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

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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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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Politics
Feb 12, 2019

Judith Collins just leapfrogged Simon Bridges. Does she now try to crush him?

Who'd bet against Collins having another tilt at the leadership before the next election?

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Media
Feb 10, 2019

Martin Devlin in wild on-air attack on ‘chick from the Spinoff’ over cricket banner

The only plausible explanation for the Radio Sport host’s diatribe against my colleague is an elaborate attempt at performance art – the alternative is heroic incoherence

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Media
Feb 1, 2019

The real toll of the great NZ heatwave? Batshit opinion columns everywhere

Spare a thought, please, for the commentators, battling desperately to string together coherent thoughts as the mercury hits ridiculous

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Politics
Jan 10, 2019

‘I’m completely squeaky clean’: an interview with Matthew Hooton

Toby Manhire meets one of the most fascinating – and polarising – characters in NZ politics

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Science
Jan 3, 2019

Summer reissue: ‘I covered my wall in Post-it notes’: meet NZ’s new chief scientist

Professor Juliet Gerrard on diversity in science, the political hot potatoes, and what constitutes science.

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Politics
Jan 2, 2019

Summer reissue: The Winston enigma – the story of NZ’s most enduring politician

This year Winston Peters finally took the reins of power, albeit only for six weeks of maternity cover. We survey a truly extraordinary career

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Politics
Dec 30, 2018

Summer reissue: The wildest takes on those incredible Clarke Gayford rumours

The bombshell story about a story that wasn’t a story sent shockwaves through the New Zealand reckons machine.

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Politics
Dec 26, 2018

Summer reissue: ‘No room for doubt I can do this’. The Spinoff meets Jacinda Ardern

In the first days of 2018, as she embarked on a critical year for her newly formed government, Jacinda Ardern hosted Spinoff editor Toby Manhire at her Auckland home.

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Television
Dec 21, 2018

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 21

Today: Toby Manhire on an appalling trope that has too long haunted our screens.

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Politics
Dec 19, 2018

Andrew Little gives Google a serve over Grace Millane suppression breach

The justice minister says he’s cautiously satisfied by assurances from the internet giant after they sent representatives to his parliamentary office yesterday in the wake of Spinoff revelations

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Politics
Dec 14, 2018

A tribute to Leighton Smith, by Leighton Smith (also Leighton Smith & Leighton Smith)

To mark totemic resignation we asked a number of Leighton Smiths if they had a message for him. 

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Politics
Dec 13, 2018

NZ courts banned naming Grace Millane’s accused killer. Google just emailed it out

That one of the world’s biggest companies rides roughshod over a New Zealand court name suppression tells you all you need to know about the giants of Silicon Valley, argues …

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Politics
Nov 29, 2018

Why Iain Lees-Galloway should resign (and why he shouldn’t)

A sprint through the arguments for and against the immigration minister getting the boot.

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Politics
Nov 28, 2018

Green Party calls on government to urgently repeal prisoner voting ban

The support party has called for a change in the law that sees incarcerated people ‘unjustifiably denied the right to vote’.

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Politics
Nov 27, 2018

Andrew Little: NZ is watching Facebook closely and will take action if needed

The justice minister says he’s keenly watching the UK-led inquiry into fake news and Facebook and backs calls for the company to be held accountable.

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Politics
Nov 26, 2018

Facebook is finally being called to account around the world. Why not in New Zealand?

Parliaments including the UK, Australia, Canada and Brazil are waking up to the role of the social media giant. Why is NZ asleep?

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Politics
Nov 21, 2018

Announced: the date after which blaming the last government is banned

‘Nine long years’ is a jazz standard in political debate. Using opinions and mathematics we have settled on the moment from which it is no longer acceptable to use this rhetorical device

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Science
Nov 13, 2018

‘I literally covered my wall in Post-it notes’: meet NZ’s new chief scientist

Professor Juliet Gerrard on diversity in science, the political hot potatoes, and what constitutes science.

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Media
Nov 9, 2018

Are work Christmas parties always rubbish now?

As Marcus Lush reveals ‘outrage about the NZME Christmas Party’, we launch our crowd-sourced investigation into the contemporary reality of the festive work do.

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Media
Nov 5, 2018

Snooze chasers: test-driving Bose’s ‘noise masking’ earbuds

A new product from the upmarket US audio company promises to lull you to sleep. We take them to bed. 

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