Author Archive: Tristan Egarr

Tristan Egarr edited in 2008. He threw a chair once.

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Framing Reality

Framing Reality

by / August 17, 2009 / No Comments

I watch documentary film to look at something real—and preferably shocking—without having to leave my own city. Every film is constructed by an artist, but when they’re constructed from footage of real people being themselves, we expect not to be lied to. The ‘Framing Reality’ section of this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival indicates [...]

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The Dangers of P – Shannon Gillies

The Dangers of P – Shannon Gillies

by / April 6, 2009 / 1 Comment

Crystal Meth, the ‘pure’ form of methamphetamine which you smoke rather than snort, is nothing new. New Zealanders have been hitting it for decades, but in the early years of the new millennium, the media decided that by referring to crystal meth by a new slang term – P – they could present it as [...]

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Exhibition -Welcome Sweet Peace

by / March 9, 2009 / No Comments

Sometime in the coming months, the Alexander Turnbull and National Library (opposite parliament) will close for a year and half of major renovations that will allow us to house the wealth of material in the style it deserves. But before that happens, the current building is having one last hurrah as it hosts ‘Welcome Sweet [...]

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Field Punishment No.1

Field Punishment No.1

by / March 9, 2009 / 1 Comment

Field Punishment No. 1, by historian and Wellington College teacher David Grant, is the story of Archibald Baxter and Mark Briggs, who refused to fight in the First World War and were punished by being forcibly shipped to France, dragged (literally) through the trenches and strung up on poles (the titular punishment) where their hands [...]

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College of Education not so hot for teacher

College of Education not so hot for teacher

by / March 2, 2009 / No Comments

Last November, staff at Victoria’s College of Education looked set to take out protest and legal action against a second round of redundancies—18 announced that month, on top of the 17 voluntary redundancies that took place back in July. The Association of University Staff (AUS) argued that this second round of cuts breached a promise [...]

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National’s First 100 Days

National’s First 100 Days

by / March 2, 2009 / [ 5 Comments ]

The National Party promised their first 100 days in government would feature a spurt of activity, and spurt they did, introducing a swathe of new bills, besides breaking some arms and deparmental heads. December Last December, as soon as the new Government came into being, it passed under urgency two justice and two money-related acts. [...]

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Summer Music Round Up

Summer Music Round Up

by / March 2, 2009 / No Comments

Lots of musicians played lots of concerts, or ‘gigs’, over the last summer. Many of them were abominable. Many more were okay…ish. Some were pretty sweet, though. These were some of the latter and neither of the former. Tom Cosm Tom Cosm’s set at Canaan Downs proved once again his standing as Aotearoa’s greatest trance [...]

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The Big Day Out – extended review

The Big Day Out – extended review

by / February 1, 2009 / [ 5 Comments ]

The Big Day Out, now in its sixteenth year in Aotearoa, is still the most diverse musical showcase event in the country. This means that every audience member will get a mix of music they love and music they hate, and 2009’s edition certainly followed this format. For me it was a mix of some [...]

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Eye on Council

Eye on Council

by / December 8, 2008 / 1 Comment

On Monday 1 December, I attended the University Council Meeting in the Hunter Building, where important decisions are made with regards to the management of our learning. While the ongoing dispute over restructuring the College of Education went on in the background, important items on the meeting’s agenda included the receipt of the 2008 Equity [...]

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Hope and Fear

Hope and Fear

by / November 8, 2008 / [ 3 Comments ]

This was written on Thursday, under a wave of elation that may yet subside. But while I could cringe at the puppy-dog optimism in here, I’m gonna take a risk and own it. Yesterday, a friend of mine remarked that the election of Barack Hussein Obama is the first historic moment we have lived through [...]

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