Simon Wilson

Simon Wilson is the former editor of The Spinoff Auckland, Metro and Cuisine. He joined the NZ Herald as a senior writer in January 2017.

Society
Mar 14, 2021

The scandal that lurks beneath the dirty politics trial

The Food and Grocery Council has barely been dented by the revelations of Dirty Politics. Why is that?

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Auckland
Oct 31, 2017

Te Pō: a great play in Auckland with just a few more nights to run

Simon Wilson called the play Te Pō “a masterpiece” when it premiered last year. It’s back for a short return season and he went along to see if he got it right.

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Auckland
Oct 31, 2017

What are all those black and yellow bikes doing on Auckland's bike racks?

Auckland has a new bike share scheme! Or does it? Simon Wilson investigates the strange case of the bumblebee bikes in the central city.

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Auckland
Oct 30, 2017

Good comms, bad comms: assessing how Auckland Council spends its $45m communications budget

The Herald says communications spending at Auckland Council is out of control, but is that true? Simon Wilson looks at what council comms should be doing and why.

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Auckland
Oct 27, 2017

The new government’s big plans for Auckland

New plans for transport and housing, sure, but the government's coalition and support deals promise much more for Auckland than that. As Simon Wilson reports, there's even a big win for Metiria Turei. 

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Politics
Oct 19, 2017

Jacinda Ardern and the left look boldly to the future

Simon Wilson does a little dreaming, because why not?

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Politics
Oct 18, 2017

Enough with the MMP catastrophising. The system is working just fine

It might feel like we’re waiting forever, says Simon Wilson, but MMP is operating effectively right now.

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Auckland
Oct 18, 2017

The flower seller

Shobhana Ranchhodji runs a florist’s shop in one of the most difficult locations in the city: right by the Albert St tunnelling project for the City Rail Link. Simon Wilson went along to meet a retailer who’s determined to keep making her customers happy.

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Politics
Oct 17, 2017

Four big reasons why National should not lead the next government. And four why it should

As we await the puffs of white smoke from the Beehive, Simon Wilson argues that National is unfit for office – although he’s not so sure about Labour, either.

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Auckland
Oct 16, 2017

10 things Auckland desperately needs from the new government

Is Auckland in a crisis over transport, housing, schools, you name it, or are we heading in the right direction and hey, those are really good sausages you’ve got on the barbecue? The answer, says Simon Wilson, is yes. The city voted both ways. And now it really needs help from the new government.

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Auckland
Oct 14, 2017

Auckland votes – finally – to look hard at moving its port

Winston Peters has ideas about what should happen to the Auckland port, but this week the Auckland Council took matters into its own hands. Simon Wilson was there and reports …

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Auckland
Oct 12, 2017

What Auckland’s new Freyberg Place gets so right – and what it doesn’t

Auckland's newly refurbished Freyberg Place is a wonderful new public space, says Simon Wilson. Except for those times when it isn't.

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Politics
Oct 10, 2017

We’re looking at a Greens-National deal from the wrong direction

All eyes are on Winston, but still there's a clamour for a National/Greens coalition. Simon Wilson looks at why the idea has such appeal and what it might mean for politics in this country.

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Politics
Oct 7, 2017

The special votes swing left – here’s the final result and what it might mean

Labour has the policies and it’s closer now to having the numbers – but close enough? What will Winston do, and what will National do?

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Auckland
Oct 6, 2017

Phil Goff: the mayor with no money

A year into the job, Mayor Phil Goff is having big problems with his budget. And with water, transport, housing, the America's Cup, the rest of council and the whole of government. But, says Simon Wilson, he gives every impression of being a surprisingly happy man.

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Auckland
Oct 3, 2017

City of art: Auckland’s unmissable Artweek starts on Saturday

What is art and what is it good for? Artweek, starting this weekend and running to the end of next, turns the central city into a showcase with a thousand answers: events, exhibitions, gallery tours, talks, open spectacles, hidden surprises and untold delights.

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Auckland
Sep 30, 2017

Winston Peters might be right: is the future of the Auckland port up north?

Are Winston Peters and the big party negotiators going to do a smart deal on the future of the Auckland port, or will they succumb to reckless nonsense? Simon Wilson explains the biggest issue for Auckland in the talks to form a government.

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Auckland
Sep 30, 2017

Pleasuredome is a funkadelic musical aiming to make it from Avondale to Vegas

Everybody wants to rule the world, but who else, asks Simon Wilson in this "partner content" feature, sets out to do it with as much wham-bam glam as the 80s dancefloor revivalist musical Pleasuredome?

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Auckland
Sep 29, 2017

Phil Goff: ‘A referendum would rip our community apart’

Auckland mayor Phil Goff talks tough on the need for a dedicated Māori seat on council.

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Politics
Sep 25, 2017

The good news and the bad news for Labour

How hard is Labour trying to form a government? Who made it into the new parliament, and who's waiting on the edge for those specials? Let’s do the bad news first. …

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Politics
Sep 24, 2017

10 things we learned last night

Simon Wilson went round the party election parties last night, and lived and breathed the campaign. These are the 10 things he learned.

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Politics
Sep 23, 2017

11.18pm: Party Watch – The look in the eyes of the Nats

Election Night 2017: Simon Wilson is at the National Party's party at Sky City in Auckland.

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Politics
Sep 23, 2017

10.03pm: Party Watch – the Greens are getting used to this

Election Night 2017: Simon Wilson reports from the Green Party party in central Auckland.

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Politics
Sep 23, 2017

8.33pm: Party Watch – Meanwhile Labour is having a party

Election Night 2017: Simon Wilson reports (almost) live from the Labour Party victory party/wake.

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Politics
Sep 23, 2017

7pm: Party Watch – reporting live from the official party shindigs

Election Night 2017: The Spinoff is at tonight's National, Labour and Greens parties in central Auckland. Simon Wilson sets the scene.

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Politics
Sep 22, 2017

Seat watch: the electorates that will tell the story

Which electorates to watch? In some of them, the spread of the party vote will tell you heaps about how the whole night is going. In others, high-profile local candidates will confound the big trends.

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Auckland
Sep 22, 2017

Will Chlöe Swarbrick slow Labour’s roll in Maungakieikie?

It was another cold night in another cold community hall in Panmure and Chloe Swarbrick was still grinning. Simon Wilson reports on Maungakiekie, the electorate that will show whether Labour knows how to win.

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