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
Jan 22, 2020

'We will see a positive resolution': the flag comes down at Ihumātao

On day 1,173 of the occupation at Ihumātao, a resolution looks imminent.

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Ātea
Jan 22, 2020

Cheat sheet: Five Māori leaders vote 'no confidence' in Whānau Ora minister

A group of Māori leaders have made an urgent Waitangi Tribunal claim on behalf of the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, and issued a biting rebuke to Jacinda Ardern and Peeni Henare.

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Ātea
Jan 4, 2020

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
Dec 17, 2019

10 ways the world got (a little) better for Māori this decade

At the end of the decade, Ātea editor Leonie Hayden tries to eke some positivity out of a garbage year. 

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Ātea
Dec 11, 2019

Where to learn te reo Māori anywhere in Aotearoa, for free or next to nothing

Start learning te reo Māori anywhere in Aotearoa with this list of introductory, part-time classes.

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Ātea Otago
Dec 3, 2019

A life together: The rise of cohousing, papakāinga and the ‘social mortgage’

It's a way of living that is often mistaken for either a 'hippy commune' or a boarding house, but cohousing is slowly becoming a viable solution to New Zealand's growing housing needs. It's also a way of fighting the isolation and loneliness that is harming our collective wellbeing.

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Ātea
Dec 1, 2019

The firebrand: meet the new man at the helm of the Māori Council

The NZ Māori Council is reinvigorated and ready to make big changes on behalf of Māori in Aotearoa. However some people are asking questions about its new leader.

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NUMA
Nov 29, 2019

Stacey Morrison on te reo revitalisation: ‘You can be iwi hard and urban Māori proud’

She's been a stalwart on our screens and airwaves for two decades, but the indefatigable Stacey Morrison is all about giving back to her community.

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Ātea
Nov 25, 2019

The most bonkers moments of Mihi Forbes’ interview with Lisa Prager

There are few things better to do than watch The Hui on a Sunday morning, but this week's episode was especially spicy. Leonie Hayden on an amazing appearance by Auckland Nimby activist Lisa Prager.

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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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