As a journalist at a student magazine, Joel MacManus wrote a straightforward report on a speech given by Winston Peters. In return, Peters called him a moron and questioned whether he deserved to be in university.
Tributes have abounded today for Yasmine Ryan, who has died in Turkey. On a recent trip home she joined Gavin Ellis to discuss doing journalism in some of the world's most volatile places.
A New Zealand man was charged this week with drink driving after a chicken nugget inspired rampage in a Sydney McDonald's. As a quick Google reveals, he wasn't the first and he won't be the last to lose his shit at the Golden Arches.
Tonight, in Los Angeles, the New Zealand podcast phenomenon The Worst Idea Of All Time comes to a close. Tom Augustine pays tribute to the show that took a terrible idea and transformed it into art.
With 2017 coming to a close, one brave fisherman has thrown his hat in the Worst Opinions ring with a rant against te reo and those who dare speak it. Madeleine Chapman responds.
Henry Oliver talks to Ross Sutherland, a British poet whose VHS performance piece Standby for Tape Back-Up, a multimedia meditation on memory, meaning and grief, is on in Auckland and Wellington this week.
The broadcaster has bowed to a wave of public anger by quitting the sports pilot – though Sky sources suggest he would have been ousted regardless.
Convicted domestic abuser Tony Veitch is returning to television, he has announced. Madeleine Holden wonders why abusers like Veitch continue to be given prominent public platforms.
When journalist Angela Cuming was sent a "grossly inappropriate and offensive" "joke" by a Hamilton City Councillor she called the behaviour out online. It sparked a discussion about the everyday sexism women face in the workplace, assembled by Emily Writes.
'You’ve seen what’s on his screen – imagine what’s on his mind' warned the voiceover in a 1999 PSA about online paedophiles. The ad's star Joseph Nunweek remembers its filming, and reflects on how our perception of internet safety has changed in the years since.
Rachel Klaver (nee Goodchild) was one of the pioneers of New Zealand lifestyle blogging, gaining a dedicated following for her witty and insightful writing on topics from internet dating to diets. That meant she got free stuff – a lot of it. But was it all really worth it?
TVNZ has pulled a story about Kmart from its site after The Spinoff obtained emails showing two online 'influencers' received undisclosed payments to appear.
Last week five women accused comedian Louis CK of sexual harassment, charges he admits are true. Sam Brooks writes about why Louis CK has always been a problematic comedian – and not just for this.
Following the success of Thor Ragnorok, Toby Morris looks at other Hollywood franchises that Taika Waititi could improve.
She's perhaps New Zealand's most prominent actress of this moment, but when she gets a big part she's still reluctant to share the news for fears of being cut down. She is a sudden film star, a theatre legend and a chill-as-shit lady. Sam Brooks sits down in a park for a few beers with Rachel House.
The surprise Twitter hit of this election season has been NZ Art Parallels, the account which reveals the previously hidden connections between world art history and New Zealand politics and media. And now NZ Art Parallels is joining The Spinoff for a new monthly column.