The Spinoff Board of Review

Society
Jun 16, 2019

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #85: Taking a dog on an Auckland train

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Alex Casey borrows a dog and goes on a magical journey. 

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Food
Feb 24, 2019

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #83: Magnum dairy-free ice cream

Today, Jihee Junn taste tests Magnum’s new dairy-free ice cream.

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Food
Feb 23, 2019

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #82: Whittaker's new coconut ice chocolate

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Whittaker's controversial coconut ice 'gender reveal' chocolate.

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Food
Feb 7, 2019

Would you drink Jelly Tip and Goody Goody Gum Drops flavoured milk?

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, the new Primo x Tip Top collaborative flavoured milks. 

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Food
Jan 22, 2019

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #80: Ruatoria’s steak and cheese pie

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Don Rowe encounters New Zealand's best steak and cheese pie.

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Auckland
Jan 11, 2019

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #79: How good is Aladdin?!

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, the glitzy premiere of Aladdin at Auckland's Civic Theatre. 

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Gaming
Dec 13, 2018

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #78: The PlayStation Classic

We've already previewed Playstation's new nostalgia thirst trap, but now the Classic comes under the real judges: The Spinoff Board of Review.

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Food
Dec 7, 2018

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #77: Christmas mince pies

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Don Rowe pays tribute to the Christmas mince pie.

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Food
Dec 4, 2018

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #76: No-meat mince

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Duncan Greive gets amongst a new fake mince from the deep south.

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Food
Nov 23, 2018

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #75: the Krispy Kreme concept store

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, José Barbosa bathes in the sugary warmth of US-style doughnuts.

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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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