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This Week in Parliament: 26 January 2015 - 30 January 2015

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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. NICK SMITH SHAVES SCROTUM FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING Affordable housing is predicted to be a major political issue for 2015, but Minister of Housing Nick Smith insists that he…

Once in a Lifetime: Unofficial versions

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Speaker by Barnaby Bennett, James Dann, Emma Johnson, and Ryan Reynolds
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The issues around the Christchurch rebuild are dense, manifold and inevitably localised, and it can be hard for people outside the city to understand how or why its citizens might be unhappy with the decisions made on their behalf. Decisions…

Laneway 2015

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Capture by Jackson Perry
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My sixth Laneway, and another year in Silo Park for the Auckland festival. This year, thanks to Russell securing a media pass for Capture, I got into the pit for the first three songs of each set. I don't think…

Friday Music: Auckland Birthday Party On

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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The timetable and map for Monday's Auckland Laneway festival are out and besides the usual agonising scheduling conflicts there are one or two notable changes on the site. The most significant is a shift in the orientation of the smaller…

This Week in Parliament (in Recess): 12 January 2015 - 16 January 2015

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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. TOTALISATOR UPGRADED WITH VENTURI ORIFICE STEAM TRAP Despite parliament being in recess, there’s no holiday-making for cabinet rising star Nathan Guy. The uncircumcized former farmer and Minister of…

Absolute Genius: The New Paul Henry Show

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Cracker by Damian Christie

For the past couple of years, as part of my teaching at AUT, I’ve given a lecture called “Writing for Television News”.  It was adapted a few years ago from notes from a lecture that I believe Mike McRoberts had…

We can make things better here

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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It was nice to get up this morning and see that the Herald's editorial today has acknowledged last week's post here about the walking and cycling infrastructure improvements going on around the the major transit projects on the edge of…

From the Road

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Capture by Giovanni Tiso
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Reposted with kind permission from Gio's blog Bat, Bean, Beam. Our trip down South was a decade in the planning, an idea we routinely abandoned each year around the month of October once we realised that the all-devouring needs of…

Funded Family Care from a recipient’s perspective

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Access by Withheld
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Eighteen months ago I was on a benefit. Shock, horror! Yes, I was on a benefit. I’d been on what is now the Supported Living Payment (SLP) for about 5 years. The washing machine was on its last legs, I’d…

Friday Music: Wild in the country, cool in the city

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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In an extremely colourful account on Audioculture, Colin Hogg records that in 1994, Straitjacket Fits took the stage to deliver "a fearsome performance that must have put a quiver into all those black jeans out there" in the crowd at…

Works in progress

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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As I have noted before, we in Point Chevalier are living on the edge of some fairly major works. The big one, The Waterview Connection, hit the halfway mark last week. And it in turn is a factor in subsidiary…

Friday Music: The Two Sevens Clashed

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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I posted Julien Temple's entrancing film The Clash: New Year's Day 1977, in the discussion for last week's music post, but I think it deserves highlighting here, not only for its musical elements, but for the political and social context…

Family Carers Case – Five Years On

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Access by Rosemary McDonald
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The decision of the Human Rights Review Tribunal (HRRT) in the matter of claim between Atkinson (and others) and the Ministry of Health was released on the 8th January 2010. You can download it here. The HRRT hearing ran from…

New Year, New Post.

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Cracker by Damian Christie

I was a bit disappointed to realise, on December 30th, that 2014 would pass without me finishing a single book.   I picked up a copy of Steve Braunias’ election collection, Mad Men, but even its slender spine defied my belated…

Friday Music: Wireless Summer

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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It's a pleasure of the summer schedule at Radio New Zealand National that Music 101 is running a full five hours each Saturday, from noon till 5pm -- and is filling the time with some notable content. The first extended…

Peak Pohutukawa

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Capture by Jackson Perry & Nora Leggs
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Cobbled together while taking a break on Waiheke, it seems there is some pent up need for a pohutukawa post. You may have heard about the six Pohutukawa that are under threat to make way for a hyperspace bypass [sic],…

This Week in Parliament: 14 December 2014 - 19 December 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. PRIME MINISTER EXONERATED IN SATANIC EMAIL “MISUNDERSTANDING” Another political firestorm threatened to erupt this week when a series of hacked emails appeared to show that Prime Minister John…

Feelgood Flicks

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Access by Russell Brown
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You probably know that it's characteristic of people on the autism spectrum to have particular fields of interest and sometimes particularly focused abilities. The dream scenario is that autistic people can be helped to turn these things into activities that…

The Sky is the limit

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Let's start here: there is a good case for New Zealand to have a high-end convention centre with a large exhibition space, and central Auckland would be the only sensible place in the country to put it. Done right, it…

Friday Music: So much music I can't even

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Here's the thing about all these best-albums-of 2014 lists -- I haven't even heard most of them. And I'm pretty sure that best-of-the-year lists never used to be 40 or 50 albums long, as they commonly are now. Perhaps that's…

We're in this together

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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A couple of months ago, the excellent Katharine Viner, deputy editor of The Guardian and editor of Guardian Australia, gave a speech called The rise of the reader: journalism in the age of the open web. It voiced many of…

Tell You What: A Nonfiction Giveaway!

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Busytown by Jolisa Gracewood
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When Susanna Andrew and I sat down to write our proposal for that old-fashioned thing, a book on paper, we wanted to make the book we wanted to read. What we wanted was to sit down each summer to a…

Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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A transient political scandal which has been dealt with, resolved and thoroughly moved-on-from with no hard feelings at all has somehow been named as the Public Address Word of the Year 2014. "I honestly can't understand how this has happened,"…

Some aspects of New Zealand's disability history - part two

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Access by Hilary Stace
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In part one I covered the eugenic ideas that underpinned public policy in the first decades of the 20th century. The assumptions that disability indicated inferiority and likely moral degeneracy led to discriminatory attitudes, laws and policies against disabled people,…