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

Auckland
Sep 21, 2018

A night out in Auckland, counting the homeless

Monday night saw an unprecedented, large-scale census of Auckland's homeless population undertaken. Toby Manhire went out counting, with about 700 others

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Society
May 7, 2018

Rites of passage: announcing Commute Week on The Spinoff

All this week on The Spinoff, we pick up the NZ commute and peer at it from every direction.

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Media
May 3, 2018

The wildest takes on the Clarke Gayford rumours

Yesterday’s bombshell story about a story that wasn’t a story has sent shockwaves through the reckons machine

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Politics
May 2, 2018

What the shit is going on with those Clarke Gayford rumours?

The Herald has reported that untrue things are being said about Jacinda Ardern’s partner. Here’s what we know so far.

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Politics
Apr 13, 2018

All the things National MPs think are virtue signalling

Revealed: National MPs think about virtue signalling a lot

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Politics
Apr 8, 2018

Who is Marama Davidson and what kind of a co-leader will she be?

Eight snackable facts about the new co-leader of the NZ Green Party and the challenges she faces

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Media
Mar 27, 2018

RNZ’s content chief resigns over meeting with broadcasting minister

Carol Hirschfeld has left the public broadcaster after misleading her boss over the nature of a meeting with Clare Curran. What’s going on, and what does it mean for the minister?

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Politics
Mar 23, 2018

Revealed: what Jonathan Coleman was thinking this morning

An exclusive glimpse into the steel trap psyche of the former health minister and political colossus as he makes for the exit.

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Politics
Mar 14, 2018

The fog of time: why the Defence Force’s Hit and Run admission really matters

A year after the publication of a book alleging civilian deaths in a botched NZ raid in Afghanistan, the Defence Force has quietly conceded its operation was in the same village depicted by the authors, and it makes the case for an inquiry overwhelming

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The Bulletin
Mar 6, 2018

Announcing the Spinoff Bulletin. Subscribe now or regret forever

Tomorrow, with the support of Vector, The Spinoff smashes a bottle across the bow of a new email newsletter rounding up the best and most important NZ news of the day. We think it will become an important part of your morning.

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Politics
Feb 26, 2018

New poll on National leadership gives late boost to outsiders

With the crucial caucus meeting only hours away, Judith Collins and Steven Joyce top preferred leader numbers – but it’s a different story in assessing leadership chops

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Politics
Feb 22, 2018

Exclusive: Poll gives Judith Collins slim lead as preferred National leader

UMR Research survey conducted mostly before the National leadership contest began puts the polarising MP in the lead – but only slightly.

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Politics
Feb 20, 2018

Five go to Wellington: the National battle boat fills up

Mark Mitchell and Steven Joyce have added their names to the ballot for the contest to succeed Bill English as party leader. With a week till MPs make their decision, here are five observations on the race

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Society
Feb 15, 2018

The Human Rights Commission must show it has its own house in order on sexual harassment

Revelations around the handling of a complaint at the HRC call for independent scrutiny of an organisation that depends on moral authority.

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Politics
Feb 13, 2018

Who will replace Bill English? The contenders for next National leader, power ranked

Will it be Simon or Nikki or Judith or Paula or Amy. Or ... Winston?

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Politics
Feb 3, 2018

Jacinda Ardern in her own words: the Spinoff interview offcuts

The prime minister on Winston Peters, the arts, sexism in politics, Auckland, and Donald Trump.

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Politics
Feb 1, 2018

‘No room for doubt that I can do this’: the Spinoff meets Jacinda Ardern

As she marks six months as Labour leader and embarks on a critical year for her newly formed government, Jacinda Ardern hosts Spinoff editor Toby Manhire at her Auckland home.

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Politics
Jan 31, 2018

The unstoppable ticking sound begins for Bill English and Paula Bennett

When backbench murmurings about leadership change seep through the media, the flow becomes hellishly difficult to staunch

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Science
Jan 27, 2018

Cheat Sheet: The Humanity Star aka the great disco ball in space          

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, the geodesic sphere deposited into space from the east coast of the North Island.

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Politics
Jan 25, 2018

Revealed: the outfit making more than one in every 20 OIAs to Auckland Council

$40,000 dealing with one organisation's official information requests! How appalled is public spending watchdog the Taxpayers’ Union?

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Politics
Dec 30, 2017

Summer reissue: Laila Harré on the Internet-Mana debacle and rejoining Labour

Three years after she was so dramatically unveiled as leader of Kim Dotcom's Internet Party, Laila Harré has returned to Labour. In a frank and revealing interview, she tells Toby Manhire what went down in 2014

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Television
Dec 11, 2017

This was the fucking news: Patrick Gower exits as Newshub political ed

The dynamic, polarising Newshub political editor has announced he's leaving the role.

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Politics
Dec 8, 2017

The first big poll for ages is due. What would be a good result for Labour?

After a 10 week hiatus, Colmar Brunton's poll for TVNZ is revealed on Sunday morning, with mobiles surveyed alongside landlines for the first time. Labour will expect a boost, but by how much? 

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Politics
Dec 4, 2017

Jacinda Ardern’s greatest challenge may be the egos in her own cabinet

The Labour PM has her work cut out for her with a pair of senior cabinet ministers hardly given to toeing the line, writes Toby Manhire.

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Politics
Nov 29, 2017

Today’s big NZ story that you probably missed, aka a victory for bullshit and delay

A startling story that appears to contradict John Key's 2014 account around the abandonment of a surveillance scheme is a bombshell – and a depressing object lesson in delay tactics and attention spans.

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Politics
Nov 19, 2017

‘You’ve done well for yourself’: Did Trump mistake Jacinda Ardern for Trudeau’s wife?

The New Zealand PM has dismissed reports that the American president had confused her with the Canadian prime minister's spouse.

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Politics
Nov 7, 2017

The brand new Deputy PM just served papers on the media and that is not good at all

It's one thing for Winston Peters to snarl and threaten the press as an opposition MP, but taking legal action to force media to reveal their sources as deputy PM is quite another, writes Toby Manhire.

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