Hayden Donnell

Hayden Donnell is a former staff writer for The Spinoff, currently living in the UK.

Media
Nov 22, 2017

Please pray for these Aucklanders whose homes are making too much money

Spare a thought for the true victims of the housing crisis, beseeches Hayden Donnell

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Media
Dec 21, 2016

Hooray: Introducing The Spinoff's Ultimate Summer Media Drinking Game

Ever noticed that every summer news story is recycled from previous years? Former sadsack reporter Hayden Donnell designs a drinking game to improve, or at least anaesthetise, your holiday news reading experience.

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Society
Dec 16, 2016

Where were you when you discovered the mind-blowing truth about the Canterbury logo? A special Spinoff investigation

What do you see when you look at the Canterbury logo? If you're one of the estimated 50% of New Zealanders who are oblivious to its true meaning, sit down, take a deep breath, and prepare to have your world turned upside down. Hayden Donnell reports.

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Music
Dec 12, 2016

Exclusive: Avalanche City’s former manager ripped him off for over $300,000, according to High Court judgment

Dave Baxter, the man behind 'Love Love Love', recently won a big payout from his former manager. Hayden Donnell gleans some key findings from the judgment.

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Politics
Dec 7, 2016

Theories on why John Key resigned, ranked in order of stupidity

John Key’s shock resignation has spawned a cottage industry for pundits convinced they alone know the hidden reason for his decision. Hayden Donnell ranks their theories.

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Sports
Nov 25, 2016

Having sex has ravaged Aaron Smith to his core – a Spinoff data project

Aaron Smith's career is in a steep decline. Hayden Donnell takes a deep dive into the toll having sex has taken on the once-masterful halfback's career.

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Gaming
Nov 7, 2016

Help! I love three women, and two of them are computer game characters

Replaying The Witcher 3, Hayden Donnell is propelled into an intense love triangle, but finds he is not alone.

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Auckland
Oct 31, 2016

Oh no: Is National reverting to its terrible old ways on public transport funding?

For a moment it looked like the government might be seeing sense on Auckland's transport demands. But the volcanic response to a Mt Roskill light rail proposal suggests the road obsession remains, writes Hayden Donnell.

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Politics
Oct 28, 2016

Is Donald Trump infecting New Zealand with his awfulness? A Kiwi Muslim’s verdict

Donald Trump may be enveloping the US in his godforsaken embrace, but is he also ruining New Zealand? Hayden Donnell talks to Tayyaba Khan about being a Muslim in the age of Trump.

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Auckland
Oct 21, 2016

What was Phil Goff thinking? A wildly speculative trip inside the mind of Auckland’s mayor

Phil Goff just completed the first important act of his mayoralty: picking his leadership team. Did he screw it up? And how long must Penny Hulse pay for Len Brown’s doodle? Hayden Donnell investigates.

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Auckland
Oct 18, 2016

Tentative ceasefire declared in blood-soaked War for Auckland

It began as a dark kernel of Duncan Greive's rage and blossomed into our most successful and only campaign yet. RIP.

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Media
Oct 14, 2016

Media stoush: Stuff editor hits back at Spinoff hack

Hayden Donnell recently speculated on the meaning of a leaked internal memo from Stuff.co.nz. Today the site’s editor Patrick Crewdson tells him why he’s not really a slave to Mark Zuckerberg.

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Media
Oct 12, 2016

Wow: Secret memo reveals the true ruler of Stuff.co.nz

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.

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Auckland
Oct 8, 2016

Winners, losers, big losers, and gigantic losers from the Auckland election

Hayden Donnell identifies the people who did well, and the ones who got massively owned, in the Auckland local elections.

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Media
Oct 6, 2016

Some key learnings from the Aaron Smith sex toilet scandal

When rugby players make catastrophic screw ups, their bosses like to smooth things over with the public by taking away key learnings. We stole their method and took some of our own lessons out of the Aaron Smith sex toilet scandal engulfing New Zealand.

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Politics
Oct 3, 2016

An emotional salute to the suffering heroes of the Colin Craig jury

Hayden Donnell pays tribute to the brave men and women who sat through four awful weeks of the Colin Craig defamation trial.

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Auckland
Sep 29, 2016

A small cabal of ancient NIMBYs seems to be holding Auckland to ransom – mostly by accident

Wait, stop the party: the Unitary Plan isn’t actually in the clear yet. Hayden Donnell reports on how a cluster of anti-change campaigners is holding the whole thing up.

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Auckland
Sep 27, 2016

Which Hogwarts houses do our mayoral candidates swear fealty to? A War for Auckland special investigation

Forget transport and housing policy. Hayden Donnell dons his sorting hat to uncover the info on the Auckland mayoral candidates that truly matters.

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Auckland
Sep 22, 2016

Something weird is going on with the Herald’s local election coverage

Why is there a Swarbrick-shaped hole in the Herald's 23-page election guide? Hayden Donnell has a whinge.

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Auckland
Sep 16, 2016

‘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.

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Sports
Sep 13, 2016

A quick check-in on Mark Watson’s efforts to improve himself

Mark Watson’s radio segment Controversy Corner/I’m Not Racist But... has been cancelled, but is he a changed man? Let’s briefly listen in to Radio Sport’s most un-PC disc jockey.

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Media
Sep 9, 2016

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.

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Auckland
Sep 1, 2016

Rebel Vic Crone tells the lawman to take a driverless bus all the way to hell

Vic Crone’s campaign launch was a wild bacchanal of potentially dodgy drink gifting and sober transport spending promises. Hayden Donnell went along to embrace the chaos.

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Auckland
Aug 29, 2016

Nick Smith goes to war with Nick Smith over housing affordability

In an interview on The Nation, Nick Smith said he wants to make houses more affordable without actually making them cheaper. Hayden Donnell weighs in, with the help of Ben Thomas, on the two contradictory versions of the Housing Minister.

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Auckland
Aug 24, 2016

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.

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Society
Aug 18, 2016

Terrible news: We found out what the K in K Bar stands for and it’s not good

CONTENT WARNING: The following post contains information about the popular sweets known as "K Bars" that may ruin your life.

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Auckland
Aug 12, 2016

Things I learned at the oldest, whitest meeting in the world

Hayden Donnell heads out to the leafy suburbs, to see how the new Unitary Plan is being received by those who were so furious about it earlier this year. He found them oddly becalmed. Well, most of them.

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