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

Politics
Oct 21, 2018

100 hours of turpitude: Jami-Lee Ross’s 33 grenades across an incredible week

In a week like no other in NZ politics, the Botany MP turned on his former party and its leader, going about as rogue as you can go

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Politics
Oct 16, 2018

Jami-Lee Ross has left Bridges’ leadership hanging by a thread

Even a unanimous vote by the National caucus to give the rebel MP may not be enough to save the leader

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Politics
Oct 15, 2018

Jacinda Ardern ‘upgrades position’ on climate change as nuclear-free moment

New Zealand’s methane emissions problem prompts a new analogy from Ardern: the moon landing 

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Politics
Oct 15, 2018

‘Transformation does take time’: a cup of tea with Jacinda Ardern, one year on

Jacinda Ardern pops by the Spinoff to talk about what's been achieved, what hasn't, and whether or not she's allowed to say 'Labour-led government'

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Politics
Oct 2, 2018

Announcing Spinoff Politics 2.0, with thanks to Flick Electric

A year on from the last election, and barely a breath before the next, we’re rebooting our politics coverage. Toby Manhire explains.

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Politics
Oct 2, 2018

Jacinda Ardern really did make a splash on the world stage

The latest international takes on the NZ PM underscore the scale of her achievement at the UN in New York last week

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Auckland
Sep 21, 2018

A night out in Auckland, counting the homeless

Monday night saw an unprecedented, large-scale census of Auckland's homeless population undertaken. Toby Manhire went out counting, with about 700 others

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Politics
Sep 16, 2018

‘Not dysfunction junction’: what was Jacinda Ardern’s big speech really about?

The prime minister sought to rally the troops and assert unity among the three parties of government today, but there wasn't much substance to get your teeth into

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Business
Sep 14, 2018

Derek Handley appointment as CTO ‘terminated’ after Curran controversy

The entrepreneur says he accepted an offer a month ago, but it has been withdrawn following the controversy around a secret meeting and criticisms of his suitability

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Politics
Aug 28, 2018

Jacinda Ardern takes on the elephants and albatrosses in the business zoo

With business confidence having plunged, the PM goal this morning was to get them back onside over breakfast. How did she get on?

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Politics
Aug 24, 2018

A beginner’s guide to Scott Morrison, the new Australian PM

The PM designate, an evangelical Christian who used to run NZ Tourism, is not Peter Dutton

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Politics
Aug 24, 2018

Good Week, Bad Week: 24 August

It was a *very* good week to feel quietly smug about living on this side of the ditch, says editor Toby Manhire.

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Politics
Aug 20, 2018

TOP is not dead after all, and Simon Bridges is pretty damn happy about that

National knows it's short of mates as it looks ahead to 2020, but the real appeal for the biggest party of the Opportunities Party's revival is that it could hurt the Greens

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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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