Catherine McGregor

Catherine McGregor is the Spinoff’s deputy editor. Email her at catherine@thespinoff.co.nz.

Politics
Nov 7, 2020

Why the US Senate matters, and why this election spelled disaster for Democrats

The Democrats started this week high on hopes for winning Senate elections up and down the map. It didn't quite work out that way.

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Politics
Nov 4, 2020

US election updates, November 4: Trump claims 'fraud'; even Fox News isn't buying it

All the latest 2020 US election news, updated throughout the day.

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Television
Oct 26, 2020

Review: The Undoing is here to fill the Big Little Lies-shaped hole in your life

The Big Little Lies showrunner and one of its stars are back with an addictive new limited series – and they've brought Hugh Grant along for the ride.

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Media
Oct 23, 2020

The strange hijacking of RNZ’s US debate preview

It’s normal to feature two different perspectives discussing a major US political set piece. Yet this morning RNZ’s flagship Morning Report hosted two unabashed Trump acolytes ahead of the final debate.

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Politics
Oct 17, 2020

Saturday night and Sunday morning: Where to watch Election Night 2020

Your essential guide to following election night with your eyes and ears, on TV, radio and online, plus where to watch and listen to Sunday's bumper crop of post-election analysis.

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Politics
Oct 11, 2020

Election Live, October 11: One million Covid-19 tests completed; leaders begin homestretch of campaign

The latest on election 2020 and other New Zealand news, updated throughout the day.

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Politics
Oct 5, 2020
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Politics
Sep 27, 2020

Election Live, September 27: Two new cases in managed isolation; Nats still under 30% in new poll

The latest on election 2020 and other New Zealand news, updated throughout the day.

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Society
Aug 30, 2020

Live updates, August 30: Ardern ‘incredibly angry’ over mistaken call for South and West Auckland testing

The latest on New Zealand news and Covid-19 as it returns to the community, updated throughout the day.

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Television
Aug 21, 2020

Review: Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story is a pulpy true crime tale with a feminist twist

The second season of the female-focused anthology series is as much a portrait of a disintegrating marriage as it is a crime story.

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Society
Aug 2, 2020

Live updates, August 2: ‘State of disaster’ declared in Victoria; Curfew implemented in Melbourne

The latest on New Zealand news, politics and the Covid-19 crisis, updated throughout the day.

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Business
Jul 19, 2020

Live updates, July 19: Winston Peters attacks urge to tax – and ‘woke pixie dust’ – in speech to party

The latest on New Zealand news, politics and the Covid-19 crisis, updated throughout the day.

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Television
Jul 14, 2020

Review: High Fidelity brings new warmth to Nick Hornby’s music nerd love story

The new gender-flipped version features Zoë Kravitz in the role John Cusack made famous 20 years ago. And it works far better than you might expect.

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Television
Jun 25, 2020

Review: The £1 million con of Quiz asks us whether to believe our own ears

The Who Wants to Be a Millionaire's coughing scandal made villains out of British couple Charles and Diana Ingram. But what if they were innocent?

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Society
Jun 3, 2020

What life will be like under alert level one

Jacinda Ardern has unveiled details of the changes New Zealanders can expect when we move from level two to level one. What will it mean for businesses, hospitality and day-to-day life? 

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Business
May 15, 2020

‘An absolute crock’: Tourism industry rounds on ‘wildly disappointing’ budget

The tourism sector was holding out hope for a lifeline. It didn't come, and now, they say, they're drowning.

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Television
May 10, 2020

Review: Netflix’s Never Have I Ever is a teen rom-com that everyone can love

The new Netflix comedy features one of television's most relatable depictions of teenage girlhood.

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Television
Apr 28, 2020

Review: New Zealand murder mystery One Lane Bridge is beautiful but blank

The writing of this new TVNZ series struggles to live up to the drama of its breathtaking location.

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Television
Apr 23, 2020

Review: Cate Blanchett is a sweet-talking anti-feminist nightmare in Mrs. America

The new series about the fight to have gender equality enshrined in the US Constitution is a fun 70s romp with a bitter twist.

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Travel
Apr 21, 2020

Why I love: Duolingo, the language app that’s the next best thing to travel

Missing international travel? At a loose end? It's time to learn a language, the easy way.

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Society
Mar 9, 2020

Hospitals are already short-staffed. Covid-19 could stretch them to the limit

How is New Zealand preparing for staff shortages in the health system as a result of the coronavirus?

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Travel
Mar 7, 2020

What you need to know about travel and Covid-19

Should you stay, or should you go? Your burning questions on travelling in the time of coronavirus, answered.

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Music
Mar 4, 2020

Hold me close to your heart: On loving A-ha for 35 years

It's more than three decades since the release of 'Take on Me', but sometimes it seems like yesterday.

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Travel
Feb 19, 2020

The Spinoff guide to air travel etiquette

You may not be punching strangers' seats, but there's plenty of other behaviour that is guaranteed to make your fellow passengers seethe with rage. Here's how to travel by plane without making people hate you.

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Wellington NZ
Dec 27, 2019

A long weekend in New Zealand’s capital of cheap eats

Catherine McGregor revisits some classic cafes and discovers some newcomers on a nostalgic weekend of culture and bread in Wellington. 

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