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
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
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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Ātea
Nov 1, 2017

(WATCH) Kaupapa On The Couch: Rivers are people too!

What do we mean when we refer to our mountains and rivers as ancestors? Leonie Hayden looks at the world-leading legislation that recognises Te Urewera national park and the Whanganui River as people.

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Ātea
Oct 13, 2017

New comedy The Vultures: Entitled, greedy, rich – and Māori

Playwright Miria George talks to Leonie Hayden about her new satire of Māori capitalism, and challenging assumptions about what Māori art should be.

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Ātea
Oct 6, 2017

An 85 year-old man just bolted into the race for worst column of the year

Ātea editor Leonie Hayden responds to a misinformed shambles of an opinion column published in numerous newspapers this week.

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Ātea
Oct 3, 2017

(WATCH) Kaupapa On The Couch: The Declaration of Independence

Leonie Hayden presents Kaupapa On The Couch, a six-part webseries looking at issues in te ao Māori that aren’t as well known as they should be.

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Ātea
Oct 2, 2017

Introducing The Spinoff Ātea, an online community for Māori perspectives and insight

No more ‘us’ and ‘them’, writes Ātea editor Leonie Hayden.

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Politics
Sep 22, 2017

Seat watch: the Māori electorates

The campaign for the Māori seats has been defined by drama and intrigue, with noble families protecting ancient fiefdoms and usurpers lurking around every corner like some kind of popular fantasy series.

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Society
Sep 21, 2017

Ethnicity and diversity: Why we need top of the cliff solutions

The experiences of migrants and refugees in New Zealand are addressed in an annual summit hosted by AUT's University Director of Diversity, Edwina Pio.

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Television
Sep 19, 2017

Married At First Sight is pretty damn white

The cast of the first season of Married At First Sight NZ has left us with snow blindness, writes Leonie Hayden.

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Ātea
Aug 31, 2017

Welcome to our new webseries, Kaupapa On The Couch!

Kaupapa On The Couch is a six-part webseries looking at issues in te ao Māori that aren’t as well known or understood as they should be.

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Books
Aug 31, 2017

Fight like a girl: A conversation with Clementine Ford

Australian feminist author Clementine Ford is in town this week for Shifting Points Of View at WORD Christchurch. Leonie Hayden talked to her about feminist parenting, the power of the Twitter thread and how to start a revolution on your own.

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Politics
Aug 24, 2017

Uh oh: Mike Hosking doesn’t know we can all vote for the Māori Party

It's a throwaway line pretending to be a throwaway joke (in the loosest sense of the word). What it reveals is incredibly worrying, writes Leonie Hayden.

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Television
Aug 15, 2017

Only in Aotearoa: The new sketch comedy series about race relations in Godzone

A Māori, a Filipino and a Persian walk into a bar. They’re probably just getting a drink after a day of filming their new comedy sketch show.

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Discovery Camp
Aug 10, 2017

Discover yourself on DiscoveryCamp

'My mind exploded. No joke, the feeling was like I had a crush!' Three rangatahi talk about discovering their passion for science at DiscoveryCamp.

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Books
Aug 9, 2017

Where are all the Māori print journalists?

All week the Spinoff Review of Books is examining and taking inspiration from A Moral Truth, an important new book about investigative journalism in New Zealand. Today: Former Mana editor Leonie Hayden, now of The Spinoff, considers the lack of Māori newspaper reporters.

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Auckland
Jul 4, 2017

All women want from you is money: A night with Chris Rock in Auckland

Comedy megastar Chris Rock performed to a packed Spark Arena on Saturday. Like being yelled at by a rich man about controlling, manipulative, money-grabbing women? This was the show for you, writes Leonie Hayden.

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Auckland
Jun 15, 2017

The body, the past, and the present: Choreographer Tia Sagapolutele on Polynesian dance

The Pacific Dance Festival, opening in Auckland tonight, brings rich and challenging expression to the stage. Leonie Hayden talks to dancer and choreographer Tia Sagapolutele.

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Society
May 5, 2017

Dear masculinists: The feminist movement isn’t about you, it’s about us

Leonie Hayden has an announcement to make to the masculinists of New Zealand: chill out, feminism helps everyone.

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Music
Nov 21, 2016

Aaradhna, ‘urban’ music and the privilege of definitions

Reflecting on Aaradhna’s speech at the New Zealand Music Awards and the subsequent media coverage, Mana editor Leonie Hayden reflects on language, race, and the way racism is covered in the media.

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Auckland
Sep 27, 2016

The South Auckland Mayoral Debate Quiz: can you do better than our mayoral candidates?

Yesterday morning five leading mayoral candidates – Goff, Swarbrick, Crone, Palino and Thomas – headed to Mangere’s Ngā Whare Waatea to debate the issues facing South Auckland. Mana magazine editor Leonie Hayden was there.

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Auckland
Sep 27, 2016

‘I don’t know if half of them know where Mangere is’: The mayoral candidates head south, finally

Yesterday morning five leading mayoral candidates – Goff, Swarbrick, Crone, Palino and Thomas – visited Mangere's Ngā Whare Waatea to debate the issues facing South Auckland. Mana magazine editor Leonie Hayden was there.

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