The summer road trip: Auckland’s caves, beaches, and waterfalls

In the first part of a four piece series exploring the surrounding environments of Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch by road trip, Spinoff writers Simon Day and Don Rowe head north, east and west from Auckland’s central city.

A Christmas tragic’s desperate attempt to convert an office grinch

Every office has at least one grinch, it's a fact of life. But can an office grinch be converted into a festive fanatic? Madeleine Chapman tries her darnedest. 

Exposed: the supermarket foods whose health claims leave a bad taste

Now in its second year, the annual Bad Taste Food Awards run by Consumer NZ looks past the marketing hoopla to show some foods aren't quite as harmless as they seem.

Tax cheats and how to catch them

The World Bank estimates New Zealand's hidden economy at more than $20 billion. Michelle Duff meets the IRD investigators chasing down the cash.

Society Archive

How 14 women were indecently assaulted after buying massages through GrabOne

A massage therapist was last week convicted of indecent assault against 14 women during massages they purchased through GrabOne. Madeleine Chapman reports.

Social media, a broken friendship and mental health

The intricacies of social media were exacerbating her anxiety, eventually culminating in the loss of a close friendship. So she decided to go on a social media detox.

Taking New Zealand’s institutional racism in health to the UN

In August a group of New Zealand researchers presented a report to the UN detailing the effects of racism on Māori. Simon Day spoke to AUT’s Dr Heather Came about the causes and cures for New Zealand’s racism.

Outlaw: the story of Richard Burgess

Black Sheep is an RNZ series about the shady, controversial and sometimes downright villainous characters of New Zealand history, presented by William Ray. Here he introduces Richard Burgess, 'New Zealand’s worst serial killer'.

I joined a suburban NZ healing circle to take Amazonian frog poison

Drawn from the venom of a waxy monkey tree frog, kambo is a traditional alternative medicine that users claim can purge dark energy, bad luck and stuck emotions. It also involves a lot of vomiting, as Lisette Prendé discovered when she traveled to a Wellington suburb to try it.

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #49: LaCroix, the internet’s favourite drink

Henry Oliver drinks a crate day's worth of LaCroix, Millennial's favourite sparkling water which has just arrived in New Zealand.

On the Rag: Have yourself a very feminist Christmas

Listen to Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michele A’Court tackle the age-old conundrum: how do you cope with Christmas without exploding?

Kiwis of Snapchat: Patricia Woodhouse-Tait, Christmas martyr

Patricia wants you to know that this silly season is getting ridiculous.

I saw the horror on the Myanmar border. We can and must help.

The Pope won’t say the name ‘Rohingya’, Myanmar’s persecuted ethnic minority. Recently returned from Bangladesh, World Vision's Laura Bond cannot forget the names of the Rohingya refugees she met.

Am I in the right KiwiSaver? I haven’t the foggiest – let’s find out

The Financial Markets Authority has launched an interactive tool that let's you access, and compare, basic fund information. Rebecca Stevenson extracts herself from KiwiSaver ennui to take a look at the numbers.

When the team is also family: finding belonging with Mate Ma’a Tonga

Growing up disconnected from her father and his side of her family, Tamsyn Matchett never understood her Tongan identity. On Saturday at Mt Smart stadium she sang the Tongan national anthem for the first time surrounded by her Tongan brothers and sisters. 

Treaty of Waitangi denialism: a long, dark and absurd history

Building magnate Sir William Gallagher's recent comments calling the Treaty of Waitangi a 'fraud' have been roundly condemned. But he's not the first to believe it, writes Scott Hamilton.