Hayden Donnell

Hayden Donnell is a staff writer for The Spinoff.

Politics
Apr 4, 2019

End this madness: why we should stop turning our clocks back for the winter

New Zealand’s insistence on changing its clocks twice a year doesn’t make sense, and it needs to stop, argues Hayden Donnell.

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Politics
Sep 26, 2018

Jacinda Ardern goes overseas, promptly emits beam of hope in our dark world

She set foot in the US and immediately became a media sensation. How did she become a light for our troubled world?

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Food
Sep 26, 2018

PSA: You are not dying. You have eaten beetroot

Many of us have suffered the terror of a beetroot poo, but few of us ever talk about our experience. Hayden Donnell says it’s time to bring this important issue into the light.

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Beverage
Sep 20, 2018

Should you microwave your wine in winter? A Spinoff investigation

After reading advice urging him to microwave red wine during the winter, Hayden Donnell angrily takes on New Zealand’s entire wine community.

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Society
Sep 18, 2018

Separating fact from fiction in the 1080 debate

Facebook is flooded with rabid anti-1080 activism, but the poison is the only barrier between many of New Zealand's native species and extinction.

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Society
Sep 17, 2018

When anti-1080 activism grew noisy, and got ugly

Anti-1080 activism has exploded in popularity and intensity in the last few months. Hayden Donnell goes down the rabbit hole to find out what’s behind the movement’s rise.

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Auckland
Sep 11, 2018

Revenge of the NIMBYs: Is council too weak to enact its own Unitary Plan?

Having nitpicked its way into rejecting two high-density apartment developments near the CBD, does Auckland Council's consents department really believe in the vision of the Unitary Plan?

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Media
Sep 3, 2018

What is happening? Mike Hosking and Mark Richardson both made great points

New Zealanders have woken up to a topsy turvy world this morning, with normally annoying commentators Mark Richardson and Mike Hosking talking a lot of sense, reports Hayden Donnell.

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Auckland
Aug 30, 2018

How a council email footer sparked a local government conspiracy

A rogue Auckland Council email footer has sparked a wave of angst and recriminations in Takapuna, providing a glimpse into a broader conspiracy culture in local government.

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Media
Aug 23, 2018

How NZ news livestreams became overwhelmed by anti-1080 activists

Facebook streams have been overrun by an army of anti-1080 activists. We go in search of the source of the spam campaign.

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Society
Aug 21, 2018

Some things Pike River’s Peter Whittall could feel guilt over

The former CEO of the Pike River mine says he doesn’t feel guilty over the explosion that killed 29 of his workers. Here are a few things that should twig his conscience.

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Food
Aug 17, 2018

Kraft peanut butter v Bega peanut butter: A Spinoff taste test for the ages

Kraft is introducing a new peanut butter to compete with Bega peanut butter, which due to some business stuff is now producing Kraft's original recipe. Hayden Donnell taste-tested it.

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Auckland
Aug 15, 2018

Consultation is overrated: why we should stop letting idiots guide us

Councillors are forever going to public meetings to receive bad advice from angry people who mostly don’t know what they’re talking about. Hayden Donnell asks why.

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Gaming
Aug 8, 2018

How the Dark Souls video game series ruined my life

Sometimes it pays to focus on the dark side of gaming. Hayden Donnell shares the harrowing story of his own crippling addiction to Dark Souls.

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Politics
Aug 6, 2018

Seven other horrifying incidents Jacinda Ardern must immediately condemn

Judith Collins called on Jacinda Ardern to condemn France over a story she sourced from yournewswire.com. Turns out it's the tip of the iceberg

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Beverage
Jul 29, 2018

No mean peat: A refined trip through the birthplace of great whisky

Featuring hints of marshmallow, Prince Charles, booze-soaked shoes and being bullied by a large Scottish man named Paul.

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Society
Jul 28, 2018

Do tenants deserve decent homes? Take our quiz!

Being a tenant in New Zealand is often a difficult and disempowering experience. Hayden Donnell looks into what’s broken in our rental housing market.

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Food
Jul 27, 2018

WTF has happened to Kraft peanut butter?! Your questions answered

The world’s greatest peanut spread underwent some frightening changes recently. Hayden Donnell delves into the animosity and legal wrangling behind the death and rebirth of Kraft Peanut Butter.

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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
Jul 12, 2018

All the times our new Free Speech Coalition really hated free speech

Just a few times some of the newly formed Free Speech Coalition members have been less than fervent in their defence of free speech.

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Politics
Jun 26, 2018

Please join me in the exorcism of Simon Bridges

The National leader has been lambasted over an interview about the Ardern-Clarke baby. But the real problem is he has been possessed.

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Auckland
Jun 22, 2018

Why Auckland needs to accept the objective truth, and ban all golf

Auckland’s golf courses are huge tracts of heavily subsidised land lying vacant in the middle of a housing crisis. We need to seize them back

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Media
Apr 10, 2018

Another incredibly stupid week in the never ending transport debate

Hayden Donnell runs down the latest media salvos in the ongoing battle between road warriors and public transport champions.

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Media
Dec 30, 2017

Huzza! (Re)introducing The Spinoff’s Ultimate Summer Media Drinking Game

Ever noticed that every summer news story is recycled from previous years? We've even regurgitated this drinking game to improve, or at least anaesthetise, your holiday news reading experience.

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Society
Dec 25, 2017

Summer Reissue: Finding Rosemary: In search of the unsung hero who invented Kiwi Onion Dip

Who invented Kiwi Onion Dip, and why isn’t there a gold statue of that person on top of Mt Cook? Hayden Donnell goes on a wildly emotional search for an unheralded New Zealand genius.

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Great British Gaming
Dec 21, 2017

Why the UK is the gaming industry’s secret MVP

The Spinoff's Blighty correspondent Hayden Donnell meets some UK game developers to find out why the US gaming industry might be better off shifting operations to the Motherland.

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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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