Toby Manhire

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

Politics
Jul 4, 2020

‘We wanted to break her’ – Jami-Lee Ross weighs in on Clare Curran story

The controversial MP says his former party put a target on the minister’s back, but Melissa Lee insists there was no concerted campaign.

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Books
Jun 30, 2020

Punch and Judith: A review of Judith Collins’ memoir Pull No Punches

If you’re looking for the politician of ‘crusher’ fame, you won’t find her here.

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Politics
Jun 29, 2020

Paula Bennett quits politics after 'a hell of a ride'

Far from being pushed, said Bennett, she was 'being really selfish for the first time in 15 years'.

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Politics
Jun 25, 2020

David Clark is not responsible

A minister of health with a humility bypass creates a problem for Jacinda Ardern – especially when he’s contrasted with Ashley Bloomfield.

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Politics
Jun 23, 2020

Exclusive: Poll reveals public impact of failures in NZ Covid quarantine system

The popular assessment of the government response to the Covid-19 crisis is at its lowest level yet.

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Politics
Jun 17, 2020

Military could lead oversight of revamped Covid-19 isolation, says health minister

The Ministry of Health may be relieved of oversight roles, said David Clark.

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Politics
Jun 16, 2020

Exclusive new poll: public support for Covid response remains sky high

Fifth survey by Stickybeak for The Spinoff shows support for the government response solid as we enter level one.

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Politics
Jun 15, 2020

As 43,000 flock to Eden Park, is Covid-free NZ the freest place on the planet?

For most of the world, the idea of gathering with thousands of strangers in a stadium is unthinkable.  

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Politics
Jun 11, 2020

QUIZ: How does NZ describe itself to lure people from nine different nations?

Only one is really easy, but most of them make sense, in a bleak way.

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Science
Jun 5, 2020

NZ ‘psychic healer’ promotes dietary supplement as Covid-19 ‘preventative’

When approached by The Spinoff Jeanette Wilson denied telling participants in an online session that the product ‘lined the lungs’, despite clear evidence to the contrary.

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Politics
May 25, 2020

Green Party list ranking revealed: can this group lift them over the threshold?

Will the door be left open to a new National leadership, and does the party need to flex its muscle to get noticed in the coming months?

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Politics
May 19, 2020

Simon Bridges’ leadership hangs by a thread after ‘mind-blowing’ poll

At under 5% in the preferred PM stakes, the National leader's response to the Covid crisis will be the talk of his caucus.

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Politics
May 14, 2020
Politics
May 13, 2020

What you can and can’t do in Covid-19 alert level two: 60 questions, answered

Our bumper collection of the restrictions that will apply when we jump down from alert level three.

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Politics
May 11, 2020

New Zealand will move to alert level two on Thursday May 14. But not fully

Bubbles can be broken, but there is one major condition.

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Politics
May 11, 2020

Decision day: When will New Zealand move to alert level two?

Jacinda Ardern will announce today if and when we go down the ladder to alert level two, and it is unlikely to be as simple as last time.

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Politics
May 6, 2020

Covid-19 Policy Watch: How 26 nations are responding to the crisis, in one place

A simple way to compare the responses by the countries that account for three-quarters of total cases, at a glance.

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Politics
May 6, 2020

NZ ranked first in world for Covid-19 response communications

A global survey of the public relations industry puts the Ardern government top of the pile.

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Society
Apr 29, 2020

Covid-19: It’s back to school in NZ today – but how many children are going?

Under alert level three, school doors are open to students up to Year 10 who need to attend.

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Society
Apr 27, 2020

What you can and can’t do in Covid-19 alert level three: 60 questions, answered

The lockdown shackles loosen as we move from alert level four. What changes under alert level three?

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Media
Apr 23, 2020

A swarm of Mike Hoskings bombard New Zealand in new Twitter scam

Social media remains fertile ground for con artists as promoted tweets rip off the broadcaster’s image in a bitcoin swindle.

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Politics
Apr 23, 2020

Public backing for NZ Covid-19 response rises to 87% – new poll

The extension to alert level four has widespread public endorsement.

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Media
Apr 23, 2020

Faafoi unveils $50m rescue package for NZ media as Covid-19 crisis bites

With the lion’s share of the spend going to support broadcasters, newspaper operators are likely to be 'aghast'.

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Politics
Apr 20, 2020

NZ to exit alert level four after Anzac weekend, Jacinda Ardern reveals

Jacinda Ardern has revealed the cabinet decision on a shift out of lockdown in response to Covid-19.

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Politics
Apr 20, 2020

Today cabinet decides on when to exit the lockdown. Let’s hope for the last time

The decision, to be announced at 4pm, will be based on public health advice. But it is and should be a call made by elected representatives.

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Society
Apr 10, 2020

Covid-19 live updates, April 10: Second NZ death, mystery surrounds cluster in Auckland

The latest on the Covid-19 crisis in New Zealand and around the world, updated throughout the day.

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