Posts by Russell Brown

  • Speaker: Heroes of the Recovery,

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  • Speaker: Unknown Places: The Crescent (Otara),

    Kia ora, James. The few hours I spent talking to these students last year were rewarding and enjoyable. Best wishes to you and them.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Sweetest Sound,

    Oh, hey, look!

    My article about the King's Arms has just been published on Audioculture.

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  • Hard News: Waitangi: Just enjoy the day, in reply to Tinakori,

    I think Nick Russell is right, that there have been positive Waitangi Days in the past and they often coincide with the beginning of a government’s term. Well done to Labour for managing this one particularly well. Having lots of Ngapuhi in the government undoubtedly made a difference and was critical in the move away from Te Tii , the single largest factor, I think, in the changing atmospherics. The progress of the Ngapuhi settlement will have a big impact on how future Waitangi Days turn out.

    Clark’s return was in 2002, the third year of the first term, and it went pretty well, even with Te Tii in play. Things deteriorated later, for obvious reasons, and Clark was jostled in 2004.

    But I don’t think that moving away from Te Tii was the overwhelming reason Ardern had a good Waitangi. She’d been in the North for four days by yesterday, and that decision to spend time there was significant.

    The big shift in sentiment away from the Māori Party was important too. A lot of people feel that the machinations of Tuku Morgan et al have damaged the mana of the Kingitanga in particular. Some of what Ardern said played into that feeling.

    I do think it felt different this year though, perhaps in a way it hasn’t seemed to before. We’ll see.

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  • Hard News: Waitangi: Just enjoy the day, in reply to James Littlewood*,

    You mean, some time when Clark and Harawira were on speaking terms? I must have been on sick leave that day.

    Not really what I mean, although you're not the first to take it that way.

    But some history is in order. Clark's unpleasant encounter with Titewhai Harawira was in 1998, before she was Prime Minister. 1999 was pretty bumpy too.

    The first time she went to Waitangi as Prime Minister, in 2002, she was escorted on by Titewhai. They were definitely on speaking terms.

    But I was really trying to make a non-partisan point: it's not just that National PMs couldn't have done quite what Ardern did, neither could the last Labour PM. She has some weaknesses – critics have endlessly pointed out that her one attempt at drafting a law wasn't very good – but she has an empathy that's part of her makeup as a leader.

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  • Hard News: Music! Is Everything ...,

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  • Hard News: Waitangi: Just enjoy the day,

    A word, too, for Mihingarangi Forbes, who spent her last day at RNZ helming the broadcast from Waitangi. It was great, engaging radio and it made me feel close to the events.

    Nice to hear Chris Wikaira back at work behind the mic too!

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  • Hard News: Music! Is Everything ...,

    This is nice: the long-running New Zealand-based psych-rock blog The Active Listener gets an appreciation on Bandcamp.

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  • Capture: Laneway 2018, in reply to Simon Bennett,

    I’m pretty sure he doesn’t use autotune. Lots of looping. Amazing virtuoso falsetto.

    Yes, it's not autotune but delays and effects from the little console you can see in the pics. I thought it was incredibly effective, at times turning his voice from a vocal into an instrument. Seriously one of the best performances I've seen at Laneway.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Rolling Funder,

    Billboard has a nice pre-Grammys interview with Lorde – along with a photoshoot of her gadding about a Pukekohe farm in various lovely frocks.

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