MediaMay 7, 2016

The best of The Spinoff this week: Sunday 8 May edition


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

Hayden Donnell and Duncan Greive: Coup on at MediaWorks

“There is a threat of mass resignations across TV and Radio, not just news,” said a senior Mediaworks source. “If there are no actions by the Board in the next 48 hours then resignations at the executive level – and throughout the rest of the company – are expected within days.”

"Our company is gonna be thiiiis big": Mark Weldon on stage in Auckland on October 30, 2014.
“Our company is gonna be thiiiis big”: Mark Weldon on stage in Auckland on October 30, 2014.

Steve Braunias: Ockham national book awards: Steve Braunias interviews Patrick Evans

All week this week we focus on books and authors nominated for next Tuesday’s Ockham national book awards. Today: a goddamned epic interview (6000 words!) with fiction finalist Patrick Evans, conducted by Spinoff Review of Books literary editor Steve Braunias.

Josh Drummond: You Will Not Make Australia Home: Watching ‘Journey’, Australia’s terrible anti-asylum-seeker propaganda film

“Most of the core cast are portrayed as comfortable, middle-class types. We do hear lines like ‘things have been so bad lately,’ but there’s little evidence of it. Nadim is a guitar-toting troubadour who longs for adventure. Sera doesn’t want to leave but feels pressured into it by her brother. These characters just kind of feel like undertaking an impossibly arduous, expensive and dangerous journey to a mysterious country far from home.”

Matt Lowrie: Electric cars are terrific. Putting them in bus lanes is bonkers

“Bus lanes are often considered cycle lanes, too. Allowing electric vehicles into those lanes could increase the risk for people on bikes. We also know from the recent Grafton Bridge trial (that has now ended) that many drivers simply don’t follow the rules. This would be no different with electric cars.”

Graeme Edgeler: Why the censor’s ban on Wicked Campers is ridiculous

“Something being declared objectionable is a pretty big deal. The maximum penalty for dealing with objectionable publications is now 14 years’ imprisonment. That’s the same as the maximum penalty for attempted murder, and more than the maximum penalty for possession of nuclear weapons.”


Holly Walker: Ockham national book awards: Holly Walker interviews Patricia Grace

“All through history, laws have been changed in order to take Māori land. You know, bring in a law that says “this land’s going to be used for a road” or “this land’s going to be used for recreation” and just taken. It’s as though the same thing is still happening with the Public Works Act. And much more Māori land has been taken under the Public Works Act than general land as well.”

Duncan Greive: What Mark Weldon never understood about TV3

“This then, was Weldon’s chief failing: that he didn’t understand either the value of news to TV3, or the importance of relationships within the whole organisation. The channel was always the plucky upstart, its culture the stuff of legend. But as waves of those who had made it so departed, at every level of the business, so that culture eroded even as flash new studios were built and new brands pioneered.”

Joseph Harper: The hottest hunks competing in sexy cycle romp Giro D’Italia

“This isn’t a Jorgen Leth documentary so I’ll save it and instead dish on the top ten all-time hottest guys in the 2016 Giro lineup. I’ve also included pics of what they probably look like at the very pinnacle of sex.”


Calum Henderson: All the names the NRL Bunker has been called by angry league fans on Twitter

“The arrival of the state-of-the-art, $2 million NRL Bunker this year has changed everything. Not by eliminating bad decisions from the game – definitely not that – but by starting a Twitter account people can shout at as if it was an actual ref and they were at the actual game.”

Madeleine Chapman: What happens when a comedian invites his trolls to his show? Guy Williams found out

“A self-described ‘lurker of Reddit’, Guy Williams instead considers himself to be of their ilk with the r/NewZealand community. Being a white, successful millennial man – a subject his current show plays on – he is both exactly the type of person who hangs out on Reddit and exactly the type of person that people on Reddit would hate.”

Keep going!