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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 >>

Public Address - I can't see you, but you should see me

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 5:36 pm | Public Address

Being lost for words when you’re a talkback host could hardly be considered ideal. But back in September of 1992, I was hosting an evening talkback show on a fledgling radio station in what was then a newly deregulated, highly unstable radio market. More >>

Public Address 11 April 2014 - Dropping Some Science

Friday, 11 April 2014, 1:21 pm | Public Address

Does anyone remember the Great New Zealand Science Project? The year before last, you may have noticed some ads on tv. Ads involving scientists and small children – and with an associated Facebook page that got 16885 likes. Oh, and the small ... More >>

Public Address 9 April 2014 - Sound Of Thunder

Wednesday, 9 April 2014, 4:00 pm | Public Address

My grandfather, in his teens, almost starved to death. His father did starve to death. Before my great-grandfather died, he told my grandfather to leave his two infant sisters behind. My grandfather buried him by himself, and three days later, the elder ... More >>

Public Address 27 March 2014 - Nazis, nasties and the press

Friday, 28 March 2014, 5:43 pm | Public Address

I really can’t muster enough interest in Kim Dotcom or the Internet Party to form an opinion worth anyone’s attention, but I do have a rather lively interest in a new parlour game called Guilt By Association Copy, cooked up by 3 News’ Brook ... More >>

Public Address 24 March 2014 - It's Crowdfunding Time

Tuesday, 25 March 2014, 4:41 pm | Public Address

Hello, lovely readers. This week I’m doing a crowdfunding drive for Public Address. As I’ve explained before, these occasional requests for contributions represent the majority of the site’s income. And they allow to me concentrate on Public Address, ... More >>

Public Address 17 March 2014 - Parata: School Bully

Monday, 17 March 2014, 4:26 pm | Public Address

When the National government introduced National Standards four years ago, I didn’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind was blowing. I’d been watching our older son acclimatise to public schools in New Haven, Connecticut, where kids and ... More >>

Public Address - A Spring election and uncommon scents

Thursday, 13 March 2014, 12:48 pm | Public Address

The House will rise on July 31 for a general election on September 20. At present, it seems obvious that the election is National’s to lose. My guess is that even voters who have issues with things National has done or plans to do – and issue-by-issue ... More >>

Public Address 10 March 2014 - The Web

Thursday, 13 March 2014, 12:28 pm | Public Address

As you may have read in the news, the World Wide Web turns a quarter of a century on Wednesday. That doesn’t, however, mean that on March 12, 1989, it actually existed as anything more than a concept. More >>

Public Address 11 February 2014 - The Uses of Dotcom

Wednesday, 12 February 2014, 4:21 pm | Public Address

Last night’s 3 News story on its poll of potential support for the Internet Party seriously over-egged its intro. The news script opened thus: Kim Dotcom’s efforts to stay in New Zealand received a boost today – with Labour and the Greens revealing ... More >>

Public Address 4 December 2013 - John Banks: what next?

Wednesday, 4 December 2013, 6:02 pm | Public Address

Justice Heath has released his decision on John Banks’ application for judicial review (.pdf), which, as anticipated, did not take long. There are a few points of note. The removal of the trial into the High Court has been confirmed, and it has ... More >>

Public Address 2 December 2013 - Media, Data and the Judge

Tuesday, 3 December 2013, 12:22 pm | Public Address

I've been too busy in the last week or so to cover three reports I'd normally have been all over: NZ On Air's annual report, the 2013 World Internet Project New Zealand report and The New Zealand Media Ownership Report 2013 published by AUT’s Centre ... More >>

Public Address - Think it possible that you may be mistaken

Friday, 22 November 2013, 4:08 pm | Public Address

I don’t like advertiser boycotts; especially not boycotts of advertisers for the content of the programmes during which their advertising appears, and especially not if that programme is news or current affairs. More >>

Public Address 12 November 2013 - How do you sleep?

Wednesday, 13 November 2013, 4:35 pm | Public Address

I've never really been one for not sleeping. Many years ago, I had a group of friends who would deliberately stay awake for two or three days just so they'd hallucinate. You can easily forgo sleep when you're kids. More >>

Public Address 11 October 2013 - When a riot went on

Friday, 11 October 2013, 5:16 pm | Public Address

Sometimes as a journalist, you end up in the right (or wrong) place at the right time and get to tell a story just because you were there. That was the case for me on December 7, 1984, the day of the Queen Street riot – the country’s worst episode ... More >>

Public Address 3 October 2013 - Music: Doing the Business

Monday, 7 October 2013, 12:25 pm | Public Address

I was going to give the whole Lorde thing a rest this week, but, hey, she's number one on the Billboard Hot 100 this morning, so maybe it's worth fishing this out of comments for last week's music post. That much-talked-about big 360 deal she signed ... More >>

Public Address 2 October 2013 - The Crazy Gang Nation

Thursday, 3 October 2013, 12:06 pm | Public Address

Every time someone drives the US government into a brick wall, I think of the day that one of my high school teachers presented the American trinity – the legislature, the executive and the judiciary – as the most highly-evolved state of democracy. More >>

Public Address 25 September 2013 - nz.general: a speech

Wednesday, 25 September 2013, 5:48 pm | Public Address

This is a talk about New Zealand media and the internet. I’ve spent the past 20 years of my working life at the place where they intersect. I’ll be taking a broad view of the word “media”, and this is the only slide you’ll see. It trust its ... More >>

Public Address 12 Sep 2013: The Strange Tax on Your Internet

Friday, 13 September 2013, 11:01 am | Public Address

When I first started as a tech reporter at Computerworld back in 1997 I remember one Russell Brown gleefully proposing a cover story that consisted mainly of quotes from then Minister of Communications Maurice Williamson threatening to take action ... More >>