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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
A close, captivating inaugural day-night test match. But was it enough to fix test cricket? Simon Day reports from Adelaide.
On day two tradition and modernity collided at one of the world’s most beautiful cricket grounds. Simon Day reports from Adelaide.
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.
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 â€¦