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
May 12, 2019

Primary and secondary teachers vote for ‘mega strike’: all you need to know

Votes taken across the two big teachers’ unions, which represent almost 50,000 members, will bring a mass classroom closure across the country on May 29.

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Politics
May 9, 2019

James Shaw and the zero hour

James Shaw tells the Spinoff why he's been bending over backwards to National's support.

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Politics
May 8, 2019

Zero Carbon Bill revealed: everything you need to know

Gases primarily emitted by agriculture get special treatment, and the law will not stand alone. 

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Media
Apr 26, 2019

The NZ Herald is about to put up a paywall and the stakes are scarily high

This is a big deal for NZ journalism. What will be paywalled and what won’t? And have they got the price right?

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Politics
Apr 19, 2019

Jacinda Ardern named world’s second greatest leader by Fortune magazine

And she’s the only elected leader in the top 10.

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Barkers 1972
Apr 19, 2019

A day fishing with Clarke Gayford

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

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Politics
Apr 16, 2019

Why Judith Collins should be made National leader. (And why she shouldn’t)

A whistlestop tour of the case for the National caucus to give Simon Bridges the boot in favour of JuCo, and the case for doing no such thing.

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Politics
Apr 8, 2019

‘Humanity. That’s all.’ Jacinda Ardern on the response to the Christchurch attacks

Ten days after the terrorist shooting in two Christchurch mosques took 50 lives, Jacinda Ardern spoke to Toby Manhire in her Beehive office.

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Politics
Mar 22, 2019

Helen Clark: ‘Facebook has become a monster’

The former NZ PM says the global policy boss for the online behemoth has contacted her saying he wants to visit NZ following the livestream of a mass terrorist murder at a Christchurch mosque

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Society
Mar 19, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg, four days on, your silence on Christchurch is deafening

In New Zealand we're waiting to see if the all-powerful Facebook boss means what he says about 'moral responsibility'

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Society
Mar 14, 2019

NZ schools strike for climate: everything you need to know

What’s going on, and where, and what are the guidelines for participants?

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Politics
Mar 13, 2019

How to talk like you have the foggiest idea what’s going on with Brexit

As the United Kingdom wakes in yet another pool of fevered Brexit sweat, here are the essential things to know – and a glossary for bluffing your way through a conversation about it all

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Politics
Feb 22, 2019

[Nation’s] 5G without Huawei is like [nation’s popular sport] without [popular team]

In the face of opposition to its involvement in mobile tech roll-outs around the world, the Chinese telecoms behemoth has unleashed several variations on a theme.

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Politics
Feb 19, 2019

John Oliver’s weird fixation on New Zealand: the complete works (so far)

Joining dancing dildos, flags, Eminem and ponytails, getting-left-off-maps can now be added to our rolling collection of the Last Week Tonight show's coverage of NZ

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Politics
Feb 12, 2019

Judith Collins just leapfrogged Simon Bridges. Does she now try to crush him?

Who'd bet against Collins having another tilt at the leadership before the next election?

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Media
Feb 10, 2019

Martin Devlin in wild on-air attack on ‘chick from the Spinoff’ over cricket banner

The only plausible explanation for the Radio Sport host’s diatribe against my colleague is an elaborate attempt at performance art – the alternative is heroic incoherence

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Media
Feb 1, 2019

The real toll of the great NZ heatwave? Batshit opinion columns everywhere

Spare a thought, please, for the commentators, battling desperately to string together coherent thoughts as the mercury hits ridiculous

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Politics
Jan 10, 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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Science
Jan 3, 2019

Summer reissue: ‘I covered my wall in Post-it notes’: meet NZ’s new chief scientist

Professor Juliet Gerrard on diversity in science, the political hot potatoes, and what constitutes science.

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Politics
Jan 2, 2019

Summer reissue: The Winston enigma – the story of NZ’s most enduring politician

This year Winston Peters finally took the reins of power, albeit only for six weeks of maternity cover. We survey a truly extraordinary career

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Politics
Dec 30, 2018

Summer reissue: The wildest takes on those incredible Clarke Gayford rumours

The bombshell story about a story that wasn’t a story sent shockwaves through the New Zealand reckons machine.

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Politics
Dec 26, 2018

Summer reissue: ‘No room for doubt I can do this’. The Spinoff meets Jacinda Ardern

In the first days of 2018, as she embarked on a critical year for her newly formed government, Jacinda Ardern hosted Spinoff editor Toby Manhire at her Auckland home.

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Television
Dec 21, 2018

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 21

Today: Toby Manhire on an appalling trope that has too long haunted our screens.

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Politics
Dec 19, 2018

Andrew Little gives Google a serve over Grace Millane suppression breach

The justice minister says he’s cautiously satisfied by assurances from the internet giant after they sent representatives to his parliamentary office yesterday in the wake of Spinoff revelations

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Politics
Dec 14, 2018

A tribute to Leighton Smith, by Leighton Smith (also Leighton Smith & Leighton Smith)

To mark totemic resignation we asked a number of Leighton Smiths if they had a message for him. 

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Politics
Dec 13, 2018

NZ courts banned naming Grace Millane’s accused killer. Google just emailed it out

That one of the world’s biggest companies rides roughshod over a New Zealand court name suppression tells you all you need to know about the giants of Silicon Valley, argues …

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