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
Nov 7, 2019

'The Māori trouble' at Waitara: Revisiting the Taranaki wars and myths set in stone

A new documentary by Mihingarangi Forbes and Great Southern Television for RNZ tells of the first conflicts over the fertile lands of Taranaki. 

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Food
Oct 16, 2019

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #99: Cheese on Toast snack bar

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today a new hole-in-the-wall eatery dedicated to New Zealand's favourite snack.

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Science
Oct 1, 2019

Cheat sheet: the state of the measles outbreak as two women lose unborn babies

An update from DHBs in the Auckland region shows the risk is still very real.

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Ātea
Sep 15, 2019

The beating heart of the Māori economy

Every year Matariki X brings Māori innovators and entrepreneurs together to share their experiences and inspire one another. Callaghan Innovation's Vinnie Campbell says the Māori economy's biggest strengths have nothing to do with money.

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Ātea
Sep 7, 2019

Kaupapa on the Couch: Do family and whānau mean the same thing? (WATCH)

Families come in all different shapes and sizes. But when the British came to New Zealand they decided Māori families were the wrong shape.

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Society
Sep 2, 2019

A step by step guide to getting an abortion in New Zealand

On The Rag host Leonie Hayden got (fake) pregnant and decided to get a (fake) abortion. This is her story.

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Ātea Otago
Aug 31, 2019

Te Rā the sail, last of its kind

A team of University of Otago researchers and weavers will unlock the secrets of one of te ao Māori’s most precious taonga for the first time in more than 200 years.

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Ātea
Aug 23, 2019

A damp hīkoi with high spirits – and an unblinking challenge for Ardern

In the ongoing battle to prevent 480 houses being built on ancestral land, a petition with more than 26,000 signatures was delivered to the Prime Minister’s Mt Albert office yesterday.

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Ātea
Aug 13, 2019

Uncles of the nation: 40 years of Herbs

Herbs: Songs of Freedom director Tearepa Kahi discusses the ‘constant riddle’ of documentary making, and the joys and sorrows of celebrating 40 years of one of our most important bands.

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Ātea
Aug 7, 2019

The Kia Ora Lady: Dame Rangimārie Naida Glavish in her own words

When we decided to do an episode of On the Rag on ageing, I knew immediately I wanted to talk to one of my kuia, and I knew who I wanted it to be, writes Ātea editor Leonie Hayden.

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Politics
Aug 5, 2019

Cheat sheet: What the draft Abortion Law Reform Bill means for abortion rights

The government announced its intention to remove abortion from the Crimes Act.

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Ātea
Jul 25, 2019

Organise Aotearoa protesters arrested on Southwestern motorway near Ihumātao

The group coordinating the Ihumātao occupation says it did not sanction the action.

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Ātea
Jul 25, 2019

Coco Solid on the return of Aroha Bridge and the fight for Ihumātao

Aroha Bridge writer and director Coco Solid talks about the new characters on the show, the 'psychic vat of reality' that birthed them, and her Ihumātao call-out of PM Jacinda Ardern.

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Ātea
Jul 19, 2019

Cheat sheet: Compulsory te reo Māori in schools

Our government and leaders are divided on the question compulsory te reo Māori. Who’s for making it compulsory, who’s against it, and who’s flip flopping around in the middle?

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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 is 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

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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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