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Live updates, September 26: Latest case numbers coming and a word from Sir John Key

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Welcome to The Spinoff’s live updates for Sunday September 26, by Madeleine Chapman. Get in touch on info@thespinoff.co.nzThanks for your company today. All our coverage of the Covid response is made possible thanks to Members’ contributions. Help keep the show on the road by joining today.The day ahead There is no scheduled press conference today. […]

Our writers are being hung out to dry

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The president of the New Zealand Society of Authors wants very much to talk about money. It’s six years since I last bought new knickers. I know this because it’s six years since I earned enough to replace the old ones I’d nursed along for the previous decade. This is the reality for many writers like […]

Recipe: Orange, hazelnut and chocolate chunk biscuits

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It’s hard to improve on the simple perfection of a chocolate chip biscuit, but orange zest and hazelnuts’ll do it.It’s a rainy day here in Taranaki and these biscuits served with a hot cup of tea are just the ticket. Though do beware as they are rather moreish, and resisting a second one requires great […]

I wasn’t fully vaccinated, then I got measles and it changed my life

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It’s not just the virus, it’s what comes after.I never used to be sick.I assumed my good health was because I’d done all the right things. I exercised, I ate well, I didn’t smoke or drink to excess. If I got sick (rarely), I’d get over it quickly. I’d made it to 29 years old […]

The Sunday Essay: The things we keep

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Two black pearl necklaces, three generations, 15,000 miles. Christchurch writer Chessie Henry on the objects that bind us. The Sunday Essay is made possible thanks to the support of Creative New ZealandOriginal illustrations by Ahsin AhsinIn April this year I drove in my brother’s car from Auckland to Christchurch. I had just bought the car off him, […]

Scotty Stevenson: Love, rugby, and the story of my family

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Ahead of tonight’s hundredth Test between the New Zealand All Blacks and South Africa’s Springboks, Scotty Stevenson reaches deep into his own family history, within which the two nations and their personalities are deeply entwined. This essay was first published in Dylan Cleaver’s newsletter The Bounce. Subscribe here.There will be rugby in this story, but […]

Live updates, September 25: Sixteen new community Covid cases, all in Auckland

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Welcome to The Spinoff’s live updates for Saturday September 25, by Toby Manhire. Get in touch on info@thespinoff.co.nzThanks for your company today. All our coverage of the Covid response is made possible thanks to Members’ contributions. Help keep the show on the road by joining today.The day in sum There were 16 new community cases […]

How build-to-rent can help ease New Zealand’s housing woes

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A glimpse into a brighter future for Aotearoa’s lifelong renters.While New Zealand’s build-to-rent market remains in its infancy, a leader in property development believes a significant opportunity exists with the emerging asset class to provide better quality rentals on terms friendly to both tenants and landlords.New Ground Capital managing director Roy Thompson on Friday told […]

Dodgy tickets, huge mark-ups – what is Viagogo really up to?

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Offshore touts are trying to flog off expensive tickets to concerts all over New Zealand. And sometimes those tickets may not even exist. What can be done to stop it?Adam Webb is hovering over his keyboard, frantically searching for information. He has multiple internet tabs open and fake credit cards laid out on the table […]

Learning to teach teens in a pandemic

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From refereeing shots at the rubbish bin to instructing from his mum’s lounge, a new teacher looks back on his first year.Between the wild passions and imbalances of puberty, the so often uninspired curriculum, the leaky (if not mouldy) buildings and toxic political discourse that pollutes education, learning to teach high school is a combat […]

Live updates, September 24: Nine new cases of Covid-19 in Auckland; multiple arrests made at alert level boundary

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Welcome to The Spinoff’s live updates for September 23, by Alice Neville. You can get in touch at info@thespinoff.co.nzThe Spinoff’s coverage of the Covid-19 outbreak depends on support from members. Please keep us going by joining today.6.45pm: New locations of interest in suburbs across AucklandLocations of interest added this afternoon/evening include supermarkets in Mt Eden, Ormiston […]

Bernard Hickey: Fashion’s greenwashing problem and how to see through it

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It’s getting increasingly tough to buy clothing that isn’t the result of practices that exploit both workers and the environment. Bernard Hickey talks to the founder of a local tech start-up that wants to help consumers all over the world make better choices.Follow When the Facts Change on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast […]

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