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I'll be brief (it's 5am where I am and have to catch a plane) but the Labour's leadership result and the means by which it was achieved both seem disastrous for the party and for the prospects of the centre-left.…

Sines of the times: Jakob at Galatos

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Capture by Jonathan Ganley
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Jakob playing at Galatos to launch their new album 'Sines', on Friday November 14 2014. They are playing dates in Australia at the end of this month and will play at Laneway in Auckland on January 26 2015. The shots…

Music: To renew, you first need history

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Before I came to stay in Peckham, I had heard tell of its burgeoning gentrification, but to wander the streets of this South London borough and see it in action is something else. The terraces of the street where I'm…

Garbage in, garbage out

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Dr Jarrod Gilbert has a pretty blunt response today to the revelation that the government's pre-election crackdown on gangs was predicated on data so wildly wrong that it's hard to imagine how it happened. David Fisher lays out the scale…

The Boom Crash

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If you need a metaphor for Auckland in 2014, try this. So many people clamoured this morning to search for their new property valuations that they brought down the entire Auckland Council website. We broke government. To be fair, the…

The Song of Angry Women

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Up Front by Emma Hart
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It's been a rough couple of weeks to be a woman. If the last couple of weeks were a person, it would cat-call a thirteen year old, punch her in the face, get her drunk and rape her at a…

LATE: The Age of Slacktivism

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Everyone is there for a reason at the LATE at the Auckland Museum session I'm fronting on Monday evening. The theme is The Age of#Slacktivism, which I'm effectively interpreting as "beyond slacktivism" -- that's why ActionStation cofounder and Amnesty International…

Friday Music: Virtual Rockstar Accountant

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All week, Matt Nippert and his new colleagues in the New Zealand Herald's investigative team have been dropping hints about Matt sweating over a spreadsheet. What corporate malfeasance was about to be laid bare in the cleansing sunlight of Nippert's…

Research Invitation - Life before and after the Internet

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Access by Philippa Smith
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Kia Ora I am Dr Philippa Smith from the institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication at the Auckland University of Technology. I am the lead researcher in a project where we wish to interview people with disabilities to assess the…

Beware of the Leopard

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Busytown by Jolisa Gracewood
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Democracy is a funny old thing, an exercise in trust. We concentrate expertise and execution into the hands of the few, in the expectation that they will be steered by the will of the many. Hence town hall discussions, regular…

Housing, hope and ideology

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As reported this morning by Radio New Zealand, Prime Minister John Key has given a few more clues to the mystery parcel that is his government's housing policy -- and in the process, contrived to make that policy seem even…

Some aspects of New Zealand’s disability history – part one

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Access by Hilary Stace
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There is no definitive version of Pākehā disability history. My interpretation here may explain why disability was often viewed negatively, or is even invisible in the historical narrative. Nineteenth-century New Zealand was settled by immigrants mainly from Britain and Europe…

Music: The Homecoming Queen

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Astonishingly, it's only just over a year since a 16 year-old Lorde took the stage for a promotional gig at Vector Arena. It was easily the biggest room she'd played, and a mere four months since her public debut. It…

The uncooling of the inner West

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Over the past couple of weeks, the Herald's new data blog has been looking at population change data revealed by the 2013 Census. It's been a nice, open process culminating the Wellington firm Dumpark's creation of an interactive showing population…

TVNZ: Emptied out

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To those who visit TVNZ, as I do every week to record our TV show for another channel, the place has the feel of an abandoned building. The journalists toil on the ground floor at the west end, but nearly…

This Week in Parliament: 20 October 2014 - 24th October 2014

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Southerly by David Haywood
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Public Address presents our weekly round-up of the important events in parliament. CABINET ULULATES There were scenes of “Islamic-style grief” around the cabinet table this week as Prime Minister John Key announced that New Zealand’s terror threat has been raised…

Friday Music: An accompanied korero

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I'm chairing the LATE at the Museum event next month, under the title The Age of Slacktivism. We've picked a strong lineup -- Nicky Hager, Matthew Hooton, Marianne Elliot, Laura O'Connell Rapira -- and it should be a rousing hour's…

David Fisher: The OIA arms race

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Speaker by David Fisher
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Good afternoon everyone. I am David Fisher, a reporter with the New Zealand Herald. I have worked as a journalist for 25 years, mainly in New Zealand but across a number of other countries. I think there's some value before…

Media Take: The creeping politicisation of the OIA

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Brent Edwards' story last week on official advice to ministers on child poverty was interesting not only for its substance, but its circumstance. Edwards explained on Morning Report that he originally requested the first of the documents (some of them…

Art and disability: a festival

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The three-day InterACT 2014 Disability Arts Festival kicks off tomorrow at Auckland's Corban Estate and, in its fourth year, provides an intriguing mix of established artists and joyous, unbridled inclusion. One one hand, there are the gala nights on Thursday…

Friday Music: There have been many worse years

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The New Zealand Music Awards finalists were announced last night and they're quite a varied and interesting bunch. Lorde's Pure Heroine  is eligible this time and you'd assume she and Joel Little will be up on stage more than once…

The Hager saga continues

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Nicky Hager joins us on Media Take this week, to discuss the recent extraordinary police search of his home and the position he's now in. I will also ask him for his response to the Givealittle fund launched to help…

Terrorism is already illegal

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Legal Beagle by Graeme Edgeler
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Prime Minister John Key was interviewed by One News Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin on TVNZ's Q+A this morning, primarily discussing the role New Zealand may play in the campaign against ISIS: Parkin: On the foreign fighters issue that you…