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World Cup of Evil

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Field Theory by Hadyn Green
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I'm not sure what theme FIFA was hoping to emphasise at the is world cup, I'll bet good money that it wasn't "villainy".  Almost as soon as the knock-out stages started the bad guys started their evil works. Perhaps even…

Media Take: Afghanistan, trust and NetHui

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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The most puzzling part of the response to Jon Stephenson's Collateral Damage report last week for Native Affairs was the extent to which it focused on claims that the programme had not made. Stephenson's story drew on both a paper…

Now win the argument

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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I'm pleased that Labour made education the keynote of its election-year Congress over the weekend, because it's the policy area in which the present government has, I think, done the most damage. From their feckless introduction under Parliamentary urgency and…

See Into the Trees

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Capture by Jackson Perry & Nora Leggs
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Come closer and see See into the trees* We waited, patiently, for winter to arrive, thinking how mild it was, and wondering what everyone south of Hamilton would say about the flanellette sheets coming out before it even got into…

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other

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Muse by Craig Ranapia
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[CONTENT NOTE: Contains references to rape, and discussion of depictions of sexual and physical abuse that may be distressing.] It should have surprised nobody that reactions to the debut of Gaylene Preston's Christchurch quake drama Hope and Wire (Three, Thursdays,…

Friday Music: Wellies not required

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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It wasn't really like being there, but being telepresent at Glastonbury Festival last weekend was certainly cheaper, dryer and less demanding, and I did it every whichway. Firstly, via BBC iPlayer. Our household's only region-block-defeating solution is currently a Chrome…

Hope and Wire

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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I remember that in September 2012 I was sensing in my Christchurch friends an unfamiliar psychology. The earthquakes were abating, but in a handful of visits to the city where I was born and in the discussions on this site,…

Decidedly Undecided

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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In last night's debut Media Take, I talked Colmar Brunton's Andrew Robertson and UMR's Gavin White about an issue that has been exercising polling nerds for the past few weeks: the significance of the "undecided" vote in polls this year.…

Good news for self-powered travellers

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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The news that Auckland Council has tripled its budget for walking and cycling infrastructure for the 2014-2015 year is good news for the city. The new budget of $32 million is still just a small part of an overall transport…

Fire and Earth Erowid: Drug Geeks at Work

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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"Erowid's as old at the internet, isn't it?" someone quipped to me recently. Well, not quite. But next year will mark 20 years of Erowid.org providing deep, broad and comprehensive information about psychoactive substances, legal and  illegal. In a note…

Paying Family Carers - What was all the fuss about?

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Access by Rosemary McDonald
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Peter and I went out fishing on ANZAC day. We used to be regulars on this particular west coast charter boat, ferreting away a few dollars so we could get out maybe half a dozen times a year. The trips…

Friday Music: Big Day Out, Out

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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No one should be too surprised that there will be no Big Day Out next summer. But it would be only fair to feel a bit sad for Campbell Smith and his team, who have managed a successful reboot of…

Labour's Fiscal Plan: Explaining without losing?

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Labour couldn't really ignore the unravelling of the "$100,000 bottle of wine" story yesterday, but not for the first time, it was a day when a policy set-piece was tipped over by events. Where the party's new Fiscal Plan was…

He Panui: Media Take

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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As you might have seen in the news, our little media TV show is back next week -- with a difference. Media Take will debut on Māori Television on Tuesday at 10.25pm, and I'll be joined by my new co-host,…

The Auckland Great Blend 2014

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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The Public Address Great Blend is back! And, as was the case last year in Wellington, we're staging it alongside Internet NZ's annual NetHui conference. This year's Great Blend takes place on the evening of Thursday, July 10, at the…

Radio New Zealand: changing the channel

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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The role of Head of News would disappear under a new organisational and management structure being proposed by Radio New Zealand CEO Paul Thompson to set the broadcaster on a "new path" to becoming a "multimedia organisation". Head of News…

One in Four – NZ Disability Survey

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Access by Sacha Dylan
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A focused Disability Survey has been conducted after each national Census since 1996. This is the only official source of data about disabled New Zealanders. The first data from the 2013 Disability Survey has been released, focusing on demographic details.…

Kultur in the heat

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Speaker by Graham Reid
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It's a happily weird thing, especially at this time of year, to listen to taonga puoro master Horomona Horo evoke the sounds of New Zealand bush and its native birds . . . then walk outside into the 36 degree…

The Big Chill

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Last week's decision by Justice Helen Winkelmann denying Privacy Act protection to journalist David Fisher, whose research  material is being sought by lawyers for the police and GCSB defending a damages claim from Kim Dotcom, may be correct in the…

Friday Music: F**kYouTube

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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It's hard to imagine a worse advertisement for the alleged new all-streaming future of the music business than the current mess with YouTube and independent labels. If you haven't been following it, YouTube has failed to agree terms with hundreds…

Stories for World Refugee Day

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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This seems a better day than most to mention that Peoples Coffee has stepped up to become Public Address's new coffee sponsor. And that's because, to mark World Refugee Day, the good people there are donating all proceeds from their…

Suicide Reporting; or, The System Doesn't Work

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Legal Beagle by Graeme Edgeler
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Back in January, Edward Livingstone shot and killed his son and daughter, before turning a gun on himself, taking his own life. It was, unsurprisingly, a major news story, raising questions of high public importance over police and court responses…

A win for Jai and Jim

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Last night, at the BroadcastAsia conference in Singapore, Jai Waite won an Apollo Award for his work editing Attitude's short documentary Jimmy Wants a Job, which is about my son, James Rae Brown. Everyone involved is elated. Here's a photo…

The Letter

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Let's get this out the way first: there was nothing wrong with the letter that David Cunliffe signed 11 years ago enquiring as to the progress of Donghua Liu's residency application. Anyone with any familiarity with what comes through the…