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Public Address 18 February 2013 - When "common sense" isn't

Public Address 18 February 2013 - When "common sense" isn't

When "common sense" isn't
10:35 Feb 18, 2013 in Hard News by Russell Brown
The call by Wellington coroner Ian Smith last week for a law change to make hi-viz clothing compulsory for all cyclists, just as helmets are now, got a lot of coverage but precious little scrutiny on Friday. In his report...

Media3: Bad News for the Force
9:03 Feb 18, 2013 in Hard News by Russell Brown
As you would expect, Counties-Manukau police get a good rap in the new series of Crime Exposed on TV3. Such is the practuce of reality cop shows. But it can be a different matter when the police aren't in control...

Auckland Pride Parade
20:24 Feb 16, 2013 in Capture by Jackson Perry
The Auckland Pride Parade took to Ponsonby Road today as part of the Auckland Pride Festival. While it differed in many ways from the Hero Parades I remember from 1992 and beyond, it was still a great day, and I, like many others, am hoping it becomes a regular fixture again on the Auckland calendar.

Friday Music (on a Thursday): Hype Right
13:00 Feb 14, 2013 in Hard News by Russell Brown
One of the skills of releasing music independently in the present age is getting your hype right. Home Brew did it right last year when, after a highly visible build-up, their self-titled album went instantly to the top of the...

The Wogistan form book
8:30 Feb 13, 2013 in Hard News by Russell Brown
Richard Prosser's belated apology for his mad, racist "Wogistan" column in Investigate magazine this morning capped the retreat commenced by his party leader Winston Peters and his editor Ian Wishart. But while everyone's washing their hands, it's worth noting that...


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