Posts by Ian Dalziel

  • Hard News: Protecting privilege in Epsom,

    Meanwhile in Chchch, the 'legacy' of Hekia Parata's tinkering has resulted in Shirley Boys' High and Avonside Girls being shifted out of Shirley/Richmond and away from the Avon - co-habiting on the old QEII Stadium site in the North Eastern bog areas.
    People living in Avonside and Shirley are now out of the proposed new 'school catchment zones' for these schools!
    https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/2018642095/row-in-eastern-christchurch-over-proposed-school-zone-changes
    This may have come about based on a 2009 proposal to build a high school in that area, but that was before teh earthquakes and surely didn't factor in Shirley Boys and Avonside being taken out of the equation.
    see:
    https://www.parliament.nz/resource/0000177087

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  • Hard News: Budget 2018: The broadcasting…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I do tend to think the way to reach kids these days is online and interactive.

    Then how do they ‘grow’ kids into becoming adult radio listeners ?
    - surely then the medium’s audience dwindle, if no new ears are added, how much harder will it be to compete for them when they hit ‘Wireless’ age?
    Radio listening is largely a habituated choice, I’d have thought…

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  • Hard News: A Stand for Quaxing, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    A pannier on the ass... or the beats of burden!

    A little tricky packing them in, but pretty successful

    Just add – https://www.pinterest.nz/ElectraBicycle/front-trays-racks-electra-accessories/?lp=true and I always tie two plastic shopping bags together (weight evenly distributed) and sling them over my shoulder, as temporary ‘saddlebags’ when biking or walking, stops things getting caught in the wheels, keeps the hands free and weight better spread without straining arms. (watch out for bag piercing corners and keep bottles to the front)

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  • Hard News: Budget 2018: The broadcasting…, in reply to Russell Brown,

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    Hei Hei, TVNZ and NZ On Air’s new children’s media platform

    As a modern digital-age media platform Heihei seems to be missing a radio component.
    Radio NZ really only has the weekend early morning story slot for kids (insofar as I am aware) – and nothing to match Dick Weir’s lost lamented evening show Ears (1988-96) – Kids imaginations need to get a little ‘Weired’ – or the really great school holiday programmes I remember as a kid in the ‘60s, presented by Gavin Yates.
    I don’t think RNZ’s Wire caters to young kids.

    I understand the name Heihei was arrived at by kids and parents, and translates from Maori as ’noise or commotion, or chicken’ – not sure about the subliminal takeaway from that …
    Just as the logo above, I’m guessing, is meant to emulate the geometry of weaving or tukutuku panels, but to my jaundiced and otherwise-programmed brain I just see a truncated ‘HEIL’ and an exploded swastika – which would be fine if that ancient symbol signifying the “surya (sun), prosperity and good luck” had not been subverted by darker European forces in the 1930s…
    …maybe it’s just a personal problem.

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    Just the other day I found Australia in the gutter in Grey Lynn!

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Recalling the Rascals,

    I went to see the excellent ’Manifesto’ exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery today. Keen-eyed Roger Shepherd noticed that the drummer in the piece on ‘Stridentism’ – with Cate Blanchett as a tattooed punk – was Constantine ‘Dino’ Karlis from HDU (now living in Berlin apparently).
    I was also interested (and chuffed) to see ex Chchch Art Galllery curator Justin Paton get an acknowledgement as well.

    …and while you are out looking at art that addresses society and how we interact with the world, get yourself out to Te Tuhi (13 Reeves Rd, Pakuranga) to see Dieneke Jansen’s video installation
    90 Days + – a moving image exhibition about the Tamaki Housing Group and their 2017 occupation in Glen Innes. Exhibition runs 13 May – 22 July.

    - This is art you can sink your Teeth into! – and will make you want to change the world.
    Tell your friends and MPs to go see it!!
    Here’s a short clip about an earlier work she did on the same important topic – housing – at the Jakarta Biennale

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  • Hard News: Budget 2018: The final tick, in reply to martinb,

    David Farrar commentating as ‘Pollster David Farrar’

    he was a particularly odious oik earlier this week - sowing memes 'right and centre' (I don't think he does 'left') - an playing apologist for Israel's crowd killings and wishing them a happy 70th birthday (just slightly younger than Trump then!)

    I did enjoy the ending of the piece Jesse Mulligan did with a Republican Trump fan the other day - this guy loves Trump even more now (frightening) - but he ended by saying 'thank you Australia, you've always been a good friend to the USA'
    (or words to that effect) - summed up Trump's base's world view perfectly.

    PS: as an aside doesn't 'al qaeda' translate as 'the base' - that's Trump - Fundamental as anything!

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  • Hard News: Budget 2018: The final tick, in reply to martinb,

    How much has he been responsible for recent changes at RNZ,

    I'd have thought that more Paul Thompson's doing - he's always been a change manager (well he was at Fairfax)...

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  • Hard News: Loops and Diamonds, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    to be going a “reasonable speed”

    What speed does one need to be going to create lift on a wing surface?
    Hmmm, I guess if the wheels aren't touching the ground there is no forward thrust - damn - there goes my dreams of e-bike powered flight - as you were...

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  • Hard News: The remarkable rise of…, in reply to Rob S,

    I generally don’t like conspiracy theories but this seems to be more than a porn star after more exposure, – sorry.

    She was a dark and stormy knight...

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