Toby Manhire

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

Politics
Oct 19, 2020

From ‘beacon of hope’ to ‘incompetent’: world media on Jacinda Ardern’s big election win

The common theme in international media is the Labour leader as antithesis to Donald Trump – but not everyone is bowled over.

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Politics
Oct 18, 2020

Election Live, October 18: Ardern sets timetable for new government; new community case of Covid detected

All the news and reaction as NZ wakes to a Labour landslide.

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Politics
Oct 17, 2020

It’s early, but we’re calling it: Jacinda Ardern will lead the next government

As of 7.20pm, Labour is on track for twice as many seats as National.

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Politics
Oct 16, 2020

The three forms the next government could take (if the polls are about right)

Jacinda Ardern is on course to become prime minister again, but what sort of government would she lead?

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Politics
Oct 16, 2020

What time will we know the NZ election result – and what about the referendums?

Everything you need to know about the timings for Saturday and beyond.

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Politics
Oct 14, 2020

Quiz: A Labour 2020 election message, or one from an old National campaign?

Does it sounds like a Key-English slogan, or something from Ardern-Robertson?

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Politics
Oct 12, 2020

Policy is back for Election 2020: the easy, smart way to make an informed vote

The peerless Policy tool returns for its third edition, and it’s better than ever.

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Politics
Oct 9, 2020

NZ’s best online tool to help you cast an informed vote just got even better

Policy.nz now comes with added referendum information – the simple, elucidating, bullshit-free way to get the essential information you need.

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Politics
Oct 6, 2020

From the ABs to Zoom: The A-Z of election 2020

A brisk journey of the 2020 campaign via the time-honoured scaffold of the alphabet.

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Politics
Oct 5, 2020

How Judith Collins and National win the 2020 election

The path might be steep and unsteady, but there is a path to victory that could see Judith Collins sworn in as prime minister after October 17.

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Politics
Oct 4, 2020

Election Live, October 4: Five new Covid cases, all at border; poll shows race tightening in Auckland Central

The latest on election 2020 and other New Zealand news, updated throughout the day.

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Politics
Oct 2, 2020

Winston Peters looked like a man transformed at the Newshub debate

Leaders of the Greens, Act, Māori Party and NZ First joined in a rambunctious exchange in Auckland.

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Politics
Sep 30, 2020

How Ardern, Collins and Gower rinsed away the Trump bile

Toby Manhire watched the second leaders' debate among a crowd of undecided voters, and says after the toxins of this afternoon, it was a tonic.

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Politics
Sep 29, 2020
Politics
Sep 22, 2020

Ardern v Collins: What to expect from the first leader debate of election 2020

John Campbell hosts Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins as the campaign kicks into gear.

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Politics
Sep 20, 2020

Election Live, September 20: Four new Covid cases, two local; National admits ‘regrettable’ $4bn error

The latest on election 2020 and other New Zealand news, updated throughout the day.

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Auckland
Sep 13, 2020

Covid-19 case took part in North Shore gym classes, visited shops last week

Les Mills Takapuna has launched a 'full deep clean followed by an anti-viral fogging treatment'.

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The Bulletin
Sep 8, 2020

The Bulletin: Ardern shoots for the stars as the campaign corpse reanimates

Jacinda Ardern promises a new holiday, Winston Peters’ uphill challenge, and NZ's biggest privately owned broadcaster is snapped up by the Discovery Channel.

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Society
Sep 6, 2020

Live updates, September 6: Four new community Covid cases; Bad Boy v Blobby; Winston v James

The latest on New Zealand news and the Covid-19 pandemic, updated throughout the day.

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Politics
Sep 3, 2020

Jacinda Ardern voted second on list of world’s top thinkers

The global trophy cabinet swells for the NZ prime minister with a silver in the UK magazine Prospect’s ranking.

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Media
Aug 27, 2020

New poll: How many New Zealanders have seen Covid conspiracies online?

Plus: What is Facebook’s impact on NZ society?

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Money
Aug 26, 2020

We asked New Zealanders: Are you complying with the Covid alert level rules?

Compliance has dropped compared with the last time New Zealand was in a lockdown, a new poll shows.

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Society
Aug 24, 2020

Decision day: The key factors Ardern and cabinet will consider in making a call on alert levels

What determines the shift, what are the scenarios, and when will the alert level decision be announced? Plus: a prediction.

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Business
Aug 23, 2020

Live updates, August 23: Three new cases of Covid-19 in NZ, but only one is local

The latest on New Zealand news and Covid-19 as it returns to the community, updated throughout the day.

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Politics
Aug 23, 2020
The Bulletin
Aug 20, 2020

The Bulletin: When will Auckland come out alert level three, and what comes next?

The Ardern government is about to consider the next steps.

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