After being part of a high school that got shat on by shonky 'journalism' by Campbell Live I refused to watch another episode. I figured if I (literally) couldn't believe the story about us (for good reason), then I couldn't believe ANY story they did. I saw how they operated trying to run around during the day trying to create a story for ratings that evening. If you can't create a story without crapping on people then don't bother.
Seriously people. Whatever you watch on TV, even if you think it's good journalism.... walk alongside the cameras, or know something about the story and you'll quickly adjust your opinion.
the track from Te Henga to Constable Rd at Muriwai in sections looks like it hasn’t seen maintenance for a decade and counting….
It recently benefited from some modest maintenance in advance of the Hillary Ultra Marathon (mostly hacking back the flaxes that were overgrowing the trail in many places) … but yeah, it’s getting rougher by the month through there – and the chances of turning an ankle (or plummeting off a cliff) are increasingly accordingly.
I’ve ‘run’, and I use that term very loosely the Speights West Coaster which goes along the track a few times now and it’s in a hell of a state in parts. I know the organisers themselves hacked back the flax a few days out from the race a couple of years ago. On last years run the guy in front of me did the classic step on flax with one leg, step into it with the other and fell face first down the adjacent bank. He was fine.
The stairs down from Constable Rd would have cost a fair whack to put in, so that’s something…
My dad was on the DOC board in the late 90s. He left the board after a year saying to me that it was (to paraphrase) an under funded shambles. He was in a similar role in the ARC at the time (and for many years before and after) and I think the difference between the two organisations was stark. When I have the misfortune (or fortune because some of the scenes are awesome) to walk/run DOC tracks in the Waitaks I see first hand how what sort of funding they get. Bring a machete, a spade, wheelbarrow, a cubic metre of gravel, and a helicopter to rescue you once you’ve fallen off a cliff or broken your leg in half when you step in a 1m deep gouged out trough in the middle of the track.
This view here, been past the spot a few times now, the track from Te Henga to Constable Rd at Muriwai in sections looks like it hasn’t seen maintenance for a decade and counting….
Admittedly though, pest control is WAY more important than poncy walker/ trail ‘joggers’ like myself. Jog on.
PS. I decided when I was in my late teens I would grow trees and sell them on trade me. So me and a mate collected a whole lot of Canary Is. date palm berries from some trees (over the road from the Parnell rose gardens off the top of my head) and grew hundreds (they grew like weeds). I had about 100 of them ready to off load when dad says they’re a pest, wood pigeons and other birds are crapping the seeds out in the Waitaks and they’re seeding. My conscience got the better of me and I burnt the lot of them. Literally :( I then turned my attention to Nikau’s and potted up and sold a few hundred on Trade Me. Hopefully the IRD doesn’t go back a decade on TM :)
What annoys me is driving along places like Central Park Drive around Trusts stadium and seeing huge date palms planted along there. At least it’s better than parts of East Auckland. Where in f*cks name do they think they live?! Miami!!!!!
Professional sporting bodies are already doing it. NBA league pass $210 a year for thousands of games, NRL $90 a year, NFL league pass etc all through their websites... rugby will go the same way (what would you pay to watch a Blues game on your laptop live through the Blues website? 1 cent, 2 cents ;).
So when Sky negotiated exclusive live rights to broadcast NRL games on TV in NZ this year, they aren't really getting exclusive rights if hardcore league fans can just subscribe to the NRL website game pass and skip SKY. Not sure they (Sky) want to pay as much now. I know that it was a last minute deal this year. I guess the next few deals will be revealing.
Regular readers to this blog will remember my post on Radio Sport’s appalling coverage of the cricket world cup.
Off topic for the most part so apologies, but Radio Sport ugh. The have become all about personalities and a massive staff and less and less about what they used to be, which was a station that broadcast live sport and then discussed it.
They ditched domestic cricket commentaries which went down like a lead balloon. Ditched their FM frequency, and now have a more or less redundant sport extra station. Redundant because they don't get commentary clashes because they basically hardly do any live commentaries. And this year for the first time since 1990 off the top of my head we have no NRL commentary (aside from the Warriors games). We get no Aussie summer cricket anymore (stopped about 3-4 years ago).
I would have thought that if you take sport seriously enough to talk about it for hours on end you may actually provide coverage. Yesterday afternoon they have a regular program with the host + Alan Mac and Dale Budge talking for half an hour about the NRL games for the weekend.... Games which they will now proceed to ignore...
Compare this to the ABC who frequently provide commentary of 3, 4, 5 games AT THE SAME TIME using their web platform.
Overall I find that batch of 2015 ‘breakout music’ a mix of nice stuff and unmemorable plod-along.
Matthew Young reminds me of Frank Ocean. Well with that track above anyway. And that's a good thing.
Sorry bout it (as my kids says),
Run the Jewels playing the Studio on K Rd Jan 10 at 8pm with Joey Bada$$, (Wellington the night before). If you like Hip Hop in Wellington or Auckland you HAVE TO see this. If you love Hip Hop and are within commuting distance this could be worth the effort.
For all 365 days of 2014... in the world... rated...
NPR top 50 (somewhere)
The Guardian 7
The Guardian Readers 5
Pitchfork # 1 (not a typo)
Albumoftheyear website: #4
it goes on...
I gotz 4 tiks alreadz.
Run the Jewels 2 smashing it on those top album of the year lists. Number 1 on pitchfork. I've been playing the shit out of it.
Not sure what to link to out of it but here's a good one. If you like your Hip Hop ruff and raw you'll like it, if you don't like swear words, side step:
Killer Mike is dope:
I don't know Matthew Dentith (personally), but I do know his other half in their regular conspiracy theory podcasts (namely Josh - he's m' cousin, he got the brains I got the lo... ng peni, hang on, wrong forum). So plug for that there website/podcast: http://all-embracing.episto.org/