Simon Day

Simon Day (Tainui) is the Spinoff’s commercial editorial director. He helps our brand partners find and tell amazing stories. He is also the host of The Spinoff's food podcast, Dietary Requirements. Email him on simonday@thespinoff.co.nz or call him on 021884067.

BurgerFuel
Nov 12, 2019

The plant-based revolution is here (and it's juicy, salty and messy)

Simon Day eats a burger and considers becoming a vegetarian (again). 

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Sunbeam
Oct 9, 2019

Everything butter touches turns to gold: A love letter to buttery goodness (+ recipes)

Simon Day trials the new Sunbeam Mixmaster Hand Mixer with its unique HeatSoft Technology to make some bespoke butters, and share his recipes. 

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Science
Sep 19, 2019

More than a set of wheels: How electric vehicles could soon power your home

The release of the new Nissan Leaf electric vehicle signals a shift in the role of cars in our society. Simon Day was at the launch of the new model. 

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Food
Sep 13, 2019

Recipe: Five-spice pork shoulder with crispy skin (and a cultural journey)

Simon Day learns about the history and power of Chinese five spice. 

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WOAP 2019
Sep 10, 2019

LA chef Nancy Silverton brings her delicious simplicity to Wellington

Nancy Silverton is one of the world’s great chefs and for three nights in August, she took over a restaurant in Wellington. Simon Day was there.  The first thing legendary Californian …

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Barkers 1972
Sep 1, 2019

Two for the price of one: Father’s Day advice on raising twins

In June Simon Day learned he was going to become a father – to twins. To find out what he was in for he spoke to Jay Reeve about his first …

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Cricket World Cup 2019
Aug 27, 2019

‘The worst thing I’ve ever watched’: Jimmy Neesham on life, loss and the 51st over

Black Caps Cricket World Cup hero Jimmy Neesham reveals what happened on that ill-fated day at Lord’s and how to move on.

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Food
Aug 23, 2019

Hiakai review: Monique Fiso’s food is a loving, delicious tribute to Aotearoa

Simon Day dined alone at Monique Fiso's Wellington restaurant Hiakai, and discovered it was the perfect way to appreciate the meaning of this special food. 

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WOAP 2019
Aug 7, 2019

Why Wellington is the world’s best food city

Simon Day has eaten great food in iconic cities all over the world. Nothing beats Wellington's food scene, even on a bad day.

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Food
Jul 14, 2019

Recipe: A Cricket World Cup final bacon and egg pie

Why Simon Day hopes baking a bacon and egg pie will guide the Black Caps to glory tonight.

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Cricket World Cup 2019
Jun 29, 2019

The 1992 World Cup grabbed me, and it still won’t let me go

In 1992 the New Zealand cricket team had an unlikely and romantic run at the World Cup. Simon Day retraces the tournament that changed his life forever.

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Cricket World Cup 2019
Jun 1, 2019

Bring back Brendon McCullum

Ahead of the Black Caps first match in the Cricket World Cup, superfan Simon Day longs for his former leader.

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Brewers Association
Apr 17, 2019

New Zealand is very good at beer – we find out why

Beer is a big deal in New Zealand and even as we drink less, its contribution to our economy grows. Simon Day spoke to the Brewers Association's Dylan Firth about the industry's growth.

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Food
Apr 14, 2019

How to skin a kingfish with Clarke Gayford

The first fisherman shows Simon Day how to fillet a fish using the famous Gisborne method.

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Auckland Zoo
Mar 29, 2019

The chance to show 50,000 kids the meaning of mātauranga Māori

For most of his life, Brian Ireland had no idea about his Māori whakapapa, but when he discovered it he found a whole new way to look at the world and to teach about how we look after it. He spoke to Simon Day about bringing mātauranga Māori to the Auckland Zoo.

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Music
Mar 14, 2019

The festival that embraces the spirit of Cuba Street

CubaDupa festival hosts nearly 200 artists across two days in the heart of Wellington to mark the end of summer. 

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Music
Feb 17, 2019

The music we grew up with: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill tour review

Simon Day was at the last night of the tumultuous 20th anniversary tour of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

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Brewers Association
Feb 11, 2019

How to treat your beer with the respect it deserves

Two beer experts share their tips for making the most of your brew, from how to store your bottles to the best kind of glasses to use.

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Food
Feb 8, 2019

The lost tapes of our Al Brown barbecue (plus ribs and pork rump steak recipes)

In which Al Brown praised Simon Day's grillin' skills and we got it on tape... and then disaster struck. But don't worry, the recipes survive.

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Politics
Jan 15, 2019

Fight the power! The technology giving consumers control of their electricity

For a very long time the electricity market has been dominated by providers. The Spinoff spoke to a company shifting the balance towards the consumer.

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Barkers 1972
Jan 13, 2019

‘I look after my mental health every single day’: John Kirwan on living his best life

Simon Day spoke to Sir John Kirwan about what he's learned about living well – and why he’s determined to help young Kiwis learn, too.

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Food
Jan 2, 2019
Splore
Dec 27, 2018

‘Carousing and frolicking’: 20 years of Splore

Simon Day explores the journey of his favourite festival.

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Food
Dec 23, 2018

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 23

Every day in the lead-up to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Our arbitrary and strictly enforced word limit: 365. …

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Sports
Dec 15, 2018

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 15

Every day in the lead-up to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Our arbitrary and strictly enforced word limit: 365. Today: Simon Day on why cricket is the best sport in the world (and rugby sucks).

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Music
Dec 10, 2018

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 10

Every day in the leadup to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Our arbitrary and strictly enforced word limit: 365. …

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