The absurd history of period advertising in New Zealand

Alex Casey takes a look back at the period ads of the late 90s and early 2000s, with the help of advertising guru Jill Brinsdon. 

Newstalk ZB’s unsentimental giant signs off with a tear in his eye

Long-serving Newstalk ZB Drive host Larry Williams has hung up the headphones at Newstalk ZB, where has been at since the Palaeolithic era. Alex Braae tunes in for the farewell broadcasts.

Watch all of The Spinoff’s new shows right here

This long Easter weekend, lend your eyeballs to our three new productions: Two Sketches with Toby Morris, Scratched: Aotearoa's Lost Sporting Legends and On the Rag. 

Were journalists ‘just doing their job’ in the political resignation of Metiria Turei?

Massey University's Sean Phelan and Leon Salter look at the role media played in of one the biggest controversies of the last election.

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My YouTube Party of Five: Alex Casey

We invite people to share their five favourite YouTube videos – the ones hold closest in their heart, the ones they’ll play at 2am while drunk at a party. This week: Spinoff senior writer Alex Casey.

10 New Zealand cartoonists you can read instead of Alex or Tremain

With the Herald ditching its daily strip, there's a glimmer of hope that our moribund newspaper cartooning scene might be set for some new blood. Toby Morris has 10 suggestions for cartoonists to consider.

Sky TV has a wild new strategy: stop doing things its customers hate

New Sky CEO Martin Stewart has had a huge first month in the job, burning down the house of his famed predecessor John Fellet.

Everything wrong with Burger King’s ‘Vietnamese’ burger ad

Burger King’s ad for its Vietnamese-inspired burger shows customers trying to eat with a pair of giant novelty chopsticks, to which Asian-New Zealanders ask 'why'?

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My YouTube Party of Five: Laura Vincent

Obscure Tony awards performances, Twin Peaks and choreography videos – Laura Vincent's YouTube Party of Five runs the full weird YouTube gamut.

Across the Pacific: Vai and the beauty in a chorus of voices

In cinemas now, Vai tells the story of one woman's life through eight ten-minute shorts, directed by nine Pacific women.

Facebook’s three seismic weeks grappling with Christchurch

CEO Mark Zuckerberg was silent for weeks following the attacks, yet the world has refused to let this story go. Here is a summary of three extraordinary weeks for Facebook.

‘I have to delete my channel because of perverts’: the YouTube hypnotists targeting children

David Farrier explores the troubling subculture of videos targeting children created by adult hypnotists.

The best of Vice New Zealand

With Vice NZ sadly closing its doors last week, here's a round-up of some of the excellent work produced by the editorial staff over the last few years.

The worst April Fools ‘jokes’ of 2019

Is it time April Fools was abandoned as a public holiday?