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Media stoush: Stuff editor hits back at Spinoff hack — Hayden Donnell recently speculated on the meaning of a leaked internal memo from Today the site's editor Patrick Crewdson tells him why he's not really a slave to Mark Zuckerberg. Before I begin, here's a haphazard, non-complete listicle of great journalism being carried out in mains

Wow: Secret memo reveals the true ruler of — A top-level Fairfax memo has somehow found its way into the hands of youth web tool The Spinoff. We picked it apart for clues as to the future of journalism. About a week ago, we received an email originally sent out to editorial staff at

Rena: race to pump oil from 'dying ship' — Salvage crews have a 10 to 12 hour window of opportunity to pump oil off the stricken cargo ship Rena before bad weather threatens to break the vessel apart. About 21 tonnes of oil the consistency of...

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