Farewell to Whaleoil, hate machine of the blogosphere

Cameron Slater’s mendacious, bullshit-ridden site has finally been shut down – and yet, somehow, the grift goes on.

How Christchurch became a ‘high score’ for the El Paso shooter to aspire to

The terrorist who killed 20 people in El Paso over the weekend claimed direct inspiration from the Christchurch mosque shootings. Don Rowe explores how our darkest day became an aspirational target for the far right.  

‘This lifejacket clashes with my tie’: Louis Litt’s Air NZ safety video, reviewed

Air New Zealand released their new safety video this morning, featuring the legendary Louis Litt from legal drama Suits. Tara Ward buckles up to watch. 

RIP Whaleoil.net.nz (2005-2019): the blog that turned NZ politics feral

The most notorious publication of the digital media era in New Zealand has closed down for good.

Media Archive

Cheat Sheet: Peter Ellis case heads to Supreme Court

Peter Ellis will finally have his appeal against decades-old child sex abuse convictions heard in the Supreme Court.

Announcing The Spinoff’s local elections pop up 

Two months of sustained coverage of the local elections, all around New Zealand – brought to you by The Spinoff Members.

Revealed: TVNZ’s plan to become a not-for-profit while it turns to face Netflix

The state-owned broadcaster has quietly announced it sees no prospect of returning a profit in the 'foreseeable future'

Sky TV starts the fightback against sports upstart Spark

Spark invited Sky TV to get into the ring over the fight for Kiwi sports fans and their eyeballs. Sky’s CEO just hit back.

Boris Johnson pissed off the Queen, and other terrible things in the news

Emily Writes dives once more into the hideous gaping maw of online news, so you don’t have to.

Australian watchdog chides ‘excessive and gratuitous’ mosque attack coverage

But no specific breach of regulations identified over screening of images from Christchurch terrorist attack.

Meet the minister in charge of a media teetering towards end times

Kris Faafoi sits down with The Spinoff's managing editor to discuss all that bedevils a rowdy sector with big problems and high expectations.

One chart which reveals NZ’s incredible 30 year decline in public media funding

While researching NZ on Air for a recent history, Duncan Greive noticed a shocking 30 year trend.

David Farrier on the strangest film since Tickled

After watching a mind-bending film about a dying magician that reminded him of Tickled, David Farrier interviewed the director, only to have his interview disappear.

Peter Williams: The science is never settled on the moon being made of cheese

The newsreader turned talkback host Peter Williams (not Peter Williams) has a hurting head.

Revealed: Scarlett Johansson’s secret history of deep-method movie roles

The blessed ScarJo has kept very quiet some of her most impressive performances.