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
Aug 13, 2018

Al Nisbet no longer has a job and today has been a good day

Al Nisbet's loudest detractor bids a farewell to the controversial cartoon slinger.

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Ātea
Aug 7, 2018

Te Tiriti o Waitangi: the comic book

Toby Morris has illustrated a new publication in the School Journal Story Library that tells the story of the Treaty of Waitangi

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Ātea
Jul 17, 2018

Can Māori and Pacific people use the n-word?

When the n-word slipped out of former National MP Tau Henare's mouth on national television last Sunday, Ātea editor Leonie Hayden realised she'd been harbouring a guilty secret. 

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Ātea
Jul 1, 2018

‘We want to wear this building to bits’: Te Ahu, the beating heart of Kaitaia

Kaitaia's Te Ahu centre is a lot of things to a lot of people – a taonga, a service, a symbol of progress, a happy distraction.

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Ātea
Jun 23, 2018

Ricky Houghton and the whare that love built

Many of the children abused in state care facilities over the past 40 years have grown up lost in the system. Ricky Houghton decided to overthrow the system completely.

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Ātea
Jun 22, 2018

Is Bob Jones racist? Let’s review the evidence

Legal action has been taken by multi-millionaire Bob Jones against two Māori women who have called him and a column he wrote racist. Is it true? And what is racism anyway? We delved into the archives for answers.

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Ātea
May 30, 2018

Marama Fox on exiting Dancing with the Stars: ‘I wanted to beat David Seymour!’

The eliminated DWTSNZ contestant talks with Leonie Hayden about leaving the show, 'scrapping' with producers, and why she wouldn't back down on using her performances to showcase Māoritanga.

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Ātea
May 26, 2018

The occupation of Takaparawhā Bastion Point, 40 years on

This week marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most pivotal land actions in New Zealand history – the 506 day occupation of Bastion Point.

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Ātea
May 4, 2018

Otago’s Māori students are raising their voices

As the University of Otago Māori student body grows, so too do their aspirations for a space to call their own.

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Ātea
Apr 20, 2018

Grief and ashes: The Casketeers’ Francis Tipene on mourning in Māori culture

Grief is tough to navigate, wherever you come from. An incident involving the public sprinkling of ashes started a conversation this week on cultural belief versus the freedom to mourn however you need to.

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Ātea
Apr 19, 2018

Rangatahi on a mission: the young Māori taking their prison protest to the UN

This week a group of young Māori leaders are at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to address the building of a billion dollar prison on confiscated Māori land.

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Ātea
Apr 14, 2018

Grateful horis and model minorities: why don’t we know we’re racist?

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, and yet here we are at the end of another week of being asked to prove racism exists.

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Ātea
Apr 3, 2018

The Royal Commission into state care abuse: how to make a public submission

From today, the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care is welcoming submissions from the public on the draft Terms of Reference.

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Ātea
Mar 28, 2018

Māori or General? The roll-hopping window opens

From 3 April, Māori can choose whether they want to be on the Māori roll or the general roll. It's an important decision that could influence the next election and the shape of our parliament.

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Ātea
Mar 9, 2018

Kaupapa On The Couch: taking back mana wāhine (WATCH)

How Māori women can find our way back to equity through the stories of the past.

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Ātea
Mar 2, 2018

How to tell if you’re Māori

Let us hook you up to this machine and we’ll have your results in no time...

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Ātea
Feb 28, 2018

Incentivising good parenting: how a groundbreaking East Coast app is supporting stronger families

An app that gives parents important information and rewards them for attending appointments is being tested on the East Coast. Rural New Zealand gets the sharp end of a lot …

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Ātea
Feb 16, 2018

Oh god, episode one of The Bachelor Winter Games included a very bad haka [WATCH]

Literally tens of people lined the streets to watch the opening ceremony of The Bachelor Winter Games, which debuted in the US this week. And then New Zealand appeared.

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Ātea
Feb 1, 2018

Kaupapa On The Couch: Get on the waka! (WATCH)

How the Hec Busby did we get here? Leonie Hayden looks at ocean voyaging and the badass ancestors that brought us across Moana-nui-a-Kiwa to Aotearoa.

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Ātea
Jan 27, 2018

The Bad Take Power Rankings: A greatest (s)hits of terrible opinions

An announcement: We will no longer be responding to all the tired old opinions on Māori language and culture trotted out by people with no lived experience of being Māori in Aotearoa. Instead, we will rank them here.

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Ātea
Jan 17, 2018

Oh, te reo Māori is dying? Let me just stop you there…

In the wake of negative te reo Māori stories this week, a hashtag has appeared that centres the conversation back on the positive.

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Ātea
Dec 12, 2017

Tasman rugby: it’s Mako, not Makos

This week Tasman Rugby Union are announcing a small name change with potentially huge consequences.

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Ātea
Dec 7, 2017

Bringing the fight for Ihumātao to K Road

This Sunday a unique parade is taking place on Auckland’s K Road to honour Hape, the resourceful ancestor that Karangahape Road is named for – and to highlight the plight of his descendants.

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Ātea
Nov 30, 2017

(WATCH) Kaupapa On the Couch: Parihaka

What was Parihaka? And what does it mean for us today?

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Ātea
Nov 28, 2017

Will the real Sir William Gallagher please stand up

Sir William Gallagher has been called a massive, massive racist... but what if all the people saying that are wrong?

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Ātea
Nov 9, 2017

Listen to the Moana soundtrack in te reo Māori here!

A Māori language version of blockbuster Disney film Moana was released in September to celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo. Now you can get the soundtrack in your ears!

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