Duncan Greive

Duncan Greive is founder and managing editor of The Spinoff.

Parents
Oct 26, 2018

How to ruin one of the biggest days in a young person’s life

A last minute cancelation of the final day of school at Mount Albert Grammar has deprived its students of one of the most emotional moments of their lives, writes Duncan Greive, parent to a MAGS school leaver.

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Business
Oct 23, 2018

The data does lie: how Facebook's fake video stats smashed NZ journalism

A lawsuit has revealed Facebook inflated its video statistics for years, inspiring the 'pivot to video' which decimated journalism. Duncan Greive looks at its impact on New Zealand.

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Business
Oct 6, 2018

Inside the cult of Xero

Staff and customers of accounting software platform Xero speak of it in awe. Duncan Greive heads to their conference to find out why.

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Television
Oct 6, 2018

‘We’re not arseholes’: Block winners Amy and Stu hit back at the haters

The Block NZ season seven champs Amy and Stu meet The Spinoff nursing hangovers, but carrying a big cheque.

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Television
Oct 1, 2018

The house always wins: lessons from the finale of The Block NZ 2018

Duncan Greive watches The Block’s final nail and asks what this strange show tells us about New Zealand in 2018.

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Politics
Sep 25, 2018

Derek Handley and the CTO saga that refuses to die

The aborted appointment of Derek Handley to the government’s CTO role continues to drag on – the latest installment is a folder of communications between himself, Clare Curran and Jacinda Ardern.

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Politics
Sep 21, 2018

When one percent is a really big number

An unexpectedly high growth number might herald the end of a harsh winter for the government, writes Duncan Greive.

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Business
Aug 29, 2018

NZ tech is losing it over the idea of Derek Handley as CTO of New Zealand

Entrepreneur Derek Handley is apparently on the verge of being appointed CTO of the whole country of New Zealand. And its tech community is not happy.

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Business
Aug 27, 2018

Z Energy takes huge stake in Flick – will its petrol-into-power move work?

Z Energy, the petrol retailer that trumpets its environmental record, today put its money where its PR is in purchasing a large majority stake in Wellington startup Flick Electric Co.

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Business
Aug 24, 2018

Sky TV completes a very rare feat in legacy media: raising underlying profits

The pay TV giant has lost customers, it's making less out of each one, and has cut prices. But their annual result shows they might yet find a way out of the woods.

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Media
Aug 21, 2018

The real ratings of NZ’s news sites shows some have a big problem

A just-released cache of Nielsen data shows the impact a series of Facebook algorithm changes have done to New Zealand’s online media (spoiler: it’s not great).

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Parents
Aug 7, 2018

I send my kid to the cold equivalent of a prison-yard most days and I’m fine with it

As if parents of pre-schoolers didn't have enough to deal with, a searing column on Monday informed them that the daycares they sent their kids to were kiddie prisons. Duncan Greive examines this appalling situation.

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Media
Aug 4, 2018

One simple hack to (maybe!) cure your phone addiction

After years of watching powerlessly as his iPhone took over his brain, Duncan Greive found a way of getting it back.

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Media
Aug 1, 2018

10 takeaways from NZ on Air’s shocking new audience survey

We've been waiting for the tipping point, where online really surges against broadcast media. It just arrived

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Music
Jul 21, 2018

The biggest band in New Zealand history are doing everything wrong

Six60 are as much a business as a band, and have broken every rule in music on their way to historically unprecedented success, writes lapsed music critic and Six60 hater Duncan Greive.

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Media
Jul 12, 2018

Behold, a new era in public media – but how much has really changed?

Clare Curran yesterday announced $15m in new funding for the media. How will it affect what you hear, see and read?

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Politics
Jul 10, 2018

‘I enjoyed pissing off the flakes and groupies’: Gareth Morgan on TOP, RIP

As the Opportunities Party throws in the towel, its polarising former leader explains why it's just not worth persevering.

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Society
Jul 4, 2018

The richest group of New Zealanders just got some more government money

The winter warmer package came in on Sunday, an extra $20-$30 a week to help pay power bills. Only, a big part of it is going to those who need it least.

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Television
Jun 26, 2018

Heartbreak Island: the reality behind this TV mutant

Even before it aired, Heartbreak Island had attracted an excess of controversy. Duncan Greive says the show is much better and stranger than its detractors would have you believe.

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Politics
Jun 13, 2018

Call the cops: a senior cabinet minister accidentally told the truth about drugs

Phil Twyford called meth use a “health issue” this morning, and said his Housing NZ would not make people homeless. Good words and true. So why is his government still locking addicts up?

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Media
May 27, 2018

Sky and the limit: Can NZ’s pay-TV giant ever rediscover its glory days?

After decades spent botching its online products, Sky has finally unveiled a strategy which appears to answer its critics. Duncan Greive asks CEO John Fellet whether this time really will be different.

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Books
May 16, 2018

When the bottom falls out: a masterpiece on a town that died

Amy Goldstein wanted to know what happened to the ordinary people impacted by the GFC. She tells Duncan Greive about the extraordinary book she wrote showing what happened after GM shut its oldest manufacturing plant.

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Television
May 16, 2018

With $38m on the table, TVNZ suddenly remembers how to do public broadcasting

With the government’s relationship with RNZ rocky, is moving Q+A to primetime a deftly timed olive branch?

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Auckland
May 10, 2018

The great Waiheke Island ferry rort

Statistics released under official information legislation reveal a tiny pool of 100 Supergold card holders hoover up over $200,000 worth of free trips to Waiheke Island every year.

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Media
Apr 16, 2018

What does Spark winning the RWC mean for Sky, and for rugby fans?

The telecomms company and TVNZ have outbid the satellite giant for the right to broadcast the 2019 men’s Rugby World Cup – and it marks a watershed moment for our media and audiences

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Politics
Apr 8, 2018

Sir Michael Cullen: ‘tax is not a necessary evil – it’s a necessary part of a civilised society’

The former deputy prime minister and chair of Labour’s tax working group talks to Duncan Greive about housing, tax, Bill English and Labour’s big 2017 campaign mistake.

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