Thanks, Ben. All I have heard from crazy-for-guns apologists today suggests that they shut up and acknowledge that they are attempting to push shit uphill, againsta broad wave of popular support for strengthening gun laws.
Your comment about ‘trucks and vans’ is just a distraction from the argument, and quite meaningless. It is possible to argue that private vehicle ownership, along with alcohol abuse, has long been the prinary cause of death, destruction and social cost, in New Zealand and elsewhere—but is anyone calling for the prohibition of these two primary causes?
Apologies. I appear to have repeated myself🙄
Christchurch folk might be interested in going along to a public meeting Better Public Media this Sunday (March 24) 1-3.30pm in Undercroft 101 (under the main Library) at the University of Canterbury.
In these days, it is timely to talk about the role of the media in drawing us together, or rendering us apart. There will be a panel with people such as Ali Jones and Julian Wilcox to address such questions.
We did have the Minister Kris Faafoi lined to open up proceedings, with the 2019 David Beaston Memorial address, but he has had to drop out and we are looking for someone of similar stature,
You don’t need go stay the whole time, unless you want to become involved with BPM, at the AGM which will wrap up the meeting,
The Canadian evil twins who visited earlier this year weren’t providing ‘free’ speech; you were expected to fork out money to hear their bile.
That Canadian pair who made a visit here weren’t promoting ‘free’ speech; you were expected to pay to hear their bile and hatred?
kia ora Russell. If you are able to travel, taking a trip to the Tawhiti Museum in Hawera (South Taranaki) might be helpful.
Created in an old dairy factory, it features a myriad of intricate, miniatures of local history (well, versions of Pakeha and Maori history), all hand-crafted and painted. There are also larger-scale reconstructions of domestic and work life across a range of interesting buildings—I particularly appreciated the building dedicated to Ronald Hugh Morrieson, having spent my growing up years in Hawera.
There is one particular building which reconstructs the model-making process and they have more recently been working in collaboration with Weta. $15 admission.
We visited there yesterday, after biking from Opunake with a friend (a bit of a tale, with my bike draining its battery a few km short of the town, after two hours of biking into a stiff nor’wester). Went there primarily to interview my 86 year old uncle, who is still a practicing dentist (and a bit of a rogue). The Tawhiti Museum was an interesting extra.
On another matter, the little film I have endeavouring to get seen by as many people as possible is now available on NZ On Screen: The Reel People of New Zealand (Nick Homler, 2017), It is a homage to independent cinemas around NZ—the people who run them and the people who go to them—as seen through the eyes of a young American film-maker. People seem to love it, even those Aussies when I took it to Sydney a couple of months ago.
Whilst these rainy days persist, do take a look ...
Thank you, Russell, for this lovely, reflective piece. I am one of those folk who have drifted away from PA; an occasional visitor rather than the avid daily reader of those halcyon days of 4-5 years ago. I miss the Great Blend get-togethers and MediaTake.
I guess, like others, I been distracted by those forms of SM which demand less thought and reflection—damn you, Instagram! But there are occasions when they serve a great purpose, For example, the community created by Peter Wells—very personal commentaries about his cancer treatment.
But I share your anxiety about financial uncertainty; a year into so-called retirement (I rail against that word!), when a very generous university salary has diminished to bugger-all generates doubt. Should I buy that expensive concert ticket? Should I contine to go to films once or twice a week? Should I do more unpaid work? But this is tempered by the knowledge that for many people in Aotearoa, there are more immediate questions, such ‘How can I feed my children? How can I buy them new shoes? But at least we have a government who is beginning to listen to them.
nga mihi nui
Praise for Russell’s advocacy from another media source. https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2018/12/18/367890/media-person-of-the-year-1