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.

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 …

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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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Food
Nov 1, 2018

Face to face with my food: a day on a pig farm

Alarmed by the disconnection between his food and its source, Simon Day visits the home of his bacon.

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Monteiths
Oct 10, 2018

The community that finds peace (and a feed) holding their breath beneath the sea

Simon Day sat down for fish tacos, beers and yarns with spearo Ant Broadhead. 

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Science
Aug 20, 2018

Western theory isn’t the only way: celebrating Māori and Pasifika science at DiscoveryCamp

DiscoveryCamp is inspiring young Māori and Pasifika students to persist with science. Simon Day talks to three graduates about the opportunities the programme has provided.

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Beverage
Aug 13, 2018

The beauty of bubbles: why champagne is so good (and NZ sparkling is not far off)

'Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right,' according to Mark Twain. Simon Day has a cleansing glass of bubbles (or three) to go with a history lesson on champagne.

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Beverage
Aug 5, 2018

The milkshake master and the nostalgia of fast food

Food and drink are the source of many memories. Simon Day remembers a hangover and his childhood with milkshake guru Matt Fitzgerald.

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Food
Jul 27, 2018

How to make your own peanut butter

Three easy-as PB recipes for the toast lover in your life.

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Food
Jul 9, 2018

Inside the empire of Auckland’s first couple of food

Taking over New Zealand’s most lauded restaurant is not a move for the faint-hearted, but risks tend to pay off for Sid and Chand Sahrawat.

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Food
Jul 3, 2018

The talented Mr Eaglesome: my four-course dinner with a conman

Simon Day has a meal with a criminal narcissist.

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Food
Jul 2, 2018

Spaghetti bolognese doesn’t exist: A love letter to Bologna

A quest for pasta perfection takes one carb enthusiast from Mt Eden, Auckland, to Bologna, Italy.

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Auckland
Jun 28, 2018

Meadowbank train nightmare: passengers trapped for 3+ hours

Fifty-two people were trapped on an Auckland train last night with no access to toilets, no food and no information

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Beverage
Jun 19, 2018

John Kirwan’s love affair with Italian wines comes home

From the moment he arrived in Italy to play rugby Sir John Kirwan fell in love with the food and wine. He spoke to Simon Day about bringing a taste of his corner of the country back to New Zealand. 

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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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