Toby Manhire

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

Politics
Oct 14, 2021

100-plus daily Covid cases on the cards for Auckland within two weeks

And without high compliance and fast rising vaccination rates, it will just go higher.

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Politics
Oct 11, 2021

The week the world-beating Covid response lost its way

Jacinda Ardern won plaudits for leading NZ through a pandemic with decisiveness, resolve, and crisp communications. Last week, that was suddenly gone.

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Business
Oct 10, 2021

Live updates, October 10: Sixty new community Covid cases; Northland companion 'contacted but not located'

Bringing you the latest on the Covid-19 delta crisis – and more.

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Politics
Oct 8, 2021

Was last week Judith Collins’ best yet? These numbers say yes

Data on media coverage of the National Party's Covid plan suggests it was her most effective few days as opposition leader.

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Business
Oct 5, 2021

Updated: Auckland moves to level 2.75, aka level 3.1. What are the new rules?

Level three restrictions for Auckland are being ‘eased’ in three steps. Here’s what changes.

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Politics
Sep 29, 2021

Quiz: Whose Covid plan is it anyway?

There are now four rival Covid response plans, if you count Sir John Key's. Can you tell them apart, based on verbatim quotes?

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Media
Sep 26, 2021

Ranked: All of today’s op-ed columns by Sir John Key

John Key has only made rare media appearances since leaving office. But today he’s published a number of commentaries across the media. We rank them.

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Politics
Sep 25, 2021

Live updates, September 25: Sixteen new community Covid cases, all in Auckland

Bringing you the latest on the Covid-19 delta crisis – and more.

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Politics
Sep 24, 2021

Facebook livestreams of PM’s 1pm update swarmed by anti-vax misinformation

The benefits of reaching the wider audience outweigh the risk of damage, says Ardern.

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Business
Sep 21, 2021

Auckland is heading into alert level three. How do the rules change?

What are the rules in alert level three? All the key questions, answered.

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Politics
Sep 12, 2021

Live updates, September 12: Twenty new Covid cases; 500,000 vaccine doses bought from Denmark

Bringing you the latest on the Covid-19 delta crisis – and more.

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Politics
Sep 10, 2021

New Zealand urgently needs a serious opposition leader

The National leader’s bizarre attack on Siouxsie Wiles is something you’d expect from a troll on the internet, rather than a leader in waiting.

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Business
Sep 7, 2021

The alert level two rules have changed for delta – here’s what you need to know

Call it level 2.5, level two-plus or ‘delta two’, some of the rules have changed.

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Society
Sep 2, 2021

Man who escaped quarantine livestreamed his arrest, shared anti-vax conspiracy theories

In spite of clear evidence that non-symptomatic people can be infectious, the man insisted that he could not be Covid-positive because he was not sick.

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Business
Aug 31, 2021

How are the alert level three rules different from alert level four?

It's a fair bit more than just 'level four with takeaways'.

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Business
Aug 28, 2021

Live updates, August 28: Mountain bikers cautioned; 82 new delta cases takes total to 429

Bringing you the latest on the Covid-19 delta crisis – and more.

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Politics
Aug 25, 2021

Exclusive poll: Seven out of 10 back NZ sticking with elimination strategy

And a growing number are concerned about opening up too quickly.

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Politics
Aug 24, 2021

Exclusive poll: Only one in four wants trans-Tasman bubble reopened this year

Plus: the sentiment on New Zealand's vaccination roll-out and contact tracing.

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Politics
Aug 23, 2021

Exclusive poll: Resounding popular support for decision to take NZ into strict lockdown

The verdict on: the government response; the National Party response; and the decision to go into level four lockdown.

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Business
Aug 21, 2021

Live updates, August 21: School bus driver tests positive; outbreak grows to 51 cases

All the key developments through this locked down Saturday.

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Politics
Aug 13, 2021
Politics
Aug 9, 2021

Judith Collins doubles down on ‘demand the debate’ – but with a different emphasis

In her big speech, the National leader shifted from demanding debates to announcing debates had started. But where was the policy?

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Science
Jul 29, 2021

NZ tops list of societies likeliest to survive global collapse of civilisation

Renewable energy, food supply and an isolated spot in the world see plucky Aotearoa punching above its weight again. 

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Politics
Jul 26, 2021
Business
Jul 23, 2021

Exclusive poll: two-thirds think NZ on right track for ‘opening up’ after Covid

Plus: views on the elimination strategy and the state of the economy.

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Politics
Jul 22, 2021

Exclusive poll: What does NZ think of the vaccine rollout?

The positive response on the overall government response: 69%. On the vaccination programme, it's less than half that.

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