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Friday Music: An unforced craft

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Last Friday night, my friend texted to say her friend wanted to know what album she should buy "right now" – and my first thought was two albums that weren't quite out. The first was Saint John Divine, the new album…

Hook, Line and Sinker – National’s Empty Bribe to Rec Fishers

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Speaker by Dave Hansford
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Whenever something distasteful oozes to the surface, the Government mounts some artful distraction to keep the public’s eye off the ball. In its final-term legislative spree, National is pushing through the most unpopular elements of its right-wing agenda – RMA reforms,…

Friday Music: After Kiwi

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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It is no slight on those who have worked there to say that Kiwi FM – which, it was announced today, will close at the end of the month – was born and lived in somewhat odd circumstances. Its birth was principally…

Scoop.co.nz's Operation Chrysalis - Ask Me Anything

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Speaker by Alastair Thompson
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Scoop.co.nz is a website with which I am sure Public Address readers are familiar. New Zealand's largest independent online news publisher by audience size, Scoop reached 324,791 NZ users over the last 31 days.  Over the past four weeks we…

An unacceptable failure of care

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The Independent Police Conduct Authority Report on Police’s handling of the alleged offending by ‘Roastbusters’ has been published, and it is damning. It finds that police handled the seven serial complaints carelessly, and that they communicated poorly with each other…

Aurora Australis

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Capture by Ian Griffin & Paul Le Comte
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If you were in the vicinity last night, and got to see the amazing Aurora Australis first hand, you are indeed one of the lucky ones. I managed to enjoy it thanks to a few in my twitter stream getting…

Ian Jorgensen: Images from A Movement

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Speaker by Ian "Blink" Jorgensen
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A Movement is a series of 10 themed art books collecting the remarkable music photography of Ian "Blink" Jorgensen from 2000 to 2015. Jorgensen has been an artist manager, tour manager, festival promoter, record label owner, author, publisher, musician and…

The Agony of Vanuatu and the New Climate Colonialism

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Speaker by Dave Hansford
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We used to detonate atomic bombs among the Pacific peoples – now we drop weather bombs. Vanuatu lies in ruins. Aid workers arriving in Port Vila have already described the death toll and damage as catastrophic, and Vanuatu’s lands minister, Ralph…

Changing Shape

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Access by Chelle Hope
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From the moment my leg left my body, it became medical waste. It’s not even that anymore, I’m sure. It’s … What is it? My leg existed in space and time as part of me and what I understood myself to…

Villainy and engagement

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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The rise of event television – and its burgeoning aligment with social media – has brought with it a new metric of success in recent years: "engagement". Unlike conventional TV ratings, engagement isn't directly convertible into revenue. It's more a means of…

Update on the Former MP's travel perk

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Legal Beagle by Graeme Edgeler
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I blogged on the government's quiet moves to "expand" the International Travel perk for former* MPs (and their spouses) on Friday. [*if they were elected before the 1999 election]. I tweeted my post on Saturday, and got some traction -…

The greening of the Red Zone

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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The houses of Christchurch's residential red zone have been raptured up, leaving behind only a few lonely sinners. In August 2013, when I captured a photo essay of the city's condemned residential streets – and even on a visit since – it…

MPs to vote on raising international travel perk

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Legal Beagle by Graeme Edgeler
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I don't really need to post this, as Idiot Savant of No Right Turn has beaten me to it. But, because I've written about the former MP's travel perk before, I thought I'd do it anyway. For a reason it…

Friday Music: It's good to let music make you cry

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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If you haven't watched John Campbell having a moment when Sharon van Etten plays a song just for him on a surprise live cross to the Keng's Arms, you might want to take a moment and do so. On one…

1080, "eco-terrorism" and agendas

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Speaker by Dave Hansford
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When he labelled a threat to contaminate infant milk formula with 1080 Tuesday as “eco-terrorism”, John Key was drawing on equal parts opportunism and ignorance. Clearly, the revelation that Fonterra and Federated Farmers had been posted, back in November, 1080-laced…

Right to die?

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Access by Martin Sullivan
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Reflections on Lecretia Seales ‘Right to die’ interview with Kathryn Ryan, Tuesday, 3 March. Late last year Andrew Little decided it was time for Labour to return to core business and instructed Iain Lees Galloway to drop Maryanne Street’s End…

Rugby has a problem

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Man, did you see the end of the Breakers game yesterday? I flicked over from watching the Black Caps' serviceable win over Afghanistan – hey, Vettori passed 300 wickets and Ross Taylor finished not-out – to witness the kind of thrilling, literal…

Leviathan

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OnPoint by Keith Ng
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Sometimes, you ought to judge a book by it's cover. It's kinda why they put a cover on it. David Fisher notes that in one of Ian Fletcher's last speeches as the director of the GCSB, he quoted from Thomas…

Talking to the United Nations about drugs

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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For more than half a century, the drug policies of nearly every nation in the world have been shaped by their commitment to the three United Nations drug conventions – despite those conventions having long come under fire as outdated and…

Science comes to the Arts Festival

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Speaker by Richard Easther
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thinkScience began with a Twitter conversation between me, Auckland Arts Festival chair Victoria Carter and Robin Hickman, about how to make new ways for New Zealanders to connect with science. We  have been working on this for over a year,…

Friday Music: A Movement

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Over the past decade and a half, Ian "Blink" Jorgensen has been an artist manager, tour manager, festival promoter, record label owner, publisher, musician and music provocateur. But before all that, and through all that, he was a photographer. And…

To defame and deflect

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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The first of a series of reports on New Zealand's role in the Five Eyes surveillance network has been published this morning across the news services of three co-operating media companies. The principal reporter is Nicky Hager, whose book Secret…

The Northland by-election; or The so-called Tizard Effect

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Legal Beagle by Graeme Edgeler
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When New Zealand adopted the mixed member proportional (MMP) voting system, Parliament had a bunch of choices to make about the detail of its operate. With the Northland by-election, we are temporarily getting a lesson in two of them: That…

Friday (Thursday) Music: Musical Vocabulary

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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For various reasons, I missed a lot more than I caught of the music of Splore last weekend. But a lot of what I did hear, I had a great experience with. None more so than the revelation that was…