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Live updates, May 5: Covid case in Sydney community; Ardern expresses ‘serious concern’ over Mallard

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Welcome to The Spinoff’s live updates for May 5, bringing you the latest news updated throughout the day. Get in touch at stewart@thespinoff.co.nz Top story: Cloud of doubt surrounds Trevor Mallard after big night in parliament 5.30pm: New Covid case in Sydney A Covid-19 case with no known link to the border has been identified in […]

Popstars is good now, actually

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After a faltering start, Popstars is now the show that the audience deserves, writes Sam Brooks.Look, I stand by every word of my initial Popstars review. Based on the first week of episodes, we were looking down the barrel of nearly two months of drama-free reality TV that felt like a retread of the exact […]

Learning is a lifelong process. But NZ is not making that investment

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Now is an essential moment for New Zealand to reconsider how it prioritises ongoing formal education, writes The Mind Lab’s Frances Valintine.In 2021, “status quo” sounds like a euphoric state where predictability can be guaranteed and knowledge and skills remain static. But if 2020 taught us anything it’s that nothing is forever, and adversity is […]

A giant piece of space junk is hurtling towards us. Here’s how worried you should be

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China’s Long March 5B rocket, after a successful blast-off in April to deliver a space station module, is now on track to crash-land somewhere between New York and Auckland. So what happens when space debris falls to Earth? A large piece of space debris, possibly weighing several tonnes, is currently on an uncontrolled reentry phase […]

A romance writer on the Bridgerton books – and why the show is even better

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AJ Lancaster celebrates dukes, the new and improved Eloise, and the death of the Halfway Hymen.In real life my values (left wing, feminist) almost diametrically oppose everything dukes represent. In fiction, though? I love them – and I’m not alone.Regency romance is perennially one of the most popular subgenres of the biggest fiction genre, which […]

Why Nadia Reid got kicked out of Countdown

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The Port Chalmers musician tells us which boy band’s 1997 hit she still rates, why she used to get kicked out of the supermarket and more in the latest episode of FIRST.Nadia Reid’s latest album Out of My Province was recorded in the US and received glowing reviews – just as her first two records […]

Advertising is dead. Long live advertising

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As Apple cracks down on ad trackers and subscription models take hold, all signs point to the decline of online advertising. But don’t count traditional ads out yet, writes former Mediaworks head of news Hal Crawford – they’re popular because they work.A year ago, when I was casting around for gainful employment as a former […]

How NZ’s new Covid-19 vaccine ad compares with the rest of the world

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New Zealand’s Covid-19 vaccine campaign has gone up a notch with the release of the first high-budget television ad. But how are other countries urging their citizens to get the jab? Stewart Sowman-Lund takes a look.Pamphlets are in letterboxes, conspiracy theorists are outraged and, now, there’s a television ad. Yep, the Covid-19 vaccine drive is […]

The Bulletin: Sāmoa heading back to the polls

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Good morning and welcome to The Bulletin. In today’s edition: Sāmoa heading back to the polls, extraordinary evening in parliament discussing Mallard accusations, and a new government implementation unit to be set up.The political deadlock in Sāmoa looks unable to be broken, and a controversial decision has been made to hold fresh elections. The Sāmoan Head of […]

National’s latest default Go-To Distraction

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.     . As National Party’s current Leader, Judith Collins, channeled former National Party Leader, Don Brash by playing the Race Card, I was reminded of a blogpost I wrote in March 2017; …//… Faced with increasingly negative indicators from high immigration, English was forced to explain why we were seeing high immigration at […]

Collins warns Government is planning separatist New Zealand with special car parks and gender segregated bathrooms

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National Party interim leader Judith Collins has deepened her attacks on the Government’s proposed Māori Health Authority this week, alleging that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s plot to “divide New Zealand in two” goes far beyond health, and will involve a series of additional measures that will create “two systems” in […]

Shaken and Stirred: The Left Reacts To Judith Collins’ Race-Based Politicking.

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THE REACTION to Judith Collins’ speech to National’s Northern Regional Conference (1/5/21) was always going to be instructive. It would signal just how seriously National’s opponents took both Collins and her race-based politicking. A flat line on the political seismograph would indicate complete indifference: proof that the National Party leader’s strategy was out of time, […]

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