I choose freedom: on being a young woman who travels alone

What does it mean to step out into the world on your own as a young woman?

Shortland Street The Musical: A post-mortem

On Monday, it was announced that ATC’s Shortland Street: The Musical would be cancelling its planned 2019 tour. Sam Brooks analyses why the show might’ve fallen short of its ambitions – and what it says about the industry.

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 12

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: Duncan Greive on why churches (and other religious institutions) should start paying tax.

Legalise (almost all of) it: What Spinoff readers reckon about drugs

The Spinoff partnered with UMR to survey the attitudes of our readers, and the nation as a whole. Today, what do we reckon about drug reform? And what lessons can politicians take from the answers?

Society Archive

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 11

Every day in the lead-up 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: Alice Neville on why you should tell your kids that Santa isn’t real.

Grace Millane’s death reminds us of the violence so many women in NZ face

The shameful culture of violence against women in New Zealand must urgently change, writes the Women’s Rights Commissioner

You did not need to know Grace Millane to feel overcome by waves of trauma

Many of us, especially young women, have been experiencing dark thoughts and emotions in the aftermath of Grace Millane's death. It's called vicarious trauma, writes 20 year old Waveney Russ, and it's a totally valid response.

Here’s where to channel the hurt and rage for Grace Millane

Here are some actions that you can take to redirect your anger and sadness following the death of Grace Millane.

Rules won’t save women

Karla, Kirsa, Kirsty, Teresa, Christie, Sophie, Grace. Every woman has the name of another who taught them it's not safe to be a woman. But what are men being taught?

Data! Opinions! The results of The Spinoff’s major national survey with UMR

Each day this week we'll release a different set of data from our major national survey with UMR.

Why Christmas gift giving isn’t fun any more

Ben French asked his colleague what she wanted for her Secret Santa. She requested that he turn one of his regular rants into a piece of writing. 

Kiwi Legend: the Cambodian refugee turned award-winning Pie King

Our new series produced by the New Zealand Red Cross profiles people from refugee backgrounds who now call New Zealand home. Our fifth Kiwi legend: Patrick Lam, who fled from Cambodia to Vietnam, and then Australia, and is now an award-winning piemaker in Tauranga.

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.