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Public Address 10 December - Inequality: too big to ignore

Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 5:41 pm | Public Address

For years now, one of the main reasons given for dismissing inequality as an issue has been about economics: you need income gaps to generate growth. Without a wide gap between rich and poor, who would have the incentive to work harder and do the ... More >>

Public Address 8 December: Super cities & same-sex marriage

Monday, 8 December 2014, 5:03 pm | Public Address

The Local Government Commission has released a Draft Proposal for Reorganisation of Local Government in Wellington. It proposes a region-wide governance structure, with a single overarching council replacing the Greater Wellington Regional Council, ... More >>

Public Address 28 October 2014 - TVNZ: Emptied out

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 3:00 pm | Public Address

To those who visit TVNZ, as I do every week to record our TV show for another channel, the place has the feel of an abandoned building. The journalists toil on the ground floor at the west end, but nearly everyone else – sales, programming, senior management ... More >>

Public Address 17 October 2014 - Music and Democracy

Friday, 17 October 2014, 5:11 pm | Public Address

The New Zealand Music Awards finalists were announced last night and they're quite a varied and interesting bunch. Lorde's Pure Heroine is eligible this time and you'd assume she and Joel Little will be up on stage more than once on the night, but there ... More >>

Public Address 11 July 2014 - Five new posts!

Friday, 11 July 2014, 2:47 pm | Public Address

Just a quickie post this week, because I’m flat-out with with and conferences and stuff. And besides, there’s Campbell Walker’s prodigious guest post on Peter Jefferies and his work if you want some more reading and listening pleasure. More >>

Public Address 7 July 2014 - Labour: now win the argument

Monday, 7 July 2014, 3:50 pm | Public Address

I’m pleased that Labour made education the keynote of its election-year Congress over the weekend, because it’s the policy area in which the present government has, I think, done the most damage. More >>

Public Address 4 July 2014 - Hope and Wire considered

Friday, 4 July 2014, 5:35 pm | Public Address

I remember that in September 2012 I was sensing in my Christchurch friends an unfamiliar psychology. The earthquakes were abating, but in a handful of visits to the city where I was born and in the discussions on this site, I apprehended a new normal ... More >>

Public Address 2 July 2014 - Decidedly Undecided

Wednesday, 2 July 2014, 5:16 pm | Public Address

In last night’s debut Media Take, I talked Colmar Brunton’s Andrew Robertson and UMR’s Gavin White about an issue that has been exercising polling nerds for the past few weeks: the significance of the “undecided” vote in polls this year. More >>

Public Address - How is Govt evaluating its welfare reforms?

Monday, 30 June 2014, 2:28 pm | Public Address

Welfare reform is one of the Government’s flagship policies. By any standards it’s a major public policy initiative – arguably the biggest change to our welfare system since the introduction of the Domestic Purpose Benefit 40 years ago. More >>

Public Address 24 June 2014 - The Radio NZ restructure plan

Tuesday, 24 June 2014, 3:28 pm | Public Address

The role of Head of News would disappear under a new organisational and management structure being proposed by Radio New Zealand CEO Paul Thompson to set the broadcaster on a “new path” to becoming a “multimedia organisation”. More >>

Public Address: Act and the Conservative: Practically jokers

Monday, 16 June 2014, 5:47 pm | Public Address

’There are other joke parties getting funding, like the Conservatives and ACT,” quoth The Civilian Party’s Ben Uffindell recently, in defence of his own party’s receipt of electoral advertising funds. It was a cracking line. And, as the weekend’s ... More >>

Public Address 11 June 2014 - Abortion: Dropping the A-Bomb

Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 2:44 pm | Public Address

When friends of mine were first messing around with bulletin boards back in the early nineties, they used to say that when commenting dropped off, all you needed to do was Drop the A-bomb. Mention abortion, and the impassioned raving on both sides would ... More >>

Public Address 30 May 2014 - Music freebies and more!

Friday, 30 May 2014, 5:56 pm | Public Address

If music is becoming a tougher way to make a dollar, its central role in other economies was underlined this week with the confirmation that Apple will spend $3 billion – a lunch-money-sized chunk of its massive hoard of cash – to buy Beats, the music ... More >>

Public Address 26 May 2014 - Meals for Me

Tuesday, 27 May 2014, 4:44 pm | Public Address

The most piteous image of a life which has had more than its share of awkward moments was related in Paul Goldsmith’s admiring biography of Don Brash. You know what I’m going to say: the loneliness of the long-distance corned beef. More >>

Public Address 14 May 2014 - The Genius of Gordillo

Wednesday, 14 May 2014, 4:49 pm | Public Address

John Gordillo’s New Zealand International Comedy Festival show, Cheap Shots at the Defenceless, is a careening, anxious meditation on a world of urgent, artificial intimacy; world in which brands anthropomorphise themselves and demand the kind of ... More >>

Public Address - Judith Collins and the sphere of influence

Monday, 5 May 2014, 1:25 pm | Public Address

In his withering portrait of Judith Collins in this month’s Metro magazine, Steve Braunias relates the story of her work in achieving a reconciliation between two of her most loyal media pups, Cameron Slater and Rachel Glucina. More >>

Public Address 2 May 14 - The Superstar Economy

Friday, 2 May 2014, 5:12 pm | Public Address

Cause, care, cure and celebration. What do these words have in common? Answer: they were identified and named as conflicting disability agendas by autism policy theorist, Dana Lee Baker, from Washington State University, in her 2011 book, The politics ... More >>

Public Address: Christchurch: The personal and the political

Wednesday, 30 April 2014, 5:31 pm | Public Address

One flood ago now, a group of we dog walkers had a shifty chat down in Hansen's Park. It's a lovely Christchurch riverside park that doubles as an epicentre for quakes, the last a magnitude four about ten days back. More >>

Public Address 23 April 2014 - Jones: The contender leaves

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 5:39 pm | Public Address

Like John Tamihere before him, Shane Jones entered Parliament burdened with the promise that he might be first Maori Prime Minister. That promise had probably left him before it emerged yesterday evening that he was walking away from politics, but that's the ... More >>

Public Address 22 April - Sorting out our thinking on drugs

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 5:25 pm | Public Address

That we have a trade in synthetic cannabinomimetics is not, as most of the country currently seems to believe, a consequence of the Psychoactive Substances Act passing last July. That business existed before July and, indeed, was substantially larger ... More >>

 

 

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