Archive for September, 2011

26/09/11

Our Opinion Issue (‘We Have Something We Want to Salient’) is online in a flashy Flash reader from issue.com for your reading joy.

25/09/11

Oh, you wanna hear my opinion? Well okay, here it is: The economy is broken. Actually no it’s worse than broken, it’s completely fucked. Not exactly a unique opinion, to be sure. But whenever I hear people talking about it they always have the wrong idea. It’s investor confidence this or debt that or taxation [...]

25/09/11

One of the greatest tragedies of the recent scandal at Hutt Valley High School was not that it took four years for the indecent assaults to be made public. Rather, it was that if those boys wanted to flee from the disgusting abuse, their capacity to go to another school was severely restricted. New Zealand’s [...]

25/09/11

With trends going in and out like an indecisive leper at a no-shoes-no-service buffet, it’s hard to keep a track on which the sane ones are and which need an urgent chopstick lobotomy. For the record, I can accept most of these. Not that I’d do them, mind. But I can look at them and [...]

25/09/11

Meat is Murder, so says Morrissey; and he’s right too, you know. Besides considering the morality of breeding animals for human consumption alone, meat production is among the top contributors to climate change, which seriously jeopardises the lives of people in island states like Kiribati who have already experienced rising sea levels. Even on a [...]

25/09/11

Weirdness is such an underappreciated quality. Now, now, calm down and don’t give me that look. I can see you, narrowing your eyes and getting ready to turn the page because you think this is an ode-to-freaks sermon. You’ve probably already glimpsed your course’s resident weirdo this morning and wondered how anyone in a pink [...]

25/09/11

Absolutely nothing, if even that. Over the last week, I’ve been quizzing people left, right and centre (bias is bad) about politics in this fine country of ours, and the overwhelming majority have responded with disinterest and ambivalence. New Zealand politics is so deathly dull, Parliament TV has been successfully trialled as a sleeping aid [...]

25/09/11

Wellington’s waterfront is pretty cool. There are places where you can’t help but think that whoever designed it had nothing else in mind but pure enjoyment. There’s a walkway that does little else but take you a bit closer to the water. There are snippets of poetry carved from stone, a wind wand, an eccentric [...]

25/09/11

Over the last three years I have become increasingly frustrated with the way politics operates. My concern is not directed at what political parties say or what they do, instead it’s directed at the political space in which they talk. Something is missing from our generation’s politics. Something important, and it’s been lost. Former Prime [...]