The Spinoff is an online magazine covering society, music, politics, gaming, books, television, parenting, Auckland and more. We employ some of New Zealand’s best non-fiction writers to create smart, shareable content. The Spinoff is the most talked about media startup in New Zealand. Founded by Duncan Greive in 2014, The Spinoff has grown to become a must-read source of analysis, humour and cultural commentary with a loyal audience of over 350,000 monthly users.

What's New

Version 10.2.8

We have added notifications back into the app. The app no longer stops anything currently playing on the phone, and also allows other apps to play if you are currently playing a podcast. We have overhauled how the app manages its stories so you should see an improvement in speed and reliability. If you have problems with this latest update, feel free to email your issues to

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5

20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Good news, reasonable app.

Danger Gadget

I think if you value good journalism in New Zealand in the vacancy left behind by the descent of The Herald and Stuff into click bait, "reddit journalism", "someone got insulted", etc please support this app. Usually my favourite reads of the week come from the spinoff now.

As for the app, I give it 4 stars not 5 as it would be great to improve a couple of things:
- can we have the swiping left/right between articles and instant loading that you get when you read the spinoff on the facebook app? It feels much nicer but we support your goals to free yourself of facebook.
- on iPad I'd love a landscape view. Everything else on the iPad I do in landscape pretty much.

Great content, poor app


The stories are great, but a few things in the app really irk me, and make it a weaker experience than reading The Spinoff website.

Photos are often blurry, looking awful on retina iPads; there is no support for reading in landscape orientation; and the iOS feature of tapping the status bar to scroll to the top is disabled by this app (in fact, the title bar is hidden altogether so you can’t see the time or battery/Wi-Fi status while using this app).

If you want to support The Spinoff, just browse the website without adblockers instead. It’ll save you $6 and much regret.

Great content, app needs work.

Matt McEvedy

I enjoy the content of The Spinoff however find the app a real struggle to use on the iPad. Reading in portrait is a pain in the neck (literally). Secondly cropping of the photos blocks out up to 50% of them wrecking the experience.

If you intend to use the app on your iPhone, go right ahead. On an iPad it's probably worth waiting for the functionality to improve before spending the dollars.


Translate Digital Ltd
18.4 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humour
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
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