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

Society
Jul 10, 2018

Drop in census response rate prompts Stats NZ to plug gaps with other data

Statistics NZ has conceded that the 2018 census response rate may be down by almost 5%, sparking concerns that some groups might not be adequately represented

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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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Music
Oct 25, 2017

Lose yourself in the judgment. Eminem v National: the 12 best bits of the ruling

The long-awaited decision on the National Party's use of an 'Eminem-esque' track in its 2014 election advertising has finally arrived. These are our favourite parts from the judgment.

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Politics
Oct 25, 2017

That Labour-NZ First coalition deal, in 150 words

Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters yesterday signed an agreement establishing a governing coalition. In the service of democracy and brevity, we’ve chiseled it, roughly, to its core.

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Politics
Oct 25, 2017

That Labour-Green deal, in 150 words

The confidence and supply deal that Jacinda Ardern and James Shaw signed yesterday comes in at seven pages, or an appositely sized PDF of 4.20 MB (not kidding).

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Media
Oct 24, 2017

A brief journey through the bad Australian takes on the NZ election

Another gold medal for the green-and-gold, in the contest for the worst media opinions on New Zealand's electoral outcome. Toby Manhire reads them so you don't have to.

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Politics
Oct 7, 2017

After specials, it’s closer than ever – but what do Winston’s voters want?

Pollwatch: what happens if you factor in NZ First voters’ preferences, asks Toby Manhire.

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Politics
Sep 23, 2017

11.00pm: Bill English wins. Winston Peters loses. And Winston Peters wins

The resurgence of the left has ended well short, as the ruthless final weeks of National's campaign have them well placed to secure a fourth term. As predicted for months, NZ First will ultimately decide – but the calculus favours the incumbents.

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Politics
Sep 23, 2017

7.50pm: A party of five parties beckons with grim early numbers for the Māori Party

Election Night 2017: The Māori Party could be wiped out, if early numbers are a guide.

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Politics
Sep 23, 2017

7.17pm: The Spinoff’s rash call of the election result based on 5% of vote counted

Election Night 2017: What are these early numbers telling us?

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Politics
Sep 23, 2017

7pm: A hot take on the youthquake

As we prepare to look at the first results, what clues do we have about young voter numbers?

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