Toby Manhire

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

Politics
Sep 14, 2019

On the Labour Party crisis and Jacinda Ardern

Ask yourself: would you want a friend - brave, shaken, vulnerable, abused - to face that?

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Local Elections
Sep 12, 2019

Your place, your vote: welcome to Policy Local on The Spinoff

The candidate comparison super-tool is now live, making it easy to find out who is offering what in local elections from the top to the bottom of New Zealand.

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Politics
Sep 11, 2019

Timeline: Everything we know about the Labour staffer inquiry

All the key dates and critical communications between Sarah* and the Labour Party – including unambiguous references to ‘sexual assault’ from the complainant.

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Media
Sep 8, 2019

The Sunday List: 20 things that blocked traffic on New Zealand’s State Highway 1

It’s one of the great genres of New Zealand news: the unusual thing that just blocked our main arterial road. Here’s a sampler.

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Politics
Sep 5, 2019

Cheat sheet: Blueprint to rescue NZ waterways revealed

The government has just published its plan to halt the degradation of waterways and restore the health of freshwater over a generation. But one group says it 'throws farming under the tractor'.

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Politics
Sep 4, 2019

Cheat sheet: Megan Woods hits reset on the beleaguered KiwiBuild programme

The big 100,000 target goes in the bin, but what else is being done to fix this trainwreck of a policy?

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Media
Sep 1, 2019

The Sunday List: 30 times Mike Hosking answered a question from Mike Hosking

Leading New Zealand broadcaster has many questions for himself.

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Local Elections
Aug 29, 2019

Announcing Policy Local: 573 New Zealand elections in one place

After the success of the Policy tool in the 2017 general election, this time we’re going local – making it easy to compare the rival candidates in your area.

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Science
Aug 25, 2019

Oh great, New Zealand might have just given Disneyland measles

Californians warned to check for symptoms after an infected NZ teen visited theme parks including Disneyland and Universal Studios.

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Media
Aug 25, 2019

The Sunday List: 44 times someone slammed someone else in the last month

Analysis of New Zealand media headlines reveals a lot of people slamming a lot of other people.

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Local Elections
Aug 24, 2019

Revealed: The John-Tamihere-for-mayor campaign brainstorm

Phil Goff’s rival has already pledged an 0800-Jacinda homeless hotline and an 18-lane harbour bridge. What's next? 

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Media
Aug 18, 2019

The Sunday List: 12 headlines about Adrian Orr

A selection of headlines from the past six months about the the Reserve Bank governor, Adrian Orr

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Media
Aug 16, 2019

14 times Alan Jones revealed himself to be basically just an utter cretin

The ancient Australian shock-jock yesterday targeted Jacinda Ardern, urging Australia's PM to 'shove a sock down her throat'. It's in keeping with a substantial history of being an arse.

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Politics
Aug 13, 2019

Cheat sheet: Stats NZ CEO quits over census debacle

An independent review into the data shortfall in the first digital-driven census has seen the government statistician fall on her Y-axis.

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Business
Aug 9, 2019

Spark to block ‘egregious’ 8chan in wake of El Paso white supremacist attack

NZ's biggest ISP takes decision following 8chan role in terrorist attacks from Christchurch to Texas.

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Business
Aug 5, 2019

Cheat sheet: Vodafone steals a march on rivals with 5G by end of year

Vodafone just announced that they'll be flicking on the new generation of mobile signal in four centres before the end of the year.

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Politics
Jul 23, 2019

12 eye-watering facts about the new British prime minister, Boris Johnson

Funny, charismatic, erudite – what could possibly go wrong?

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Cricket World Cup 2019
Jul 14, 2019

In praise of Ice Cold Kane

Tonight the Black Caps will be led on to Lord's for the World Cup Final by Kane Williamson, the most underestimated captain in world cricket

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Books
Jul 13, 2019

Meet the New Zealander who knows more about Kim Jong-un than almost anyone

Kiwi journalist Anna Fifield on her new book about North Korea, working in China, and reporting from Christchurch after March 15

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Politics
Jul 5, 2019

Google U-turns, apologises after standoff over Grace Millane suppression breach

The online giant has written to Andrew Little saying it will immediately suspend the automated service that breached a court order

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Politics
Jul 4, 2019

Little pledges to take on Google after inaction over Grace Millane breach

In a ferocious opinion piece for the Spinoff, the minister of justice says he would be ‘failing in my duty’ if he were to allow the internet giant to ‘ride roughshod’ over New Zealand law.

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Society
Jul 3, 2019

Everybody stop being so mean to ANZ immediately

They’re hinting that new rules might make them quit their New Zealand operations, and you should feel bad about it.

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Politics
Jun 27, 2019

Housing crisis history repeats as Ardern breaks up the housing job

Phil Twyford has avoided an official demotion in the Cabinet reshuffle, but the breakup of the housing portfolio reveals the desperate state of the KiwiBuild programme he oversaw

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Society
Jun 18, 2019

Five rival electric scooter operators for NZ as 800 wheeled out in Wellington

Flamingo and the Uber-owned Jump launch in the capital begin today, with the city becoming New Zealand's fifth to see shareable e-scooters 

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Business
Jun 12, 2019

Uber plans flying taxis for Melbourne by 2023

Melbourne joins two American cities as launch markets for Uber air taxis, part of plans to add a ‘third dimension’ to its ride-hailing services

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Politics
Jun 4, 2019

Donald Trump vs Sadiq Khan: a short history of a transatlantic shitfight

In the land of hope and glory, the US president’s state visit is under way against a backdrop of wild insults between Donald Trump and the London mayor, Sadiq Khan. …

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