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RIP, Bernadino – you were disgusting and we loved you

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As the news breaks that the spew-inducing spumante of her youth is being discontinued, Emily Writes reflects on the end of an era.This post was first published on Emily Writes Weekly.The year is 2001. You’re wearing a denim mini from Glassons with the waistband cut off so you look like Mariah Carey. ‘Heartbreaker’ came out two […]

Are there any weak links in New Zealand’s food chain?

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For the final episode of this season of Conversations That Count – Ngā Kōrero Whai Take, we discuss the function, the friction and the potential futures of our food supply systems.Follow Conversations that Count – Ngā Kōrero Whai Take on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider. Over the past 18 months, much has been […]

‘A culture of acceptance of misconduct’: The MediaWorks review, explained

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Maria Dew QC’s independent report on conduct and culture at the radio and outdoor advertising company was published today. Here’s what you need to know.What’s the tldr on the report?Six allegations of sexual assault were heard. Experiences of bullying, sexual harassment, and discrimation and bias on racial and gender grounds are all described. Most participants […]

Why we should share our vaccines

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This month, 7.4 million AstraZeneca doses will arrive in NZ. We should give them away, says Jo Spratt of Oxfam Aotearoa.Three weeks ago our prime minister chaired an extraordinary Apec session focused on the coronavirus pandemic, declaring at its conclusion that “our discussions moved us beyond vaccine nationalism”. This government has regularly declared it is […]

Lucy Blakiston’s repressed first phone memories

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The Shit You Should Care About co-founder tells us about being the subject of high school gossip, being followed by Ariana Grande, her first phone and more in this week’s episode of FIRST.When the Shit You Should Care About Instagram went from 200,000 to a million followers in a month, Lucy Blakiston froze. As the […]

Auckland’s pint-sized pancake palace farewells the CBD

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Last week, Auckland’s much-loved hole-in-the-wall Korean pancake store closed its doors for the last time. But even after 20 years in the business, its owners aren’t ready to call it quits just yet. If there was ever a doubt about No. 1 Pancake’s popularity, the hour-long queue on its final day was certainly proving a point. […]

Why Olympic skateboarding is a crime (sort of)

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The activity to which Max Olijnyk has devoted much of his life has been given the ultimate mainstream seal of approval, and it cuts both ways.Last Monday, I sat in Wellington Regional Hospital with our new baby on my lap and watched the first ever women’s street skateboarding event at the Olympics. (I missed the […]

Live updates, August 4: Ardern turned down offer to guest judge RuPaul’s Drag Race

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Welcome to The Spinoff’s live updates for August 4, bringing you the latest news updated throughout the day. Get in touch at stewart@thespinoff.co.nz3.35pm: PM asked to guest judge RuPaul’s Drag Race, but declined due to schedulingDocuments released under the Official Information Act confirm Jacinda Ardern was approached to be a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race […]

The controversial Facebook page that made Bruce Smith king of the Coast

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Westland mayor Bruce Smith has become an unusually prominent political influencer through a Facebook page he runs. But is it all above board? Alex Braae gives him a call. If you wanted to know what was going on in Whanganui around the 1860s, a great place to start would be reading the Evening Herald, a newspaper […]

The Bulletin: What the new lending restrictions mean

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Good morning and welcome to The Bulletin. In today’s edition: What the new lending restrictions mean, major leaky buildings class action ends abruptly, and farmers cop warnings from labour inspectorate over breaches.An MOU has been signed between the Reserve Bank and finance minister, giving the RBNZ new powers to restrict mortgage lending. The NZ Herald reports it will […]

Boycott Israel, the apartheid state under new management

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The man who has dominated Israeli politics for so long and campaigned against a Palestinian state is finally gone, for now at least. He has been ousted, after four inconclusive elections in two years, by a broad coalition led by Yamina Party leader Naftali Bennett.

O for goodness sake. New Zealand owes David Tua a grovelling apology

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For nearly 30 years the boxer and Olympic medalist David Tua has been ridiculed for something he says he never said. Why has the nation never listened? George Driver writes.“O for awesome.”It is one of the most renowned quotes in Kiwi history. One letter and two words that changed a life, and a country, forever. […]

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