Posts by Jonathan King

  • Hard News: Rip It Up: A history of us, a…,

    Murray felt that food was extremely important on deadline and we'd down tools and go eat.

    In my day it was Shahi Indian on Jervois Rd. Murray didn't have to say what his order was he'd say "Hello, Murray here ... 15 mins? OK, thanks."

    Since Sep 2010 • 185 posts Report

  • Hard News: Rip It Up: A history of us, a…,

    Speaking of waxing, cutting and pasting — not to mention bromides and dark rooms etc — I pasted up my first issue at Rip It Up as designer … and thereafter had the honour of being the one who dragged RIU into the digital age. Murray was skeptical … but intrigued by the possibility of cost savings, and recognised it was the way things were going … So we got a scanner and Mac, and every issue after that was laid out digitally.

    Oral history-wise I could tell (if anyone asked :-) about the day Murray went off to have the company wound up in court … and we sat around the office wondering what next … and Murray arrived back with Barry Coleman, the mag’s new owner, and introduced us all to our new boss! (I left shortly after).

    Since Sep 2010 • 185 posts Report

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    On March 1, 2016 – after his February text conversation about the issues with Stuart Davie – English told NZ, as per this Radio NZ story that “he was not aware of any specific problems between Mr Barclay and his former staff”. A flat out lie.

    Since Sep 2010 • 185 posts Report

  • Hard News: What you lookin' at?, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    You spelled 'months' wrong.

    I suspect in ten or twenty years, kids will be amazed that "broadcast TV" was ever a thing.

    Since Sep 2010 • 185 posts Report

  • Hard News: Art with a job to do, in reply to Andrew Dubber,


    I'd love to see it adopted as an emblem for NZ Music. For NZ On Air, NZMIC and others to band together to license it for use to denote "homegrown" at home and "straight out of Aotearoa" elsewhere. Not exactly a flag or a logo, but a badge of pride. And it would be money very well spent.

    Since Sep 2010 • 185 posts Report

  • Legal Beagle: Voting in the Flag Referendum, in reply to SteveH,

    So if your conspiracy theory is right then why wasn’t that design one of the final four? Did “they” forget to manipulate the flag panel?

    Silver ferns feature heavily, and Key's made it clear that his preferred design would feature one.

    They didn't have control over who won the world cup, but they had complete control over the timing of the referendum. And three weeks after silver fern-featured world cup is absurdly close.

    Since Sep 2010 • 185 posts Report

  • Legal Beagle: Voting in the Flag Referendum,

    Does it seem tin-foil-hat-ish to point out how cynical and manipulative it was for the pro-Silver Fern govt to schedule the referendum for just three weeks after the (All Blacks favourited to win) Rugby World Cup final?

    It was no accident, that's for sure.

    Since Sep 2010 • 185 posts Report

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Criminal Life,

    I've seen The Clash, The Buzzcocks, the Pistols, Iggy Pop ... and Chris Knox performing post-stroke is hands down the most fuckin punk rock thing I have ever seen in my life.

    Since Sep 2010 • 185 posts Report

  • OnPoint: My last name sounds Chinese,

    Where do NZ publisher David Ling, politician John A. Lee or, say, English science writer Marcus Chown fit on Labour’s list? None of whom are, as far as I know, remotely Chinese but they, you know, “sound” it.

    Since Sep 2010 • 185 posts Report

  • Access: Geoblocking, global mode and NZ…, in reply to Sacha,

    I’m sure it does apply to ‘indie’ producers in lots of places: if you’re not selling to a multi-national you’re selling to individual territories. Aggregators that can get you onto iTunes or Amazon are emerging – but these are often support for self-publishing – they aren’t picking up your thing and giving it promotional support in these other places it’s available. And it comes back to the only promo self-publishers can do being social media (and Kickstarter etc).

    Some European countries are at an advantage having strong local markets – and unique languages. As an English language producer with a tiny domestic market, we have the worst of both worlds in some cases: if you’re buying English-language product, the choice is usually for the dominant voices (US, UK) over ours …

    Since Sep 2010 • 185 posts Report

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