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Toby Manhire is a New Zealand journalist and columnist. He describes himself as a "freelance writer & editor, mostly scribbling for Listener, Herald, Guardian".[1] He is the son of poet Bill Manhire.

Toby Manhire
Manhire in 2012 as host of the New Zealand Open Source Awards
Manhire in 2012 as host of the New Zealand Open Source Awards
NationalityNew Zealand
RelativesBill Manhire


Manhire was editor of student magazine Salient in 1997.[1]

From 2000 to 2010 he worked at the Guardian. He has edited the Guardian's comment pages.[2]

In 2012, he edited a book The Arab Spring: Rebellion, Revolution, and a New World Order, published by Guardian Books.

He is currently a columnist at the New Zealand Herald and the New Zealand Listener.

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]


  1. ^ a b "Twitterviews". Salient. 7 September 2014.
  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.
  5. ^ "Toby Manhire". The Spinoff. Retrieved 2017-05-13.
  6. ^ "Editorial changes at The Spinoff". The Spinoff. Retrieved 2018-02-13.

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