Leonie Hayden

Leonie Hayden (Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara, Ngāti Rango) is the editor of Ātea, The Spinoff's Māori and indigenous content channel. She is the former editor of Mana magazine and Rip It Up magazine. Email her on leonie@thespinoff.co.nz

Ātea
Nov 24, 2020

A hard day to be wahine Māori

Leonie Hayden gets in her feelings about a shitty day for Māori women.

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Ātea
Nov 17, 2020

Nuku 100: The ambitious project by wāhine, for wāhine

Profiling 100 indigenous women – how hard can it be? Very bloody hard, it turns out. But worth every sacrifice, says Qiane Matata-Sipu.

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Media
Oct 22, 2020

Review: Rose Matafeo will make you laugh and make you cry in Baby Done

An awkward threesome. Too-close peeing. Indignity on a nightclub bathroom floor. A shining performance from Rose Matafeo. All of these are reasons to see Baby Done.

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Ātea
Oct 19, 2020

The Māori seats: what happened and what’s still to come

The Māori seats were electrifying to watch as the results came through on Saturday. Here's what happened.

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Politics
Oct 17, 2020

Pōtitanga predictions: What to watch out for in the Māori electorates

Some nail-biting battles are brewing in the Māori seats – here's a primer so you know what to keep an eye out for. 

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Politics
Oct 9, 2020

Election Live, October 9: Woman caught escaping managed isolation had also escaped the night before

The latest on election 2020 and other New Zealand news, updated throughout the day.

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Politics
Oct 8, 2020

Election 2020: Te ao Māori policies in two minutes

Our very quick guide to what's on offer.

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Ātea
Oct 5, 2020

Election 2020: Putting the spotlight on Tāmaki Makaurau

From Te Rerenga Wairua at the top of the country, right down to Rakiura, we’re taking a look at our seven Māori electorates and the candidates contesting the seats.

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Ātea
Sep 29, 2020

Ouch. This guy just got Vodaf-owned

When Danny woke up this morning, he didn't expect to be ganged up on by Aotearoa's three largest telcos.

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Ātea
Sep 24, 2020

Election 2020: Putting the spotlight on Te Tai Tokerau

From Te Rerenga Wairua at the top of the country, right down to Rakiura, we're taking a look at our seven Māori electorates and the candidates contesting the seats. First up: Te Tai Tokerau. 

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Ātea
Sep 23, 2020

Māori don’t exist, according to our political leaders so… talofa

Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins showed their true colours in the first leaders' debate, and they were pretty pale.

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Ātea
Sep 17, 2020

Te Wiki o te Reo and the election: Comparing te reo Māori policies

How do the campaign policies of our political parties stack up?

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Society
Sep 17, 2020

I wanna be like Sue Bradford

Activist and former politician Sue Bradford has been called an 'angry radical' most of her life. Leonie Hayden caught up with her to find out how she uses that anger for good.

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Society
Sep 16, 2020

Holding the diggers at bay: Avondale’s fight to protect its native trees

For 71 days, protesters have been locked in a battle with contractors to save 26 native trees in Avondale.

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Ātea
Sep 14, 2020

Toke director Kewana Duncan talks stoners, super-strains and stereotypes

Making his film-writing and directing debut in the tele-film Toke, Kewana Duncan talks about the influences and experiences that got him here and how to avoid playing into Māori stereotypes. 

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Ātea
Sep 4, 2020

Māori are 50% more likely to die from Covid-19 – at a bare minimum

Major reports published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today highlight ongoing inequity for Māori in health.

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Society
Sep 1, 2020

How having fun with a mentor can change a young person’s life

Listening and hanging out are small acts that make a huge difference for young people facing challenges.

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Ātea
Aug 29, 2020

Shame on Judge Sainsbury, shame on us all

The two-week jail sentence handed out to the woman who breached isolation with her grieving children is an abomination.

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Society
Aug 21, 2020

About Bloody Time! is an intimate portrait of a menstrual revolution

At 40 years old, filmmaker Rachel Judkins decided it was finally time to confront her hang-ups around talking about her period.

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Ātea
Aug 17, 2020

Iwi leaders are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst

A number of Māori and Pacific leaders are concerned that the government’s response to the resurgence of Covid-19 won't be enough to protect their communities.

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Society
Aug 13, 2020

Here we go again: Looking after your mental health during the resurgence

Feeling like you can't face it? It's totally understandable – here's some advice from the experts.

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Politics
Aug 8, 2020

The rebel MP: Green co-leader Marama Davidson

She's a lone wolf, a team player, a rebel, a leader and the nicest lady around. But what combination of those do you need to survive in government?

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Ātea
Jul 25, 2020

Review: Sis is loud, filthy and hilarious – but it’s so much more than that too

A new sketch show on Comedy Central has heralded a new era for Pacific voices.

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Ātea
Jul 23, 2020

A time of reckoning: Racism and representation in media

Why it's time for everyone to get on the bi-cultural waka. 

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Ātea
Jul 18, 2020
Media
Jul 15, 2020

Why Mike Hosking made a public apology to John Tamihere

Allegations of defamation led to a court-mandated apology by Mike Hosking to John Tamihere.

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