Hayden Donnell

Hayden Donnell is a staff writer for The Spinoff.

Politics
Dec 31, 2018

Summer reissue: Join me in the exorcism of would-be-Key Simon Bridges

The National leader faced criticisms for trying and failing to parrot John Key. Hayden Donnell had a solution

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Politics
Aug 10, 2017

Dirty Politics turns three: where are Cam, Jason, Carrick and the rest now?

Three years ago today Dirty Politics was published, lighting the fuse on an extraordinary election campaign. Hayden Donnell looks into what the cast of Nicky Hager’s book have been up to since.

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Auckland
Aug 5, 2017

Why won’t National fund the most obvious transport project for Auckland?

National has released its $2.6 billion dollar plan to fix Auckland’s traffic Armageddon. Hayden Donnell clutches his head and screams into the void over it leaving the single most obviously popular and important transport project for the city off its funding list.

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Politics
Jul 27, 2017

The rot goes deep: more blatant ‘political fraud’ for Patrick Gower to investigate

Patrick Gower has slammed Metiria Turei for trying to 'get attention' and 'win votes' just 'eight weeks out from an election'. Hayden Donnell lifts the lid on just how deep …

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Politics
Jul 20, 2017

Our body language expert decodes Winston Peters’ interview with Duncan Garner

Winston Peters battled Duncan Garner to the death in a live TV interview this week. Spinoff body language expert Hayden Donnell scoured the footage for hidden secrets.

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Politics
Jul 11, 2017

Revealed: Winston Peters has never had a racist approach to anything

You’ll never believe it, but the election race is heating up and people are fighting over whether the NZ First leader has made racist statements. Hayden Donnell comes out in Winston’s defence.

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Politics
Jul 4, 2017

Argh! National has said so many dumb things about transport and housing in the last 48 hours

It's just been a very bad start to the week from the government when it comes to statements on transport and housing, weeps Hayden Donnell.

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Politics
Jun 21, 2017

All the untruths, evasions and, um, bullshit in the Todd Barclay debacle 

Yesterday Newsroom posted a scoop on Todd Barclay’s weird, possibly illegal recordings of one of his former employees. Hayden Donnell keeps track of all the falsehoods unfurling out of the story.

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Media
Jun 9, 2017

Our honest opinion regarding Colin Craig

This morning Radio NZ reported Colin Craig was launching legal action against his former press secretary Rachel MacGregor - though Craig says he used to want to do that but doesn’t anymore. Hayden Donnell responds to the news with his honest opinion.

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Politics
Jun 6, 2017

Corbyn copy: the lessons of a resurgent UK Labour for Andrew Little’s crew

Wait, Jeremy Corbyn could actually become the prime minister? How might the Labour Party in New Zealand copy its British counterpart and lessen the electoral despair, asks Hayden Donnell in a dispatch from somewhere or other in the UK

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Life Insurance
Mar 7, 2017

The icy hand of death reaches for you at every turn. Are you prepared?

All evidence points to one hard fact: it is incredibly improbable that you will remain alive. Hayden Donnell recommends either signing up for life insurance or fleeing to an apocalypse bunker this very minute.

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Society
Feb 20, 2017

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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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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