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Unknown Places: Names in Stone (Waiuku)

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Speaker by Mark Joblin
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It’s not steep but it’s still uphill. There’s a gentle sloping footpath leading through the memorial garden, up to the central cenotaph. Park the wheelchair. Get up. One step at a time. A wobble, hold it, a few more steps,…

SPLORE! The Listening Lounge 2018

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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As I've done for the past few years, I'm running the talk programme at Splore – the Listening Lounge – this year. And I'm pleased with what we have for Splorers at the Living Lounge tent on Saturday, February 24. Here it…

Unknown Places: Gravel Lot (Mangere)

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Speaker by Damian Pereira
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At eleven years old, not seeing my dad was a daily thing;  he left home for work at 6 am, returning around 8 pm, the day having long passed. He would lay down on the couch, unfazed by the world…

Unknown Places: Queens of K Road (Central)

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Speaker by Annette Morehu
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Go up K Road after dark, stay on the south side, and head west. Here, in the shadows, you might meet a queen. Ask her the right questions and you could get to know her. Or she could get to…

Unknown Places: The Crescent (Otara)

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Speaker by James Littlewood
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1. Lovegrove Crescent has no beginning, and no end. It’s like a miniature race track, a lopsided circle of tarmac connected to Otara’s main drag by a short lane; an umbilical cord, diverting and circulating traffic from the main arterial…

Friday Music: The Sweetest Sound

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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The first time I recall hearing Sandy Mill's voice is about 15 years ago, on Epsilon Blue's chunky electronic banger 'So Many Times' (later reprised as 'Sweetest Sound'). Who, I wondered, was behind that wild, digitally-distressed refrain? We're friends these…

A Small Official Information Act Fix

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Legal Beagle by Graeme Edgeler
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A few days ago, TVNZ journalist Andrea Vance tweeted an Official Information Act response she had received from David Parker, the Attorney-General. Vance had sought information about workload and funding pressures on Crown Solicitors, something he had apparently taken an…

Cold Turkey, 2018

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Speaker by Greg Jackson
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I’ve been under Dr Lennon the last few days, taking tips from his detox ditty 'Cold Turkey'.  36 hours rolling in pain/praying to someone to free me again It’s junkie journalism at its finest as I retch and shudder my…

Waitangi: Just enjoy the day

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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It's not hard to divine the public narrative of Waitangi Day 2018: the Prime Minister and her party have enjoyed a positive, significant and possibly even historic week in the North. Something has changed at Waitangi wrote Simon Wilson in…

Music! Is Everything ...

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Jackson has posted some great photographs of Laneway 2018 in Capture. I'm glad he did, because, as is sometimes the case at the big events, I didn't take any. Well, inside the gates that is. I did take this pic…

Why a Woman is Like a Bicycle

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Up Front by Emma Hart
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The other day, I was watching people discussing the tacks on the Island Bay cycleway and wondering at the vitriol that is so often directed at cyclists. It reminded me of a conversation I’d had with my Dom a few…

Laneway 2018

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Capture by Jackson Perry
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Laneways 2018, a photographic essay. Getting in early, we managed to avoid the log jam that happened midway through the afternoon.  It did mean though that by around 8pm, after listening to Unitone Hifi blow the bass through the tree…

Friday Music: Rolling Funder

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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In these complicated times, many musical artists have been obliged to expend some of their precious creative essence on new ways to earn the money that would allow them to continue being musical artists, as opposed to, say, hospitality workers…

Friday Music: Bar None, and all the disco

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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We spent New Year's Eve down at Silo Park for the second Wondergarden festival and had a great time. I thought the event production  – staging, light and sound – was a significant step up from the year before, and it was…

Trump 2018

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Not for the first time, we woke in New Zealand today with too much to look at in Washington; less the Trump trainwreck than a blockbuster movie of a trainwreck where the director has tried to stuff too much into…

Lorde's Call

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Hard News by Russell Brown

What do these musical artists have in common? Alt-J, Tricky, the Skatalites, Mulatu Astatke, Mac DeMarco, Calexico, M83, The Residents, Tame Impala, Freddie Gibbs, Thundercat and the Sun Ra Arkestra. Answer: they have all played, or are soon to play,…

Music: 2017 – this is not a list

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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I hate end-of-year "best of" lists. I mean, I like reading them, but they make me feel inadequate. They're always full of records I haven't heard – or even heard of. Some writers conjure great insight into every pick when I'm…

Jacindamania: Word famous in New Zealand

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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The Public Address Word of the Year 2017 is "Jacindamania". Hundreds of readers of the award-winning blog site Public Address voted this week on a longlist of words nominated in a discussion on the website. The winning word was one…

The new medical cannabis law is quite a bit more than nothing

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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It doesn't really match Jacinda Ardern's campaign promise to "legalise medical cannabis", but her government’s new medical cannabis law does a couple of significant things straight off the bat: the introduction of a statutory defence for possession (only for the…

Public Address Word of the Year 2017

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Look lively lovely logophiles! It's that time of the year when Public Address readers convene to debate and then vote on the word or phrase that sums up the year that's been and gone.  Will it be a year of…

The hard road to a cycle-friendly city

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Anyone who follows me on Twitter will be aware that there is something of a controversy about new cycleways in central Auckland suburbs. I've sat down a couple of times to try and write a proper post about it, but…

Besties

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Capture by Jackson Perry
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Early december is when the best of everything that ever was, or at least in the last 11 months, is hoisted onto our screens as if nothing else ever mattered. Instagram has several helpful apps that use fancy algorithms (actually…

Friday Music: Not Dead Yet

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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The New Zealand Herald's website recently published Joanna Hunkin's fascinating well-researched, if a little nostalgic, look at the profound changes in the commercial environment for New Zealand music artists in the past 15 years. She correctly identifies the early and…