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 or call him on 021884067.

Sep 10, 2021

Birdseye View: Charlotte Ryan and the mission to make music come alive on the radio

Music 101 host Charlotte Ryan on where she goes to find peace and how to create the perfect radio show. 

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Sep 6, 2021

The familiar feeling of doing business under lockdown

For many businesses the return of Covid-19 felt eerily familiar.

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Aug 5, 2021

Three women at the sharp end of the tech revolution

The way we work – and why we go to work in the first place – is changing rapidly under the influence of technology.

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Jun 19, 2021

The man who propelled the Black Caps to the brink of their greatest ever glory

'I’m almost most proud of when I stepped away. I knew the team was ready to go in a different direction. The team was ready for Kane.'

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Southern Cross Pet – DOGPARK
Mar 9, 2021

The power of the dog park to create human connections

The dog park is so much more than an open space to let pups off the lead. It’s a place where deep human connections are made. 

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Jan 19, 2021

The man with a mandate to change the way Kiwibank thinks about Māori

A distinctly colonial institution, banking has long ignored te ao Māori. Teaho Pihama believes investment in tikanga Māori at Kiwibank can have significant, positive outcomes for Māori.

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Coming Home
Dec 22, 2020

‘You notice what makes New Zealand special’: Coming home in 2020

Simon Day spoke to Charlotte Ward, chief people officer at Kiwibank, about what it was like to return to New Zealand in 2020.

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Dec 5, 2020
Te Hiringa Hauora
Oct 22, 2020

It’s time to talk about anxiety and depression in new dads

Simon Day shares his story of postnatal anxiety and talks to parenting advocates about what fathers need to do when they feel overwhelmed.

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Oct 7, 2020

Finding whakapapa: On parenting, empowerment and te reo Māori

Simon Day didn't learn te reo Māori as a child. Now a parent himself, he's passionate about giving his sons the opportunity.

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The Bulletin
Jun 5, 2020

Rat traps and carbon credits: The native forests offsetting your emissions

Simon Day discovers how the voluntary carbon market allows both individuals and companies to offset their emissions at the same time as investing in native forest regeneration.

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May 21, 2020

Ten tips from 12 weeks as a brand new parent

Simon Day shares some lessons from his first three months as a dad.

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May 15, 2020

Why Aucklanders must save 20 litres of water every day

Auckland's dams have seen just 37% of their normal rainfall in 2020. That's a problem.

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University of Otago
May 12, 2020

Examining the lasting effects of lockdown on New Zealand

Will Covid-19 change New Zealanders' social beliefs and perceptions of the world?

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Ātea Otago
Apr 1, 2020

Why more Māori professors are essential for Aotearoa’s universities

Three newly appointed Māori professors at the University of Otago talk about why putting te ao Māori at the centre of their work is so important. 

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Feb 23, 2020

Burps, farts and boogers. Our first eight weeks with twins

Being a new parent is scary and overwhelming and you can forget that it’s also full of happiness. Simon Day shares the moments of joy that have pulled him through …

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Dec 24, 2019

Tips for conquering the never-ending leftover Christmas ham

Simon Day shares his favourite leftover ham recipes.

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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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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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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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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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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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