Simon Wilson called the play Te Pō “a masterpiece” when it premiered last year. It’s back for a short return season and he went along to see if he got it right.
Auckland has a new bike share scheme! Or does it? Simon Wilson investigates the strange case of the bumblebee bikes in the central city.
The Herald says communications spending at Auckland Council is out of control, but is that true? Simon Wilson looks at what council comms should be doing and why.
As we await the puffs of white smoke from the Beehive, Simon Wilson argues that National is unfit for office – although he’s not so sure about Labour, either.
Is Auckland in a crisis over transport, housing, schools, you name it, or are we heading in the right direction and hey, those are really good sausages you’ve got on the barbecue? The answer, says Simon Wilson, is yes. The city voted both ways. And now it really needs help from the new government.
Winston Peters has ideas about what should happen to the Auckland port, but this week the Auckland Council took matters into its own hands. Simon Wilson was there and reports â€¦
Auckland's newly refurbished Freyberg Place is a wonderful new public space, says Simon Wilson. Except for those times when it isn't.
All eyes are on Winston, but still there's a clamour for a National/Greens coalition. Simon Wilson looks at why the idea has such appeal and what it might mean for politics in this country.
Labour has the policies and it’s closer now to having the numbers – but close enough? What will Winston do, and what will National do?
A year into the job, Mayor Phil Goff is having big problems with his budget. And with water, transport, housing, the America's Cup, the rest of council and the whole of government. But, says Simon Wilson, he gives every impression of being a surprisingly happy man.
What is art and what is it good for? Artweek, starting this weekend and running to the end of next, turns the central city into a showcase with a thousand answers: events, exhibitions, gallery tours, talks, open spectacles, hidden surprises and untold delights.
Are Winston Peters and the big party negotiators going to do a smart deal on the future of the Auckland port, or will they succumb to reckless nonsense? Simon Wilson explains the biggest issue for Auckland in the talks to form a government.
Everybody wants to rule the world, but who else, asks Simon Wilson in this "partner content" feature, sets out to do it with as much wham-bam glam as the 80s dancefloor revivalist musical Pleasuredome?
Election Night 2017: The Spinoff is at tonight's National, Labour and Greens parties in central Auckland. Simon Wilson sets the scene.
Which electorates to watch? In some of them, the spread of the party vote will tell you heaps about how the whole night is going. In others, high-profile local candidates will confound the big trends.
It was another cold night in another cold community hall in Panmure and Chloe Swarbrick was still grinning. Simon Wilson reports on Maungakiekie, the electorate that will show whether Labour knows how to win.