Society Archive

As we wait for true legal reform, what can we do for women like Mariya Taylor?

Transformative change within the legal system will take time. So what can we, as a society, do for women like Mariya Taylor in the meantime?

Brexistential dread: Life in Britain amid the terrible, tedious drama of Brexit

With the March 29 Brexit deadline bearing down on the country at an alarming speed, it's hard not to wonder whether staying in Britain is really worth it.

The things you’ll notice when you give up alcohol after a lifetime of drinking

After almost 20 years with a drinking problem, newly sober Mike Metcalfe is realising a few home truths about life without alcohol.

If this is what ‘justice’ looks like, we need to tear the whole system apart

The absurd ruling that Mariya Taylor must pay almost $30,000 to a notorious and violent abuser is just the latest outrage revealing a stacked legal system beyond mere reform.

Foreign drivers pose no extra risk on New Zealand roads, ministry data shows

The common belief that overseas visitors drive more dangerously than locals is not borne out by crash data, reports Ben Strang for Radio NZ.

Why do NZ women fleeing domestic violence face ‘abduction’ charges in Australia?

The Hague Convention on child abduction was drafted to deal with fathers abducting their children across borders after losing custody, but it’s applied mainly to mothers fleeing domestic violence.

The government’s solution to the racing industry’s woes? A lot more gambling

A raft of new government-backed measures to get people gambling are set to come into effect in the next few years. But why, asks Joseph Plunket, should we blindly support an industry that preys on addicts?

What’s wrong with Twizel?

In the last few years, Twizel's setting in one of the most scenic parts of the South Island has proven an irresistible draw for tourists. And that's bad news for locals, writes Twizel resident Sarah Arnold.

The double lives of New Zealand’s celebrity impersonators

How is Austin Powers still relevant in 2019? And why hire the Queen for your birthday party? Alex Casey talks to the movers and shakers of New Zealand's celebrity impersonator scene.

Don’t Marie Kondo your life away

Should you have to take yourself apart and give yourself away, just to find out who you are?

Revealed: New Zealand’s favourite vagina and vulva nicknames

Alex Casey breaks down some of the most popular nicknames for vulvas in New Zealand. 

Silence about Scott Kuggeleijn reinforces a culture of sexual violence

When cricketer Scott Kuggeleijn took to the pitch for the Black Caps last Friday there was no mention of his two trials for rape. Asks Jessie Dennis, is silence really the best NZ Cricket can do?

A 10km/h footpath speed limit will limit more than Lime scooters

A proposed 10km/h speed limit on footpaths won't just be slowing e-scooters down.

Woman injured in airgun incident at Auckland supermarket

The person who fired an airgun outside Devonport New World yesterday, injuring a woman, is yet to be found.

Beyond Dryuary: All the puns you need to celebrate the year ahead

As we slide into 2019 it's time to start thinking about the pun-based activities and festivities you'll be giving up, giving into, marking and celebrating this year. Emily Writes is here to help.

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

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 …