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The long road to real space

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Access by Russell Brown
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About a year ago, my younger son asked me if I'd like to play a video game. I'm really not a gamer, but he wanted me to see it and he was happy to make it easy for me by…

Music: Telling Stories

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Amid the calm of the holidays, in the blessed present between the race to wrap up 2018 and the need to envision the year ahead, a series of stories have flipped me way back up the river, into my own…

About that Rhythm and Vines "dangerous drugs" alert

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I was at a music festival in Auckland on New Year's Eve when I saw, on my phone, the news that "dangerous drugs, made with pesticides and paints, have been found at Rhythm and Vines." And that patrons had received…

Another year on earth

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Sometimes – often, even – grief is an ambush. You don't know what's in there until you lose something, or someone. You don't know how the experience of loss will make you feel about yourself, or what to do about it. It…

WOTY: The Kindness Scandal

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In a hastily-issued press release today, Public Address publisher Russell Brown admitted that his site's annual Word of the Year vote "may have been used by terribly nice people to express a blessedly good sentiment." Shortly after the announcement that…

Public Address Word of the Year 2018: Time to vote!

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Hard News by Russell Brown

The debate has been had and the longlist has been written. It's time now for you, the public, to vote. Just use the form embedded below to register your top three choices for Word of the Year – and go in…

Just quietly, this is a big deal

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It's in the nature of politics that this morning's announcement about changes to drug laws is headed 'Crackdown on synthetic drug dealers'. The billing is not inaccurate: it's no secret that the government has been seeking to have the two…

Public Address Word of the Year 2018

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The years keep getting weirder, but one thing doesn't change: the Public Address Word of the Year is annually chosen by the people of the internet as the strange light fades into Christmas. Will this year's people's choice be a…

Name suppression appeals

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Legal Beagle by Graeme Edgeler

I recently published a tweet thread, which I thought I might copy and past here, for anyone interested. ============= I have long thought that the 20 working days allowed to appeal a refusal to make a suppression order is too…

Music: A Teutonic Tonic

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One of the many challenges posed by Christmas is Christmas music. Christmas carols are all very well, but spending the day actually listening to carols? That way lies madness, or at least an unseasonable degree of suffering. In our house,…

A complicated pathway to wellness

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He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction was published last week and while it offers a substantial list of recommendations for the way such services should be conceived and delivered, I found what it…

Friday Music: Slow Burns

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Before she finally got to make her solo record this year, Sandy Mill sang on a lot of other people's records. And two of those people, Dick Johnson and Steve Hewitt, formerly of Placebo (and now of Love Amongst Ruin),…

Lest we forget: the influenza pandemic November 1918

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Access by Hilary Stace
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Dr Margaret Cruickshank, New Zealand’s first registered woman doctor, has saintly status in our family. She died a century ago on 28 November 1918 in the influenza epidemic. Doctors were in short supply during the war and she had worked…

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Shitmas

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Up Front by Emma Hart
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So Santa is a man. It's impossible to imagine Santa as a woman. The closest you can get to a female Santa is a woman in a furry red miniskirt. Santa is a traditional character for children, and you can't…

The lost ART

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A couple of weeks ago, I hopped on my bike and rode around the corner to MOTAT. I hadn't been for a while and I wasn't planning on looking at the restored machines. My destination was the Walsh Memorial Library,…

Music: Avantdale is something special

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There was a lot on last night in Auckland. Billy Bragg was in the middle of his three-night stand out in Avondale. Chelsea Jade flew in from LA and, by all accounts, played a stunner to a sellout crowd at…

Jacinda, please can you help disabled people find employment?

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Access by Hilary Stace
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Our statistics for the employment of disabled people are terrible. Disabled people are three times less likely to have paid work than non-disabled people, have fewer paid hours and earn less. Forty three percent of young disabled adults under 25…

What almost everyone is missing about KiwiBuild

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Speaker by Barnaby Bennett
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Many people are ripping into KiwiBuild at the moment. A lot of these criticisms have a strong whiff of partisan heckling – this is politics after all – some of them are fair and others are just looking for trouble. One complaint,…

Getting serious about the cannabis referendum

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The organisers of last Friday's Cannabis Referendum Conference had a specific aim: they wanted to demonstrate that they, as the Cannabis Referendum Coalition, represented a credible, serious and organised campaign for New Zealand's forthcoming vote on legalising cannabis. They didn't…

The Midterms

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This week's US midterm elections are inescapably a referendum on Donald Trump's presidency, and would have been so even if he hadn't gone to such lengths to make it that way. The closing campaign ad that was so racist and…