Author — Paul Comrie-Thomson

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04/10/10

In February 2009, Gold Coast by-way-of Nelson punk band Not OK headed to South East Asia for a month-long, fourteen-date tour of the region. Taking in four countries—Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia (both Borneo, and Peninsula)—this wasn’t your average trip to Bali to get on the waste in the sun. The experiences of that [...]

27/09/10

A week ago in this very magazine, a feature entitled Strength, Unity & Solidarity: Collectives and Activism in New Zealand was published. As if by magic, comments from former Act MP Deborah Coddington the day before publication rendered true one of the central ideas from that article—specifically, the notion that New Zealanders are wary of [...]

27/09/10

Salient feature writer Paul Comrie-Thomson investigates some of the issues facing music funding in New Zealand, and the steps being taken to rectify the dire situation facing New Zealand musicians. At the end of last month, Simon Sweetman, a writer and reviewer for the Dominion Post, North & South and TV One’s Good Morning, attacked [...]

20/09/10

One of the most intriguing stories to come out of the United States recently is the controversy surrounding the proposal to build an Islamic community centre in Lower Manhattan, and the effect of this on perceptions of President Obama. Even more astonishing is many Americans’ (perhaps not unusual) reaction to this story—most notably Florida Pastor [...]

20/09/10

In a recent column in the New Zealand Listener, Bill Ralston quipped about the death of the neighbourhood pub, and the subsequent loss of a key forum for political and social debate. In his words, “the old neighbourhood pubs were more than just drinking holes. They were places where news was exchanged, fundraising done and [...]

13/09/10

Many of the huge bank bailouts in the United States stem from the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999. The Act, originally instituted in 1933 as part of Roosevelt’s New Deal policies, was designed to pull the US out of the Great Depression. Alongside the creation of Federal Deposit Insurance, the Act separated commercial [...]

06/09/10

New Zealanders are all too familiar with the extended negotiations following elections, due to our Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) electoral system. In 1996, the first election under that system, Winston Peters held a key role in deciding which party would govern, since a clear winner did not emerge. The negotiations went on for weeks. Australia, [...]

06/09/10

Salient feature writer Paul Comrie-Thomson talks to Jack Yan about his experience in the fashion industry and his hopes for Wellington’s very own fashion scene. Designer, publisher, consultant, and more recently, mayoral candidate Jack Yan is, not surprisingly, an extremely busy man. Born in Hong Kong in 1972, if Yan is successful in his bid [...]

16/08/10

French President Nicolas Sarkozy continues to find himself making headlines for controversial moves, which have incited accusations of racism worldwide. While the president has always proclaimed a tough stance on immigration, these moves have picked up steam. Last year, Sarkozy called for the Muslim burqa to be banned in public spaces. The policy has since [...]