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

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

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

Simon Day has a meal with a criminal narcissist. 

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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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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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