ListsMay 29, 2016

The best of The Spinoff this week: Sunday 29 May edition


Compiling the best reading of the week from your friendly local website.

Sacha McNeil: “My work BFF is leaving” – Sacha McNeil farewells Hilary Barry

“A couple of years ago Hilary took me aside and earnestly explained that she wanted a mentor, and wondered if we could be that to each other. She went on to say, she’d appreciate it if I could let her know when she was “doing something wrong” or could “do better”. Yeah, nah probably not eh. But I told her I was happy to continue taking the advice I’d always asked her for.”


Ryan Mearns & Leroy Beckett Patronise us all you like, Mr Bridges, but that won’t magic up a serious plan for Auckland transport

“Aucklanders want to see smart solutions to our transport woes by investing in the options that for years have been consistently underfunded by previous Governments: rail, buses, ferries, cycling and walking. The minister needs to get on board with this plan. That would look like his outright support for rail to the North Shore as part of the new Harbour Crossing.”

Kiran Dass: An exclusive interview with literary sensation Hanya Yanagihara

“In books in general I hate it when people rely on brand names to try to communicate something about a character, because it asks the reader to assume things about a character that the writer should be writing about herself.”

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Delaney Mes: Obituary: Looking back at Netball’s brief and brilliant ANZ Champs era

“We have built ourselves back into a very competitive place internationally and the fact we went three a piece head-to-head with Australia last year is testament to that. That included winning our first game without netball legend Irene van Dyk since 1999, and an inspirational Black Caps-esque World Cup campaign. The greatness of this rivalry will be escalated back to the international stage, and that is great news.”

Alex Casey: Mike Hosking tried on the Chewbacca Mask and the results were catastrophic

“Naturally, there is no better candidate to recreate the most joyous occurrence in the history of the internet than a scowling Dementor in his prime time cave. I nestled in with a cup of tea, and waited patiently through the other bulletin items. The nice water tree. The bad ball dresses. And then, just before the ads, there was the tease of the century:”


Madeleine Holden: It’s not like Deuce Bigalow: The reality of living with Tourette Syndrome

“Lorena: I had a lot of behaviors as a kid that I instinctively knew to conceal that in retrospect were obviously tics. For example, I used to lock myself in the bathroom and jump up and down whenever I got anxious. When I was 14, I started hitting myself, throwing things, spitting, screaming, gasping, and tearing at my clothing; it finally got to the point where I asked my mom to take me to a doctor.”

Simon Pound: Podcast: Business is Boring #4 – Ex-Serato CEO Sam Gribben on his new musical venture, Melodics

“I remember some of those early conversations with the university, with lecturers there who are professionals, and university students who were spending years of their lives and paying lots of money to go and study music, and they still don’t practise. Those guys were like ‘If you can help get people practising more, that will change everything across all levels. From the very beginners right up to the experts.’”

Toby Manhire: ‘Key’s popularity plummets’: does Newshub poll point to National nosedive?

“Spoiler: Almost certainly it doesn’t. The most remarkable thing about John Key and his government’s support is how rock-solid it remains in the middle of term three. The poll result on housing, mind you, is striking.”

Simon Louisson: The left will go on losing as long as it is so muddled and apologetic on tax

“Ironically, once workers’ pay is near subsistence levels, they then become more susceptible to the message of tax “relief”, often voting for parties proposing lower taxes and less progressive tax regimes such as lower income tax but higher GST, which results in spending cuts that undercut the very support programmes in health, education and security that they need to live adequately.”


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Mad Chapman, Editor
Aotearoa continues to adapt to a new reality and The Spinoff is right there, sorting fact from fiction to bring you the latest updates and biggest stories. Help us continue this coverage, and so much more, by supporting The Spinoff Members.Madeleine Chapman, EditorJoin Members

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