Toby Manhire

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Toby Manhire
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Manhire in 2012 as host of the New Zealand Open Source Awards
Occupation Journalist
NationalityNew Zealand
Relatives Bill Manhire

Toby Manhire is a New Zealand journalist and columnist, and the editor at-large of online magazine The Spinoff . He is the son of poet Bill Manhire.



Manhire was editor of student magazine Salient in 1997. [1] From 2000 to 2010 he worked at The Guardian , and has edited The Guardian's comment pages. [2] His work has also appeared in The New Zealand Herald and the New Zealand Listener , among other publications. In 2012, he edited a book The Arab Spring: Rebellion, Revolution, and a New World Order, published by Guardian Books.

Manhire is active on Twitter, and was included in Bryce Edwards and Geoffrey Miller's list of the top 100 tweeters to follow in the 2014 election. [3] On reviewing the list, social media blogger Matthew Beveridge concluded that Manhire's place was deserved: "Toby always has a quick comment for whatever is happening. Engages in a lot of discussions, and doesn’t retweet too much. Overall deserving of his place on the list." [4]

In May 2017, he became the politics editor at the New Zealand online magazine The Spinoff , [5] becoming editor in January 2018. [6] In 2016, he began hosting a political podcast titled Gone By Lunchtime alongside journalist Annabelle Lee-Mather and PR consultant Ben Thomas. [7] The podcast's guests have included Jacinda Ardern and Mihingarangi Forbes. [8] In 2019, Manhire profiled Ardern for The Guardian . [9] Manhire connected microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles with Spinoff creative director Toby Morris, with the two partnering to produce globally-popular shareable content containing factual information about COVID-19. [10]

Manhire was succeeded as Spinoff editor by Madeleine Chapman on 1 November 2021. [11]

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  2. "Toby Manhire". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  3. Edwards, Bryce; Miller, Geoffrey (17 August 2014). "Top 100 tweeters to follow this election". The New Zealand Herald.
  4. Beveridge, Matthew (4 September 2014). "A closer look at the Twitter top 100: Print journalists". Social media & the 2014 General Election.
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  6. "Editorial changes at The Spinoff". The Spinoff. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  7. "Episode 1: the Key at Waitangi will-he-won't-he, TPP and leader speeches". The Spinoff . Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  8. "Gone By Lunchtime". The Spinoff . Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  9. Manhire, Toby (6 April 2019). "Jacinda Ardern: 'Very little of what I have done has been deliberate. It's intuitive'". The Guardian . Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  10. "Siouxsie Wiles on Covid-19, women in science and being called a Satanist". RNZ. 15 September 2021. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  11. Manhire, Toby (24 May 2021). "Editorial changes at The Spinoff". The Spinoff. Retrieved 11 December 2021.