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I Can’t See You, But You Should See Me

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Access by Jonathan Mosen
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Being lost for words when you’re a talkback host could hardly be considered ideal. But back in September of 1992, I was hosting an evening talkback show on a fledgling radio station in what was then a newly deregulated, highly…

Friday Music: Record Store Day

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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As readers will know, I have long embraced the internet music revolution. The ability to discover and download new things pretty much as they're being made has reinvented and refreshed my lifelong relationship with popular music. But I still really…

Disability, identity and the internet

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Access by Chelle Hope
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The internet has enabled communication on a level that could never have been imagined before the "digital era". Individuals with even the most complex identities and niche interests can find like-minded people with whom to virtually congregate. People with disabilities…

Grandpa's Kitchen

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Feed by Russell Brown
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A huge dog-leg of a section,  2 Saulbrey Grove, off White's Line West in Woburn, is the largest remaining piece of the old Saulbrey family farm and the site of the magnificent red-brick house built by my grandfather, Jack Saulbrey.…

Feed: Grandpa's Kitchen

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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A huge dog-leg of a section,  2 Saulbrey Grove, off White's Line West in Woburn, is the largest remaining piece of the old Saulbrey family farm and the site of the magnificent red-brick house built by my grandfaher, Jack Saulbrey.…

Standing together

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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For those of us in journalism, the most extraordinary and troubling element of the dispute over spending at and around the Kohanga Reo National Trust has been the treatment of the programme that brought the issues to light, Maori Television's…

What disability is

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Access by Sacha Dylan
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I am disabled. Here’s some of what I have realised over the last decade about that. I have been privileged to work with wise and committed colleagues and peers and I acknowledge all they taught me. Not coming from a…

Friday Music: True love works in funny ways

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Next Wednesday, the winner of the 2014 Taite Music Prize is announced at a ceremony in Auckland. As always seems to be the case, the list of finalists is all-killer-no-filler: Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II (Rhythmethod)Beastwars – Blood Becomes Fire (Destroy Records)Sheep…

The purpose of science and its limits

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Speaker by Nicola Gaston
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Does anyone remember the Great New Zealand Science Project? The year before last, you may have noticed some ads on tv.  Ads involving scientists and small children – and with an associated Facebook page that got 16885 likes.  Oh, and the…

To be expected

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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"Labour has taken another step to distance itself from the Greens," intoned Guyon Espiner on Morning Report, before he went on to identify "early signs of trouble in a pre-election relationship". Last night One News declared that "[t]raditional alliances between…

Sound of Thunder

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OnPoint by Keith Ng

My grandfather, in his teens, almost starved to death. His father did starve to death. Before my great-grandfather died, he told my grandfather to leave his two infant sisters behind. My grandfather buried him by himself, and three days later,…

How I Became a Grumpy Old Builder (in Microcosm)

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Southerly by David Haywood
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So when I first embarked upon the mission of relocating our house from Christchurch's Residential Red Zone to Dunsandel—and the subsequent repair and restoration work—I had a grand plan of writing all about it. According to my plan, as each…

The perilous birth of the Psychoactive Substances Act

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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With the news yesterday of the attempted arson of a legal highs store in Invercargill, it's reasonable to ask whether we're on the verge of public hysteria about synthetic cannabis. The next question would be why it's happening now, when…

The Language of Climate

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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In this month's New York Review of Books, the British author Zadie Smith commences an insightful essay headed Elegy for a Country's Seasons with the observation that "There is the scientific and ideological language for what is happening to the…

Friday Music: The Godfather of House Music

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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I got a little weepy on Tuesday. No, not for the departing  Geoff Robinson, much as I appreciate his fine service these past 40 years, but for Frankie Knuckles, who died suddenly at the age of 59 later that day.…

Gower Speaks

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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On Monday and Tuesday this week I wrote posts analysing 3 News' and One News' respective reporting of their own political polls, conducted by Reid Research and Colmar Brunton respectively. In the second, I had some criticisms and a list…

Saints Preserve

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Feed by Russell Brown
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My best rationalisation for not being a gardener is that our sloping 1950s Point Chev section is not really suitable for vegetable gardening. Which doesn't mean that food does not grow in it. We have established fig, feijoa, cherry guava…

Poll Day 2: Queasy

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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I noted yesterday that it's incumbent on media organisations who commission political polls to construct news angles around them. It also doesn't hurt to a few extra bangs for your buck, which both One News and 3 News did last…

A Big Thing

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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On brilliant autumn days like this one, with a tui chuckling in the trees and barely a whisper of traffic noise, it's very easy to forget that the earth is being ruptured and towers raised up only a couple of…

Polls: news you can own

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Political polls aren't cheap to produce or purchase, so they'll only be commissioned by organisations that derive actual value from them. In the case of so-called internal polls by political parties, the value lies in knowing where you are, not…

Those Racist Casting Call Blues

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Muse by Craig Ranapia
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"Three actresses walk into a casting call..."  Sounds like the set up for a bad joke whose punchline is going to land nowhere good? Well, up to a very sharp point.  You can never take too much piss out of…

Friday Music: Electric Dreams

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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A week or two ago, I was talking with a local record company person who mentioned the name Thomas Stoneman -- a kid who, he said, "every record company in the world wants to sign at the moment." It sounded…

The Kids are All Right

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Up Front by Emma Hart
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Somebody recently asked me for advice on raising teens. I have to admit, I did make that laughing noise with my face for a while. Yeah. Ask me. Though this may be one of those jobs that should only be…

Sculpture Vulture

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Capture by Jackson Perry
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This weekend is your last chance to see the Harbourview Sculpture Trail at Harbourview People’s Park, Te Atatu Peninsula. It's quite magnificent. There's plenty of other public art on display at the moment, including The Big Egg Hunt NZ, widely…