Toby Manhire

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

Business
Sep 21, 2021

Auckland is heading into alert level three. How do the rules change?

What are the rules in alert level three? All the key questions, answered.

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Politics
May 17, 2021

Collins' Orewa politics aren't just deplorable, they're unpopular. Can National afford to wait?

Last night’s poll issued a thundering fail grade. Before, her MPs were inclined to hold off on any change. Now, the calculus has changed. 

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Television
Apr 14, 2021

Reviewed: the ads on Popstars on TVNZ 1 vs the ads on Popstars on TVNZ 2

The programmes were the same. But the ads weren’t.

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Media
Apr 1, 2021

Spinoff breaks new ground for online media, embracing ‘fully non-fungible future’

The award-winning website has announced a bold new revenue venture, pinning hopes on Blockchain technology.

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Politics
Mar 25, 2021

The 150-hour NZ Covid whirlwind of 2020: as it happened

It was an unforgettable time. But how much of it can you remember?

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Politics
Mar 10, 2021

When, how and where do you get your Covid-19 vaccine? NZ roll-out details announced

Here's everything we know so far about the plans for vaccination across New Zealand.

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Society
Mar 8, 2021

It’s not too late to move to New Zealand, Meghan and Harry. Haere mai!

The royal pair told Oprah they'd considered shifting to NZ. Please come – we need some new unruly tourists.

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Money
Mar 6, 2021

More Aucklanders went to work and shops under current lockdown than in August, Google data shows

Did you sense the roads were busier in this Auckland lockdown than previous ones? Google mobility data reveals you’re right.

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Politics
Mar 6, 2021

Live updates, March 6: Zero new cases in community for sixth day; nine new cases in MIQ

The latest on Covid (hopefully none) and tsunami (hopefully also none) as it happens.

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Politics
Mar 1, 2021

When, and how, will we know if the level three lockdown will need to go longer than seven days?

Shaun Hendy: 'I think we underestimated the difficulty with our contact tracers working in the school system.'

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Politics
Feb 28, 2021

Live updates, February 28: ‘We won’t beat Covid by turning on each other’ – Jacinda Ardern

The latest on the new cases and the first of seven days at level three for Auckland, level two for the rest of NZ.

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Business
Feb 26, 2021

‘Quite a 364 days’: Grant Robertson on Covid, a year on, and the crisis today – housing

'We have to confront some tough decisions and we will do that in the coming weeks.'

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Business
Feb 23, 2021

Exclusive poll: Do New Zealanders back the tough border rules?

Plus, how we feel about housing affordability and the state of the NZ economy compared to the world.

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Politics
Feb 20, 2021

Exclusive poll: One in four New Zealanders would refuse Covid vaccine. Can they be persuaded?

We asked: Are you just ‘hesitant’ and awaiting more information, or more strongly opposed to vaccines in general?

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Politics
Feb 18, 2021
Society
Feb 14, 2021

Live updates: Auckland to move to level three for 72 hours, rest of NZ goes to level two

Everything we know so far after community cases detected in Papatoetoe.

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Society
Feb 6, 2021

Waikato DHB to boost testing after former Pullman guest tests positive for Covid-19 in Hamilton

'We consider the public health risk to be low and people in and around Hamilton should not be alarmed.'

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Politics
Feb 1, 2021

Live updates, February 1: Zero new Covid-19 cases; NZ ‘deeply concerned’ about Myanmar coup

The latest news from NZ and around the world, updated throughout the day.

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Society
Jan 28, 2021

​Six questions sparked by the Covid cases leaking out of the Pullman hotel

There are now three returnees who contracted the virus in the Auckland isolation facility then went out into the community while positive.

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Society
Jan 21, 2021

10 x 100: Motorists on driving New Zealand roads this summer

We ask 100 motorists: How has it been on the roads of Aotearoa this holiday period?

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Society
Jan 15, 2021

Five ideas to fix NZ’s completely pathetic Covid QR scanning record

Hardly anyone is using their Covid Tracer app. Something needs to change.

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Politics
Jan 5, 2021

‘The fuck-ups were all my own’: Simon Bridges on the toughest job in politics

Summer reissue: In May, Simon Bridges was rolled as the leader of the opposition. Two months later he opened up about his tenure, the state of politics in New Zealand and, of course, the baby yaks.

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Media
Dec 31, 2020

The top 20 of 2020: The Spinoff’s most-read pieces in the diabolical year

As we bid farewell to 2020, here are the 20 posts that got clicked on the most, from 20th to No 1.

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Politics
Dec 30, 2020

‘The fuck-ups were all my own’: Simon Bridges on being opposition leader

Just over two months ago, Simon Bridges was rolled as the leader of the opposition. This week he opened up about his tenure, the state of politics in New Zealand and, of course, the baby yaks.

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Society
Dec 22, 2020

The Spinoff Aotearoa 2020 Time Capsule: an update

The contents list is nearing completion, and the location options are coming together nicely.

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Politics
Dec 21, 2020

Jacinda Ardern on 2020, what pundits get wrong, and the great Fruju debate

Coffee habits. Waiheke ferries. Hair straighteners. The scoops were served up faster than a midsummer beachside dairy.

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Society
Dec 14, 2020

Announcing: the Spinoff Aotearoa 2020 Time Capsule

How to deal with a year like no other? Let's bury it together.

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