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GUEST BLOG: Hadley Grace Robinson-Lewis – Violence against women and feminism

By   /  June 13, 2019  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on GUEST BLOG: Hadley Grace Robinson-Lewis – Violence against women and feminism

Violence against women and feminism

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Italian Dispatches No. 1 – Grandeur and Decay

By   /  April 25, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

RUBBISH AND CHURCHES. Grandeur and decay. Italy is an old place – and it shows. Rome, a world city, is full of skips and wheelie-bins overflowing with uncollected trash. Romans pass by these eyesores without so much as a second glance. It’s not desirable, they seem to say, but it’s the best we can do. Refuse collection, like so much else in Italy, is a racket. Somebody is making a lot of money out of Rome’s rubbish – but far too few people are being paid to collect it. And so, as is customary in the Eternal City, things pile up.

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Separating The Singer From The Song

By   /  March 8, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

BACK IN THE DAYS when I boasted much more hair and carried far fewer kilos, I was right into (as we said back then) writing songs. One of those songs, The Other Side of Town, opened like this:

Well, the street has been my teacher
And poverty my nurse

Oh dear, how my family and friends chortled. “You wouldn’t know how to live out on the street if your life depended on it!”, snorted one.

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The curse and blessings of being an attractive young white female

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

…the hyper response to attractive young white females, whether they be victim or criminal, seems terribly disproportionate either way and invasively unhealthy.

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The Liberal Agenda: Upper Hutt Posse finally make Vodaphone Music Awards relevant again

By   /  November 17, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  1 Comment

The brutal and illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine should be denounced every possible chance we are given, and in a NZ music scene devoid of politics and focused on the vapid, Upper Hutt Posse reminded us, as Lorde did, that music can be far more powerful when its critical. 

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Rating Reality Television

By   /  November 15, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

HAVE YOU EVER wondered what the enormous popularity of reality television reveals about contemporary New Zealand culture? Understandably, the nation’s cultural elites do not consider this to be an important question. What the lower orders choose to pollute their minds with is hardly worthy of serious consideration. The only social significance attachable to reality television is the extent to which it uses up space and resources that could, much more profitably, be devoted to genuine cultural production.

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GUEST BLOG: Hone Harawira – Here you go my brothers.

By   /  October 3, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

Something to read. Something to ponder. Something to understand. Something to believe. Something to accept. Something to act on.

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