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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…

Kai Koenig – my cat, my chickens & my wife

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The lost episode. We recorded this one a while ago but unfortunately we misplaced it, until now.  Kai Koenig (@agentK) works as a Software Solutions architect for Ventego Creative in Wellington, New Zealand. He also co-founded the company with two…

Friday Music: A genuine original

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I sometimes have mixed feelings about leading these Friday posts with obituaries – it just seems to happen too often – but Celia Mancini's passing this week cannot go unremarked. You may know Celia, or you may have seen or heard her…

2017 ICT Policy Election Special

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Over the past few weeks we spent some time with the main party political parties and their ICT representatives in order to have them articulate their stance. ICT representatives We get to hear from: Greens: Gareth Hughes, @GarethMP NZ First:…

Drugs and human rights

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Had the leaders of the National Party contented themselves with simply promising more resources for police along with a long-overdue boost of $40 million for drug dependence services (including a very welcome 1500 new inpatient beds), their announcement today would…

About last night's medical cannabis question

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The medical cannabis question from a cancer survivor in last night's leaders' debate was an absolute gift for Jacinda Ardern, and she didn't miss. Her swift, succinct "Yes" was everything Bill English's uncomfortable, qualified answer wasn't.  It was also effective…

Media Take: Scandals, selfies and "social"

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The ostensible topic of last night's Media Take show was Mike Hosking's awful performance over who can vote for the Māori Party (answer: anyone, of course). But, especially in the extended "open floor" korero, it developed into a frank, intriguing…

Friday Music: Warming up for a night on K Road

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Things are heating up ahead of next Friday's The Others Way Festival. Sneaky Feelings first album in forever, Progress Junction, is released on the day of their warmup show at Hamilton's Nivara Lounge next Wednesday. It's a canny collection of…

Where are all the polls at?

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There has, for obvious and understandable reasons, been much talk about polls in this election campaign. But amid the hubbub, a few key questions have gone missing. Primarily: where are all the polls at? Since the last general election in…

Friday Music: The Return of Disasteradio

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I confess, it had escaped me that there had not been a Disasteradio album for seven years. It's not as if Luke Rowell had been idle: he's made a bunch of records as his alter-ego Eyeliner in that time. But…

The Driverless Road Ahead

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For the past decade and a bit, I've been working as a computer technician and sales rep. During that time, I've seen the desktop and laptop computer go from being the main method people get on the Internet, to an…

Low-quality language on immigration

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Orcon IRL’s election special took place Sunday evening, and it was a right time. Kiri Allan mesmerised crowds in te reo. Stephen Berry knocked Rock Enrol. Chloe Swarbrick spoke of a Green future. And I disrespected Russell’s authority and went…

Synthetic cannabinoids: a primer

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What is synthetic cannabis? Why is it even called that? Where does it come from? What's the extent of the problem in New Zealand? And why have we seen a spate of deaths linked to these products in Auckland? The…

Friday Music: Down the Hall on a Friday Night

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It was only because I happened to see a tweet that I clicked through last Friday to the first live stream of Neil Finn and and friends as they record his forthcoming album, Out of Silence, at Roundhead Studios – and…

A thundering clash of perspectives

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It was a deep irony that the final push for the decision of Metiria Turei to end her Parliamentary career appears to have come from Checkpoint, a programme whose people have so often weighed in behind the vulnerable New Zealanders…