Simon Wilson

Simon Wilson is the editor of The Spinoff Auckland and a former editor of Metro and Cuisine. Email him on simon@thespinoff.co.nz

Auckland
Dec 13, 2017

The kauri, the Waitakere and the rāhui

What exactly, asks Simon Wilson, has the council decided to do about kauri dieback? Why did the Maori board members contradict themselves and which trails have been closed?

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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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Politics
Sep 21, 2017

The Spinoff Predictometer: Which candidates will win on Saturday?

Who’s going to be an MP in a few days’ time? Simon Wilson has been studying the electorates, counting down the lists and poring through the chicken entrails. 

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Auckland
Sep 20, 2017

What’s going on with the business case for the proposed new highway to Whāngārei?

Transport minister Simon Bridges says no instruction was given to transport officials to hide the business case for the proposed new highway from Auckland to Whangarei. Simon Wilson reviews the paper trail.

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Politics
Sep 19, 2017

Tinkerbell the pretty communist and other things the dairy farmers said

Farmers rallied against Labour and the Greens in Jacinda Ardern's hometown Morrinsville yesterday. Simon Wilson went along to see what they had to say for themselves.

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Politics
Sep 18, 2017

New Zealand doesn’t have an urban-rural divide – but National’s trying its hardest to create one

Why did Bill English raise the prospect of slaughtering the dairy herd yesterday? As farmers prepare to protest in Jacinda Ardern's hometown Morrinsville, Simon Wilson wants to know why we are suddenly being asked to believe there is a deep urban/rural divide.

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Politics
Sep 14, 2017

MMP maths: How party vote percentages become seats in parliament

Your indispensable guide to counting the numbers on election night. Simon Wilson explains the official way to do it and offers a cheat’s alternative.

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Auckland
Sep 13, 2017

The legacy of Winston Peters and the future of Auckland’s port

If bullshit and bluster could make the trains run, Northland would be full of railroads. Still, when politicians gathered in Whangarei on Monday night, they did have some good things to say, writes Simon Wilson, who was up on the stage alongside them.

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Politics
Sep 11, 2017

James Shaw begins the biggest days of his political life

What would you do if your political allies were about to form a government but your party was in danger of not being part of it? Simon Wilson goes to Sunday's Green rally, where the sole remaining co-leader launched the battle that will determine the party's future, and may also define the shape of the next government.

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Auckland
Sep 9, 2017

One night out in Remuera

There's a lot riding on the Epsom election, with four current MPs in the race and everything from glory to humiliation at stake - for the candidates and for their parties too. Simon Wilson went along to a debate.

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Politics
Sep 6, 2017

The critical questions raised by Steven Joyce’s missing billions fiasco

What was Steven Joyce really up to when he said Labour’s budget plan was missing almost $12 billion? Simon Wilson considers the possibilities. 

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