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Business
Apr 22, 2021

Five NZ businesses that successfully cracked Australia – and a couple that didn’t

It turns out Chipmunks Playland could be one of our greatest exports.

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Business
Apr 21, 2021

Mahi and mentorship: The campaign to uplift the mana of small business

Four $10,000 grants and a programmes of in-depth mentorship are up for grabs for small businesses.

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Business
Apr 21, 2021

How Kawatiri Westport’s innovation hub is balancing the old world with the new

Westport Epic is bringing new opportunities and innovation to the Coast. What does it mean for the couple who run it?

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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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