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Not Uniform

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Up Front by Emma Hart
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This is one of my kids' class photos from primary school. You may notice that everyone is dressed the same. I'm not big on uniform, as you may know, but if a school has to have one, this is a…

SIBs: The reality of "return-based outcomes"

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Speaker by John Palethorpe
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The government doesn't want to fund social care programmes any more. That's not precisely what they've said, but the announcement that they will be offering Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) implies that they believe that social care issues in NZ society…

Meet me at Camera 2: White Privilege

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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On this week's Media Take, we chewed over the big topics: sovereignty, identity and privilege. For the last, an enjoyable two-part discussion with Sue Abel and Belinda Borell, I put up my hand to script a video track on white…

Campbell interviewed

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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In October 2012, Media3 featured an interview with John Campbell, about making Campbell Live. The programme was made in a highly visible period: Natasha Utting's reporting had demonstrated that the government's proposed school closures in Christchurch were based on hopelessly…

Friday Music: They even taxed the turntables

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Unless you happened to be a Young Nat – and frankly, a few of them were probably wavering – to be young in late 70s and early 80s New Zealand was to be set against Prime Minister Rob Muldoon. It wasn't just…

Campbell Live: A Disturbance in the Force

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Around 7.30pm this evening, there will be a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices have suddenly cried out in terror and been suddenly silenced. Well, okay, perhaps that's overstating the case. No actual inhabited world will…

I'm not laughing

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Access by Chelle Hope
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I’m sick of being patronised and infantilised.  Often things are said in a jokey way and because it’s all in good fun, I feel like it would be humourless or mean of me to react negatively.  I doubt people even…

The epitome of reason

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Last week, Matthew Hooton trailered his forthcoming column in the June issue of Metro as being addressed towards the likes of me. The column, published this week, turns out to be part of a fairly large body of commentary comparing…

Friday Music: Out there in the world

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Friday Music posts here don't generally have much to do with my day job helping make a media TV show, but next week's Media Take is an exception. We're putting together a New Zealand music month-themed programme and one of…

Mediaworks: The only horizon they see

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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When it emerged last month that Campbell Live was facing the axe, I ventured that Mediaworks had become far more Julie Christie's company than it was John Campbell's. And I think that's the reality behind the news that Campbell Live…

2015: The Budget of what?

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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I hear there's some kind of big financial set-piece at Parliament today. What are your reckons, friends?

Auckland Festival of Photography 2015

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Capture by Jackson Perry
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The Auckland Festival of Photography runs 28 May - 20 June. If you have picked up the festival book, you'll be wondering how you could possibly see it all within the allotted time period. There is A LOT on. We're…

Sex, monsters and outrage

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Speaker by Joshua Drummond
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When my wife got home from work a couple of days ago, I said something along the lines of "Did you see that terrible thing that happened with the students who got handed sex-ed literature that basically said women were…

Stand for... Something

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Up Front by Emma Hart
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Recently, I was Pub-Talking to an acquaintance, an American guy who's been living in New Zealand for a few years now. One of the things that really struck him about New Zealand was our lack of patriotism. You see it…

Friday Music: So Rad

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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For the past two or three years She's So Rad have been moving adeptly between two identities: the lush shoegaze outfit and the game console disco version of 'Breakout'. Their long-awaited second album Tango, out today, goes some way towards…

IT'S ALIVE

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Cracker by Damian Christie
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For the past few years, actually, the whole decade I’ve been working in television, the narrative has been the same – traditional media is fucked.  The story has taken different forms over the years.  There’s been seemingly continuous restructuring at organisations…

Disability as a wicked policy problem

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Access by Hilary Stace
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Minister of Finance, Bill English, has hinted that there will be a voucher system for disability support in the Budget on 21 May. This will be the Government’s latest attempt to fix disability policy. However, as various posts on this…

Beyond 'a bad look'

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OnPoint by Keith Ng
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This is adapted from a speech made last Thursday at the Future of Journalism and Our Democracy event hosted by the Centre for NZ Progress and the NZ Fabian Society. Significant changes have been made from Thursday's version a) in…

Friday Music: What Alltracks is actually about

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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The slow, steady shift of audiences to streaming music services has been a mixed blessing for NZ On Air, whose job it is to help us hear more of ourselves wherever. On one hand, it takes music discovery away from…

#GE2015: Proper Mad

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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In a few hours, Britons will vote in a traditional first-past-the-post Westminster system general election. The result will almost certainly be a mess. Driven by pressures within – Scottish nationalism; the unfocused English discontent that inflates UKIP – and the influence of…

Synthetic cannabis: it just keeps coming

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Synthetic cannabinoids are being prepared and sold on the New Zealand black market, more than a year after they were banned from public sale by an amendment to the Psychoactive Substances Act. And a report provided to me by ESR…