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A scientist researches restaurants

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Feed by Bart Janssen
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Last week, a friend put together a Venn diagram which collated the restaurant reviews for Auckland by the Cuisine good food guide, the Metro magazine Top 50  and the top 50 restaurants listed for Auckland by TripAdvisor. Yeah, my friends…

Disability abuse: it’s not OK

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Access by Hilary Stace
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Boy left to eat grass at horror home. This 2013 Sunday Star-Times story by journalist Kirsty Johnston exposed the abuse of vulnerable disabled people who should have been safe in the care of their State-funded provider. It was one of…

Practically jokers

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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'There are other joke parties getting funding, like the Conservatives and ACT," quoth The Civilian Party's Ben Uffindell recently, in defence of his own party's receipt of electoral advertising funds. It was a cracking line. And, as the weekend's news…

It has started

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Field Theory by Hadyn Green
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I really am quite bad at this. I figured that the World Cup would start Friday night because I don’t understand how time works. FIFA went and opened the largest sporting event of the year on a Thursday, clearly undeterred…

Friday Music: Old, New, New, Old

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Alongside more formal music heritage efforts this year there have been some fun fan projects online. The people behind the Twitter and Tumblr-based "DIY Digitisation" project RIU Classic have beeen steadily scanning and posting pages from the bottom of what…

Dropping the A-Bomb

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Up Front by Emma Hart
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When friends of mine were first messing around with bulletin boards back in the early nineties, they used to say that when commenting dropped off, all you needed to do was Drop the A-bomb. Mention abortion, and the impassioned raving…

Call it what you will

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Field Theory by Hadyn Green
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The World Cup starts on Friday and we are all so very eager to see it, then see it end. As is always the case with large, four-yearly sporting events, there are two parts. Obviously there is the wonderful spectacle…

Sportsball Special!

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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"This is a terrible game of rugby," I tweeted at half-time on Saturday and then, during the post-match coverage, "Worst highlights ever." Yet even as I hit send, British rugby scribes were busily crafting words to the effect that we…

The People's Poet is dead!

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Back then, having someone send you the latest foreign TV on VHS wasn't a metaphorical in-joke: it was literally how you obtained such things in the 1980s. You'd share around the tapes, even have viewing parties. That was how I…

Meanwhile back at the polls

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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One big advantage for the political Left of John Banks' sorry experience with the courts last week is that it meant people weren't talking about the Left's really awful result in the latest Roy Morgan poll. Morgan has National up…

The Ides of Epsom

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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I doubt we'll see a anything so gauche as a cup of tea being had, but it took only about 20 seconds of Saturday's panel discussion on The Nation to establish that the National and Act parties once again have…

Friday Music: Original Beats

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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If I was to say I try stay up to date with trends in popular music, that wouldn't quite be it. It shouldn't be an effort to be interested and in general it's not. I like new things. But it…

Crowding and displacement in Auckland

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Speaker by Elinor Chisholm
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On Tuesday night, TVNZ reported on two things: one state tenant’s vow to resist eviction from her Glen Innes home, and overcrowding in Auckland state houses. While both things are newsworthy, we should be wary of thinking that one causes…

Two roads lead to the city

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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As I've noted before, my suburb is on the edge of the largest roading project to be undertaken in New Zealand. Overall, I'm in favour of the Waterview Connection. It does make sense to provide redundancy in Auckland motorway network…

PhotoForum at 40

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Capture by Jonathan Ganley
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The forthcoming Rim Books publication of PhotoForum at 40: Counterculture, Clusters, and Debate in New Zealand will mark forty years since PhotoForum was founded. Perhaps the society no longer has the profile it enjoyed in its first ten years, when…

Cool asylum: Porirua Hospital Museum

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Access by Hilary Stace
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The patients in F. Ward were terribly violent. They screamed and yelled all night and half the day. There were no drugs – they were locked in single rooms and you couldn’t go near them. You’d almost get the sack if…

Friday Music: Buying Cool

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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If music is becoming a tougher way to make a dollar, its central role in other economies was underlined this week with the confirmation that Apple will spend $3 billion -- a lunch-money-sized chunk of its massive hoard of cash…

State tenants and the right to the city

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Speaker by Ellinor Chisholm
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Last week, the Social Services Committee criticised how Housing New Zealand has gone about the redevelopment of three areas of state housing. It’s about time. By the accounts of the communities of Maraenui, Pomare and Glen Innes, what’s happening looks…

Lighting the Dark

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Up Front by Emma Hart
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I spent Sunday crying. Not actively or anything; just every now and then tears would fall out of my eyes and down my face. This happens sometimes, just like the accidental forty-minute showers and the fifteen minutes sitting on the…

The Digital Natives

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Perhaps the most amusing part of the online buzz over the Internet-Mana alliance confirmed yesterday has been the enthusiastic concern-trolling from people who've never previously had a problem with weird millionaires bankrolling political campaigns. I just never knew Cathy Odgers…

The Fine Line

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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The debate began in the smallest of ways: "There may be a case for varying inward migration and/or work permits," read a line buried in Labour's monetary policy announcement a month ago. It was peripheral to the substance of the…

Meals for Me

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Feed by Russell Brown
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The most piteous image of a life which has had more than its share of awkward moments was related in Paul Goldsmith's admiring biography of Don Brash. You know what I'm going to say: the loneliness of the long-distance corned…