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April 26, 2004

In the 1970s, in a regrettable period in New Zealand’s history, Robert Muldoon’s government indiscriminately targeted the Polynesian communities in Auckland with dawn raids where families were rudely awakened as the police boorishly searched for “overstayers.”

April 5, 2004

The Hurricanes versus the Blues The Cake Tin, Friday 26 March Match report by Alexander R Bisley

April 5, 2004

I bet you didn’t know this about the Hurricanes: the awesome Jerry “JC” Collins’ favourite feed is “free food,” fullback Brent Ward is a stamp collector and, most shockingly of all, centre Conrad Smith has a law degree with Honours.

March 29, 2004

Could hip-hop be the African-American’s Al-Jazeera? Sonic Jihad is leading hip-hop’s political renaissance. Paris, the rapper behind the controversial ‘Bush Killa’, returns with his most blistering and brilliant smackdown of America’s ills yet.

March 15, 2004

After years of mediocrity, boring albums, boring bands and generally being a bit shit, the British indie scene is set to explode into life once more in 2004. This album is the symbolic start of it all and could be largely responsible for what may be the biggest shift in the music scene since Oasis […]

March 15, 2004

Winning the Softball World Cup in Christchurch this year was the highlight of Mark Sorenson’s career. That’s saying something. Sorenson, one of softball’s legends, has been an integral part of four world champion teams since he debuted aged 17 during New Zealand’s winning 1984 campaign in Michigan.

March 15, 2004

Stop worrying about rugby. I know we lost the Rugby World Cup in a crap effort last year. I know we haven’t won it since 1987. But – besides slowly becoming desensitised to the pain and disappointment – I’m over the national obsession (and endless hand-wringing) with the All Blacks.

March 8, 2004

Today Hollywood’s Academy gives its verdict on a great New Zealand film; there is another New Zealand film in cinemas at the moment that is worthy of your attention, Gaylene Preston’s Perfect Strangers. Down on the West Coast, where she comes from and the film was made and set, she’s their Peter Jackson.

March 1, 2004

There’s a fair amount of hype at the moment about the state of New Zealand hip-hop, but DJ Mu ain’t buying it. ‘I don’t believe that New Zealand hip-hop’s in a good way at the moment. We’ve had some good successes with people like Scribe, but a lot of it, especially the Dawn Raid stuff, […]