The Spinoff Board of Review

Media
Sep 19, 2018

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #68: Jacinda Ardern's suffrage edition of The NZ Herald

To celebrate 125 years of women's suffrage in Aotearoa today, Jacinda Ardern edited a special commemorative edition of The NZ Herald.

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Beverage
Sep 14, 2018

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #67: Scrumpy, the people's cider

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Don Rowe gets out the duct tape and cracks into a bottle of Scrumpy.

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Media
Aug 20, 2018

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #66: The Spin-Off, a knitting quarterly

Don Rowe reviews Spin-Off, a knitting quarterly with easily as many polemics and features as The Spinoff – only more well staffed. 

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Food
Jul 26, 2018

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #65: Texas Chicken’s new spicy fried chicken

The Spinoff Board of Review visited Texas Chicken to see if its Fiery Crunch Chicken was, as claimed, the “spiciest fried chicken in New Zealand”.

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Society
Jul 15, 2018

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #64: New Zealand roads

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Hayden Donnell reviews all New Zealand roads after driving 2500km in four days.

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Food
Jun 9, 2018

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #63: The meat-free Beyond Burger

Toby Manhire tries the freshly launched burger at vegan fast food outfit Lord of the Flies

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Society
Jun 1, 2018

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #62: The giant yellow penises of Rodney

The Spinoff Reviews NZ. Today: the giant penises painted on potholes in Rodney District

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Music
Apr 27, 2018

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #61: The friggin’ Muppets live in Wellington

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Alex Casey goes to The Jim Henson Retrospectacle: Live in Concert and cries a bit.

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Books
Apr 8, 2018

The Spinoff Reviews #60: Incredibly Hot Sex with Hideous People: Diary Comics

A new collection of one of our best fanzine creators is maybe the best thing you'll read right now.

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Auckland
Apr 4, 2018

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #59: Driving east down Peach Parade

Peach Parade is a delightful name. But does the street itself live up to the hype? Toby Morris reviews.

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Society
Apr 3, 2018

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #58: Cigarette plain packaging

Cigarettes, once sold in brightly coloured packets that were highly appealing to children, will now be drab and mostly covered by dire warnings.

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Media
Mar 29, 2018

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #57: that Air NZ ad goading Steve Smith

The national carrier has just deleted its troll video, and the Spinoff board of review can see why.

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Auckland
Mar 15, 2018

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #56: Lisa Prager’s sledgehammer technique

Madeleine Chapman winces while watching cycleway protester Lisa Prager swing a hammer.

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Society
Feb 20, 2018

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #55: The horror of Fanta’s new Jelly Fizz

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Alex Casey cracks open a can of horror in Fanta's new Jelly Fizz drink.

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Ātea
Feb 8, 2018

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #54: Hāngi flavoured chips

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Ātea editor Leonie Hayden taste tests the new Heartland hāngi flavoured chips.

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Auckland
Jan 16, 2018

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #53: Daily Bread, Pt Chevalier

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, does the celebrated new bakery from the Orphan's Kitchen team live up to the Instagram hype?

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Media
Jan 11, 2018

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #52: Official Max Key fidget spinner

An anonymous staffer reviews the official merchandise of the former First Son.

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Auckland
Dec 21, 2017

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #51: the Christmas lights of West Auckland

Why does everyone still head to the Franklin Road festive display when Auckland has others that are so much better?

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Society
Dec 1, 2017

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #50: LaCroix, the internet’s favourite drink

Henry Oliver drinks a crate day's worth of LaCroix, Millennial's favourite sparkling water which has just arrived in New Zealand.

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Auckland
Nov 3, 2017

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #49: the big chicken from Kai Eatery

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, staff from The Spinoff gorge themselves on giant pieces of fried chicken.

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Society
Nov 2, 2017
Society
Nov 2, 2017

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #47: Our first ever horror festival

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Alex Casey reviews Halloween night at Horrorfest NZ.

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Society
Oct 31, 2017

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #46: the new Coke Raspberry

The Spinoff's resident youths Madeleine Chapman and Don Rowe try out the latest summer beverage.

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Society
Oct 19, 2017

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #45: Mi goreng potato chips

Madeleine Chapman's life is changed by Mi Goreng potato chips.

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Society
Sep 13, 2017

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #44: this guy walking the length of the country

Madeleine Chapman finds an old friend on the road, walking from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

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Media
Sep 12, 2017

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #43: Is ‘It’ really as scary as people say it is?

With the scary clown smashing box office records in horror film It, a bunch of Spinoff clowns went to the flicks to put it to the test. This is their story.

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