I didn’t quite know how to approach this topic, but I thought, well, maybe different understandings of place.
So, starting with … places I go that feel familiar and good.
Point Chev beach, where Sir Keith Sinclair played as a child.
Our little pocket of harbour, where a whale stranded this year and it felt very close to home.
And Splore, where everyone is lovely and going back to the city hurts every time.
I was still keen on going and supporting it (after all, without promoters willing to take the risk, how would we get to see the bands)
This is true. Promoters do put their asses on the line.
so disappointed I now have to go through the laborious refund process (which has been complicated by the fact we still have the McLaren Valley tickets which we didnt seek refunds for yet, because the Echo team had told us we’d be able to use them at the relocated festival).
That's a bugger. I didn't buy until after the relocation and going through Ticketmaster means an automatic refund in the net few days.
(I’m surprised the acts’ management didn’t know this, but I guess NZ is a nice place to maybe go and there aren’t that many other bookings on a Monday/Tuesday).
All of these acts will have been available for a NZ show to or from Australia or Asia and it's a matter of whether a promoter can offer a guarantee that wins the act and implies a reasonable break-even. I'm sure some of the acts will be opening to coming – and that there's a serious flurry in promoter land as to which ones they are.
At a guess, I think Kurt Vile will be one of them.
Joe Wylie also did the colour for Colin Wilson’s modern era NZ super hero Captain Sunshine
That's a nice thing to be reminded of.
Songs like Nine Million Rainy Days are just so melodramatic and self-involved that it's hard not to take it as satire, but it works for me both ways. "all my time in hell is spent with you", yeah, yeah, angsty teen boy, I get it, you're sad.
And in Jim Reid's case, 26 when when the record came out!
Echo Festival promoter Paxton Talbot talks to The Wireless about what went wrong.
<Resource consent issues forced him to move the event to Auckland’s Vector Arena under a new name, he said. However, once the event was relocated, tickets sales slowed to a drip.
Talbot wouldn’t reveal exactly how many tickets were sold, but said it was “nowhere near” the 12,000 capacity of Vector.
“Nobody came to the table. We had massive web traffic, loads of interest but nothing was turning into sales and it’s an extremely expensive project.
I think there ended up being a trust issue there. On top of all the marketing for the McLaren Valley going down the toilet.
“All the promoters out there are struggling at the moment because of low ticket sales. It’s a massive issue. Every single one of them. People need to get out there and they need to start supporting their local promoters and their local shows,” Talbot said.
Not quite true. I know the Splore people are very happy with how they’re tracking. And even the relatively niche bill at Laneway will still do fine.
Wonderful study of a career, and how nice to know more about this iconic artist.
Indeed, especially having admired some of those images from Peter's previous books.
Hi Graham. Thx for your comment. Try NZ fine Prints, they may have a size suitable and have been good supporters of my publishing endeavours.
Ah, thanks for that. There are a few people around selling crappy colour laser prints off the back of your work, so its nice to be directed to somewhere reputable.
The official Police statement released in the past hour. Incredible.
Police statement on academic research applications
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 - 1:40pm
Statement – attribute to Mark Evans, Deputy Chief Executive, Strategy.
Police places a high value in academic research which provides evidence to improve Police policy and practice. It is essential that our policing strategies and tactics are effective and focused. Having an evidence-based approach towards policing enables us to understand ‘what works’ best, and then put that into practice. Police has strong links with academic institutions and individual researchers who are involved in a range of research to encourage debate on various aspects of police work.
Police receives a large number of individual requests for academic research – 37 applications in 2014. While Police already publishes large volumes of data, such research requests often involve access to confidential information, which can include personal identifiers. There can also be a substantial resourcing commitment involved in providing such information.
To ensure appropriate decisions are made about such applications there is a robust process in place to ensure that they have benefits for Police, are of good standard, meet our privacy obligations and are feasible in relation to the demands on Police time and resources. This process includes a Police vetting check on individuals involved in a research application.
The research agreement which academics are expected to sign with Police sets out our expectations, including that research is accurate, balanced and constructive. Police reserves the right to discuss research findings with the academic if it misunderstands or misrepresents police data and information. Police also reserves the right to prevent further access to Police resources if a researcher commits any breach of the agreement.
Our priority is always to ensure that an appropriate balance is drawn between the privacy of individuals and academic freedom. To date Police have not prevented access by any academic under this clause in the agreement.
While we will not discuss specific matters regarding Dr Gilbert, we can say that we have communicated to him that further consideration will be given to our decision regarding the security clearance (police vetting) check.
So the Police have asserted their right to (a) stand in judgement of academic research, (b) only allow research that suits them.
One other thing, I rag on the Herald a lot, and it richly deserves ever drop of bile so I’m very happy to extend well-earned kudos to them for publishing Jarrod Gilbert’s column at all.
And, perhaps even more notably, for placing it high on the Herald home page this morning.