Toby Morris

Toby Morris is a Auckland based illustrator, comic artist and writer. He is the author of The Spinoff's non-fiction comic series The Side Eye and half of the Toby & Toby duo. He recently published the children's books Capsicum, Capsi Go and The Day The Costumes Stuck.

The Side Eye
Dec 3, 2018

The Side Eye: Everything to Everyone – understanding the teacher crisis

The job's got harder, the pay's got worse. Toby Morris spends a day with two primary teachers and finds out what the teaching crisis is all about.

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The Side Eye
Oct 31, 2018

The Side Eye: The Truth is Dead

Conspiracies, fake news and alternative facts: sometimes it's all a bit too much to handle. Toby Morris asks where we draw the line between accepting other's beliefs and calling out bullshit in the post-truth age.

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The Side Eye
Oct 11, 2018

The Side Eye: Drug Zealand

New Zealand has been talking a lot about 'kindness' in drug policy. But how far will we be brave enough to take that idea? Toby Morris takes a look at what decriminalisation might look like in NZ.

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Society
Aug 31, 2018

The Side Eye: Humanoid Language Week

It's that time again: Humanoid Language Week. Is Human a dying language? Do humans have it too easy?

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Society
Aug 14, 2018

Who’d win in a fight: Burger King, Liquor King, Salmon King or Storage King?

Writer and illustrator Toby Morris finally answers a question that's been keeping him up at night.

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Society
Aug 4, 2018

I saw John Minto at the fish and chip shop

The ghosts of the 1981 Springbok Tour still haunt Auckland's inner-suburb streets.

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Society
Jul 31, 2018

The Side Eye: Inequality Tower 2018

Imagine all the wealth in NZ as a ten-storey apartment building. Imagine half of NZ crammed in a tiny corner of the bottom floor.

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Music
Jul 6, 2018

Turn it up, Eden: the Yimby case for concerts at Eden Park

It might have Helen Clark up in arms, but Eden Park neighbour Toby Morris can't see the problem with live music at the stadium.

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Society
Jul 2, 2018

The Side Eye: ‘Tough on Crime’ is Dead

Why the mindless approach to criminal justice must end.

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Media
Jun 19, 2018

Who Drew That? The true story of the Peach Teats calf

The Peach Teats billboard is a legitimate cult classic. Toby Morris meets the artist responsible for State Highway 1's favourite cheeky calf.

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Politics
Jun 12, 2018

The Singapore swing: the Kim-Trump summit status in real-time

The Spinoff geopolitical-science panel is assessing the progress of the historic talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his American counterpart, President Donald Trump, as it happens

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Media
May 25, 2018

The Side Eye: Kings and Commoners

Two Auckland schools went into lockdown recently, so why did one dominate the coverage? The Side Eye looks into the way King's College and Ōtāhuhu College featured in reporting.

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Society
May 11, 2018

Five people to avoid sitting next to on public transport

Toby Morris sizes up the lord guardian of the extra seat, and other passengers we love to hate.

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Society
Apr 27, 2018

The Side Eye: Empty Shelves

Meet Tasia. She's been working full time at the same job for 15 years. She's struggling financially. Why? She's on the minimum wage.

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Auckland
Apr 11, 2018

Five Aucklanders hit hard by the big storm

Illustrator and writer Toby Morris checks in with five Auckland residents to get their reactions to last night's storm.

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The Side Eye
Apr 3, 2018

The Side Eye: The ‘War on Men’

Why are gains for women assumed to be losses for men? Why are men so threatened by equality? Toby Morris looks at the so called 'war on men' and finds a lot of insecurity.

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Media
Mar 6, 2018

Al Nisbet and the age old problem with New Zealand political cartoons

Yesterday's Al Nisbet cartoon attacking the #metoo movement unwittingly drew Toby Morris' attention to a different problem: the very specific demographic drawing cartoons in our daily newspapers.

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The Side Eye
Feb 26, 2018

The Side Eye: Renting in NZ means always moving out and never moving up

Short unstable leases hurt renters and cost us all. Toby Morris looks into the importance of security of tenure.

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Auckland
Feb 1, 2018

Is the Outer Link bus Auckland’s ultimate co-working space?

Desperate to escape the high-summer hell of the Spinoff's non-air conditioned office, Toby Morris spends four hours trying to get some work done onboard the blissfully chilly Outer Link bus.

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The Side Eye
Jan 26, 2018

The Side Eye: This is not a table

We all believe weird shit, and that's fine. The problems start when we confuse our perspective with the facts.

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Society
Dec 29, 2017

Summer Reissue: An illustrated guide to (non) apologies

A 12 step guide to a perfect non-apology, by Toby Morris.

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The Side Eye
Dec 22, 2017

The Side Eye: Parties and Bullshit – A Christmas conflict pick-a-path

Christmas is a time for getting together with family. But there's just one problem: he's gonna to say it. You know he's gonna say it. Or she'll say it. So what do you?

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Books
Dec 20, 2017

The second best book of 2017: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

All week this Christmas week we count down the six best books of 2017. Number two: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, reviewed by Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris.

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Media
Dec 20, 2017

Between The Lines: Toby Morris’s 2017 cartoon stocktake

From Paddles the cat to Donald Trump, the Spinoff's cartoonist tallies up the faces that he most often drew through the year. There's probably an old saying that goes the quickest …

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Society
Nov 24, 2017

The Side Eye: Aussie Aussie Aussie, Shame Shame Shame

It seems our neighbours have something to explain. Toby Morris presents a look at the history of Australian Offshore Immigration Detention, narrated by Australia itself.

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Media
Nov 1, 2017

Taika takes Hollywood: More blockbuster franchises begging for the Waititi treatment

Following the success of Thor Ragnorok, Toby Morris looks at other Hollywood franchises that Taika Waititi could improve.

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