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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hayden Donnell identifies the people who did well, and the ones who got massively owned, in the Auckland local elections.
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.
Hayden Donnell pays tribute to the brave men and women who sat through four awful weeks of the Colin Craig defamation trial.
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.
Forget transport and housing policy. Hayden Donnell dons his sorting hat to uncover the info on the Auckland mayoral candidates that truly matters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.