From Flatmates to Popstars to Celebrity Treasure Island, New Zealand reality television was at its best back when nobody really knew what they were doing. José Barbosa looks back wistfully and wonders: can we ever get that magic back?
Built in the 1970s using recycled wood and other salvaged materials, Tapu Te Ranga was one of Pōneke’s most distinctive buildings – until it burned to the ground early one morning in 2019. Filmed over the decade prior, this documentary tells the story of the unique marae in the words of its founder, Bruce Stewart. … Read more
March 2021 will forever be remembered as the month the world was gripped by the plight of Ever Given, the ship that got stuck in the Suez Canal. And no one could relate to its captain more than José Barbosa.
From the depths of his high-tech lockdown bunker in level three Auckland, The Spinoff’s José Barbosa files a definitive ranking of all the protective face coverings seen on New Zealand’s TV news in the first 48 hours of Lockdown 2.0.
From his level three lockdown bunker deep in the heart of Auckland’s inner-west, The Spinoff’s José Barbosa personally ingested every available feed of Covid-19 coverage in the 24 hours since the return of community transmission was announced. This is his video report.
In an effort to contain the spread of Covid-19, New Zealand is in lockdown. With people instructed to stay at home, Wellington streets, schools and parks are near empty. This video was filmed with a drone during level four, in full compliance with aviation rules and guidelines for essential services. Footage supplied by Pouakai.