Leonie Hayden

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

Society
Sep 12, 2021

The not so secret life of Angella Dravid

She won comedy's top award for her jaw-dropping show about eloping to the UK as a teen. In a new podcast, that story is fleshed out in all its shocking glory. 

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Ātea
Sep 9, 2021

'I'm beginning a journey': The inside story of Lorde's surprise mini-album in te reo Māori

World exclusive: Behind the scenes of Lorde's latest top-secret project, Te Ao Mārama.

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Society
Sep 2, 2021

How to celebrate your birthday in lockdown like a pro

Some New Zealanders are celebrating their birthday in lockdown for the second year in a row.

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Food
Aug 20, 2021

Five toastie hacks to help you through lockdown

How to get more out of everyone’s favourite lockdown lunch.

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Society
Aug 18, 2021

Here we go again: Looking after your mental health during the new lockdown

Feeling like you can't face it? It's totally understandable – here's some advice from the experts.

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Ātea
Jul 22, 2021

Three things you didn’t know about the 1981 Springboks tour

Today marks 40 years since the Day of Shame, when the first match of the rugby tour that divided a nation was played.

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Food
Jul 2, 2021

The recipe bases and meal companions of New Zealand pantries, ranked

Release the Rice Risotto ad as a single, you cowards.

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Ātea
Jun 23, 2021

Eight incredible moments from the new series of Matangireia

Conversations with eight former Māori MPs reveal heartbreak, scandal and intrigue.

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Ātea
Jun 10, 2021

Kia ora, Paul Goldsmith. Let’s talk about balance

Last week Paul Goldsmith got himself in some hot water when he said colonisation had been good for Māori 'on balance'.

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Ātea
Jun 8, 2021

Ruby Solly is making music to the sounds of the stars

Ruby Solly has been composing music using the frequencies of the stars, but it's the ways they resonate in the stories of our ancestors that creates the most heavenly music. Since …

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Ātea
May 26, 2021

The Māori caucus post-budget roadshow hits Auckland

A handful of Labour's Māori MPs are hitting centres around Aotearoa to talk through the budget and its $1.1 billion in targeted Māori funding.

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The Sunday Essay
May 23, 2021

The Sunday Essay: In praise of swimming

I found peace by taking the plunge with Hinemoana.

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Ātea
May 14, 2021

The Spinoff’s complete guide to killing it at karaoke

How to karaoke like a boss, no matter your singing skills.

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Ātea
May 11, 2021

‘Relive your trauma or run the risk of dying’: Why the end of smear screening can’t come too soon for survivors

Some survivors of sexual harm would rather take their chances than endure retraumatisation through a cervical screening test. That's why change is so important.

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Ātea
May 4, 2021

He Puapua: The Indigenous peoples report that caused a NZ political ruckus

A report designed to respond to the UN declaration on the rights of Indigenous peoples is causing controversy. But what does He Puapua actually say? 

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Ātea
Apr 20, 2021

Vegas keeps the Māori warrior-gangster trope alive for another generation

Despite being part of a major initiative to get Māori stories to screen, Vegas reinforces some centuries-old stereotypes, writes Leonie Hayden.

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New Zealand Music
Mar 29, 2021

The year of Teeks

He’s a nervous sex symbol and a reluctant pop star, but soul singer Teeks is slowly becoming more comfortable in his own skin.

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Ātea
Mar 27, 2021

‘Unsafe space for Māori’: Auckland Art Gallery in turmoil as staff question leadership

The gallery's contemporary Māori art exhibition has been met with widespread acclaim. But under the surface, things are far from rosy.

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Ātea
Mar 9, 2021

Keep your complaints about te reo Māori to yourself, BSA rules

There have been 27 enquiries about the use of te reo Māori since June last year and two formal complaints. The BSA says don’t bother.

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Ātea
Mar 3, 2021

‘This one was personal’: Mihi Forbes on the new Tainui wars documentary

Staying home more than usual this week and looking for something of substance to watch? Maybe grab a box of tissues first.

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Ātea
Feb 17, 2021

Some thoughts about Pākehā learning and speaking te reo Māori

Be gentle. Ask permission. Count yourself lucky.

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Society
Jan 29, 2021

It’s time for men – all men – in the music industry to step up

“Men don’t have to deal with this shit. We’re just trying to do our jobs.”

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Auckland Zoo
Jan 20, 2021

Auckland Zoo’s orangutans have an amazing new home, and they’ve never been happier

Care is at the centre of Auckland Zoo’s mandate, and it’s clear to see when you witness the staff doing their day-to-day jobs up close.

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Society
Dec 16, 2020

Ex-staff of MAGA-linked Hoppers bar speak out on ‘intense and upsetting’ culture

An Auckland bar attracted heat last month for hosting a US election party attended by MAGA hat-wearing Trump supporters. Three former employees say that incident is the least of its issues.

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Ātea
Dec 8, 2020

Toi Tū Toi Ora: The exhibition celebrating the awesome power of Māori art

A morning spent exploring the new Toi Tū Toi Ora Māori contemporary art exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery with curator Nigel Borell stirred up many complex feelings, writes Ātea editor Leonie Hayden.

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Ātea
Dec 2, 2020

Inside the Stuff apology to Māori

'It's about putting our pou in the ground and saying ‘OK, that’s our whakapapa, but it doesn’t have to be our legacy’.'

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