Posts by Russell Brown

  • Hard News: Friday Music: An accompanied korero, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    I mean, if they're just removing duplicates that are also in the old Film Archive, that's not such a terrible thing.

    It might be if it goes from "TVNZ Archive practice" to "Film Archive practice". Under the former, people can basically get what they want if they can pay production library fees. Under the latter, things can be very, very difficult.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: An accompanied korero, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    It’s either that or admit she is genuinely a more talented human being than most of us.

    Yup.

    One of the things I wondered about for a while was whether she’d ever been formally diagnosed as gifted. And then along came Duncan Greive’s Metro story which confirmed that, yes, she had, at the age of six (when, according to the story, she was assessed as having “a mental age of 21” on several criteria). Things kind of fall into place when you know that.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: An accompanied korero, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Makes me feel old that I remember Douglas Lilburn very clearly as an active, living person.

    I'm delighted that you and others are sharing these memories. It humanises the man and it's lovely.

    I've dwelt quite a bit in the past decade on how many of my cultural heroes -- people like Keith Sinclair -- were alive in my lifetime and I could have met them, but didn't.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: An accompanied korero, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    You know what’s cool? The upcoming soundtrack for The Hunger Games 3 that Lorde has curated. Just look at the track list:

    Totally! I was going to to feature it but I didn’t have time to do it justice.

    How many 17-year-olds do you know roll like this?

    None. This stuff is almost unprecedented. And yet there are still New Zealanders convinced that she's just some management puppet.

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  • Access: Art and disability: a festival, in reply to Marc C,

    Of course such a festival is good and deserves all kinds of support

    And also the subject of the actual post. Bit rude, dude.

    Crashing in like that has probably deterred people who want to talk about that topic.

    I’d be happy to host a discussion about the issues you raise, but this shouldn’t be it. Cheers.

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  • Speaker: David Fisher: The OIA arms race, in reply to jon_knox,

    My thanks to Russell, David & his employer for making this available.
    Is it not a bit strange that the Herald hasn’t made the transcript available themselves on what seems an important & newsworthy matter?

    Tim Murphy was actually the first to retweet the link to yesterday's post, where I mentioned this speech, and I asked him if the Herald would run it, or whether I could. He kindly suggested we both could, so a shorter version may yet turn up on the Herald website.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: The creeping…,

    I’ve just posted a tidied-up version of Fish’s speech notes. go read it here.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: The creeping…, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    To a point-scoring partisan suckhole it all comes down to semantics.

    Not helping, Joe. I'm happy to have people offer different perspectives here, and I think it's possible to critique the perspective without attacking the person like that.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: The creeping…,

    A scorching Dom Post editorial on the same topic:

    The Official Information Act seeks to give the people access to government as of right. If the government blocks or impedes that access, it is spurning that right.

    Key's statement was bad enough. It was worse to hear the Chief Ombudsman, Dame Beverley Wakem, the people's top watchdog in their battle for information, respond so feebly. Asked on Radio New Zealand if she was concerned about Key's remark, she said she was not because she did not know what he had in mind when he made the remark.

    In fact, it was obvious what he had in mind. He was talking about gaming the legislation for political purposes. Wakem should have seen this as treating the legislation with contempt and she should have told him off in ringing terms.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: The creeping…,

    One more thing worth noting from Fish’s speech: the malign effect of the “no surprises” policy, which sees nearly every released funnelled through a ministerial office and, effectively, be subject to ministerial sign-off.

    So you can have good, decent public servants acting with the public interest and the law uppermost in mind – and that can all be undone by the inevitably political process of running it by the minister first.

    As Fish notes, it also leads to self-censorship – so officials will learn to redact the “surprising” parts before they surprise (or embarrass) the minister.

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