Toby Manhire

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

Politics
Nov 12, 2019

'Girlfriend, you are so on': the curious Jacinda Ardern fixation in the US Democratic race

The candidates to tackle Donald Trump are very keen on the New Zealand prime minister.

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Politics
Nov 5, 2019

Christopher Luxon has won the chance to fight parliament's most dangerous man

The 60 wise delegates of Botany chose their next National Party candidate last night. Toby Manhire was there to watch the anointment.

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Books
Nov 5, 2019

It’s alive! The Spinoff Book is out now

The Spinoff Book is out today. Here’s what you’ll find in it, and how to get a copy.

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Politics
Oct 29, 2019

Young scientists call on Greens to rethink GM stance in the cause of the climate

More than 150 have signed an open letter saying the current law hinders efforts to tackle the climate crisis, and urging the Greens to take a lead.

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Sports
Oct 26, 2019

10 omens that predict with some certainty the All Blacks vs England semifinal

By reference to history and science, we predict which way tonight's crunch game in the Rugby World Cup is likely to go.

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Auckland
Oct 23, 2019

24 hours on: The SkyCity Convention Centre fire explained in 15 questions

Smoke continues to billow in downtown Auckland 24 hours on. Here's the latest, in Q&A form.

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Politics
Oct 18, 2019

Cheat sheet: Boris Johnson seals a Brexit deal – what does it mean, and what next?

Britain and the EU have agreed new terms for divorce. But with the Conservatives' Northern Irish support party unimpressed, is the shitstorm over?

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The Bulletin
Oct 15, 2019

The Bulletin: Pair of polls puts pressure on Ardern and Labour

A pair of polls put pressure on the Labour Party, a wild night of weather in the North Island, and Shane Jones snapped brandishing a semi-automatic.

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Politics
Oct 11, 2019

Jacinda Ardern just took Stephen Colbert for a coffee in Morningside

Stephen Colbert has made good on his promise to visit New Zealand, and the prime minister has made good on her promise to drive him around.

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Politics
Oct 9, 2019

Quiz: Can you tell the difference between the parties’ finance talk?

It’s surplus season again, and the two main parties are at each other’s throats about management of the national finances. But how unlike one another are they really? Put yourself to the test.

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Television
Oct 8, 2019

Logan Roy goes up against the politicians, just like Rupert Murdoch did in 2011

The latest episode of the painfully good Succession pays pointed homage to the appearance of media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his son before a British parliamentary inquiry.

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Society
Oct 7, 2019

‘I have listened to our people’: Auckland University vice-chancellor responds to white supremacy on campus concerns

In an email to colleagues, Stuart McCutcheon says he acknowledges the ‘very real hurt and sense of threat’ caused by white supremacist materials and says now is not time for a free speech debate.

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Society
Oct 2, 2019

Hundreds of University of Auckland staff sign open letter over white supremacist materials on campus

‘Racism and white supremacy have no place at the University of Auckland’, reads the letter, signed by many of the university’s most senior academics.

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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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