Leonie Hayden

Leonie Hayden (Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara, Ngāti Rango) is the editor of Ātea, The Spinoff's Māori content channel. She is the former editor of Mana magazine and Rip It Up magazine. Email her on leonie@thespinoff.co.nz

Ātea
Jul 16, 2019

The children come first: A day at the Oranga Tamariki hui

Ātea editor Leonie Hayden headed out to the hui for a Māori-led inquiry into Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry for Children, and found a unified Māori force that has decided enough …

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Ātea
Jul 5, 2019

Whānau, whāngai and Oranga Tamariki: What Māori families look like

At the heart of the issue surrounding Oranga Tamariki is the desire for solutions to be found within iwi, hapū and whānau.

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Ātea
Jun 25, 2019

Kaupapa on the Couch: the incredible Māori showbands

Dance down memory lane with us to a time when the Māori showbands ruled supreme. 

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Ātea
Jun 13, 2019

The online exodus of women and minorities

Two major studies show that women and minorities in New Zealand are being harassed to the point that they're leaving online spaces in droves.

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Ātea
Jun 8, 2019

The wonderful world of Moana Maniapoto

Ātea editor Leonie Hayden sat down with the host of new current affairs show Te Ao with Moana, Moana Maniapoto, to talk about music, Māori media and 'colouring up the system'.

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Ātea
Apr 17, 2019

Decolonise your body! The fascinating history of Māori and periods

A lot of knowledge has been lost about traditional Māori attitudes to menstruation, but some extraordinary Māori women are making sure it's not lost forever, writes Leonie Hayden Like a bolt …

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Ātea
Apr 10, 2019

Kaupapa on the Couch: let’s go to the movies!

In which Kaupapa on the Couch decided to get out of the studio and go see a movie.

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Ātea
Apr 9, 2019

In memory of Anzac Wallace

Activist, actor and advocate Anzac Wallace has passed away yesterday at the age of 76.

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Auckland Zoo
Apr 3, 2019

Out with wire fences, in with ‘immersive landscapes’: the revolution in zoo design

Auckland Zoo is no longer about humans on the outside looking in at the animals. Now, it's all about being part of the landscape together.

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Ātea
Feb 21, 2019

Kapa haka got me through high school

Te Matatini starts today, and one kapa haka fan is very excited.

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Ātea
Feb 4, 2019

‘Waitangi dildo’ protestor banned from Waitangi Treaty grounds

Three years on from making the word 'dildo' ubiquitous in respectable New Zealand homes, Josie Butler says 'f*** you' to a notice trespassing her from her own ancestral lands.

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Ātea Otago
Feb 4, 2019

One family, three generations of Māori doctors

Jack Tapsell is the product of a family dedicated to the health and wellbeing of Māori. The most recent University of Otago medical graduate talks to Leonie Hayden about carrying on the legacy of his father and grandfather.

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Ātea
Jan 31, 2019

Kaupapa on the Couch: What does your hair say about you? (WATCH)

Nau mai, haere mai ki Kaupapa On The Couch, a webseries from The Spinoff about Māori issues and stuff, hosted by Leonie Hayden.

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Ātea
Jan 4, 2019

How to tell if you’re Māori

Confused about the cultural identity of National Party leader Simon Bridges and deputy Paula Bennett? Here's a handy guide to tell if you, or someone you know, might have a touch of the Māori. 

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Food
Dec 27, 2018

How I saved the planet by becoming a flexitarian

In 2018, Leonie Hayden decided she didn't want to each as much meat for the good of the planet – but also realised 'flexitarian' is a stupid word, and we're all going to die anyway.

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Books
Dec 20, 2018

The second best book of 2018: Māori Made Easy 2 by Scotty Morrison

All week this week we count down the five best books of 2018. Number two: Leonie Hayden reviews the text book Māori Made Easy 2 by Scotty Morrison.

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Ātea
Dec 14, 2018

Kaupapa on the Couch: Celebrate the Māori way! (WATCH)

Nau mai, haere mai ki Kaupapa On The Couch, a webseries about Māori issues and stuff, hosted by Leonie Hayden. This episode: how to party like your ancestors.

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Ātea
Dec 10, 2018

Kirihimete gift guide: how to support Māori businesses and makers this Christmas

Need some last minute Christmas present ideas? Why not support Māori-owned business while you're at it?

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Media
Dec 7, 2018

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 7

Today: Leonie Hayden on why she should still have a Christmas stocking.

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Media
Nov 30, 2018

Like, what is vocal fry?

In a paper published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal, a University of Canterbury study has found that vocal fry is voluntary and is becoming common in some young New Zealand women.

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Ātea
Nov 28, 2018

The day Māori women first got to vote – as told by some creepy guy

125 years after New Zealand women won the right to vote, we take a look at what the first polling day looked like for Māori women... sort of.

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Ātea
Nov 23, 2018

Planet FM: the nicest radio station in Auckland

Leonie Hayden went in search of the people behind community access radio station Planet FM, and their newly minted and very silly Twitter account. She discovered a group of people who love their jobs and the communities they help. 

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Ātea
Nov 12, 2018

Under the Korowai: new approaches to Māori mental health

A kaupapa Māori mental service provider is combining tohunga-led cultural therapy and clinical methods to help young Māori understand, rather than fear, their gifts.

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Ātea Otago
Oct 31, 2018

‘We’re setting whānau up to fail’: rethinking the Māori approach to obesity

It was a different direction for the trained physiotherapist, but Ricky Bell pursued groundbreaking research into holistic approaches to obesity in Māori because that's what his community needed.

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Ātea
Sep 19, 2018

Let’s not forget that Māori women had the vote long before Europeans arrived

To mark the anniversary of women's suffrage, we republish this essay from International Women's Day 2018 about how Māori women can find their way back to equity through the stories of the past.

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Ātea
Sep 12, 2018

Race-baiting in the mainstream media and being ‘acceptably’ Māori

Ātea editor Leonie Hayden and Newsroom’s Emma Espiner sat down to talk race-baiting in mainstream media and why they’re not doing the heavy lifting anymore.

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