The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 8

Every day in the leadup to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Today: Don Rowe on why we should call off this garbage year a few weeks early.

Schools portray rugby player poaching as a win-win. But do students really benefit?

This win at all costs culture isn’t new in secondary schools rugby isn't new – schools have been recruiting talent in return for “opportunity” and “a better education” for over a decade.

Why the new strangulation law matters

This festive season a new law will give police more power to protect women who need help most, writes barrister and anti-violence advocate Catriona MacLennan.

Hard truths about recycling: it might make you feel better, but it’s mostly PR

Think you're helping the planet by using your local cafe's compostable takeaway cup? Think again.

Society Archive

Why are doctors and their medical association fighting against reproductive rights?

A group of doctors are fighting as 'conscientious objectors' on abortion, and the NZ Medical Association is in their corner. Emily Writes is not impressed.

What the censor’s report says about teens and porn – and what should happen next

A major new investigation by the Classification Office confirms that exposure to porn is widespread among NZ teens, and is affecting the way they think about and experience sex.

‘They’re about to destroy nearly 35 years of gay progress with the police’

Stacey Kerapa has bitter experience of how brutal Police can be to Trans Māori, but the progress made over the years means that the decision to ban uniformed cops is a huge mistake, she says

Three myths about North Sentinel Island

The recent killing of an American by a North Sentinel tribe has put the isolated island on the map. Scott Hamilton sheds light on three myths about the North Sentinelese.

Four different perspectives on reproductive rights

Ahead of Wednesday's March for Reproductive Rights in Wellington, four people weigh in on why they’ll be supporting the march.

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 4

Every day in the leadup to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Our arbitrary and strictly enforced word limit: 365. Today: Alex Casey on dreams. 

‘I shouldn’t have to fear the people I’m there to help’: The violent reality of working in healthcare

Healthcare workers experience more violence than any other job in New Zealand. A nurse writes about her experiences in ED wards around the country, and what needs to change. 

Which Air New Zealand safety videos are the best (and worst) of all time?

Infrequent flyer Joseph Nunweek gruellingly attempts to rank them all.

The Side Eye: Everything to Everyone – understanding the teacher crisis

The job's got harder, the pay's got worse. Toby Morris spends a day with two primary teachers and finds out what the teaching crisis is all about.

Bottle rockets: why are we all so angry about groundwater?

Commercial water bottling continues to spark controversy. But is it really such a big deal, or a proxy for something else?

The rage-inducing experience of visiting a doctor when you’re losing weight

Part two of Mike Kilpatrick's weight loss journey, through becoming a pro-wrestler.

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 2

Today: Jihee Junn rains on your parade.