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Capture by Angus McNaughton
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Most people know Angus McNaughton for his work in music -- player, producer, remixer, ace mastering engineer -- but he trained first as a photographer As a skilled darkroom film and print technician in Christchurch in the late 1980s, he…

Telling Our Own Tales

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Speaker by Gerard Smyth
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What happens in a community after a sizeable calamity has struck and there is very little mainstream television media presence? To get to this question I shall tell a tale. July 2012 – a year and half after the worst of…

Show some decency

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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I'm glad your father isn't alive to see this, my mother often says. I know what she means. Dad was, sometimes to a fault, concerned with security. I think my own ability to take risks is founded in the safety…

On the upland road

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Speaker by Colin Jackson
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I spent the first two weeks after the release of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics in a state of anger – how dare our elected leaders and their friends treat us like this? How dare they try to control the media,…

The Colour Of Spring

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Capture by Jackson Perry
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Here she comes Silent in her sound Here she comes Fresh upon the ground Come, gentle spring Come at winter's end Gone is the pallow From a promise that's nature's gift Waiting for the colour of spring* In as much…

Why we thought what we thought

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Matt Nippert must hardly have been able to to believe his luck yesterday when the latest source in the dizzying Dirty Politics drama -- Prime Minister John Key -- produced the email that, according to Key, finally exhausted Justice minister…

Rocking in the Public Good: Hager and Shihad

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Speaker by Jackson James Wood
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Seldom has New Zealand seen such super-harmonies in the traditionally separate spheres of music  and investigative journalism. The release of New Zealand prog-rocker Nicky Hager’s latest album Dirty Politics coincided with the well known citizen journalist group Shihad’s book FVEY,…

Friday Music: Tramadol Rock

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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I saw Samuel Flynn Scott a couple of times last year at the time he was suffering through a back injury in a haze of painkillers. It made for a fairly spaced out Phoenix Foundation show at the Powerstation --…

Election 2014: Mental Health Policies

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Speaker by Kyle MacDonald
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Health funding is tricky.  Politically, it's often about robbing Peter to pay Paul, and my experience of working in the public mental health system for many years is that mental health is often the "black sheep" of the health system.…

Earning Confidence

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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That any fallout from Dirty Politics -- if that was what we saw in last night's 3 News poll -- would go to New Zealand First rather than the main Opposition parties is not very surprising. For many people, Winston…

Crown appeals in criminal cases

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Legal Beagle by Graeme Edgeler
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While the Crown has a lot of advantages in the criminal justice system - the resources and powers of the police foremost - many aspects of the system, are tilted in favour of a defendant - for example, the requirement…

Why I'm standing in Ilam

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Speaker by James Macbeth Dann
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If you had told me the media were going to focus on a Canterbury Labour candidate invoking Shakespeare, I would have hoped it was me. The thing is, the James Macbeth Dann for Ilam campaign, superbly managed by Public Address…

UPDATED: Media Take: Election Songs

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Last night's Media Take looked at the background to the Electoral Commission's advice on Darren Watson's 'Planet Key' song and video: firstly, that it is an "election programme" (probably correct under Part 6 of the Broadcasting Act, whatever you think…

The Big Bang

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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It was, it must be said, a bloody big bang. The All Blacks finished the haka ('Kapa o Pango' again) and a second later, BOOM, sheets of flame and a shockwave. Unexpected explosions thrill us because our bodies respond as…

If political parties were beer ...

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Speaker by Grant McDougall
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The election is upon us and given recent events, it’s enough to drive you to drink. Come election night, we’ll all deserve to put away some booze. For some, it’ll merely be to celebrate that the goddamn campaign is over.…

Didn't see that coming

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Firstly: Kim Dotcom did not "admit to hacking" at the Internet-Mana campaign launch today, as both network news shows claimed this evening. His "teenage hacker made good" story is Dotcom Bio 101. It's on his Wikipedia page. It was traversed…

In The Green Room

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Update: here we go, folks: an embedded player so you can watch The Green Room withouthaving to go to any other websites ... Next Thursday, John Key and David Cunliffe will meet in the first TVNZ leaders' debate. At the…

Friday Music: A Strange Road

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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It was one thing when the Electoral Commission declared Darren Watson's 'Planet Key' song and video to be an "election programme" under the Broadcasting Act. But quite another for it to then find it to also be an "election advertisement"…

Oh, God

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Up Front by Emma Hart
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I'm not a militant atheist. I've always been grateful that I was raised by a good Christian woman; one who believed in kindness, and giving, and generally not being a judgemental homophobic arsehole. Those people's voices are largely missing from…

Never mind the quality ...

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Well, hold the top of the post. Before you read on, the update on what's written below. New Zealand Herald editor Shayne Currie has tweeted the following: Many good and great names for @nzherald election commentary, from across political landscape.…

We can do better than this

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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When I got off a plane in Christchurch last week, having read nearly all of Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics: How attack politics is poisoning New Zealand's political environment, I turned on my phone and typed these words in a…

Confidential information: the legal rights and wrongs

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Speaker by Nicole Moreham
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One of the questions raised by Nicky Hager’s new book Dirty Politics is when it’s okay to access or publish confidential information.  Has Hager has acted unlawfully by publishing the emails which he says were leaked to him after someone…

Dirty Politics

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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That there was a connection between Whaleoil, Kiwiblog and a senior advisor in the Prime Minister's office, Jason Ede, has been a matter of political gossip for several years. But it has remained that: gossip. Nicky Hager's new book, Dirty…