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Friday Music: Rolling Funder

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In these complicated times, many musical artists have been obliged to expend some of their precious creative essence on new ways to earn the money that would allow them to continue being musical artists, as opposed to, say, hospitality workers…

Friday Music: Bar None, and all the disco

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We spent New Year's Eve down at Silo Park for the second Wondergarden festival and had a great time. I thought the event production  – staging, light and sound – was a significant step up from the year before, and it was…

Trump 2018

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Not for the first time, we woke in New Zealand today with too much to look at in Washington; less the Trump trainwreck than a blockbuster movie of a trainwreck where the director has tried to stuff too much into…

Lorde's Call

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What do these musical artists have in common? Alt-J, Tricky, the Skatalites, Mulatu Astatke, Mac DeMarco, Calexico, M83, The Residents, Tame Impala, Freddie Gibbs, Thundercat and the Sun Ra Arkestra. Answer: they have all played, or are soon to play,…

Music: 2017 – this is not a list

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I hate end-of-year "best of" lists. I mean, I like reading them, but they make me feel inadequate. They're always full of records I haven't heard – or even heard of. Some writers conjure great insight into every pick when I'm…

Jacindamania: Word famous in New Zealand

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The Public Address Word of the Year 2017 is "Jacindamania". Hundreds of readers of the award-winning blog site Public Address voted this week on a longlist of words nominated in a discussion on the website. The winning word was one…

The new medical cannabis law is quite a bit more than nothing

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It doesn't really match Jacinda Ardern's campaign promise to "legalise medical cannabis", but her government’s new medical cannabis law does a couple of significant things straight off the bat: the introduction of a statutory defence for possession (only for the…

Public Address Word of the Year 2017

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Look lively lovely logophiles! It's that time of the year when Public Address readers convene to debate and then vote on the word or phrase that sums up the year that's been and gone.  Will it be a year of…

The hard road to a cycle-friendly city

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Anyone who follows me on Twitter will be aware that there is something of a controversy about new cycleways in central Auckland suburbs. I've sat down a couple of times to try and write a proper post about it, but…

Besties

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Capture by Jackson Perry
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Early december is when the best of everything that ever was, or at least in the last 11 months, is hoisted onto our screens as if nothing else ever mattered. Instagram has several helpful apps that use fancy algorithms (actually…

Friday Music: Not Dead Yet

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The New Zealand Herald's website recently published Joanna Hunkin's fascinating well-researched, if a little nostalgic, look at the profound changes in the commercial environment for New Zealand music artists in the past 15 years. She correctly identifies the early and…

This is your government on drugs

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Yesterday evening on Checkpoint, Michelle Cooke told the story of Robert Erueti – a story of the most abject failure of practice and policy. And more than that, of simple moral sense. As the report tells it: Mr Erueti was evicted…

Friday Music: Who is the head Space Māori?

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For the last ever episode of Media Take this year, which we boldly themed on "the future", we invited on Dan Taipua, creator of the concept of Aotearoa Futurism, which, as described in the two-part programme he made for RNZ…

Melting pot: A cuisine of immigrants

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Feed by Nik Mavromatis
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The story of New Zealand developing its own cuisine is a story of immigration. As the last major landmass on Earth to be inhabited, it was teeming with flora, and with fauna unfamiliar with being chased down for lunch. Regional…

GTFO of Our Accessible Bathrooms

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I travelled to Wellington recently to meet with a few academics. I’m starting a PhD next year, so I needed to discuss my topic, my proposal and other logistics. It was very exciting for me and I always enjoy being…

Poverty, and mistaking symptoms for causes

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What happens when you don't spend enough time understanding good research is this: you take facts which are true and mould them to an explanation that suits, and a solution that suits your ideology even better. The NZ Initiative report…

Friday Music: The unusual proposition of SoccerPractise

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SoccerPractise play Golden Dawn tonight to mark the release of their eponymous debut album, which is on your favoured streaming service and and will presumably turn up some time today on their presently empty Bandcamp page. The album is the…

Abroad and Home

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"Obviously London didn't want to go with Brexit, it seems ghastly, but it's happening," I asked Tze Ming Mok in the opening part of Sunday's Orcon IRL. "Is it as bad as it seems from this far away?" "Yes," she…

News Memories 2: The Twitter thread

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[<a href="//storify.com/publicaddress/what-was-the-first-major-news-story-you-remember-a" target="_blank">View the story "What was the first major news story you remember as a child?" on Storify</a>]

The Declaration of the Independence of Corporations

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[With apologies to John Perry Barlow] Governments of the Industrial World, you toothless ogres of laws and taxation, we come from Cyberspace, the new home of global corporations. On behalf of our shareholders, we ask you of the past to…

Memories of the news

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"What was the first major news story you remember as a child?" read the meme a journalist friend posted on Facebook yesterday. The responses were intriguing to watch, and tended to have the effect of reminding me that I've been…