The Bulletin: Rest home horrors

Good morning and welcome to The Bulletin. In today's edition: Reports detail terrible conditions in rest homes, lawyers called in over Plunket money, and Dunedin students are burning fewer couches.  Rest home …

The Bulletin: Public money used to spy on quake survivors

Public money has been used to spy on earthquake victims, Amy Adams gets a top job in National, and marine protection network proposals in the South Island are disappointing to environmentalists.

Novelist Charlotte Wood: ‘The female body seems to provoke this bizarre hatred’

Charlotte Graham-McLay interviews acclaimed Australian author Charlotte Wood - who is appearing at the New Zealand Festival this weekend - about sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and 'angry women'.

Book of the Week: The revolutionary live email interview with Peter Wells

The return of the patented Spinoff revolutionary live email interview, this time with Peter Wells, author of a new book devoted to the subject of "reclaiming Pakeha history".

Features Archive

The stars of Auckland’s spoken-word poetry scene

Amanda Robinson meets five Auckland writers who are stunningly good at a much-derided art form – spoken word poetry.

Fazerdaze, from Morningside to the world

Since releasing her debut album Morningside in May, Amelia Murray has had a whirlwind year, but finally catching her breath back in New Zealand for Christmas.

Selling Shakti: the Kiwi entrepreneurs taking a bed of nails to the world

They're on your Instagram feed and your yoga teacher's floor – foam mats covered in thousands of sharp points. But what do they do, and where did they come from? Don Rowe talks to the two Kiwi guys behind the Shakti craze. 

Are lootboxes the slot machines of video gaming?

Lootboxes have embedded themselves in the gaming industry - and audiences are not happy. Adam Goodall discovers why lootboxes were inevitable, and how we can change the direction they're taking the industry.

Tasman rugby: it’s Mako, not Makos

This week Tasman Rugby Union are announcing a small name change with potentially huge consequences.

Bringing the fight for Ihumātao to K Road

This Sunday a unique parade is taking place on Auckland’s K Road to honour Hape, the resourceful ancestor that Karangahape Road is named for – and to highlight the plight of his descendants.

‘I was just a dude from the street who got lucky’: An oral history of Young Sid’s The Truth

To mark the 10th anniversary of The Truth, the debut album from Sid Diamond (FKA Young Sid), Sam Wicks talks to Sid and the team that helped capture his Otara state of mind.

How to leave the city in style when you don’t own a car

Don Rowe’s car has no warrant and no rego. But with the power of the sharing economy he went for a roadtrip to raglan in performance car, and northern exploration in a drop top classic.

Off course: the pricey private education which left its students indebted and fuming

Unlicensed course materials and substandard teaching at a private tertiary institution connected to New Zealand’s education royalty have left students indebted and fuming. Don Rowe investigates.

The fiasco in West Lynn: how did Auckland Transport get a shopping village makeover so wrong?

The council has been remaking the West Lynn shopping village on Richmond Rd in Grey Lynn, putting in bike lanes, calming the traffic and, they say, enhancing the shopper experience. What, asks Simon Wilson, could possibly go wrong?

What are all those black and yellow bikes doing on Auckland’s bike racks?

Auckland has a new bike share scheme! Or does it? Simon Wilson investigates the strange case of the bumblebee bikes in the central city.

Me and Sean Plunket: a brief history

Sean Plunket is back in the news thanks to a searingly bad Tweet on the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which he later claimed was a 'social experiment'. But it's far from his first offence. The Spinoff's editor Duncan Greive details his weird history with Plunket.