Michael Andrew

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

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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Business
Nov 27, 2020

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?

Read on.

Business
Nov 23, 2020

The website making it easier to find a woman or gender diverse tradie

Looking for a woman tradie? This website can help.

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Money
Nov 19, 2020

The sustainable tourism start-up that keeps the cash in the community

With New Zealand tourism in a lull, Queenstown-based start-up Kiwi Welcome is creating a new model of sustainable travel where visitors add value to the land.

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Business
Nov 17, 2020

Semi Permanent – an exhibition of NZ’s truly phenomenal creativity

All the speakers had one sentiment in common: New Zealand has a wealth of creative talent and is on the cusp of something big.

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Business
Nov 16, 2020

Why it’s such an ordeal for retail and hospo staff to call in sick

Speculation surrounding the new Covid-19 community case has cast a light on the pressure many workers face every day.

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Business
Nov 13, 2020

Hot water or chemicals? The controversy over weed killer in Auckland’s streets

South and West Auckland may finally be using less toxic chemicals on their streets. But does that mean the North Shore has to use more?

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Business
Nov 10, 2020

The quest to free Southland residents from a toxic liability

What will happen to the thousands of tonnes of toxic waste dumped around Southland?

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Business
Nov 5, 2020

What are the government’s plans for business and the economy?

Sound and reasonable economic policy, or 'communism by stealth'? Here's what the PM had to say to the business community this afternoon.

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Business
Nov 4, 2020

New Zealand’s unemployment rate rises to 5.3%

The unemployment rate has increased as predicted. But are there any surprises?

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Business
Nov 3, 2020

How sustainable is a six-green-star-rated building?

A look inside one of New Zealand's most eco-friendly new buildings

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Business
Oct 24, 2020

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.

Read on.

Business
Oct 22, 2020

How permanently low interest rates are killing the home ownership dream for many

While sub 2% interest rates are a boon for some, for others they're just another nail in the long-sealed coffin of home ownership.

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Food
Oct 21, 2020

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

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

Read on.

Business
Oct 20, 2020

Allbirds is launching a new T-shirt – and it’s partly made from crab shells

To the average consumer, a T-shirt made out of crab shells might be a hard sell. Tim Brown of Allbirds doesn't think so.

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Business
Oct 14, 2020

Organics, regenerative agriculture and the political will to grow the movement

What are our political parties' big plans for agriculture?

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Business
Oct 6, 2020

Minor party leaders talk business and economic recovery

What do the minor parties have to say on the worst economic crisis in a generation?

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Politics
Oct 4, 2020

Election 2020: The economic policies in two minutes

Our very quick guide to what's on offer.

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