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Labour gets in first

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City elections next year? Well yes – on October 12 it seems. And last Sunday, Labour got in first by announcing its Wellington candidates. Read more »

Hub and spoke, or point to point?

by Lim Leong
A good public transport network design will invariably involve many design tradeoffs. The key difference between a good, an average, and a bad designer lies in his/her ability to pick the right tradeoff under the shadow of political influence. Make no mistake, politics always plays a part on how a decision is made. Take the Wellington bus network as a real example. Read more »

Growing up and blowing up with Geoff Murphy

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by Heperi Mita
My earliest memory of my father Geoff Murphy is of him blowing up a house in Ponsonby for his film Never Say Die. I think I was only about 4 years old at the time, but that’s the kind of thing that leaves an enduring impression on a young boy. Read more »

John O’Shea and the emergence of a New Zealand film industry

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John O’Shea (left) and Roger Mirams in 1954. Pacific Films Photo Collection, Nga Taonga Sound and Vision.

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John Reid’s long-awaited book “Whatever It Takes,” about the ground-breaking Wellington film company Pacific Films and its visionary producer John O’Shea, is published today. In these two extracts from Chapter 2, Reid writes about the beginnings of the company’s first feature film ‘Broken Barrier’ (Pacific’s three features were the only feature films made in New Zealand in 30 years) and its remarkable release. Read more »

Tea party for Wairarapa tree crop 40th anniversary

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Eric Cairns inspecting a carob tree.

by Eric Cairns and Neil Douglas
The Wairarapa Tree Crop Association will be 40 years old on Saturday November 24. To celebrate we are having an afternoon tea party with fruit and nut cakes and some competitions. We will be remembering our past members, our achievements and our experiences. We will be letting the ‘sap flow’ and encouraging budding new members to join and secure our association’s next 40 years. Read more »

Why prisoners should have the right to vote

by Christine McCarthy
During the recent royal visit to Wellington, Meghan Markle applauded New Zealand for giving women the right to vote 125 years ago. It was a moment we were all rightly proud of, her words fitting recognition of a country that was also an original signatory to the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its commitment to “universal and equal suffrage.” Despite this, not all New Zealanders have the right to vote. We deny this universal human right to people in prison, and we have been doing this, in different ways, for more than 125 years. Read more »

A less than great journey

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by Lindsay Shelton
We took one of KiwiRail’s Great Journeys at the weekend – the much-promoted Northern Explorer which runs three times a week from Auckland to Wellington. The experience was okay, but it fell a bit short of the promised greatness. Read more »

Maximising the gains from the Avatar sequels

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by Gordon Campbell
By now, I’m sure we’ve all noted in our diaries the release dates (and alleged working titles) for all the Avatar sequels. But just in case…… Avatar 2: The Way of Water is due in theatres on December 18, 2020 followed by Avatar 3: The Seed Bearer on 17 December, 2021. After a three year gap, if things go according to plan, Avatar 4: The Tulkun Rider will emerge on 20 December, 2024, with Avatar 5: The Quest For Eywa due on 19 December 2025. Be still our beating hearts. Read more »

Questions from behind the razor wire

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by Michael Barnett
In my work as a budget advisor to low-income workers and beneficiaries in Wellington, I’ve been helping a middle aged, single man who I’ll call Happy (name changed to protect his privacy). Happy came to me in February for help to get his benefit sorted. He felt Work & Income were giving him the run around. Read more »

The unhelpfulness of help desks

by Michael Barnett
I experienced more than my fair share of angst last week. Not that my day to day living is causing me grief – life on the home front is fine, daughter Amy is doing great things, my daily exercise routine at the Freyberg Pool followed by coffee and a chat with the staff at Bernie’s Café all help to keep me on an even keel. No, what got me in a tiz was frustration with the world of corporates, bureaucracies and their infernal online help desks. Read more »

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