Toby Manhire

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

Society
Jan 15, 2021

Five ideas to fix NZ’s completely pathetic Covid QR scanning record

Hardly anyone is using their Covid Tracer app. Something needs to change.

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Politics
Jan 5, 2021

‘The fuck-ups were all my own’: Simon Bridges on the toughest job in politics

Summer reissue: In May, Simon Bridges was rolled as the leader of the opposition. Two months later he opened up about his tenure, the state of politics in New Zealand and, of course, the baby yaks.

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Media
Dec 31, 2020

The top 20 of 2020: The Spinoff's most-read pieces in the diabolical year

As we bid farewell to 2020, here are the 20 posts that got clicked on the most, from 20th to No 1.

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Politics
Dec 30, 2020

‘The fuck-ups were all my own’: Simon Bridges on being opposition leader

Just over two months ago, Simon Bridges was rolled as the leader of the opposition. This week he opened up about his tenure, the state of politics in New Zealand and, of course, the baby yaks.

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Society
Dec 22, 2020

The Spinoff Aotearoa 2020 Time Capsule: an update

The contents list is nearing completion, and the location options are coming together nicely.

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Politics
Dec 21, 2020

Jacinda Ardern on 2020, what pundits get wrong, and the great Fruju debate

Coffee habits. Waiheke ferries. Hair straighteners. The scoops were served up faster than a midsummer beachside dairy.

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Society
Dec 14, 2020

Announcing: the Spinoff Aotearoa 2020 Time Capsule

How to deal with a year like no other? Let's bury it together.

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Politics
Dec 8, 2020

‘We must recognise an Australian terrorist committed these atrocities – radicalised on our soil’

The shadow minister for multicultural affairs has made a statement to the Australian parliament calling for reflection and action.

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Society
Dec 6, 2020

Live updates, December 5-6: Zero new Covid cases; Royal Commission report goes to families

All the latest news from New Zealand, updated throughout the day.

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Politics
Nov 15, 2020
Politics
Nov 4, 2020

Kim Dotcom can be extradited, Supreme Court rules. But wait, there’s more …

Four men found liable for extradition on all but one count – but they had been wrongly denied a judicial review. Here's everything you need to know.

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Politics
Nov 2, 2020

Today Jacinda Ardern names her new cabinet. These are the big calls to be made

With the Green deal done, attention moves to the top table. Here are some of the problems the PM will be hoping to solve.

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Politics
Oct 29, 2020

When will we know the cannabis and assisted dying referendum results?

And what can the general election results tell us about how they might go?

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Politics
Oct 19, 2020

From ‘beacon of hope’ to ‘incompetent’: world media on Jacinda Ardern’s big election win

The common theme in international media is the Labour leader as antithesis to Donald Trump – but not everyone is bowled over.

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Politics
Oct 18, 2020
Politics
Oct 17, 2020

It’s early, but we’re calling it: Jacinda Ardern will lead the next government

As of 7.20pm, Labour is on track for twice as many seats as National.

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Politics
Oct 16, 2020

The three forms the next government could take (if the polls are about right)

Jacinda Ardern is on course to become prime minister again, but what sort of government would she lead?

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Politics
Oct 16, 2020

What time will we know the NZ election result – and what about the referendums?

Everything you need to know about the timings for Saturday and beyond.

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Politics
Oct 14, 2020

Quiz: A Labour 2020 election message, or one from an old National campaign?

Does it sounds like a Key-English slogan, or something from Ardern-Robertson?

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Politics
Oct 12, 2020

Policy is back for Election 2020: the easy, smart way to make an informed vote

The peerless Policy tool returns for its third edition, and it’s better than ever.

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Politics
Oct 9, 2020

NZ’s best online tool to help you cast an informed vote just got even better

Policy.nz now comes with added referendum information – the simple, elucidating, bullshit-free way to get the essential information you need.

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Politics
Oct 6, 2020

From the ABs to Zoom: The A-Z of election 2020

A brisk journey of the 2020 campaign via the time-honoured scaffold of the alphabet.

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Politics
Oct 5, 2020

How Judith Collins and National win the 2020 election

The path might be steep and unsteady, but there is a path to victory that could see Judith Collins sworn in as prime minister after October 17.

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Politics
Oct 4, 2020

Election Live, October 4: Five new Covid cases, all at border; poll shows race tightening in Auckland Central

The latest on election 2020 and other New Zealand news, updated throughout the day.

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Politics
Oct 2, 2020

Winston Peters looked like a man transformed at the Newshub debate

Leaders of the Greens, Act, Māori Party and NZ First joined in a rambunctious exchange in Auckland.

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Politics
Sep 30, 2020

How Ardern, Collins and Gower rinsed away the Trump bile

Toby Manhire watched the second leaders' debate among a crowd of undecided voters, and says after the toxins of this afternoon, it was a tonic.

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