Michael Andrew

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

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.

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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?

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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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Business
Oct 2, 2020

Fear, threats and desperation continue at under-pressure Elliot Stables food court

In a last-ditch effort to stave off eviction, tenants of the central Auckland's beleaguered food court are turning to the public for help.

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Business
Sep 30, 2020

What property managers think of the cold, damp homes they look after

The tenants will love a heat pump. The landlords may not want to pay for it. But what do the property managers think?

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Business
Sep 27, 2020

Remembering The Daktory – West Auckland’s legendary cannabis club

What was the story behind New Zealand's first cannabis connoisseurs club?

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Business
Sep 23, 2020

What recession? Our unstoppable housing market marches on

It's the worst economic shock in over a century. So why is our housing market hotter than ever?

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Business
Sep 17, 2020

Don’t fall for Covid-19 scammers and their bag of elaborate tricks

How to keep your eyes peeled for Covid-19 cons.

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Business
Sep 13, 2020

Who is Robett Hollis? Meet the Māori maverick who broke into the business world

At school he was told he should pack boxes. Robett Hollis has never stopped running from that.

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Business
Sep 11, 2020

Can they fix it? Five party leaders pitch their plans for the economy

The business community fears the worst. So how did party leaders set minds at ease?

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Business
Sep 10, 2020

An ex-Shortland St star is showing no mercy to food court tenants decimated by lockdowns

Will the government intervene to help the Elliot Stables businesses facing imminent collapse?

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Business
Sep 9, 2020

The business of being a New Zealand musician in a post-Covid world

What does it mean to be a performer when performances are cancelled?

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Business
Sep 3, 2020

How to get money for your business, fast

How can businesses get around the dreaded tedium of applying for a loan?

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Business
Aug 31, 2020

Auckland retail stores can open today – but some are staying closed

The restrictions have been lifted, so why are some businesses keeping their stores closed?

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Business
Aug 30, 2020

An iconic Auckland building with a complex history is set for a brand new chapter

After 27 years, Unitec has moved out of the old Carrington Psychiatric Hospital. Could a new community enterprise give it a fresh lease on life?

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Business
Aug 26, 2020

New Zealand’s stock exchange may be under attack from Russian cyber gangs

What's all the cyber disruption that forced the NZX to stop trading today?

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Business
Aug 26, 2020

Covid-19 has made our cold, damp housing problem even more serious

What needs to be done to make our homes healthy and liveable?

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Business
Aug 21, 2020

Breaking down the barriers keeping disabled people from work

What needs to change to allow more disabled people into work?

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Business
Aug 19, 2020

Everything you need to know about the Covid-19 Leave Support Scheme

What happens if you have to self-isolate at home and have no more sick leave?

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Business
Aug 17, 2020

Wage subsidy extension details revealed: here’s how it works

How is the government supporting businesses over the next two weeks?

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Business
Aug 14, 2020

‘Everyone knows what’s coming’: Business makes the case for another wage subsidy

How are Auckland businesses coping with the new restrictions?

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Business
Aug 12, 2020

Three ways to support local businesses over the next few days

What do the alert levels mean for businesses and what can you do to help?

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