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How Steven Joyce killed NZ music & how a new youth radio station could save it

By   /  December 6, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

There’s been a very interesting series of articles published by the NZ Herald over the last week looking into why the NZ music scene that was so vibrant at the end of the 1990s has crashed to such woeful levels now.

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Don Brash’s attitudes a relic of colonialism

By   /  December 3, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  46 Comments

Don Brash also overlooked the historical and contemporary diversity, and complexity of New Zealand, saying ‘New Zealand values are British values’, and that a lot of socio-economic deprivation among Maori is because they ‘don’t speak English properly’.

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Yardley & Hosking: The 2 mikes on poor people & wealth creation

By   /  November 26, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

We have one Mike who wants to keep propping up failed economic models and another Mike who wants to keep propping up failed welfare policy.

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Why Black Friday is the perfect mutation of the First Thanksgiving Colonialism 

By   /  November 25, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

Black Friday is the shopping day after Thanksgiving in America where stores drop prices to ridiculously low levels causing ugly scenes of violence outside department stores as desperate people shove and stampede past each other in an orgy of consumerism that makes one sad and repelled in equal measure.  

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Reflections on racial exclusion in an EziBuy catalogue

By   /  November 18, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

The absence of ethnically diverse women in fashion magazines as part of media bias, ‘defines the contours of society’, shapes our understanding of the world, how we see ourselves, how we are seen, and helps create ‘social identities and realities’. It’s a form of ‘racial framing’.

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What Duncan Greive misses and why Ben Mack is National’s best chance of winning 2020

By   /  November 9, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

There is never a better fight to settle down and watch explode on Twitter than a fight between schisms.

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In defence of Guy Fawkes – let’s take it back for the Activist Left

By   /  November 6, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

You can take my sparkler out of my dead cold hands. 

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Arresting suicide victims

By   /  October 30, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

How the hell does arresting a suicide victim help that person? How cruel have we become under 9 years of National that arresting suicide victims is even considered a positive step forward?

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UPDATE: To the young Muslim woman wearing a headscarf at Dominion Rd Countdown 1pm Wednesday – I am so very sorry

By   /  October 18, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  63 Comments

The Pakeha woman crosses the pathway of the two young Muslim women as she is walking towards one of those little green trundler trolly’s  that you pull along behind you and then suddenly the Pakeha woman does something that makes me stop dead in my tracks and has my mouth just drop open in total shock.

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The Maker Of “Men” – Masculinity and its Origins

By   /  October 16, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  37 Comments

WHO MAKES “MEN”? With the behaviour of movie magnate, Harvey Weinstein, dominating the headlines, the nature and origins of masculinity have become a hot topic. At issue is whether all expressions of masculinity are to a greater-or-lesser extent “toxic” – or only some? And, whether the ultimate liberation of womankind is contingent upon the unequivocal elimination of the culturally constructed beings we call “men”?

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Passchendaele – Absent with Leave, a Soldier’s Story

By   /  October 14, 2017  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

John Alexander (his real name, but not his full name) – commonly known as ‘Jack’ – was 25 when World War 1 broke out. Jack was no war hero; nor was he an anti-war hero. No, Jack might best be described an anti-war anti-hero. Born as the ninth and youngest child of a South Canterbury […]

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Galipolli or Mangatawhiri? – selective memory of war

By   /  October 9, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

It would be much more appropriate for New Zealand to scrap ANZAC DAY (25 April – dated for the landing at Gallipoli in World War I) and shift our national remembrance of war to 12 July – the day in 1863 that imperial troops crossed the Mangatawhiri River and the great war for New Zealand began.

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GUEST BLOG: Karl Pearce – Sid, The man who would set himself alight on Parliament Grounds; His Story.

By   /  September 26, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  28 Comments

When I found out what happened to him I wanted to tell his story. Not only because I had met him just the day before. Not only because of the shocking nature of his death, But because we wondered what drove him to such a lengths to set oneself alight on parliament grounds in protest and pure frustration. And that his story is the story of so many others in a broken Family Court System.

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How Neoliberalism Made me Selfish

By   /  September 26, 2017  /  LaQuisha St Redfern, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Saturday was election day in New Zealand, and while the final configuration of parliament is still being negotiated, as has become normal under the proportional representation system, it’s petty clear that New Zealand has voted for a continuation of a neo-liberal approach to governance.

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Can we pause and consider what just happened to Metiria back there?

By   /  August 11, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  36 Comments

Metiria’s crime was not that she had told the truth about needing to game the draconian neoliberal welfare system, but that she had the audacity to tell her story with her chin up in defiance at the injustice of that system rather than the self-shaming we all demand from anything that is attached to the virgin sacrificing sacredness of ‘taxpayer money’. 

In NZ we accept the dignity of the broken, but never the dignity of the resistant.

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National Party Voters: An electorate or a cult? Understanding the viciousness spat at Metiria

By   /  July 22, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  31 Comments

As a small country, we have mistaken NZ as an equal country where people can freely move up through the social strata. I would suggest to you that statistic of 70% of National voters not knowing anyone unemployed actually shows that we are a highly segregated culture.

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