Toby Manhire

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

Politics
Jan 23, 2020

Let's do this again: What's on the whiteboard for Jacinda Ardern and Labour?

Ardern has attempted to neutralise National's strategy by promising to deliver a 'positive, factual and robust campaign'.

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Politics
Jan 17, 2020

Hell yes it's time for more pictures of New Zealand politicians' dogs

Inspired by Winston Peters' dog and muse, Beau, a range of other dogs have urged their politician owners to get them in the Spinoff gallery. Drool away.

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Politics
Jan 14, 2020

Just seven heartwarming pictures of Winston Peters and his dog, Beau

The softest-hitting political coverage you will see all year: the deputy prime minister and his chocolate labrador, in pictures.

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Media
Jan 8, 2020

Come back unruly tourists of 2019, all is forgiven

New Zealand needs a decent summer silly season story, and we need it now.

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Politics
Jan 8, 2020

When will the New Zealand 2020 election be held?

A very possibly foolish attempt to whittle down the dates to the likeliest polling day, based on All Blacks, Trump, school holidays and the vibe.

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Barkers 1972
Jan 1, 2020

A day fishing with Clarke Gayford

Summer reissue: Toby Manhire spends a day chasing kingis – and PM-adjacent yarns – with Fish of the Day host Clarke Gayford.

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Politics
Dec 28, 2019

‘Girlfriend, you are so on’: the curious Jacinda Ardern fixation in the US Democratic race

Summer reissue: The candidates to tackle Donald Trump are very keen on the New Zealand prime minister.

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Politics
Dec 27, 2019

‘I’m completely squeaky clean’: an interview with Matthew Hooton

Toby Manhire meets one of the most fascinating – and polarising – characters in NZ politics

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Decade in Review
Dec 11, 2019

The decade in politics: From Team Key to Jacindamania

Toby Manhire gazes back at the last almost-10 years in New Zealand politics, leadership and tragedy.

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Auckland
Dec 8, 2019

Cheat sheet: Auckland bus hell with mass cancellation till Christmas

Everything you need to know about the suspension of buses in Auckland and the industrial action that it springs from.

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Politics
Dec 6, 2019

Kris Faafoi, Jason Kerrison and the ministerial Opportunity Shop

One of the most highly rated members of Jacinda Ardern’s Cabinet is under pressure over assurances given to singer Jason Kerrison in relation to an immigration case. How bad could it get, asks Toby Manhire.

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Media
Dec 5, 2019

We need you! How you can help The Spinoff survive and thrive

The Spinoff editor explains the thinking behind The Spinoff Members.

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Politics
Dec 5, 2019

Revealed: the shocking volume of an intoxicating drug you can legally buy

There have been concerns raised about the limit of cannabis that would be purchasable daily under a legalised regime. But what about the other drugs?

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Politics
Nov 30, 2019

The one golden rule for politicians on Twitter

The latest idiotic tweet by a politician comes from National’s Jo Hayes, who launched an unprovoked attack on a Labour supporter, calling him ‘ugly’.

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Politics
Nov 22, 2019

Winston Peters’ ‘fake news’ attack video: a close analysis

What, for example, is a freaking pitchfork wrapped in tinsel doing over there, leaning up by an umbrella?

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Politics
Nov 12, 2019

‘Girlfriend, you are so on’: the curious Jacinda Ardern fixation in the US Democratic race

The candidates to tackle Donald Trump are very keen on the New Zealand prime minister.

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Politics
Nov 5, 2019

Christopher Luxon has won the chance to fight parliament’s most dangerous man

The 60 wise delegates of Botany chose their next National Party candidate last night. Toby Manhire was there to watch the anointment.

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Books
Nov 5, 2019

It’s alive! The Spinoff Book is out now

The Spinoff Book is out today. Here’s what you’ll find in it, and how to get a copy.

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Politics
Oct 29, 2019

Young scientists call on Greens to rethink GM stance in the cause of the climate

More than 150 have signed an open letter saying the current law hinders efforts to tackle the climate crisis, and urging the Greens to take a lead.

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Sports
Oct 26, 2019

10 omens that predict with some certainty the All Blacks vs England semifinal

By reference to history and science, we predict which way tonight's crunch game in the Rugby World Cup is likely to go.

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Auckland
Oct 23, 2019

24 hours on: The SkyCity Convention Centre fire explained in 15 questions

Smoke continues to billow in downtown Auckland 24 hours on. Here's the latest, in Q&A form.

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Politics
Oct 18, 2019

Cheat sheet: Boris Johnson seals a Brexit deal – what does it mean, and what next?

Britain and the EU have agreed new terms for divorce. But with the Conservatives' Northern Irish support party unimpressed, is the shitstorm over?

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The Bulletin
Oct 15, 2019

The Bulletin: Pair of polls puts pressure on Ardern and Labour

A pair of polls put pressure on the Labour Party, a wild night of weather in the North Island, and Shane Jones snapped brandishing a semi-automatic.

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Politics
Oct 11, 2019

Jacinda Ardern just took Stephen Colbert for a coffee in Morningside

Stephen Colbert has made good on his promise to visit New Zealand, and the prime minister has made good on her promise to drive him around.

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Politics
Oct 9, 2019

Quiz: Can you tell the difference between the parties’ finance talk?

It’s surplus season again, and the two main parties are at each other’s throats about management of the national finances. But how unlike one another are they really? Put yourself to the test.

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