The Single Object: a quest for a set of heroic skis

James Dann explores Christchurch's ties to the heroic age of Antarctic exploration, and embarks on his own journey of discovery in pursuit of a pair of skis.



The opposition's problem is not Simon Bridges' performance, it's not the party losing faith and it's not even a fallen MP raising merry hell

Karel Sroubek's mother speaks out, Fonterra abandons quantity target in favour of quality, and striking court workers warned they're risking injustices happening.


The Best Of

A kaupapa Māori mental service provider is combining tohunga-led cultural therapy and clinical methods to help young Māori understand, rather than fear, their gifts.

It's time to reveal the truth about co-sleepers. Emily Writes exposes the secret lives of families who bed share.

High Court judge Justice Timothy Brewer asked a lawyer if she was making a political point by introducing herself and her client in te reo Māori. Socio-linguist Vini Olsen-Reeder unpacks the bias underpinning those comments. 


Today people all over the world will come together to think about World War I and those who fought in it. How could we remember better? And what can we do with remembering?

A NZer on what he learned campaigning with the Democrats in New York, and the key to overcoming Trump in 2020

There are so many issues facing the nation but one rises above them all. Madeleine Chapman goes on a quest to find the worst seat in the House.

Primary teachers begin rolling strikes today. Here's the essential FAQ.

A new group seeks to challenge the orthodoxy, starting with a call to establish an independent Conflict Prevention Unit


Former long-serving MP Peter Dunne explains what will determine the immigration minister's fate.

The PM must swiftly condemn China on its mass detention of minority groups if her UN speech talking up the virtues of kindness and justice is to hold credibility

Claire and Jamie aren't in Lallybroch anymore. They're in Kansas (or somewhere south of there). Tara Ward recaps the second episode of season four of Outlander.

In the sixth episode of Project Runway New Zealand, the designers had to make an athleisure look for Georgia. Henry Oliver ranks the results.

What do you get when you mix a South Korean auteur, a French-sounding British spy author and a ridiculous attractive cast? A genuine must-see.


Alex Casey dives into the second season of the least relatable show on television.

You've heard of them. All your cool friends and your coolest aunt watches them – but what the hell are these blonde dramas with subtitles? Sam Brooks is here to school you on Scandi-noir.

Huge spikes in power prices do happen, and consumers signing up to deals straight off the wholesale electricity market need to know what they're in for.

With the future of company's equity crowd raise remaining uncertain, Riot Foods' CEO announces his resignation citing months of severe alcohol addiction.

The earthquakes have changed the culture in genteel Christchurch. Now it's more about how you can contribute than who you went to school with, writes Steven Moe.


Simon Pound talks to Veronica Harwood-Stevenson from bioplastic company Humble Bee.

Householders are losing out as 'unjustified' wholesale prices cause a wave of power company closures, a group of independent power retailers have told the Electricity Authority. 

Charli XCX played twice in Auckland on Friday night – at Mt Smart Stadium and a performance space/yoga studio on K Road. Dejan Jotanovic was there.

Lydia Burgham reflects on over a decade of being a Taylor Swift fan, and reviews her Reputation Tour show at Mt Smart Stadium.

Ahead of her stadium gig in Auckland, New Zealand, the pop star was spotted this afternoon riding a pay-per-minute electric scooter along Mission Bay, according to a man called Ben.


Delaney Davidson, whose album release tour starts today, talks to Henry Oliver about storytelling, collaborating and his new album Shining Day.

How the Wombats, one of the most long-lasting bands from the mid-2000s British guitar rock revival, outlived their contemporaries.

Staff Writers

Haters back off: Auckland's giant Santa is awesome

Every year an 18 metre tall Santa is pieced together and bolted to the front of the Farmers Building on Queen Street. Aucklanders seem to love him, outsiders not so much.

Read on.

A decision to ban uniformed police officers from marching in the Auckland Pride Parade has proven controversial. Activist Laura O'Connell Rapira explains why the thinking behind the decision matters so much.

A message to parents from Feilding Intermediate School principal Diane Crate, first published on the school's Facebook page and republished with permission.

When doctors, teachers, police and care workers take advantage of society’s most vulnerable, the results can be devastating. But how are public employers responding to reports of sexual assault and harassment?


Comedian Amanda Kennedy writes about the dangers of simply getting home – and what's being done to solve it.

The first in a series for The Spinoff, Mike Kilpatrick shares how his weight loss journey began with a single tweet. 

Why are New Zealand women eschewing fertility clinics and looking for sperm donors online? And why are Kiwi men donating to strangers they meet on Facebook groups? Amy Nelmes Bissett uncovers a world of hope and risk.

Halloween in New Zealand is still not really a thing. But Emily Writes thinks it maybe should be.

Emily Writes has been considering how great it is to be a kid while staying up until midnight making a Halloween costume for her child who wants to be a "bubble".


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.

Best playground in New Zealand? According to whom, exactly? Tara Ward and her kids review Whanganui's greatest claim to fame.

When we remember the Armistice, remember what happened here too.

A 1999 Waitangi Tribunal report said Māori have rights to the radio spectrum, what we know as the 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks. The Crown disagreed. Now, 20 years on from the original claim, the government has the opportunity to right past wrongs when it makes its 5G allocation.

From better access to New Zealand Sign Language on the marae, to being visible in Parliament – disabled Māori need to be better represented in our democracy, argues disability rights advocate Kera Sherwood-O'Regan.


In this excerpt from the new book Mountains to Sea: Solving New Zealand's Freshwater Crisis, Tina Ngata talks about the whakapapa of life-giving freshwater.

As we enter the third phase of summer, the pōhutukawa are flowering and mullet are leaping. Want to know more? Check out the maramataka for November.

If the rhetoric on cycling and walking means anything, why are they the only modes now set to lose their specialist focus and public champion at Auckland Transport?

The City Rail Link could have been an opportunity to rejuvenate one of Auckland's most unlovely thoroughfares. Instead, Albert St seems likely to end up looking even worse than before.

Last week, Auckland Theatre Company announced their 2018/19 programme - a programme with a glaring lack of representation for women and new New Zealand work. James Wenley takes the programme to task.


The waterfront stadium debate bubbles up once every couple of months in Auckland. But why has the debate over a waterfront university never resurfaced?

New building consents in Auckland are almost keeping up with the region's population growth, reports Greg Ninness of interest.co.nz.

Half of all children in New Zealand say they've experienced bullying, an ominous number in light of our dire mental health statistics. Patrick Gower reveals his own struggles in an emotional appeal to stand strong.

With social media having sprouted misinformation machines, we need to think harder about the right tools to use to fight back

The ad might not be shown on television, but the company behind it has got the publicity it was looking for, writes Cathrine Janssson-Boyd.


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

As Marcus Lush reveals ‘outrage about the NZME Christmas Party’, we launch our crowd-sourced investigation into the contemporary reality of the festive work do.

Welcome back to Waterdeep Mountain High, a Dungeons & Dragons podcast set in a below average school in the mystical land of Faerun.

Does my soul still burn? After six years, kind of! Sam Brooks reviews Soul Calibur 6.

It's time for the annual Assassin's Creed game, but 2018's version doesn't feel very much like an Assassin's Creed at all. So why does it work so well? Sam Brooks reviews.


While fakers are playing so-called big budget horror spectacles like Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Zombie mode, Adam Goodall knows where to find the best and most meaningful scares: a little place called Giraffe Town.

Welcome back to Waterdeep Mountain High, a Dungeons & Dragons podcast set in a below average school in the mystical land of Faerun.

The Monday Extract: Christchurch coroner Marcus Elliott writes a personal essay about death, grief, and mercy in a new book about dying in New Zealand.

New verse by Kirikiriroa writer essa may ranapiri.

Only 46 shopping days till Xmas! Get in early and peruse the week’s bestselling books at the Unity stores in High St, Auckland, and Willis St, Wellington.


Book of the Week: Jane Stafford reviews a vast, thought-provoking study of late colonial New Zealand, when European portrait artists romanticised Māori culture.

A New Zealand reviewer thought that a line in a new novel by acclaimed Irish writer Caoillin Hughes was about a "head-cold". She has helpfully pointed out it was a period.

November was the peak month of the 1918 pandemic that killed 9,000 New Zealanders. A century, will we be able to deal with another outbreak?

Human excrement is not just a bunch of dead cells. Most of it is alive, teeming with billions of microbes.

Today's 6.2 earthquake was centred near Taumarunui and transmitted via a rigid subducting slab on the east of the North Island  A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck at 3.13pm today, centred 25 …


Dogs think harder when their owners speak gibberish words, a study has found, and one New Zealand dog behaviourist suggests it could be because they're trying to read humans' thoughts.

If the future is going to be powered by renewable energy, the world needs to get a lot better at dealing with one very precious element, the Materialise conference on sustainability in Wellington has heard.

Regardless on where you stand on the Owen Farrell Incident, the last 72 hours demonstrate one thing: rugby union revels in confusing its own fans.

There's a new game in town and it's bloody good fun to watch. Madeleine Chapman reviews Bowls3Five at New Lynn Bowling Club.

Short answer? No. Long answer? Well, maybe.


The death of famed sports pundit Dr Z adds extra motivation for six of the USA Eagles as they prepare to take on the Māori All Blacks on Sunday.

Assessing the chances of cricketing glory as the side begins its season in the United Arab Emirates.

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

One hundred and fifty years ago today New Zealand became the first country to introduce standard time. Kerri Jackson looks back at time.

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s new monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms and Fine Wine Delivery Co.


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

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

James Dann explores Christchurch's ties to the heroic age of Antarctic exploration, and embarks on his own journey of discovery in pursuit of a pair of skis.

Inarguably the best sports drama of all time, Friday Night Lights, dropped in its entirety on Lightbox last week. Sam Brooks on why you should watch it – and the other cult classics you might not know are on the service.

A long time before being green was cool, and sustainability was a buzzword, ecostore was committed to looking after the planet. Henry Oliver talks to the founder, and the new CEO, about how to run a successful business at the same time as protecting the planet. 


Delaney Davidson, whose album release tour starts today, talks to Henry Oliver about storytelling, collaborating and his new album Shining Day.

You've heard of them. All your cool friends and your coolest aunt watches them – but what the hell are these blonde dramas with subtitles? Sam Brooks is here to school you on Scandi-noir.

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