Toby Manhire

Toby Manhire is the editor of the Spinoff. Where possible he collaborates with other people called Toby. Email him on toby@thespinoff.co.nz

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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Politics
Jun 4, 2019

‘It’s unhealthy to get up every morning to fight’: Chlöe Swarbrick with Marilyn Waring

Two women who entered parliament at the age of 23, albeit 42 years apart, discuss their parliamentary experiences

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Politics
May 30, 2019

Budget hack scandal: So much for Treasury’s ‘bolt’ metaphor

Police have rebuffed the Treasury secretary’s complaint about purported hacking of Budget information. So what really happened, and has Simon Bridges been vindicated?

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Politics
May 29, 2019

Budget hacking scandal: what the hell just happened?

As Treasury says it’s registered thousands of attempts to hack its secure site and Simon Bridges accuses Grant Robertson of maliciously lying, the wellbeing budget is about to become the hell-fleeing budget for someone

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Politics
May 12, 2019

Primary and secondary teachers vote for ‘mega strike’: all you need to know

Votes taken across the two big teachers’ unions, which represent almost 50,000 members, will bring a mass classroom closure across the country on May 29.

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Politics
May 9, 2019

James Shaw and the zero hour

James Shaw tells the Spinoff why he's been bending over backwards to National's support.

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Politics
May 8, 2019

Zero Carbon Bill revealed: everything you need to know

Gases primarily emitted by agriculture get special treatment, and the law will not stand alone. 

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Media
Apr 26, 2019

The NZ Herald is about to put up a paywall and the stakes are scarily high

This is a big deal for NZ journalism. What will be paywalled and what won’t? And have they got the price right?

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Politics
Apr 19, 2019

Jacinda Ardern named world’s second greatest leader by Fortune magazine

And she’s the only elected leader in the top 10.

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Barkers 1972
Apr 19, 2019

A day fishing with Clarke Gayford

Toby Manhire spends a day chasing kingis – and PM-adjacent yarns – with Fish of the Day host Clarke Gayford.

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Politics
Apr 16, 2019

Why Judith Collins should be made National leader. (And why she shouldn’t)

A whistlestop tour of the case for the National caucus to give Simon Bridges the boot in favour of JuCo, and the case for doing no such thing.

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Politics
Apr 8, 2019

‘Humanity. That’s all.’ Jacinda Ardern on the response to the Christchurch attacks

Ten days after the terrorist shooting in two Christchurch mosques took 50 lives, Jacinda Ardern spoke to Toby Manhire in her Beehive office.

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Politics
Mar 22, 2019

Helen Clark: ‘Facebook has become a monster’

The former NZ PM says the global policy boss for the online behemoth has contacted her saying he wants to visit NZ following the livestream of a mass terrorist murder at a Christchurch mosque

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Society
Mar 19, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg, four days on, your silence on Christchurch is deafening

In New Zealand we're waiting to see if the all-powerful Facebook boss means what he says about 'moral responsibility'

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Society
Mar 14, 2019

NZ schools strike for climate: everything you need to know

What’s going on, and where, and what are the guidelines for participants?

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Politics
Mar 13, 2019

How to talk like you have the foggiest idea what’s going on with Brexit

As the United Kingdom wakes in yet another pool of fevered Brexit sweat, here are the essential things to know – and a glossary for bluffing your way through a conversation about it all

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Politics
Feb 22, 2019

[Nation’s] 5G without Huawei is like [nation’s popular sport] without [popular team]

In the face of opposition to its involvement in mobile tech roll-outs around the world, the Chinese telecoms behemoth has unleashed several variations on a theme.

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Politics
Feb 19, 2019

John Oliver’s weird fixation on New Zealand: the complete works (so far)

Joining dancing dildos, flags, Eminem and ponytails, getting-left-off-maps can now be added to our rolling collection of the Last Week Tonight show's coverage of NZ

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