Please stop being mean to us, boy in the Bunnings Warehouse hat

A group of tourists have been travelling the country (Auckland) leaving litter and unpaid restaurant bills in their wake. Government-appointed negotiator Madeleine Chapman tries to reason with them.

The retail therapy myth: why shopping doesn’t make you any happier

The decluttering phenomenon has revealed some dark truths about people's need to fill the void with things.

The doctor will not see you now: why resident doctors are striking for safety

Tomorrow's strike is about protecting an established deal on working conditions that keeps both patients and doctors safe, writes resident medical officer Dr Sofie Rose.

Capital Royalty: inside Wellington’s gloriously chaotic drag scene

WATCH: Meet the people who have made drag such a big part of Wellington's popular culture

Society Archive

Rodeo is animal cruelty dressed up as entertainment

Animals shouldn’t be dying in the name of 'entertainment', writes Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Gareth Hughes. It's time to ban rodeo in New Zealand.

Inventing illness? What it’s like when your GP won’t believe you’re in pain

Hannah Gibson has been living with chronic illness for most of her life. So why does she still struggle to get medical professionals to take her condition seriously?

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #79: How good is Aladdin?!

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, the glitzy premiere of Aladdin at Auckland's Civic Theatre. 

Congratulations on IKEA, New Zealand, and good luck

You might be excited about IKEA's possible (though far from guaranteed) arrival on this country's shores, but just wait until the first time you try to assemble a chest of drawers.

What to do with all your shit that you Marie Kondo’ed

Your house might be tidy but now you're surrounded by garbage bags full of all of your KonMarie'd shit. What do you do? Emily Writes looks for answers. My house was …

I’m the girl Marie Kondo warned you about

Can a person be both a lifelong hoarder and a Marie Kondo fan? Alex Casey tries, and cries. 

Instead of Marie Kondo-ing your house, why not just buy less shit?

The easiest way to declutter? Not buying useless crap in the first place, writes Hannah McGowan.

How a pet bearded dragon got abducted by a government vet

Don Rowe reveals a chilling conspiracy that saw one lizard almost lost forever to the power of the state. 

Ambergris, the whale poo worth more than your car

Sought after for thousands of years, and worth upwards of $10,000/kg today, ambergris washes up on beaches across New Zealand all year long. Don Rowe goes looking for it.

Summer Reissue: When will New Zealand finally grow up about boobs?

The groping of a topless woman at a music festival last year highlights just how retrograde our attitudes to public nudity remain. But, writes Kristin Hall, there is a better way – just look at any European beach.

Grading the government’s first year for children in poverty

The Child Poverty Action Group assesses the government's impact on the lives of the most deprived children after its first full year.

Summer Reissue: A brief history of Big Foot, New Zealand’s most ridiculous RTD

For a brief moment, New Zealand was home to Big Foot, a mythically potent RTD served in a giant bottle and apparently aimed squarely at teens. Don Rowe talks to the brain behind it.