Hayden Donnell

Hayden Donnell is a staff writer for The Spinoff.

Music
Jul 23, 2018

Cruisin’ on the Interislander: A loving tribute to New Zealand music's worst gig

Playing onboard the Interislander, one of the most important (and worst) shows in the country.

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Politics
Feb 10, 2017

Labour is totally unified and everything is fine

The Labour Party has been accused of internal bickering and crisis-level disunity this week. Hayden Donnell sets the record straight.

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Television
Jan 27, 2017

All the ways that The Path is DEFINITELY NOT about Scientology at all

People keep saying The Path is a TV show about Scientology. Hayden Donnell sets out to demolish these false prophets and their suppressive allegations.

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Society
Jan 23, 2017

Undercover at the opening of Scientology’s new Auckland headquarters

The Church of Scientology opened a new $16 million headquarters in Auckland on Saturday. Hayden Donnell glides excitedly into the ceremony.

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Society
Jan 18, 2017

Opinion: Bob Jones can now descend back down into the abyss whence he came

Knight of the Realm Sir Bob Jones rose from his crypt yesterday and immediately yelled the first racist thing that came to mind. Hayden Donnell asks why we keep enabling this sad bully.

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Television
Jan 17, 2017

Exclusive interview: Thingee tells all about his dramatic makeover

A New Zealand television icon made a shock comeback during the cricket on Sunday. Hayden Donnell spoke to our most famous expat extraterrestrial about whether this could pave the way for a reunion with his old friend Jason Gunn.

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Media
Jan 16, 2017

Is being a landlord really ‘like being at war’? A Spinoff investigation

A prominent Auckland property investor has told the NZ Herald that “being a landlord is like being at war”. Hayden Donnell tests his theory.

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Sports
Jan 14, 2017

Are rugby’s new tackle laws good or bad? A definitive ruling

World Rugby recently introduced new tackle ball laws, and everyone’s arguing about whether they’re good or bad. Hayden Donnell attempts to settle the debate with a binding legal judgement.

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Gaming
Jan 10, 2017

Viva La Dirt League explain how to become famous on YouTube in six easy steps

No-one knows who they are in the 'real world', but the members of Viva La Dirt League are famous in the only place it counts: the Internet. They tell Hayden Donnell how to walk their path to success.

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Auckland
Jan 4, 2017

Summer reissue: Winners, losers, big losers, and gigantic losers from the Auckland election

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

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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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