Hayden Donnell

Hayden Donnell is a contributing writer for The Spinoff.

Politics
Jan 5, 2021

A frame-by-frame analysis of Tova O'Brien's hall-of-fame National shambles story

Last night New Zealand witnessed one of the most exhilarating, confronting political stories to air on national television.

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Ātea
Dec 28, 2020

An interview with Heta Gardiner: A lonely Māori voice at the Covid-19 briefings

Heta Gardiner's questions offered a glimpse of a media world with different incentives, priorities and cultural values during the daily Covid-19 briefings.

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Society
Dec 16, 2020

Get it to the time capsule: Hayden Donnell on what we should bury to sum up 2020

Nobody loves collecting up things and trying to put them in another thing like Hayden Donnell.

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Politics
Dec 3, 2020

I finally solved the housing crisis. Ask me how

Experts have made the case for tax and interest rate adjustments to address the housing crisis in recent times. Hayden Donnell makes another, highly technical suggestion.

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Politics
Oct 19, 2020

Winners, losers, big losers, and gigantic losers from Election 2020

Grab your political popcorn for a merciless appraisal of the election's high profile players.

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Politics
Oct 12, 2020

Wellington, reviewed

Hayden Donnell recently spent some time in Wellington. This is his review.

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Politics
Sep 30, 2020

One day you will die, and you will have to tell Jesus Christ the things you’ve said about Judith Collins

The National leader was simply articulating an orthodox theological position.

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Politics
Sep 24, 2020

The courage to make life better

Labour has made an extraordinary ascent in the polls, and is now clinging to a mostly unthreatening brand of incremental centrism. Hayden Donnell counts the cost of that strategy. 

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Politics
Sep 16, 2020

Yes, public health is important. But surely not as important as rugby

A little bit of Covid-19 is a small price to pay for a whole lot of rugby, writes Hayden Donnell

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Society
Sep 8, 2020

The bronchiectasis bargain

According to Property Investors Federation spokesman Andrew King, some tenants don't actually want new heat pumps.

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Auckland
Sep 5, 2020

In search of Auckland’s post-Covid transformation

Dozens of major cities are building cycleways and pedestrianising streets as they adapt to the post-pandemic world. What's going on in Auckland?

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Society
Aug 27, 2020

An incomplete list of my rejected story pitches to The Spinoff

For every nugget of gold printed by The Spinoff, there are several more nuggets of slightly less lustrous gold. Hayden Donnell lists some of his rejected story ideas.

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Media
Aug 17, 2020

As rumours swirl, media grapple with how to responsibly cover conspiracy theories

In New Zealand, as overseas, authorities are dealing with two parallel crises: the Covid-19 virus and the maelstrom of misinformation surrounding it.

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Politics
Aug 15, 2020

Merv endings: A deep dive into the world of phony political talkback calls

The National Party figure thought to have adopted a fake name and called up talkback is far from the first political figure to try this tactic.

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Politics
Aug 8, 2020

100% accurate predictions for the 2020 general election campaign

More scandal? More yaks? More Jami-Lee Ross? Read on to find out...

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Politics
Jul 25, 2020
Politics
Jul 20, 2020

Fear and loathing and John Farnham at Winston Peters’ campaign launch

Winston Peters took the stage to launch an unlikely bid to stay in parliament on Sunday. Hayden Donnell went along for a close encounter with the New Zealand First faithful.

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Science
Jul 19, 2020

The nation must honour Nigel the gannet, lovesick New Zealand hero

It's time we show Nigel the affection and respect he surely craved, writes Hayden Donnell.

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Politics
Jul 11, 2020

Election 2020: The case to make this the filthiest contest of all time

So-called dirty deals have been roundly denounced over the years. Hayden Donnell argues that they need to be normalised, and even embraced, in September’s election.

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Politics
Jul 2, 2020

A blame guide for the Auckland light rail cluster-shemozzle uber-bungle

Struggling to find the correct apportionment of blame for the failure of light rail in Auckland? Hayden Donnell is here to help.

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Politics
Jun 25, 2020

Idea: Let’s not mess up Auckland to save ratepayers 47 cents a week

Auckland has made painstaking progress toward becoming a functioning modern city. Now its councillors may put that in jeopardy for a proposal that will save ratepayers an average of 47 cents a week.

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Politics
Jun 17, 2020

Solved: The mystery of Todd Muller’s upside down tino rangatiratanga flag photo

Todd Muller has been criticised for posing in front of an upside down tino rangatiratanga flag. Hayden Donnell uses investigative journalism to find out who’s responsible.

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Food
Jun 15, 2020

Terrible news: the avocado crime gangs are about to strike again

For four years running, at the exact same time of year, New Zealand has been terrorised by gangs of avocado thieves.

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Politics
May 27, 2020

A frame-by-frame analysis of Tova O’Brien’s hall-of-fame National shambles story

Last night New Zealand witnessed one of the most exhilarating, confronting political stories to air on national television.

Read on.

Ātea
May 16, 2020

An interview with Heta Gardiner: A lonely Māori voice at the Covid-19 briefings

Heta Gardiner's questions offer a glimpse of a media world with different incentives, priorities and cultural values.

Read on.

Society
May 9, 2020

How an anonymous, untrue tweet about suicide spiralled out of control

Last week, an inaccurate tweet about suicide spread so far that both the Ministry of Health and the Mental Health Foundation had to respond.

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