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Zika and microcephaly: things to know

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Access by Hilary Stace
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The Zika Virus seems to have come out of nowhere to be declared a World Health Organisation Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 1 February 2016, after a substantial spike in cases of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome were reported…

Friday Music: Festive and Unconflicted

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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The music post here is usually a break from politics, but I was amused this morning by Prime Minister John Key's declaration that he would be forsaking Waitangi tomorrow for somewhere "festive and unconflicted" to spend Waitangi Day – because it…

2500 Reasons

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Speaker by Annabelle Lee
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A Māori politician once said to me "our people will march to parliament for the foreshore and seabed, land rights, water rights and whatever else is going, but they never pull on their marching boots for our kids." We certainly…

Blinded by the white

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Speaker by Joshua Drummond
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In the midst of a very good article over at The Spinoff this week - the Top 50 NZ works of non-fiction as selected by a panel of indigenous experts - there was one line that leapt out. "There are…

This is Why, This is Why I Fight

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Polity by Rob Salmond
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Hello, I’m Rob Salmond and this is Polity on Public Address. Welcome. I’ll be blogging here about politics most of all, but with a dose of sports, parenting, and miscellany thrown in. I’m really grateful to Russell for sharing his…

Stand Up for Women

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Speaker by John Palethorpe
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Earlier this week I saw that the violent misogyny website Return of Kings were planning global meetups. There were set locations, narrow time windows and even a password, straight out of a corny sixties spy movie. I laughed and told…

Fix up, young men

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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I was standing watching Beach House's spellbinding performance at Laneway on Monday when I thought about how remarkable it is that this annual new music festival has become so much about women. Beach House's Victoria Le Grand was commanding the…

Laneway 2016 - Goodbye Silo

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Capture by Jackson Perry
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The last, last Laneway at Silo Park. Ever. Pinky promise. Auckland turned on a scorcher. We went early, and consequently ran out of steam before the bigger night acts, which is a trap for the, something, generation. I may add…

What Star Wars can teach us about good campaigns

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Speaker by Kirk Serpes
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It’s pretty rare that I pay to see a movie twice but along with Mad Max: Fury Road the new Star Wars sequel was totally worth it! To be fair I was already a big enough fan to binge-watch the…

Friday Music: Jean's Laneway

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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One of the vexing things about liking new music is that you're supposed to stop doing it after A Certain Age. Or, at least, to transition to something more age-appropriate. Sure, I can throw the bangers at you here, but…

The CRL and the nature of change

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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As a friend of mine observed yesterday, backdowns are gold for political journalists. The stories write themselves: the government (or indeed, any other party) got it wrong and is now crawling back and hoping no one notices. Therefore: BUSTED! And…

On tour with The Boss

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Polity by Rob Salmond
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Last month, I was very fortunate to accompany Andrew Little as he traveled for five days of meetings in Washington and New York. The trip was to assist Andrew in his preparation to become Prime Minister. For many years, opposition…

Music: All this and some choice Mongolian jazz-rock

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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I'm still not tired of the continuing flow of interesting Bowie things filling social media, and this is one of the best. Bowie played the annual Bridge School Benefit Concert in 1996. The clip below really comes to life with…

The Blue Inhaler

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Access by Hilary Stace
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The Ventolin inhaler is a reason I am not dead. Ventolin is a reliever medication for asthma delivered in a Metered Dose Inhaler or MDI, and globally it is one of the most commonly used treatments for any medical condition.…

Radio being made

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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It wasn't television, it was radio being made. And that is a virtue. The debut episode of Checkpoint with John Campbell went out yesterday and while there are still a few moving parts to be bedded in, it seems clear…

Friday Music: Bowie, Original Hipster

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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There is, of course, already a discussion thread here devoted to David Bowie and his passing – and I had intended to lead with something different for the regular Friday Music post. But then I noticed this post on Dangerous Minds.…

Footpaths, not manifest destiny

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Simon Wilson is most of the way through his fascinating Metro magazine feature on the Auckland National Party and its designs on Auckland local government by the time he identifies the thing that unites the party's "braided river": the belief…

Kia kaha, Helen Kelly

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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"Helen Kelly is fighting for the rights of others to the very end," reads a comment under Life and Death and Cannabis, the trade union leader's new post at The Standard. And yes, she really is. Kelly is taking cannabis…

Friday Music: The Wizards of Oz Rock

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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When I was young, we scorned Australian pub rock as everything our music wasn't. The deafening, unwavering four-on-the-floor of the bass guitar and drums, the guitars without finesse or shimmer, the squalling singer, the bogan tone. While Hello Sailor blended…

Treatment for itching and shyness

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Access by Hilary Stace
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I was born with skin which was often too tight, too brittle, too burning and too itchy. My mother spent a great deal of time trying to alleviate the effects of my eczema including regular bedtime rituals of which I…

New Zealand's most racist law

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Legal Beagle by Graeme Edgeler
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Earlier this year, Ted Dawe’s teen novel Into the River was temporarily banned. It was a ridiculous decision, but this was in part attributable to a flaw (one of many) in New Zealand’s censorship law. The only two options that…

Music: Lemmy

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Eleven thousand four hundred and eighty days have passed since the night I met Lemmy in Napier. I think I'm on safe ground in supposing that I've had more sleeps since than he did. Motorhead were on a 1984 regional…

Incoming: Summer

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Things will be a little quieter on Public Address over the next month or so. I'll still be around (if I don't answer the door I'll be out on the deck) but I thought it would be a good idea…