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

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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NZ Drug Foundation
Jul 29, 2017

The ‘pot momma’ who convinced Washington state to legalise weed

Alison Holcomb is known as the architect of marijuana legalisation in Washington state and was labelled 'pot momma' by the press. She spoke to Simon Day about leading Washington state to legalising cannabis.

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Society
Jul 24, 2017

Why cannabis reform needs to be done with Māori, for Māori

Māori are the greatest victims of New Zealand’s war on drugs, but many Māori leaders are opposed to ideas of decriminalisation or legalisation. Professor Khylee Quince spoke to Simon Day about why tikanga Māori needs to be at the heart of drug reform.

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Music
Jul 24, 2017

Kiwi-Rwandan rapper Raiza Biza on why he’s proud to rep Hamilton

Raiza Biza’s first full length album since 2012 is on the horizon. He talks to Simon Day about the local hip hop community, growing up black in New Zealand, and his upcoming all-ages gig – which we're giving away tickets to.

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Music
Jul 17, 2017

On Otherness, Grayson Gilmour surrenders to the chaos – ‘in a good way’

Simon Day talks to Grayson Gilmour about spatialised audio, his Silver Scroll nomination, and new album, Otherness.

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Sports
Jul 15, 2017

Mils Muliaina: we deserve clarity about the penalty/not penalty which decided the Lions series

A week after the melodramatic ending to the Lions tour where the “controversial penalty, that wasn’t a penalty, that could have been a penalty, that wasn’t a penalty,” the rugby world is none the wiser. Former All Black Mils Muliaina is still pissed that no clarity has been provided around that final decision.

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NZ Drug Foundation
Jul 13, 2017

How to legalise cannabis: Lessons from Canada, where they’re about to do it

Former Canadian deputy prime minister Anne McLellan was in New Zealand last week to present at the NZ Drug Foundation symposium about her role in guiding Canada’s drug reform. She spoke to Simon Day about the road to legalisation, growing Canada’s 'worst pot ever', and the potential Baby Boomer weed market.

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Politics
Jul 6, 2017

Who’s going to fix our drug laws?

Our politicians agree we need to reform our drug laws. But is anyone going to do anything about it? Simon Day reports.

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NZ Drug Foundation
Jul 4, 2017

The War on Drugs is ending all over the world. Global experts arrive tomorrow to tell our politicians

Around the world the War on Drugs has failed; in New Zealand our aging drug law punishes and imprisons drug users. This week the New Zealand Drug Foundation has brought drug reformers to speak at Parliament to guide our laws into the 21st century. Simon Day asks if our politicians will finally listen.

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Society
Jun 12, 2016

Life in tin boxes: 24 powerful photographs from Azraq refugee camp

Just over two years ago, the Azraq refugee camp was opened in Jordan to house Syrians fleeing civil war. Today around 35,000 refugees live there. Simon Day shares some of what he saw on a recent visit

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Sports
Nov 30, 2015

Cricket: The Pink Ball Diaries, Day Three – Did We Just Watch Test Cricket Save Itself?

A close, captivating inaugural day-night test match. But was it enough to fix test cricket? Simon Day reports from Adelaide.

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Sports
Nov 29, 2015

Cricket: The Pink Ball Diaries, Live from Adelaide – Day Two

On day two tradition and modernity collided at one of the world’s most beautiful cricket grounds. Simon Day reports from Adelaide.

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Sports
Nov 28, 2015

Cricket: The Pink Ball Diaries, Live from Adelaide – Day One

The first day of the inaugural day-night test fell on the first anniversary of the death of Phillip Hughes. Reporting from Adelaide, Simon Day found cricket was the best tribute to his memory.

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Television
Dec 9, 2014

Street Week: Life as TK Samuels’ Doctor Doppelganger

Richard Cowley had just started med school when TK Samuels arrived in Ferndale. Their uncanny resemblance has haunted him ever since. Simon Day sat down with him for a chat …

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