Society Archive

A business admin course changed the lives of mums on benefits. Then it was closed down

Pallas Hupé Cotter took a part time role helping women transition from welfare dependence to paid employment. She says participants loved the course, and it seemed to be working. So why did the government cancel it?

The Side Eye: Drug Zealand

New Zealand has been talking a lot about 'kindness' in drug policy. But how far will we be brave enough to take that idea? Toby Morris takes a look at what decriminalisation might look like in NZ.

The day I wasn’t let into the Koru Lounge: my story

The Spinoff is proud to publish this harrowing and brave first-person account from a Koru Club member, whose identity we have agreed to protect.

How on earth were you bored, Hunter?

Wellington resident-cum-vandal Hunter MacDonald claims he was bored out of his mind when he came across Len Lye's Water Whirler sculpture and broke it. How is that even possible?

How your birth date influences how well you do in school – and later in life

It's down to when you start at school - in Australia, at least.

Strategies for actually doing something about the climate change shitstorm

Despair is understandable. So is shouting about the facts. But to effect real change we need to look to psychological techniques

Vic Uni dropout: Why I quit university, for the sake of my mental health

Kate Aschoff began university with high hopes for her future. A year later she had dropped out, unable to cope with the stresses of university study while navigating her mental illness.

Crunch point on China interference: Anne-Marie Brady’s warning to Ardern

We must never be afraid to stand up to undue influence, writes the NZ academic whose publications about China led, she believes, to a break-in at her home

Frickin’ Dangerous Bro review white people things: wearing shoes indoors

Comedy group Frickin Dangerous Bro – Jame Roque, Jamaine Ross and Pax Assadi – overcome one of their strongest fears

How to use your hatred of children to boost your business in just three easy steps

Looking for a bit of publicity for your small business? Just stir up anti-kid outrage and watch those dollars roll in, says The Spinoff's marketing expert* Emily Writes.

That time Sir Edmund Hillary went in search of the yeti

Hamish Parkinson investigates one of our great nation's least-known foundational moments: Sir Edmund Hillary's ultimately fruitless 1960 expedition to Nepal to look for the yeti.

How much do we really know about female bisexuality?

Tara Pond reveals what she's discovered while studying sexuality and gender.

Here’s what will happen when you are a functional alcoholic

After almost 20 years with a drinking problem, newly sober Mike Metcalfe knows a thing or two about the lies you tell yourself as a 'functional' alcoholic.

Universities’ pitiful response to gender inequality isn’t good enough

The chair of Universities New Zealand appears to think that training programmes alone will solve the gender imbalance in the academic workforce

The war on drugs is killing Kiwis – we must choose a different approach

We need to find an alternative to the dangerous enforcement tactics of the global response to the drug trade, or people will keep dying.

‘You should move here too!’ How to get your NZ friends to join you in London

In her second Elleswhere column about life as an expat New Zealander in London, Elle Hunt writes about seeing the city through the eyes of people who are just passing through.

Hey, proctor, leave our bongs alone: How Otago’s ‘campus cop’ is breaking the law

If the Otago University proctor won't respect students' private property rights, students may have to take matters into their own hands, writes Otago law professor Andrew Geddis.

Second Dunedin flat claims Proctor entered home without permission, took bongs

Otago University Dave Scott, a former police officer, appears to be making a habit of entering private property and removing inhabitants' possessions, reports Critic editor Joel MacManus.

Otago proctor under fire for entering student flat and seizing private property

Dave Scott defends going into a privately owned flat without permission and taking bongs worth hundreds of dollars

NZ has to stop telling whoppers about our care for the ocean

We’ve been telling the world our level of marine protection is world-leading when in fact, it’s tiny – about time we owned up

Miscarriage can be a bereavement, and we must reflect that in employment law

New Zealand needs Ginny Anderson’s miscarriage amendment – it’s a subject close to my heart, writes Alex Penk

Comments on truancy and rape point to a deeper misreading of teenagers

A controversial speech by a school principal who said students skipping school are more likely to get raped speaks to a failure to understand the complex issues teenagers face, writes Jared Ipsen 

Why the inclusion of disabled people still has a long way to go

As we celebrate Suffrage 125, let us not forget that just as disabled people were excluded in 1893, many continue to feel excluded from society today.

A night out in Auckland, counting the homeless

Monday night saw an unprecedented, large-scale census of Auckland's homeless population undertaken. Toby Manhire went out counting, with about 700 others