Simon Day

Simon Day (Tainui) is the Spinoff’s partnerships editor. He previously worked for World Vision and as a journalist for Fairfax Media. Email him on simonday@thespinoff.co.nz

The Bulletin
Jun 15, 2018

The Bulletin: The Winston and Shane show

Tēnā koutou katoa, haere mai ki Te Bulletin, ko Simon Day tōku ingoa. I’m stepping in for Alex Braae this morning and in today’s edition: Winston Peters jumps Fonterra, Spark …

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Ātea
Jun 7, 2018

The power, importance, and future of the Māori roll

Māori are in the process of choosing which electoral roll to vote from. Simon Day spoke to Dr Paerau Warbrick about what that decision means. 

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Barkers 1972
Jun 4, 2018

Congratulations you've been hacked: what businesses can learn from Mr Robot

Today, even large corporations are trying to be agile, experimental and collaborative — an approach that could be termed 'hacking'.

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Society
May 30, 2018

Everybody Eats: Saving the world, one hot meal at a time

One third of all food produced is thrown away, at the same time as billions of people go hungry. Simon Day met some of the people trying to fix our broken food system.

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Society
May 12, 2018

How public transport saved my marriage

Finding existential fulfilment on the public transport.

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Ātea
Apr 4, 2018

Power to the people: finding a cure for healthcare inequity

Māori, Pacific and low income groups have a health outcomes well below the rest of the population. In Dunedin there's a community that's come up with the medicine to treat itself. 

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Sports
Mar 23, 2018

The Pink Ball Diaries: Are Trent Boult and Tim Southee selfish?

In 2015 Simon Day travelled to Adelaide to observe the inaugural day/night test. Yesterday, he caught the train to Eden Park to see the first pink ball test match played in New Zealand. 

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Sports
Mar 22, 2018

Like day and night: The life, death and resurrection of test cricket

Today New Zealand's first day/night test match starts at Eden Park - part of a scheme to cure test cricket of its apparent terminal illness. Simon Day argues test cricket will never die. 

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Music
Mar 4, 2018

Auckland City Limits 2018: in photos

On Saturday the second Auckland City Limits went down at Western Springs. Simon Day spent the day roaming the speedway with his camera. 

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Auckland
Feb 28, 2018

A play about racism and homelessness: by those who have faced it

The Race is an original piece of theatre about those marginalised by society, created by those who have been marginalised themselves. Simon Day spoke to some of the cast about the role acting has in their lives.  

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Society
Feb 27, 2018

Empress Stah, the laser butt plug, and exploring the light inside us

Aerial artist Empress Stah performs the world's only laser butt plug show, and she brought it to Splore 2018 last weekend. Simon Day spoke to her about how her art challenges audiences to look at the world in a different way.

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Music
Feb 26, 2018

Splore 2018: the best weekend ever

Simon Day looks back on what might just have been the best Splore ever.

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Ātea
Feb 7, 2018

Does Auckland Council respect the rāhui, or reject the rāhui?

A Facebook post by the Auckland Council’s tourism arm promoting a hike in the Waitākere Ranges is another example of the council’s mixed messaging on the kauri dieback.

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Ātea
Feb 1, 2018

Teaching water safety the Māori way

Māori are continually over-represented in Aotearoa's drowning statistics. Simon Day spoke to University of Otago's Dr Anne-Marie Jackson about using traditional techniques to help teach water safety and reconnect Māori with their awa.

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Music
Jan 30, 2018

Laneway Festival 2018: Auckland at its best

Thousands came to celebrate Auckland's anniversary at Laneway Festival in a sun soaked Albert Park. Simon Day shares his favourite memories of a very good (and very hot) day. 

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Ātea
Jan 6, 2018

Summer reissue: Get your macron on: A guide to writing te reo Māori the right way

The tohutō (macron) is an important and powerful part of te reo Māori. Simon Day explains how to use it.

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Society
Dec 3, 2017

Taking New Zealand’s institutional racism in health to the UN

In August a group of New Zealand researchers presented a report to the UN detailing the effects of racism on Māori. Simon Day spoke to AUT’s Dr Heather Came about the causes and cures for New Zealand’s racism.

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Ātea
Nov 27, 2017

If the hills could sue: Jacinta Ruru on legal personality and a Māori worldview

New Zealand led the world with the recognition of the legal personhood of the Whanganui River and Te Urewera ranges. Otago University professor of law, Jacinta Ruru, says this needs to be the start of a Māori worldview contribution to our legal system and the way we look after our environment.

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New Caledonia
Oct 31, 2017

Punk rock in paradise

It began as a birthday party on a farm, now Blackwoodstock Festival runs for three days on an idyllic location on New Caledonia's West Coast. Simon Day spoke to organiser Jean-Marc Desvals about growing the island's indie rock scene, how to attract big artists to New Caledonia, and the 'spirit of the cow'. 

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Ātea
Oct 17, 2017

Mocking the haka: The Haka Party Incident and ‘casual’ racism in New Zealand

An innovative piece of theatre has resurfaced a long forgotten story, which had a lasting affect on race relations in New Zealand. Simon Day spoke to director Katie Wolfe about The Haka Party Incident.

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Ātea
Oct 13, 2017

Get your macron on: A guide to writing te reo Māori the right way

The tohutō (macron) is an important and powerful part of te reo Māori. Simon Day explains how to use it.

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Business
Sep 29, 2017

Social enterprise: the future of capitalism?

Social enterprise is changing the way we consume. In a discussion with some of the most prominent players in the sector, The Spinoff asks: can we consume our way to …

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Business
Sep 18, 2017

The rise of social enterprise in New Zealand

With the Social Enterprise World Forum in Christchurch from September 27 - 29, The Spinoff is examining the way the sector is changing our economy. Alex Hannant, CEO of the Ākina Foundation, spoke to Simon Day about the development of the socially conscious business in New Zealand.

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NZ Drug Foundation
Aug 19, 2017

How to help people do drugs safely: let them know what they’re really taking

For nearly 25 years Dr Fiona Measham has documented how and why humans do drugs - at festivals, nightclubs, and parties. She spoke to Simon Day about how helping people know what exactly they’re taking is making drug- taking safer in the UK.

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Media
Aug 11, 2017

Pulling an all-nighter with broadcasting legend Lloyd Scott

Host of RNZ's All Night programme for the last 13 years, Lloyd Scott talks New Zealand through the night for the last time this evening. Simon Day joined him for a shift to discuss his 53-year career at the public broadcaster, his mate Barry Crump and changes at RNZ.

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Society
Aug 10, 2017

The vilification of ‘the Māori mother’ in Aotearoa: family violence and victim-blaming

New Zealand’s shameful rates of family violence place us at the bottom of the heap when it comes to intimate partner violence and child abuse in the OECD. Māori are among the greatest offenders and victims alike. Simon Day spoke to Denise Wilson about the history of family violence in this country and her solution to the problem.

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