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Friday (Thursday) Music: The Chant returns

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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It's been one of those things you didn't like to ask about. Street Chant's sophomore album, Hauora, has been coming so long that its continued failure to materialise might suggest there was a problem. But it's on, ladies and gentlemen.…

Review: Citizenfour

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Citizenfour, the Edward Snowden movie, is an unusual film. It tells a story that spans the globe and has a fair claim on being the story of our times, but its heart – and more than half its running time – is…

I Walk the Line

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Up Front by Emma Hart
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There is a line on the floor at Christchurch hospital, a yellow line with daffodils on it. Here it is, blurrily stretching into a distance of institutional corridor. Every time I walk it – which is every day – I'm reminded of…

Review: Where is Autism?

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Access by Russell Brown
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When our older son was provisionally diagnosed on the autism spectrum in 1995, there wasn't a lot to know. The diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome itself had only entered the DSM the year before. Most educators hadn't heard of it, the…

Why all the fuss over six trees?

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Speaker by Rhys Jones
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Auckland Transport’s decision to remove six mature pōhutukawa from Great North Road near the SH16 interchange has got many Aucklanders fired up. Protesters have adorned the trees with signs, online petitions have been set up, vocal opposition has been expressed…

Friday Music: Fickle Rock

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One of the good things about seeing Courtney Barnett playing Laneway this week (see Jackson's Capture post for great photos – and various reviews in the comments) was hearing songs from her forthcoming album (see the Rolling Stone story here).  And…

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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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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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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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…