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.

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

'I want them to be the kaitiaki': 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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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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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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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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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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