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The climate changed

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Yesterday was not only the day a new government was announced. It was also the day that a new stocktake compiled by the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand laid out the challenges posed to New Zealand by…

All Change

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New Zealand's not-really-all-that-lengthy coalition negotiations were conducted with a degree of discretion that meant there were few tidbits for an increasingly frazzled press gallery to bring to a probably less frazzled public. But one thing we did learn was significant:…

Friday Music: Staying Okay

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One of the more welcome developments in the local music business in recent years has been a better focus on the welfare of people who work in it. That focus was given form a year ago when the New Zealand…

Out of sight, out of mind: how we forgot about synthetics

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Update: This week's Media Take looks at and compares the twin news stories of synthetic cannabis and "methamphetamine contamination" with social activist Denis O'Reilly, public health expert Papa Nahi, journalists Tony Wall and Baz Macdonald, treament professional Kohe Pene and…

Cycle infrastructure: the blessings are not evenly shared

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To say that cycle infrastructure has improved over the past five years in the part of Auckland where I live is almost understating the case. We've had a significant upgrade to the northwestern cycleway, the westward spine that links everything…

Election 2017: the no threshold hypothesis

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As I now do each election (2014, 2011, 2008), below, the results of the 2017 general election if there was no threshold: National – 54ACT – 1 New Zealand First – 9TOP - 3Māori Party – 1Labour – 44The Greens – 8(total 120 MPs) Obviously, voters…

Music: Places to Play

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Deep down, we all knew it had to happen some time, but this week's news that The Golden Dawn is to close in March, seven years after it first opened its doors as a three-month pop-up, still seems calamitous. That…

Music: God Save the Clean

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If you've found our political season wearying, spare a thought for the journalists. And, in particular, for John Campbell. He has hosted the Silver Scroll Awards for the last couple of years, but this time the demands of post-election news…

Media Take: The selling of the campaign

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A little over a week ago, I was sitting in makeup getting prepped for the last pre-election episode of Media Take. As is often the case, ZM was on the radio. And during a commercial break, two campaign ads came…

The Government lost the election

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The Government lost the election. This isn't an angle you'll have seen much lately, or will in the coming days, with a news media full of talk about "moral authorities", and speculation about Winston's role as kingmaker, but it's the…

Election 2017: the Special Votes

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The 2017 General Election has a preliminary result. The preliminary result is an unofficial count of all the ordinary votes cast at the election: votes cast on the day by people whose name appears on the printed electoral roll who…

Friday Music: With Pictures

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Kia ora koutou. It's been a big few weeks, I'm tired and there's work to be done yet – so I thought I'd just whack in a few quality music-related videos for you all to enjoy. See the (very simple) instructions…

Part 5: The tide will turn if floater voters make enough waves

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This is the last of the Disabled Persons Assembly’s (DPA’s) election blogs, and includes an overview of disabled people’s political participation, related questions for candidates, and a wrap up.  For marginalised groups everywhere, increasing participation and achievement in political life…

Disabled floater voters Part 4: Health and Support

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This is the fourth of a series of blogs from the Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA).   We have used DPA’s strategic areas of focus, as identified by our members, as a guide to examine key areas of each party’s policies. We…

The Day After Tomorrow

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The Westpac McDermott Miller consumer confidence index dipped marginally this week, but, said the bank's chief economist, "households remain in good spirits". In truth, our good spirits rely on us not looking too far ahead. New Zealanders' perception of their…

Disabled floater voters 3: Education and Justice

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This is the third of a series of blogs from the Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA).   We have used DPA’s strategic areas of focus, as identified by our members, as a guide to examine key areas of each party’s policies. We…

Kat Greenbrook – From insight to action

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Kat Greenbrook (@katgreenbrook) is on a mission to increase the number of data insights actioned as she sees a growing gap between analytics teams and decision makers, stemming from a breakdown in communication. Kat, through her own company Rogue Penguin,…

Disabled floater voters: Employment and Income

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This is the second of a series of blogs from the Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA).  We have used DPA’s strategic areas of focus, as identified by our members, as a guide to examine key areas of each party’s policies. We…

Polling 2017: life beyond landlines?

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There’s no doubt that the decline in landline usage is creating big challenges for the pollsters in New Zealand's general election and they’re dealing with it in different ways. Unfortunately for the New Zealand public, we seem to be down…

Labour's RNZ+ plan: largely coherent

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Labour announced its media and film industry policy yesterday – and inevitably most of the attention has focused on the proposal to develop RNZ into a full-service public broadcaster, television included, provisionally called RNZ+. Labour would achieve this by making explicit…

Campaign 2017: Buy a journalist a drink today

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Complaining about the news media at times of peak news is less a habit than an ingrained reflex for many of us. And sure, there have been things to complain about in coverage of this campaign. But in general the…