Peasville: the bizarre story of one man’s obsession with anthropomorphic peas

David Farrier delves into the 30-year-old mystery of Richard A Kontos, a man with a dream of a better world. A man obsessed with anthropomorphic peas and the tiny town of Peasville.

The best of The Spinoff this week

Bringing you the best weekly reading from your friendly local website.

One simple hack to (maybe!) cure your phone addiction

After years of watching powerlessly as his iPhone took over his brain, Duncan Greive found a way of getting it back.

NZIFF: Woman At War, Blue My Mind, Angels Wear White, Minding The Gap

The ninth installment from our team film critics swarming the cinemas of Auckland and Wellington for the 2018 NZ International Film Festival.

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NZIFF: Last Child, Bisbee ‘17, Dog’s Best Friend, Mandy, Skate Kitchen

The eighth installment from our team film critics swarming the cinemas of Auckland and Wellington for the 2018 NZ International Film Festival.

What the new public interest defence really means for media and defamation

Steven Price, who argued against Māori Television in their defamation case this week, explains exactly what the new defamation defence actually means, and who really won the case.

10 takeaways from NZ on Air’s shocking new audience survey

We've been waiting for the tipping point, where online really surges against broadcast media. It just arrived

‘Why are you like this?’ A deeply awkward interview with David Farrier

The Spinoff's not at all embittered reporter Hayden Donnell grills Dark Tourist creator David Farrier about why he didn't go to his wedding.

What makes the perfect NZ snow story? (WATCH)

Veteran news pro Pete Export (Ra Pomare) has some tips for making a classic 'winter hits New Zealand' news story.

NZIFF: Burning, An Elephant Sitting Still, Thelma, Border, The Atlantic

The seventh installment from our team film critics swarming the cinemas of Auckland and Wellington for the 2018 NZ International Film Festival.

NZIFF: The Green Fog, Island of the Hungry Ghosts, Mirai, Let the Corpses Tan & more

The sixth installment from our team film critics swarming the cinemas of Auckland and Wellington for the 2018 NZ International Film Festival.

Announcing the relaunch of the Spinoff app, and now it’s FREE

Thanks to Meredith Connell, you can now download your friendly local website's mobile application for zero dollars.

NZIFF: The Cleaners, The Heiresses, Searching, Liquid Sky

The fifth installment from our team film critics swarming the cinemas of Auckland and Wellington for the 2018 NZ International Film Festival.

The best of The Spinoff this week

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NZIFF: McQueen, Rafiki, And Breathe Normally, Good Manners

The fourth installment from our team film critics swarming the cinemas of Auckland and Wellington for the 2018 NZ International Film Festival.

Meet Aotearoa’s next acting superstar

Young New Zealand actor Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie is surging to stardom on the back of acclaimed survivalist drama Leave No Trace and Taika Waititi's upcoming Jojo Rabbit.