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Australia's NDIS: Great ideas, political whim and faith

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Speaker by Hilary Stace
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The National Disability Insurance Scheme was a recommendation from the Australian Productivity Commission in 2011. It was promoted by the first Australian Minister for Disability Issues, Bill Shorten, championed by PM Julia Gillard, and passed into legislation in 2013. It…

Friday Music: A night out dancing

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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If you've been looking for a night out dancing, Keegan Fepuleai has a big one for you on Saturday week. ALT + CTRL + DANCE is a party across multiple K Road venues (Whammy, the Wine Cellar, Neck of the…

Honest Bastards & Dishonest Cowards

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Speaker by John Palethorpe
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It’s been a bad twelve months for the supporters of Labour in New Zealand and the UK. The similarities between Cunliffe and Miliband’s failed campaigns have already been covered by, among others, Buzzfeed. Both crushing results saw defeated leaders step…

Living under bridges

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Speaker by James Littlewood
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Skypath – the cycle & pedestrian path on the Auckland bridge – is a good thing. I’m looking forward to using it. But some of those celebrating its recently-granted resource consent could show more sympathy to the people of Northcote point, some of…

Pocket Edition

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Capture by Nora Leggs
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Here's the challenge.  Take one tiny thing, drop it into a scene,  see what you can make of it.   I started playing with one Tiny Cat,  mucking around with different sets and scenes for it.  The cluster of oyster shells,…

Friday Music: Mixed Blessings

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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A briefer Friday Music today. After all, I've already spent hours this week researching and writing about the very mixed blessing that is Apple Music. You can hear me talking about that some more from 2pm on Radio New Zealand's…

Bard & Band

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Capture by Jonathan Ganley
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On their first Auckland visit since 2011, David Kilgour and The Heavy 8s brought Sam Hunt along to play songs from their latest collaboration, 'The 9th'. David Kilgour has written some words about the album here. There's also an interview…

The overconfidence man

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Speaker by Rob Salmond
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John Key has given a big interview to the NBR (paywalled, so no link) about how he sees the 2017 election shaping up. NBR called it “The Confidence Man.” Key’s right about some stuff, and off the planet about some…

Making a Killing – New Zealand Sea Lions on the Brink

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Envirologue by Dave Hansford
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 When is a protected species not protected? When it gets in the way of fishing industry profits.   Fishers call this frigid sweep of green SQU 6T. That’s because each summer, millions of southern arrow squid gather here, in the cold…

Apple Music: Taking a dump on a butterfly

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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In the development of the Macintosh computer, Steve Jobs infamously corralled the Mac team into something between a hostile faction and a cult, in the belief that the Mac needed to be created in isolation from the interests of the…

Whakamomori: Raw, open and honest

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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This week's Media Take looks at Target Zero, the documentary that follows Mike King as he travels around the country talking to young people about depression and suicide. The documentary has been something of a phenomenon for Maori Television since…

Real Fans

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Field Theory by Hadyn Green
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Wellington is currently consumed with the toughest philosophical question ever: who is a real fan of the Hurricanes? It’s a pretty fucking deep question. As tickets to the final sell out in unbelievable time are the real fans the ones…

Gay marriage, weed, and death with dignity

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Speaker by Rob Salmond
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As readers know, over the weekend the US Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage the law of the land across all 50 States. Even the States that had expressly changed their State Constitution to limit marriage to one man / one…

Potency and purity

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Over the weekend, my attention was drawn to a column by National Poisons Centre toxicologist Leo Schep, published in the Herald last week, apparently in response to comments by Wellington ED doctor Paul Quigley, calling for regulated sale of MDMA.…

Friday Music: A dream or memory of some things

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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We often fill the music we love with dreams and memories; it's one of the purposes of music. On In Colour, the debut solo album by Jamie Xx, it's as if it's been done for us – the whole record sounds…

Government votes not to improve MMP

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Speaker by Rob Salmond
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Last night, Parliament voted down a bill from Labour’s Iain Lees-Galloway that would have dropped the 5% MMP threshold to 4% and got rid of the coat-tailing rule. These changes didn’t come of thin air, or out of Labour policy.…

Happy Days

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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On last night's Media Take, which you can watch here, Simon Wilson talks about moving on after five notable years as the editor of Metro magazine. In the normal course of things, this would be more bad media news, but…

Zero

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Access by Fiona Mckenzie
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Zero is the amount of privacy in my life. Zero privacy within my family – and pretty close to zero as a family to the outside world. At least it can very often feel like that. I have a 16 year-old…

Bridges swims in troubled waters

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Speaker by Rob Salmond
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I received new information from Simon Bridges this week, via the OIA. In my opinion, it proves he and Wayne Eagleson have been lying to New Zealand to cover up an abuse of power around the Northland by-election. Bridge bribe…

Harry Potter and the covenant of hope

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Access by Paul Gibson
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I am at the United Nations disability rights convention conference in New York to engage in discussion and work with others to search for solutions to end the denial of disabled people’s rights.  A major session at this meeting of…

Unity, success: Chicken, egg?

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Speaker by Rob Salmond
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Phil Quin, one of the people linked to the new right-of-Labour group Progress, has had an article about unity published in the Herald. Here’s a flavour: Disunity within caucus seriously undermined Labour's credibility," the [Labour election review] stated. This aligns…

Abortion: morality and health

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Speaker by Lamia Imam
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Recently there have been murmurings in New Zealand politics around euthanasia, medical marijuana and the worst of the bunch – abortion. These conscience issues tends to irritate politicians of all shades because they irritate “the public”. They are uncomfortable topics because…

Lucky Stars

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Capture by Jonathan Ganley
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Don McGlashan and band (guitarist Tom Rodwell and drummer Chris O’Connor) performing the opening night of the 'Lucky Stars' album tour at Hopetoun Alpha in Auckland, on June 11 2015. The tour continues throughout New Zealand this weekend and across…