Toby Manhire

Toby Manhire is the editor of the Spinoff. Where possible he collaborates with other people called Toby. Email him on toby@thespinoff.co.nz

Media
Jul 30, 2018

Announcing the relaunch of the Spinoff app, and now it's FREE

Thanks to Meredith Connell, you can now download your friendly local website's mobile application for zero dollars.

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Media
Jul 27, 2018

Good week, bad week with Toby Manhire

The Spinoff's editor reviews the last seven days in New Zealand news, sorting out those riding high from those who wish they could crawl back under the bedcovers.

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Society
Jul 10, 2018

Drop in census response rate prompts Stats NZ to plug gaps with other data

Statistics NZ has conceded that the 2018 census response rate may be down by almost 5%, sparking concerns that some groups might not be adequately represented

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Politics
Jul 10, 2018

The mystery of the disappearing ‘bitch’ at the heart of NZ’s democracy

Did a National MP really call a Labour MP a “bitch” in parliament? And if so why did it vanish from the official Hansard record?

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Politics
Jul 10, 2018

The great Brexit omniclustershambles, explained

Theresa May’s UK government is in crisis following high-profile resignations and disarray around plans to leave the European Union

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Media
Jun 29, 2018

With John Campbell the latest, biggest name to quit, what’s going on at RNZ?

The Checkpoint host’s departure for a new role at TVNZ is the latest blow to the public broadcaster in a tumultuous 2018.

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Media
Jun 26, 2018

Mike Hosking compels Mike Hosking to issue apology and correction

In a rant about media peddling nonsense, the Newstalk ZB host peddles nonsense and we look forward to him saying sorry.

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Politics
Jun 19, 2018

The 24 most Winston things said by Winston Peters in the last 24 hours

The almost-prime-minister has been answering a lot of questions across the last 24 hours, as only he can.

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Politics
Jun 18, 2018

‘You could say it’s a curtain raiser’: Winston Peters takes the maternity-cover stage

We watch Winston Peters address the press as the nearly-acting-prime-minister

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Auckland
Jun 13, 2018

About Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and that ‘no confidence’ letter

According to numerous reports, close to half of the Auckland Council have signed a letter expressing 'no confidence' in Phil Goff. 

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Television
Jun 13, 2018

Revealed: David Seymour has won more votes for TV dancing than he did in actual election

The leader of the ACT Party has collected more votes as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars than he did in Epsom last September

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Barkers 1972
Jun 4, 2018

Here comes the maternity-cover PM. But which Winston Peters will we get?

With Jacinda Ardern's baby due any day now, Peters is preparing for the most powerful period of a long and enigmatic career

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Media
May 29, 2018

Please let’s not descend to ‘fault’ and ‘feral’ in the debate on police pursuits

A rush to assign blame for deaths in police chases can only distort the important discussion around a pursuit policy that should put human life first.

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Politics
May 28, 2018

Polls reveal a steep task for Simon Bridges, but could yet prove a godsend

What is Winston Peters likely to try as prime minister, when he's so low in the polls?

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Society
May 27, 2018

‘Devastated but vindicated’: Devoy issues powerful rebuke as she exits Human Rights Commission

The race relations commissioner has apologised for handling of sexual harassment claims, called for resignations and paid tribute to colleagues

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Media
May 22, 2018

No, Reuters, we don’t have tens of thousands sleeping in cars and on the street

Homelessness in New Zealand is a very serious problem, and it’s too important to be muddied by misinformation.

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Politics
May 14, 2018

From house to house: the NZ MP with the longest commute

For Sarah Dowie, the commute from Invercargill to work in Wellington typically eats up at least half a day.

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Politics
May 14, 2018

Has Simon Bridges trickled to the right of David Seymour and Jordan Williams?

Given he's regarded as a leader from the pragmatic centrist side of the National Party, it was puzzling to hear Simon Bridges this morning apparently endorse trickle-down theory.

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Media
May 8, 2018

On Denise L’Estrange-Corbet’s statements about The Spinoff’s reporting

A note from the editor regarding the WORLD founder's response to Spinoff revelations about its 'Made in New Zealand' garment labelling

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Society
May 7, 2018

Rites of passage: announcing Commute Week on The Spinoff

All this week on The Spinoff, we pick up the NZ commute and peer at it from every direction.

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Media
May 3, 2018

The wildest takes on the Clarke Gayford rumours

Yesterday’s bombshell story about a story that wasn’t a story has sent shockwaves through the reckons machine

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Politics
May 2, 2018

What the shit is going on with those Clarke Gayford rumours?

The Herald has reported that untrue things are being said about Jacinda Ardern’s partner. Here’s what we know so far.

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Politics
Apr 13, 2018

All the things National MPs think are virtue signalling

Revealed: National MPs think about virtue signalling a lot

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Politics
Apr 8, 2018

Who is Marama Davidson and what kind of a co-leader will she be?

Eight snackable facts about the new co-leader of the NZ Green Party and the challenges she faces

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Media
Mar 27, 2018

RNZ’s content chief resigns over meeting with broadcasting minister

Carol Hirschfeld has left the public broadcaster after misleading her boss over the nature of a meeting with Clare Curran. What’s going on, and what does it mean for the minister?

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Politics
Mar 23, 2018

Revealed: what Jonathan Coleman was thinking this morning

An exclusive glimpse into the steel trap psyche of the former health minister and political colossus as he makes for the exit.

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