Toby Manhire

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

Politics
Jul 14, 2020

53 days: The very short and very stormy leadership of Todd Muller

Just over seven weeks after he rolled Simon Bridges to become leader of the opposition, Todd Muller has quit. Here’s a reminder of how it unfurled – and unravelled.

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Politics
Apr 20, 2020

NZ to exit alert level four after Anzac weekend, Jacinda Ardern reveals

Jacinda Ardern has revealed the cabinet decision on a shift out of lockdown in response to Covid-19.

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Politics
Apr 20, 2020

Today cabinet decides on when to exit the lockdown. Let's hope for the last time

The decision, to be announced at 4pm, will be based on public health advice. But it is and should be a call made by elected representatives.

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Society
Apr 10, 2020

Covid-19 live updates, April 10: Second NZ death, mystery surrounds cluster in Auckland

The latest on the Covid-19 crisis in New Zealand and around the world, updated throughout the day.

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Science
Apr 9, 2020

New modelling reveals the impact of lockdown, and the hopes for elimination

As NZ enters its third week of Covid-19 lockdown, a just-released set of modelling provides a flare of light at the end of the tunnel.

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Politics
Apr 8, 2020

Almost 90% of New Zealanders back Ardern government on Covid-19 – poll

‘New Zealand leads world in public perception of Covid-19 response’.

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Science
Mar 31, 2020

‘Clear warning of consequences’: Ministry of Health releases Covid-19 models

In the worst-case scenario modelled, almost 150,000 would be hospitalised and more than 35,000 die.

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Politics
Mar 30, 2020

Covid-19: Petitions launched demanding ‘hazard pay’ for essential workers

Calls are growing for extra payment for those who continue to head out to work every day, including many on low wages.

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Politics
Mar 29, 2020
Politics
Mar 20, 2020

Covid-19: Rumours, lockdowns and anxiety-fuelled social sharing

That message you saw yesterday? It originated in Malaysia, and travelled via Australia.

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Society
Mar 14, 2020

Covid-19: What does ‘self-isolation’ mean in practice?

Pretty much everyone arriving in NZ soon must undertake a fortnight of self-isolation. Here’s what that involves.

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Politics
Mar 14, 2020

Covid-19: All arrivals to NZ must self-isolate for 14 days. Here’s what you need to know

A massive expansion in travel restrictions has been announced, applying to all but the Pacific islands.

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Books
Mar 12, 2020

‘An absolutely amazing day’: Unity Books Auckland named international bookstore of the year

A little bookshop on High Street just scooped a massive prize. We caught up with Jo McColl to celebrate.

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Society
Mar 10, 2020

Covid-19: Why does screening at New Zealand airports differ from elsewhere?

Passengers arriving from China are not having their temperatures checked at the border, as in some countries.

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Society
Mar 5, 2020

Details of third case of Covid-19 in NZ revealed: What we know so far

The third case involves an Auckland man in his 40s. And it almost certainly means a fourth.

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Society
Mar 4, 2020

Second case of Covid-19 confirmed in NZ: here’s what we know so far

The woman, in her 30s, had returned to Auckland from northern Italy over a week ago.

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Politics
Feb 29, 2020

The vicious hidden message in Shane Jones’ blast at students from New Delhi

The New Zealand First MP's attack on 'students that have come from India' comes as another prominent New Zealander completes a visit to India embracing, well, students that have come from India. 

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Politics
Feb 28, 2020

Politics in Pubs: a new series of live events for election year

The series, a collaboration between Spinoff Members and Verb Wellington, kicks off with a discussion on politics and the media. 

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Politics
Feb 26, 2020

New global study shows why Jacinda Ardern’s time with Time is so valuable

NZ praised as ‘a shining example of how to build a tolerant and inclusive society in the face of adversity’ – a rejoinder to sneers at the PM’s appearances in international media.

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Media
Feb 24, 2020

Mike Hosking image hijacked for Bitcoin scam promoted via Google ads

'The AM Show co-host Duncan Garner was left in disbelief as Mike Hosking pulled out his phone,' according to the bogus Herald site.

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The Bulletin
Feb 21, 2020

The Bulletin: Cannabis vote on a hot knife edge, polls show

Views on cannabis legalisation could hardly be tighter, the Papua New Guinea PM arrives in NZ, and bad light threatens cricket on the radio.

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Politics
Feb 20, 2020

EXCLUSIVE: Jacinda Ardern ‘offered me a banana’, says man

BREAKING: The Spinoff can reveal that Jacinda Ardern once offered a man a banana at a festival, and he was impressed.

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The Bulletin
Feb 20, 2020

The Bulletin: Jami-Lee Ross, defendant, lashes out again

Jami-Lee Ross is confirmed as one of four charged by SFO, a damning international report on the NZ housing crisis, and SkyCity cancels a booking for Peter Singer event.

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The Bulletin
Feb 19, 2020

The Bulletin: Political donations quagmire deepens

Fresh developments around in the political donations saga, the Chinese ambassador speaks out, and some troubling poll numbers for advocates of cannabis law reform.

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Politics
Feb 14, 2020

Dirty Politics déjà vu as Peters says ‘we took the photographs’ on attack blog

The challenge keeps knocking on Jacinda Ardern’s door: is there a limit to Labour’s patience with its embattled NZ First partner?

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Politics
Feb 12, 2020

A crescendo of outcry just crushed the Concert restructure. So what next for RNZ?

An extraordinary week at the national broadcaster ends with a complete backdown on plans to downgrade RNZ Concert and make music staff redundant.

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Politics
Feb 10, 2020

As SFO probes NZ First donations, Ardern is visited by the ghost of scandals past

The Serious Fraud Office investigation sets a tone for election year, and the spotlight on her deputy prime minister is the stuff of nightmares for Jacinda Ardern.

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