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Friday Music: Put the band in a lounge

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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I don't know about you, but some of the "gigs" I've enjoyed most in my life have just been bands playing in the lounge at some party. It's some combination of the lack of separation between band and audience and…

This Anzac Day

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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It is inevitable and fitting that this Anzac Day, marking a hundred years since the disastrous invasion of Gallipoli, should be a particularly significant one. I think it's also true that the official messaging of 2015 has smoothed out the…

Look in the Mirror, New Zealand

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Speaker by Tracey Barnett
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As the tragic news broke this week that up to 900 possible refugees may have drowned at sea trying to get to Italy, the call went out like bad satire, “Stop the boats! Punish the traffickers!” What a sad folly.…

Christchurch: how did it come to this?

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Speaker by Greg Jackson
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You can't help asking “how did it come to this?” as Christchurch  faces possible asset sales along with brutal rate rises for years, if not decades, ahead as the price of  earthquake repairs and rebuild. A $1.2 billion gap in…

Hong Kong and The Matrix

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Speaker by Suzie Dawson
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"If that ship can still fly, we need it." Roland to Morpheus in The Matrix: Revolutions Hong Kong reminds me so much of the final installment in the Matrix trilogy. It functions like a well-oiled machine in an apocalyptic landscape.…

What has Neoliberalism Done for You Lately?

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Speaker by Dave Hansford
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I am stuck in a failed, dysfunctional relationship. I’ve heard promises for years that things will change for the better, but they never do. Sure, every now and again, my partner extends some small overture – a brief ray of warmth…

Friday Music: Record Store Day 2015

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If we're all supposed to be over Record Store Day, it appears that no one has told the stores. Tomorrow looks like a heck of a day, and not only in Auckland. In particular, the array of of live performances…

"They Were Doing A Pretty Good Job"

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Capture by Jonathan Ganley
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Anzac Day 2015 will mark one hundred years since the landings at Gallipoli. This time last year, we published a selection of photographs taken by Sergeant James Read during that campaign. Although amateur photography was still a novelty in 1915,…

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

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Access by Hilary Stace
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During the 1990s, some New Zealand disability activists, disenchanted with the inability of "the market" to provide appropriate or adequate support or services, targeted sympathetic Opposition politicians. As mentioned in part three of this series , the activists taught them…

Reviewing the Election

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Up Front by Emma Hart
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Let me be frank about something that will probably shortly become obvious anyway: I have something of a crush on the Electoral Commission. Recently, they released their report into the 2014 election. I spent an afternoon reading it and tweeting…

Somewhere* it's National Library Week

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Legal Beagle by Graeme Edgeler
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It being National Library week,* I thought this might be timely to post. I’ve decided Auckland City Libraries are quite cool. First, they came up in Prime TV’s fantastic documentary series “The Naughty Bits” (its three episodes are all on-line…

What would a harm reduction strategy look like now?

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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On Saturday, I was part of a panel on TV3's The Nation, talking about drug policy in light of the programme's interviews with associate Health minister Peter Dunne and Stargate founder Matt Bowden who both advanced the view that the…

We don’t make the rules, we're just trying to play by them

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Speaker by Kym Niblock
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As we all know, the internet is disrupting business models around the world – not least in the online entertainment area, as events in New Zealand over the last few weeks have shown. There’s been a lot of emotive commentary about…

A conversation from belief

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Speaker by Francis Ritchie
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Following the Media Take show last week that got quite a bit of attention, Russell asked me to write something for Public Address that goes into how, as a "believer", I approach those who believe differently from me. I’m grateful…

About Campbell Live

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In the two years since it launched as the half-arsed idea of a no-name news and current affairs chief who legged it back to Australia before the bloody thing even premiered, TV One's 7pm flagship Seven Sharp has shed its…

Media Take: The Easter Show

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Because its recording took place on the last day of the Easter holiday, we decided that this week's Media Take should focus on Christianity, society and the media. It turned out to be an interesting show. I asked my Twitter…

Branding a Post-Predator Dream – the Language of Extirpation

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Speaker by Dave Hansford
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It was the early morning of 17 January, 1770, and Joseph Banks was having trouble sleeping in. From his bunk aboard James Cook’s Endeavour, then swinging gently at anchor in Queen Charlotte Sound, the expedition’s naturalist was: “...awak’d by the…

(Good) Friday Music: On a rooftop in in the city

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The Barkers Sundae Session with Connan Mockasin, recorded on a central Auckland rooftop back in January, has arrived without fanfare on the New Zealand Herald website. It was a beautiful evening in more ways than one and I think the…

Here's to them

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Access by Russell Brown
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When Fiona and I became parents 24 years ago, we had no way of knowing that our two sons' autism would become the central fact of our lives. It's been hard at times. Really hard. You're parents for a lot…

The other kind of phone tapping

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When I was a lad, we didn't have your fancy smartphones. We didn't have mobile phones at all, which meant there was much greater need for public payphones and they were consequently more numerous. The funny thing was, there was…

The GCSB and the consequences of mass surveillance

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Fewer whistleblowers, more corruption, less stability. That's the assessment of longtime Pacific journalist Jason Brown of the impact of the revelation that the GCSB has been conducting "full take" collection of communications in Samoa, Fiji, Solomon Islands and other Pacific…

Compensation for Teina Pora?

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Legal Beagle by Graeme Edgeler
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Teina Pora is innocent. The Government, having considered the matter, apparently agrees he should not be re-tried. It is not clear whether the Government agrees he is innocent, but I suspect they don’t. With no re-trial ordered, Pora’s involvement with…

Mind Your Language

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Up Front by Emma Hart
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I have to admit, I had some mixed emotions when I heard Clean Reader had been taken off the market. Delight, because the app was ridiculously stupid. Sadness, because it was hilariously stupid. I still think it's worth talking about…