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Friday Music: Christchurch, Legacy of Strange

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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On Audioculture, a website about music where images have become the stars, one of my favourite sets is this collection of photographs taken in 1980 and 1981 by my friend Gordon Bartram. They're just a teenager's gig pics, fading like…

The World Cup is over

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Field Theory by Hadyn Green
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“The Cricket World Cup is officially over.” That’s me quoting myself before New Zealand smashed England in a surprisingly short game in Wellington. I don’t follow cricket, as many of you know, but it’s bit of fun to watch when…

When the fast track seems a good track

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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What do the Waterview Connection, the presumably doomed Basin Reserve flyover and Auckland Transport's decision last week  to pull the plug on the weird flyover plan for Reeves Road, Pakuranga, have in common? Answer: they're all good outcomes of the…

Women, science and superheroes

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Speaker by Alyona Medelyan
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In August last year, I attended the Women in Innovation Summit organized by the National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women. We discussed various issues that prevent women from choosing careers in technology, and from advancing their careers. But…

Some aspects of New Zealand’s disability history ‒ part three

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Access by Hilary Stace
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In parts one and two I covered New Zealand’s disability history up to the 1970s. From the 1970s the growing international disability rights movement developed what became known as the ‘social’ model of disability, whereby people have impairments but it…

Masters of Reality

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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It's a week since the Prime Minister's statement, the annual opening act of Parliamentary politics, when the leader traditionally sets out the governing party's plan for the year. This year, the statement was prefaced with a look at the government's…

Public art is no place for committees

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Speaker by Hamish Keith
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In the last few months, Auckland Council has announced three major public art works: Michael Parakowhai on Queens Wharf, Judy Millar at the Devonport Library and Gregar Kregar and Sarah Hughes at New Lynn. All three have set off a…

Friday Music: Love Unknown Orchestra

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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It's been quite a week for Ruban Nielson. Firstly, a new Unknown Mortal Orchestra tune, the title track from a forthcoming album, has been rapturously received. Secondly, he has a hand in the new track from Wu Tang Clan founder…

Talking @Splore

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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As I've noted here already, I'm curating and presenting a talk programme at this year's Splore festival, February 20-22. It's diverse and busy and I'm very happy with how it has come together. The programme will run on Saturday and…

Losing cultural treasures under the TPP

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Speaker by Jeremy Malcolm, Electronic Frontier Foundation
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What do Japan's Blue Sky Library, Malaysia's answer to John Wayne, and the first recorded composer from New Zealand all have in common? They could all disappear from their countries' public domain for the next 20 years, if the current…

This Week in Parliament: 2 February 2015 - 6 February 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. KEY’S NEW ‘BLACK OPS’ APPOINTEE SCORES EARLY SUCCESS A week that began with government panic over Jaipur-Literary-Festival-gate has ended with Prime Minister John Key once more firmly in…

Stella and the Fun Palaces

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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This is an extended version of an interview with Stella Duffy, conducted in mid-November while I was in London and originally published in Fairfax's Saturday Your Weekend magazine. Since the interview, Stella has made her trip to Nigeria (and written…

CWC 2015: Contains graphic horror

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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If you happened to see Australia thump India in the last of their Cricket World Cup warm-up games last night, then you got a first look at the coverage you will see throughout the tournament. And you quite probably thought…

A C!#& and Balls Story

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Muse by Craig Ranapia
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This is a sculpture of a cock. (Hahn/Cock by Katharina Fritsch, temporary instillation, Trafalgar Square, London. A Fourth Plinth commission by the Mayor of London.) This is also a sculpture of a cock, with added balls and Movember-worthy pubescaping.  (Detail…

Headland Sculpture on the Gulf 2015

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Capture by Soon Lee
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Reposted with kind permission from Soon Lee's Livejournal. Went to Waiheke Island to check out the headland Sculpture on the Gulf 2015 today. The forecast was 40% rain but we chanced it anyway. We got there early and apart from…

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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Hard News by Russell Brown
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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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Hard News by Russell Brown
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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…