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Is there a noble method to the political madness of the pay freeze?

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Viewed in isolation the public sector pay move is politically indefensible. Duncan Greive wonders if it’s all part of a much bigger plan.“A breach of good faith”, “a kick in the gut” and “more proof that Cabinet hates public servants”, just some of the understandably quite heated reactions to last week’s shock announcement of a […]

A beginner’s guide to the financial aspects of buying a house

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Our beginner’s guides are quick and simple explainers on everyday money topics hitting headlines right now. This week, we look at what it takes to finance your first home. With the average house in New Zealand now worth more than $900,000, the reality for most New Zealanders is it’s getting harder and harder to get on […]

We don’t have enough celebrities for all these reality shows

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The Masked Singer is the latest in a long line of shows drawing on our increasingly shallow pool of celebrities. How long before the well runs dry? This week on The Masked Singer NZ, the first of 2021’s many celebrity-based reality shows, the judging panel had to guess the celebrity hiding beneath the Tui costume. Rhys […]

The Single Object: How this pen was used to highlight police racism

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One morning in 1978, a University of Auckland law lecturer walked into the police station and made a confession. His crime? Stealing a ballpoint pen from his employer.Iki Toloa finished his shift at the Ellerslie plastics factory where he worked and started the long walk home to Ponsonby. The 17-year-old from Niue made it as […]

Scientists are too easily seduced by beautiful plants. Time to love the ugly ones, too

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There’s a clear researcher bias towards visually striking plants, and it’s not good for the ecosystem, writes Kingsley Dixon of Curtin UniversityWe all love gardens with beautiful flowers and leafy plants, choosing colourful species to plant in and around our homes. Plant scientists, however, may have fallen for the same trick in what they choose […]

Auckland mayor accused of running ‘boys’ club’ council

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A decision on who should represent Auckland Council on the government’s light rail project board has sparked debate about whether Phil Goff is doing enough to ensure gender equality in the ranks.One of Auckland’s longest serving councillors and former mayor, Christine Fletcher, has questioned mayor Phil Goff’s leadership appointments, claiming “he is inclined to run […]

Live updates, May 11: Another zero Covid case day; government to face more questions on pay freeze

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Welcome to The Spinoff’s live updates for May 11, bringing you the latest news updated throughout the day. Get in touch at stewart@thespinoff.co.nzOn The SpinoffHere’s just a taster of what’s available on The Spinoff this afternoon: The Masked Singer is the latest in a long line of shows drawing on our increasingly shallow pool of […]

Eight important business lessons from The Apprentice Aotearoa

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As The Apprentice Aotearoa choppers onto our screens, Alex Casey witnesses a masterclass in business prowess. Yes, the timing of The Apprentice Aotearoa could not be any weirder. A reality series that played a huge part in giving Donald Trump the profile that would see him become president, now hosted by a property mogul in the […]

The Bulletin: Bystanders praised after Dunedin stabbing attack

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Good morning and welcome to The Bulletin. In today’s edition: Bystanders praised after Dunedin stabbing attack, 500 managed isolation spots a fortnight to be opened, and East Coast endures harsh drought.What is as yet believed to be a random stabbing attack has taken place in Dunedin. Details are still emerging about what happened – and more […]

Falling Between Two Treaties: A Reply to Dr Emily Beausoleil.

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THE “CONVERSATION” demanded on the meaning of the Treaty of Waitangi is likely to be short. Not because there is no need for a national debate on how Maori and Pakeha should live together in the twenty-first century, but because the current defenders of te Tiriti (as it is now advisable to call the Maori […]

‘Relive your trauma or run the risk of dying’: Why the end of smear screening can’t come too soon for survivors

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A video circulating on social media last week had a message that hit home for many: some survivors of sexual harm would rather take their chances than endure retraumatisation through a cervical screening test. For this reason, the announcement of funding for a self-administered HPV test could mean the difference between life and death.Contains discussion […]

Ardern and Robertson say public sector wage freeze is ‘misreporting’. But is it?

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The government is blaming misreporting for anger over a pay freeze for the public sector. Justin Giovannetti looks at the prime minister and finance minister’s claim that public servants are being misled by the media. Last Wednesday the government issued guidance which became immediately and almost unanimously characterised as a “pay freeze” for most of […]

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