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
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
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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Ātea
Sep 10, 2018

Speak Māori to me! Letting people know you’re keen to kōrero Māori

What if there was a way you could show your willingness to kōrero Māori with others in public? 

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Ātea
Sep 4, 2018

Whakawhiti te rā: New Zealand sport, haka and the Māori perspective

From an erratic flailing of limbs to the psychological powerhouse we know today, little is known about how haka developed into a steadfast tradition in New Zealand sport.

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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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