Toby Manhire

Toby Manhire is the editor of the Spinoff. Email him on toby@thespinoff.co.nz

Science
Jul 29, 2021

NZ tops list of societies likeliest to survive global collapse of civilisation

Renewable energy, food supply and an isolated spot in the world see plucky Aotearoa punching above its weight again. 

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Politics
Jul 26, 2021

Exclusive poll: Do we have faith in NZ's contact tracing system?

Plus: the latest state of app usage.

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Business
Jul 23, 2021

Exclusive poll: two-thirds think NZ on right track for 'opening up' after Covid

Plus: views on the elimination strategy and the state of the economy.

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Politics
Jul 22, 2021

Exclusive poll: What does NZ think of the vaccine rollout?

The positive response on the overall government response: 69%. On the vaccination programme, it's less than half that.

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Politics
Jul 21, 2021

Exclusive poll: How has support for NZ response to Covid-19 changed, 18 months on?

The latest in a series of polls by Stickybeak for The Spinoff shows positive sentiment at its lowest level yet.

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Politics
Jul 2, 2021
Science
Jun 30, 2021

Herd immunity for Covid-19 requires 83% vaccination, new NZ modelling shows

And if it's the delta strain, then it's a lot higher than that, according to a paper out today.

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Politics
Jun 23, 2021

NZ’s next Covid scare is just around the corner, and we’re acting like we don’t care

Or not if the number of people using the Tracer app is a guide. The latest outbreaks in Australia should deliver a chilling reminder of just how vulnerable we are. 

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Politics
Jun 21, 2021

Winston Peters returns, with the blasts from the past

A big comeback speech, or classic hits karaoke?

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Books
Jun 15, 2021

That was awkward. Jacinda Ardern: Leading with Empathy, reviewed

A new biography was written by two authors trying hard to tell the story of a country without visiting it. The errors are troubling, and so is some of the sourcing.

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Society
Jun 14, 2021

10 x 100: What do followers of celebrity culture think about the world of gossip?

We ask a hundred people how they gossip, what they hear, and whether gossip is good or evil.

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Media
May 24, 2021

Editorial changes at The Spinoff

Toby Manhire writes on what's next for the site.

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Politics
May 21, 2021

Ranked: The greatest Koru Lounge scandals in New Zealand political history

From Key to Ardern to Collins, Air NZ’s airside oasis is a mainstay of our great political story.

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Politics
May 17, 2021

Collins’ Orewa politics aren’t just deplorable, they’re unpopular. Can National afford to wait?

Last night’s poll issued a thundering fail grade. Before, her MPs were inclined to hold off on any change. Now, the calculus has changed. 

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Television
Apr 14, 2021

Reviewed: the ads on Popstars on TVNZ 1 vs the ads on Popstars on TVNZ 2

The programmes were the same. But the ads weren’t.

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Media
Apr 1, 2021

Spinoff breaks new ground for online media, embracing ‘fully non-fungible future’

The award-winning website has announced a bold new revenue venture, pinning hopes on Blockchain technology.

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Politics
Mar 25, 2021

The 150-hour NZ Covid whirlwind of 2020: as it happened

It was an unforgettable time. But how much of it can you remember?

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Politics
Mar 10, 2021

When, how and where do you get your Covid-19 vaccine? NZ roll-out details announced

Here's everything we know so far about the plans for vaccination across New Zealand.

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Society
Mar 8, 2021

It’s not too late to move to New Zealand, Meghan and Harry. Haere mai!

The royal pair told Oprah they'd considered shifting to NZ. Please come – we need some new unruly tourists.

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Money
Mar 6, 2021

More Aucklanders went to work and shops under current lockdown than in August, Google data shows

Did you sense the roads were busier in this Auckland lockdown than previous ones? Google mobility data reveals you’re right.

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Politics
Mar 6, 2021

Live updates, March 6: Zero new cases in community for sixth day; nine new cases in MIQ

The latest on Covid (hopefully none) and tsunami (hopefully also none) as it happens.

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Politics
Mar 1, 2021

When, and how, will we know if the level three lockdown will need to go longer than seven days?

Shaun Hendy: 'I think we underestimated the difficulty with our contact tracers working in the school system.'

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Politics
Feb 28, 2021

Live updates, February 28: ‘We won’t beat Covid by turning on each other’ – Jacinda Ardern

The latest on the new cases and the first of seven days at level three for Auckland, level two for the rest of NZ.

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Business
Feb 26, 2021

‘Quite a 364 days’: Grant Robertson on Covid, a year on, and the crisis today – housing

'We have to confront some tough decisions and we will do that in the coming weeks.'

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Business
Feb 23, 2021

Exclusive poll: Do New Zealanders back the tough border rules?

Plus, how we feel about housing affordability and the state of the NZ economy compared to the world.

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Politics
Feb 20, 2021

Exclusive poll: One in four New Zealanders would refuse Covid vaccine. Can they be persuaded?

We asked: Are you just ‘hesitant’ and awaiting more information, or more strongly opposed to vaccines in general?

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