The Spinoff

March 2, 2021

People are confused. So what are the rules on testing and self-isolation?

Amid reports of confusing information being given to people after Covid tests, we asked our readers what they’d been told – and sought to clarify what […]
March 2, 2021

Bad vibes for spirituality festival as ticket holders refused refunds due to Covid

Covid-19 restrictions have forced a postponement for the NZ Spirit Festival, an alternative lifestyle event due to begin this week. Now some ticket-holders are angry that […]
March 2, 2021

Is the Ardern government’s kindness mantra beginning to fray?

The breaches that have put Auckland back into lockdown have sparked anger across the country, but the prime minister says there’s nothing she can do about […]
March 2, 2021

Holy Moses! Who are the women looking for love on The Bachelor NZ?

Hot on the heels of the Bachelorette finale, a new season of The Bachelor NZ begins tonight. Tara Ward introduces the women competing for Moses Mackay’s […]
March 2, 2021

The Bulletin: Self-isolation system under heavy scrutiny

Good morning and welcome to The Bulletin. In today’s edition: Self-isolation system under heavy scrutiny, first home deposit requirements rising rapidly, and should South Auckland get […]
March 1, 2021

Scratched: Why Precious McKenzie wanted to lift for New Zealand

From being barred from competing in apartheid-era South Africa to being embraced by his adopted home country, Precious McKenzie’s is a story of perseverance and the […]
March 1, 2021

‘You don’t know their lives’: A call for empathy from The Aunties’ Jackie Clark

Today Jackie Clark is at home in South Auckland, tired after a long morning of delivering care packages to the women she walks alongside as the […]
March 1, 2021

How financial literacy spreads beyond the classroom

With sound knowledge of personal finance, debt, charity and social inequality, these students are learning a recipe for positive social change as early as possible. It’s […]
March 1, 2021

Live updates, March 2: ‘We’ve been pretty consistent’ – Bloomfield defends ministry messaging

Live coverage of the snap lockdown and the search for a source of the latest infection. Auckland is now at alert level three, NZ at level […]
March 1, 2021

Tips to keep your children engaged while not destroying yourself during lockdown

Across about a third of the country, parents are staring, empty eyed, into the middle distance, while their beloved kids unleash a special hell around them. […]
March 1, 2021

The Bulletin: Self-isolation system under heavy scrutiny

Good morning and welcome to The Bulletin. In today’s edition: Self-isolation system under heavy scrutiny, first home deposit requirements rising rapidly, and should South Auckland get […]
March 1, 2021

Should South Auckland get the vaccine first?

The Covid-19 cluster linked to Papatoetoe High School emerges as the first batch of vaccines arrived on our shores. A number of people now are calling […]
March 1, 2021

The trouble with demands for a police crackdown on Covid isolation rule-dodgers

There are legal and moral issues around enforcement for failing to properly isolate. But if our goal is stamping out Covid, don’t overlook the unintended consequences, […]