It’s week three on Married at First Sight NZ, and it's going downhill faster than Ksenia in a minivan. 

National party knife-fight gets extremely bloody, Naura detainee refugees may be allowed to come to NZ, and a shake-up coming for Māori media.


The Best Of

As the number of New Zealand citizens deported from Australia grows, so too does the death toll. Don Rowe reports on the rising human costs of Australia's immigration reforms. 

Jacinda Ardern pops by the Spinoff to talk about what's been achieved, what hasn't, and whether or not she's allowed to say 'Labour-led government'

Madeleine Chapman explores the beauty and purpose of Tuvalu art, and meets one of its foremost creators, Lakiloko Keakea.


It's Mental Health Awareness Week so your Facebook feed is awash with encouragement to "reach out". It's important people know they can reach out if they need help – but what happens next?

The political process is not working, the public doesn’t care and may never do so

An extraordinary 24 hours in NZ politics, as the leak saga culminates in Jami-Lee Ross quitting parliament, accusing the National leader of corruption on the way out

So remember how there was a bit of a battle going on between National leader Simon Bridges and Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross? It has just stepped up about 16 million notches. 

Even a unanimous vote by the National caucus to give the rebel MP may not be enough to save the leader


Bridges is under huge pressure today after the Jami-Lee Ross saga, but his MPs would be foolish to start apeing Labour's approach to leaders in opposition

Political leaders and their advisers know that the kind of disunity evidenced by the Jami-Lee Ross attacks is uniquely toxic with the public

The second season of Married at First Sight looks to walk queer representation down the aisle of mainstream New Zealand TV. But this week, it made a serious misstep.

It's been a beloved cultural phenemenon for a few years now, but the Bake-Off finally makes it way to our shores. We chat to the two hosts of the Great Kiwi Bake-Off ahead of its premiere tonight.

Today at midday the first two episodes of Get It to Te Papa, a Lightbox Original made by The Spinoff, are released. Presenter Hayden Donnell has a few words for the infamous subject of episode one.


The designers have to make a two-piece look out of scrapped technology. Henry Oliver ranks the results.

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the week in New Zealand pop culture and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.

Alex Casey talks to Michele Wilson of I am Eva, New Zealand's first brand of period proof undies, and takes a pair for a spin. 

On this week's Primer, we talk to James Fuller whose tech platform, Hnry, takes the admin out of being self-employed.

Words like 'bloodbath', 'plunge', 'tumble', and 'plummet' are back in the headlines. But what does this mean for investors?


If your eyes glaze over at the very mention of the word, purple-haired ‘community strategist’ Savannah Peterson is here to change your mind about blockchain, writes Maria Slade.

Politicians have been ignoring pleas to control the wild west property management industry for over a decade, including the latest lobbying effort.

Today, British singer-songwriter Jess Glynne released her second album. If you don't think you've heard of her, you probably have. Let us re-introduce you.

Kaylee Bell on her new music, her foothold in the Australian country scene and the musical stalwarts she’s been working with in Nashville.


Silver Scroll winner Marlon Williams tells Henry Oliver why 'Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore' is the best song he's ever written.

Abdul Kay, a young Auckland rapper who rose quickly from obscurity only to go silent, talks about his comeback single 'September Freestyle'.

Staff Writers

Salmon on pikelets, and $60,000 in loot: the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

Three writers pocketed $60,000 last night at the Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement. Spinoff Review of Books literary editor Steve Braunias was there, apparently.

Read on.

A first-hand account of the controversy over the law that has seen two NZ women targeted over an open letter they wrote to Lorde, by a New Zealander formerly based in Israel.

Website Barstool Sports has been called misogynist, racist and a cyber bully. It's also the latest sponsor of the NZ Breakers basketball team

An Israeli court has ordered Jewish New Zealander Justine Sachs and Palestinian New Zealander Nadia Abu-Shanab to pay thousands after Lorde cancelled a Tel Aviv concert


RNZ is set to announce the Bird of the Year for 2018 on Monday morning. But what about our less-loved birds? We present: Dirtbag Bird of the Year 2018.

A Jerusalem court has ruled that two New Zealand women should cough up almost $19,000 in damages after calling for Lorde to boycott Israel. The chances of that being enforceable, however, are extremely slim

Emily Writes bids an emotional goodbye to The Spinoff Parents, a world unto itself she dreamed up and shaped.

Eight years ago a birth accident resulted in Andrew Dickson's son being diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Today Dickson is still battling the ACC for compensation.

With abortion still in the Crimes Act and other people getting to decide whether pregnant people can terminate, we really have no reason to feel safe.


The rise in feminist writing is long overdue and will only grow, writes Claire Murdoch for RNZ.

Cloth nappies are making a resurgence and Hamilton mum Emily Holdaway is doing her best to help families give them a go by starting a pay it forward campaign. 

Leigh-Marama McLachlan speaks to former prisoners trying to build a life outside the gates.

Social scientist Lucy Carter says people's resilience and generosity during the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes spurred her to look at how Māori and indigenous communities respond to disaster.

An indigenous free-trade agreement is one of the key ideas up for discussion at the World Indigenous Business Forum in Rotorua this week.


A Māori owner of a United Kingdom-based kapa haka company says it is vital to protect the integrity of the haka – but a Dutch man who also offers kapa haka experiences says it is there to be shared by everyone.

In her first post for Te Puna Kōrero, a new blogging platform for Māori education and kaupapa, Māori research expert Linda Tuhiwai Smith takes stock of how far we've come, and at what cost.

Set to deliver 100,000 homes in the next 10 years, Kiwibuild is already changing Auckland's wider landscape.

Last month's 'point in time' survey tallied 336 people living without shelter, but a far greater number following a 'validation exercise'

Auckland has erupted into furious debate over a proposal to adopt a 30km/h speed limit in the city centre. Hayden Donnell comes up with a solution sure to please everyone. 


A challenge for the Auckland mayoralty is looming next year, with John Tamihere today turning up at Auckland Council to rattle some cages.

To mark Auckland Council environment month, Mayor Phil Goff writes about the challenges facing the city and surrounds – and how the new targeted rate will be used to address them.

Bringing you the best weekly reading from your friendly local website.

Comics artist and writer Dylan Horrocks pays tribute to the revered New Zealand cartoonist Barry Linton, who died last week.

Our two favourite frenemies still have a lot of shit to work through.


Bringing you the best weekly reading from your friendly local website.

In the ongoing palaver around the non-appointment of a chief technology officer, we're awash in opinions from pakeha blokes

Not only is Astro Bot: Rescue Mission a platformer on par with anything you’d expect from Nintendo’s moustachioed plumber, it’s also the first ‘killer app’ for PlayStation VR.

Sam Brooks has played over one hundred hours of Dragon Quest - and found it to be an act of self-care, not grinding torture. This is his story.

Since its early access release in March last year, PlayersUnknown's Battlegrounds has been a global phenomenon – but events over recent months have nearly killed its Oceania playerbase.


Hot take: video games are fun. Hotter take: even super fun things can bring out the very worst in you. Brian McDonald examines the effect that gaming had on his anxiety - and vice versa.

Life is Strange 2 repeats the sins of its predecessor – for good and for bad. Sam Brooks reviews.

Maurice Gee - recently named the author of the best New Zealand book of the past 50 years - writes a memoir of the boy who had a dark, terrifying idea for a game.

New verse by Devonport writer Kevin Ireland.

Books, books and more books. No captions because our esteemed Braunias, Steve Braunias is away this week, but still, here are the best-selling books from the Unity stores on Willis Street, Wellington and High Street, Auckland.


The 2019 Man Booker prize is announced next week. Scarlett Cayford reviews two of the shortlisted novels, Milkman by Anna Burns and Everything Under by Daisy Johnson.

The 2019 Man Booker prize is announced next week. Brannavan Gnanalingam reviews two of the shortlisted novels, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan and The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner.

Bronwyn Hayward, Jim Salinger, James Renwick and other experts respond to a critical report from the International Panel on Climate Change  The IPCC’s latest special report, Global Warming of 1.5C, has …

Monday sees the release of a new IPCC report that will tell us whether keeping warming under 1.5deg is possible. The next question will be: do we have the will?

This week, Wikipedia hit the headlines after it was reported that Nobel Prize-winning physicist Donna Strickland didn’t have her own page until after her win.


The controversy around signage in Auckland points to a deeper malaise.

Ignorance of the facts of genetic modification poses an economic risk to New Zealand, writes a professor of plant biology.

In this special edition of our politics podcast, Spinoff editor Toby Manhire talks to the prime minister about her first year in the job.

This week Simon Pound talks to the author who's literally written the book on creating great teams, Sandy Mamoli.

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the week in New Zealand pop culture and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.


Simon Pound talks to Steven Renata, CEO of Kiwa Digital.

Listen to Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michele A’Court tackle the past month in women, news and popular culture, with thanks to our friends at The Women’s Bookshop. 

In the second episode of The Good Citizen, Jeremy Hansen talks to Henry Crothers about having the bravery to transform our urban landscapes.

Today, British singer-songwriter Jess Glynne released her second album. If you don't think you've heard of her, you probably have. Let us re-introduce you.

For 15 years Unitec has been working with the New Zealand Police to help diversify its intake of students. Jihee Junn looks at how Unitec's 'pre-police' course is changing the demographics and culture of the police service.


Madeleine Chapman explores the beauty and purpose of Tuvalu art, and meets one of its foremost creators, Lakiloko Keakea.

Simon Day sat down for fish tacos, beers and yarns with spearo Ant Broadhead. 

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