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Quack hunt: Our vital tool for stopping anti-science crackpots infiltrating your DHB

thespinoff.co.nz — Hayden Donnell and Mark Hanna dive deep in the mysterious depths of local democracy to weed out the potential wackos. They're mostly normal on the front pages of the ballots. Phil Goff. Vic Crone. These people. All sober and level-headed. If these top candidates say something strange

‘I don’t think they’re ho-hum anymore’: Saba’s Chris Minty on the revolution in apartment design

thespinoff.co.nz — Auckland's housing market is now ministerially sanctioned as 'out of control'. Hayden Donnell spoke to Chris Minty from Saba about whether apartments are the answer. Auckland's house prices just reached $1 million on average. As milestones go, it's like your first catastrophic break

A Spinoff inquiry into NZ Rugby’s Chiefs inquiry

thespinoff.co.nz — NZ Rugby hoped this week to draw a line under the scandal around the Chiefs behaviour at an end-of-season function. Fine, but we just have a few nagging, planet-sized questions, writes Hayden Donnell. Where is the report? Does it exist? Where is it?

Shock Spinoff photo-essay exposé: apartments already exist in Auckland

thespinoff.co.nz — Apartments: long has the debate raged over whether building them would destroy Auckland. Today a special Spinoff pictorial exposé can reveal they're already here - and loads of them are fantastic. Photography by Rebecca Zephyr Thomas. Nothing scares a certain kind of veteran Aucklander more th

What the hell just happened at the Unitary Plan hearings?

thespinoff.co.nz — A shock hero has risen up at the Unitary Plan hearings. Hayden Donnell spent the day watching the drama unfold. Today's Unitary Plan hearing was held in a parallel universe. Up was down. Right was left. A group of elderly people were wearing warpaint. There are old people wearing warpai

Holy shit, we found the worst 10 minutes of radio

thespinoff.co.nz — Somewhere in a darkened studio a few weeks ago, two men unleashed the world's most powerful tsunami of terrible radio. Hayden Donnell dug up the recording. There's been a lot of trash radio in New Zealand audio history: Paul Holmes calling Kofi Annan a "cheeky darkie". Dom Harvey going "tran

Photo essay: Steve Hansen and Warren Gatland both hate rugby and maybe life itself

thespinoff.co.nz — In sport, there are winners and losers. Joy and disappointment. But in the coaching boxes for the Welsh and All Blacks sides, there is only darkness, misery, and despair. Hayden Donnell reports. The All Blacks cruelly trashed Wales' dreams for the second time running on Saturday, allowing their o

The truth about The Ridges' infamous mouse scene - a Spinoff investigation

nzherald.co.nz — By Hayden Donnell After a four year hiatus, The Ridges returned to our screens this year in the form of Friday night re-runs. Its return resurrected one of the most vexing unsolved mysteries in New Zealand television history: Was the infamous mouse scene faked? The Spinoff's Hayden Donnell investigates.

We found the Usain Bolt of world rugby, and he is a lowly touch judge

thespinoff.co.nz — The fastest man in world rugby was on the field as Wales played the All Blacks on Saturday. He just wasn't where you'd expect. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFYjr8xwbHA It all happened in 15 seconds. Ryan Crotty, a bank teller moonlighting as an All Black, was tackled. The ball burst free. A

Raw: Rod McGeoch’s full statement regarding the resignation of Mark Weldon

thespinoff.co.nz — A MediaWorks source has supplied company Chair Rod McGeoch's full statement announcing the resignation of CEO Mark Weldon (Click here to read The Spinoff's report on the ultimately successful plot to oust him): THIS IS A MESSAGE FROM ROD MCGEOCH Dear all, Today we are announcing tha
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