The Spinoff Board of Review

Food
Aug 30, 2019

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #97: Paradise Indian Food's new bakery

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Alice Neville leads a team of taste-testers in sampling the latest string to Indian culinary powerhouse Paradise's bow. 

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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, millennials' 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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Food
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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Auckland
Aug 25, 2017

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #42: Matilda the musical

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Don Rowe attends the theatre.

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Media
Jul 28, 2017

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #41: the website of radio station The Rock

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today: Emily Writes reviews The Rock's website because usually she loves The Rock.

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Media
Jul 12, 2017

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #40: The man ad for a man house for men

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, in this men-only post, we salute a man ad for a man house.

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Food
Jul 11, 2017

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #39: Is Duck Island Ice Cream the best thing to come out of Hamilton?

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Simon Day asks if Duck Island Ice Cream is the greatest thing the Tron has ever produced.

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Society
Jul 4, 2017

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #38: The 66th Annual All Breeds Cat Show

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Don Rowe surveys the chaos at the 66th Annual All Breeds Cat Show.

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Auckland
Jun 28, 2017

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #37: The best roti canai in the country

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Don Rowe worships at the temple of roti, K' Rd Malaysian joint Warisan Uncle Man's.

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Auckland
Jun 27, 2017

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #36: Specsavers, Queen Street

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today The Spinoff's general manager Kerryanne Nelson visits Specsavers on Auckland's main street.

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Society
Jun 26, 2017

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #35: Cooked Taro in Wellington

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. This time, Pani Chapman (staff writer Madeleine Chapman's mum) reviews the best cooked taro in Wellington.

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Auckland
Jun 26, 2017

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #34: West Side Story at The Civic

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today: Sam Brooks reviews the West Side Story touring blockbuster spectacle.

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Society
Jun 16, 2017

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #31: Pascall Jaffas Lumps

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today: Calum Henderson tries the New Zealand sweetie fusion to – hopefully – end all New Zealand sweetie fusions.

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