Toby Manhire

Toby Manhire is senior editor at the Spinoff. He also writes columns for the NZ Herald and with other people called Toby for RNZ. Email him on toby@thespinoff.co.nz

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
Sep 5, 2017

Our stunning policy comparison tool just got more stunning

Almost a hundred thousand people have explored the main parties' policy platforms on Policy since it launched three weeks on the Spinoff. And now it has an amazing new feature, blinkers, which challenges users to select the policies they prefer without a party logo beside them. 

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Politics
Sep 3, 2017

A sobering poll for the Jacindamaniacs as the great drag race roars on

Pollwatch: An eagerly awaited Reid poll for Newshub gives National a slim lead, but the most fascinating numbers are NZ First's.

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Politics
Aug 31, 2017

Let’s do a new ad, fast. The Jacindamania commercial, explained

The SpinoffLab™ puts the Labour Party's ad starring Jacinda Ardern through its captioning machine.

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Politics
Aug 28, 2017

The NZ National Party’s teal-clothed runners ad, explained

In the latest of our series that uses science to caption the parties' campaign commercials, we examine National's jogging sensation. 

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Politics
Aug 28, 2017

Billmania: to West Auckland for the National campaign launch

The National Party's response to the new Labour challenge was laid out at their big event yesterday. Toby Manhire joins the blue sea in Henderson

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Politics
Aug 21, 2017

So farewell then, Peter Dunne. Here are your greatest hits

The latest party leader to be eaten by this election is Mr Ōhāriu. From the worm to the planking, thanks for the memories, writes Toby Manhire.

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Politics
Aug 20, 2017

Labour soaks up the Town Hall rapture as Ardern goes nuclear on climate

The Town Hall campaign launch underlined the startling turnaround for the party under Jacinda Ardern, and the palpable power of momentum, writes Toby Manhire.

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Politics
Aug 17, 2017

Greens are goneburger in new poll which shows English and Ardern level pegging

Pollwatch: 1 News’s Colmar Brunton survey puts the Greens out of parliament, in a nostalgic National vs Labour race. 

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Society
Aug 14, 2017

Dear Australia. We can fix your politician citizenship crisis. Love, NZ

The deputy PM is the latest Australian politician who could have to quit over dual citizenship rules. Fear not, top Ockers! The Spinoff's legal dept has come up with a 100% foolproof solution to your pickle.

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Politics
Aug 9, 2017

Labour surges, Greens slump, and media scrap over Turei’s scalp

Pollwatch: Under Jacinda Ardern, Labour has powered back to the future in the new Newshub poll, as an embattled Green party slides. But are National impermeable? And should we be talking about a disaster for NZ First, too? Toby Manhire weighs it all up

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Politics
Aug 7, 2017

The Greens are in disarray, leaving the left resurgence hanging by a thread

An attempted mutiny against Metiria Turei has ended with two MPs resigning, the Greens thrown into turmoil. The Ardern euphoria faces a bad hangover, writes Toby Manhire

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Politics
Aug 6, 2017

Facing a resurgent Labour under Ardern, National has to remake its campaign, too

Labour has jettisoned its leader and overhauled its campaign – but National, too, is having to rethink its approach, writes Toby Manhire

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Politics
Aug 4, 2017

Turei was left with little choice, after Labour said let’s not do this

The Green co-leader's confessions were snowballing, her position becoming untenable. But ultimately the decision seems to have come down to Jacinda Ardern.

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Politics
Aug 1, 2017

Jacinda Ardern and Kelvin Davis: why this is terrible for Labour, and why it is brilliant

Following Andrew Little’s resignation, Jacinda Ardern has been unanimously elected as Labour leader, with Kelvin Davis as her deputy. Here’s a quick survey of the pros and cons.

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Politics
Aug 1, 2017

The definitive guide to what is about to happen in the Labour Party

After a tumultuous 36 hours of terrible polls and admissions from Andrew Little that he’s considered resigning as leader, the Labour caucus meets today. What to expect? This, definitely this ...

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Politics
Aug 1, 2017

Five things from the latest polls that aren’t about Labour at all

There's been a welter of commentary on Labour’s predicament and the Greens' gains. Forget all that for a moment: here are some other noteworthy numbers.

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Politics
Jul 31, 2017

#IamAndrew: what on earth is Little playing at by throwing his leadership into question?

The centre-left bloc just went up in the polls, but the conversation is all about the viability of Andrew Little as Labour leader – and it’s a conversation he started, writes Toby Manhire.

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Politics
Jul 30, 2017

Poll rewards Turei’s welfare bombshell – but Labour plunges deeper into the abyss

Pollwatch: Andrew Little admits he’s thought about standing down, after the latest from One News and Colmar Brunton shows a leap in support for the Greens. And how about that undecided number ...

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Media
Jul 26, 2017

Noelle McCarthy on making a podcast about immigration (and creating a new NZ citizen)

Noelle McCarthy and John Daniell talk about the challenges, eg Winston Peters, they confronted in creating their new series for RNZ, Slice of Heaven.

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Politics
Jul 23, 2017

The first Green Party campaign ad for 2017, explained

In the third of our series mining the truths from the political promos, Toby Manhire overthinks 'Great Greens'.

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Politics
Jul 20, 2017

The first Labour Party campaign ad for 2017, explained

Andrew Little just talks naturally to New Zealand in the party's first ad ahead of the election. Toby Manhire dives deep and scrawls captions on top of their captions.

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Politics
Jul 19, 2017

The first National Party campaign ad for 2017, explained

Already the internet is being bedazzled by political messages ahead of the election. Toby Manhire watches National's debut effort and provides a running commentary.

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Politics
Jul 13, 2017

A Green MP foolishly spoke the truth – now his party is scrambling to deal with the fallout

Backbencher Barry Coates' indiscreet but accurate words are just what National wanted, writes Toby Manhire.

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Politics
Jul 10, 2017

The latest poll offers little for anyone to crow about – apart from that guy on the bus

Pollwatch: A new poll for TVNZ is being called dismal for Labour and Little. And it is. But it's not all rosy for National, either, writes Toby Manhire.  There's no getting around it: this evening's Colmar Brunton …

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Politics
Jun 30, 2017

Shane Jones joins Winston Peters and NZ First: genius or jeopardy?

He was plucked in 2014 from the Labour caucus by National's Murray McCully and made Pacific ambassador. Now, sporting a "Put New Zealand First Again" cap, the ego has landed in Camp Winston, becoming leader-in-waiting. Toby Manhire asks whether Shane Jones' reinvention is a brilliant idea or a disaster in the making.

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