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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 11:38 am

Opinion

Wellingtonians happy to have more refugees making their home here

NewsWire asked the people on the street about Syrians, and what they were doing to help.

Candidates raise laughs, hackles, heckles and awareness

Can politics be fun? FRANCESCA JAGO attends her first political meeting, is entertained, and informed.

Is it too soon to make a movie about flight MH370?

Your View: Wellintonians not ready for a film about flight MH370, student straw poll reveals.

Taking a walk down Laneway 2014 at Auckland’s Silo Park

In a roundup of Laneways in Auckland, LIAM MACANDREW features six of the more prominent acts, and photos

Celebs spin a web of election controversy on social media

The social media machine went into overdrive. SARAH MACKENZIE wonders whether some were over the edge.

Obama and Romney agreed on Middle East war

On the surface Obama’s troop withdrawals look different to Romney’s military policies, but ALASTAIR REITH is not so sure.

SLIDESHOW: Rundown on US election state-by-state

SAMUEL HILL offers insights into the nuances of the US states most likely to swing one way or the other.

More WINZ screwups no surprise

JEAN ELTRINGHAM ponders the spate of privacy breaches by Work and Income NZ, while SAM HILL has some theories about why the incumbent US president is so popular here.

An example of how social media slactivism lacks proper context

In just three days the world has learned the name Joseph Kony through a viral video, but is it just slactivism? CALLUM VALENTINE

Sevens a blackout for many

CHRISTINA MCDONALD gives an eyewitness account of Wellington’s annual party.

Faith in the political system in short supply

The country needs a political hero to save our faith in the system. SIENA YATES reports.

Why political leaders in NZ fail to inspire us

When John Key and Phil Goff delivered their election night speeches, a clearly articulated vision for the next term was nowhere to be heard, writes NATALIE FINNIGAN.

She talks to political observers about why we rarely see the sort of rhetoric delivered by David Lange and the Kennedys.

What now post-election – business as usual?

Before the election, child poverty hotly-debated.

Have we learned anything from past referendums?

They have involved gambling, super, military training and voting, writes SARA GREIG.

Has Tea-gate outed the real Key?

Unusually, this week’s scandal is relevant and important, writes CALLUM VALENTINE.

Working like a dog: the return of youth wages

Youth policies take us all the way back to Socrates, writes SARAH DUNN.

Public half starved of real debate on election eve

Drop the punditry on poverty, urges CALLUM VALENTINE.

Putting the cuss in customer

Is customer service modern slavery? asks CHRISTINA McDONALD.

Pricey wine, a cheeky streaker and oh, a little game of rugby

NewsWire’s ANNA WILLIAMS finds out that our national game is worth checking out, even for the ambivalent rugby watcher.

Amazons’ revenge – tango-dancing Oberon, angry feminists

Whitireia Performance Centre avoids the usual traps when modernising A Midsummer Night’s Dream, writes SIENA YATES.

Time to reflect after week of earthquake chaos

Chch quake rough intro to journalism for students.

OPINION: Living above an quake fault line

Growing up in Napier’s earthquake zone.

REVIEW: The might of the word versus that of the sword

HANNA BUTLER reviews Nabeel’s Song, the story of Iraqi poet Nabeel Yasin whose prose defied a dictator.

REVIEW: Camp play at Circa is more than just a comedy

After the Kiwi summer holiday season, Circa Theatre’s latest show, The Motor Camp, is apty timed, writes JENNY GILCHRIST.

Jack Howard wrote graphically about war against Taleban

Slain Kiwi soldier Jack Howard’s emailed accounts of war in Afghanistan told of battles, booby traps, air strikes and near-death experiences, writes former Wellington College schoolmate and current Whitireia journalism student JONATHAN CHILTON-TOWLE.

Social problems lurk behind NZ’s breath-taking vistas

Shanghai Daily journalist LYDIA CHEN writes of her impressions of NZ, after spending a month at Whitireia Journalism.

London calling: Caught between the glamorous and the ordinary

SABRINA DANKEL explains how she had to drop skills she acquired on her journalism course to succeed as a reporter in London.

A teenage view on nana’s wheels

Your modern teen hopes like heck he can look cool even when driving his gran’s small car. Is this remotely possible in a Sirion or a Getz or will the iCar rule the roost, asks BEN STRANG.

Do sci-fi geeks dream of statuettes?

No big bang as sci-fi comes close to a Best Picture Oscar, writes KYLIE KLEIN-NIXON.

Quit smoking around me please

BEN STRANG puts his case for a smoking ban on Wellington’s streets and in public places like toilets.

An anxious time for providers as health reforms take shape

The Government is taking a new broom to health – and a multiplicity of small, local providers appears to conflict with its solutions. NewsWire explores smaller community services with an uncertain future.

Lovely journey through all that grief can throw at us

Jackson’s latest is skilful blend of tearful and LOL moments.

Where did all the Ladies go?

A YOUNG man goes in search of something other than testosterone.

Now the cavity’s in my wallet

‘We told you so!’ BONNIE TAI explains why it’s your bad to put off that trip to the dentist.

Vampires are the new black

Forbidden love, fangs and frantic fans – the Twilight saga has it all. NewsWire’s BONNIE TAI offers her opinion on the growing trend.

The bane of a child’s school life

Being bullied is not a life sentence, says TORY REGAN. Children need to know bullying will end, and be proud that they are different.

POLL: most want Labour’s ‘smacking’ law reversed

Drop the so-called “smacking” law, say most in street poll.

Top US news photographer fears for journalism ethics

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jim MacMillan worries about how social media affect journalists’ approaches to reporting, he tells REUBEN McDOUGALL.

Smacking referendum causes confused voters

A NewsWire street poll indicates an even split among voters.

You’re lovely, Kiwis…and no, I don’t eat sauerkraut every day

After spending the last eight months in New Zealand, German journalism student Sabrina Dankel explains how she experienced Kiwi charm.

Got the green guilt? Get your wallet out

YOU are destroying the environment, you boorish fiend. You’re probably reading this on your hand-held, sitting in your idling Hummer, sipping your baby smoothie while reclining into your endangered Sumatran tiger seat covers. I bet you hate dolphins, too. If for some reason you’re still reading, you might be feeling a little guilty right now, […]

Can an atheist tolerate God?

I have almost always considered myself an atheist. I have never considered myself religious.

But, due to a story I’m writing, I spent the majority of this last glorious Sunday at a Mormon church.

Now I’m listening to Make Yourself (Incubus album about how you should think for yourself), trying to regain my scepticism. And my good sense.

But wait, there’s more!

HAS anyone else noticed the offensive number of infomercials increasingly creeping in to free-to-air TV?

Each time I see a pro-active ad featuring previous pizza-face-come-infomercial-sell-out Jessica Simpson with gal pals Jennifer Love Hewitt and Alyssa Milano, I want to stab myself in the eyes with a pen.

Rats I have known

The year of the Ox. I am a Rat. It is definitely not the year of the rat, being the first year I have lived without one.

Ratman was my first love.

It was love at first sight, and I drove home from Palmerston North with him perched on my shoulder. I didn’t mind when he peed a little and it dribbled down my shoulder.

We used to be friends…

IT’S hard to make a really good friend.

I don’t mean just a really good friend, I’m talking about a really good friend, a soul mate, someone you just click with from day one, someone who you love and adore (on a platonic level).

Confessions of a Magazine Queen

I have spent, over the period of the last five years, an estimated $1500 on magazines.

I’d like to say I collect the Intellectual (Time or National Geographic); Glamorous (UK and French Vogue, Elle) or the Trendy (Oyster, Nylon) magazines…

It is safe to say the main culprits of my non-carbon-friendly trail are NW, OK! and Who.

I buy one every week, without fail.

Absolutely positively converted to Wellington

ONCE upon a time I lived in Napier. I spent all of my most formative and important years there, basking in the mostly good weather and enjoying the ease at which the city could be traversed.

When I moved to Wellington early this year, I was unconvinced. It was cold, the supermarkets were all too far apart and I couldn’t find a copy of Running With Scissors.

Turns out I wasn’t looking properly (I found the book and decided not to buy it).

Torn between city and country

As my three-week break comes to an end, I am excitedly sorry (?) about returning to the city.

Rather than the usual dread which one affiliates with the end of a holiday, I am admittedly missing the city, but will remain nostalgic and loyal to my roots. Depending on who I’m talking to, I am both based in the city, and born in Raetihi.

Home: Ohakune, Central North Island. Home to the Giant Carrot, My beloved Mt Ruapehu, Swimming in Rivers, Family Hospitality.

Damn you Britney Spears!

HOW many days is a sane amount of time to have a song stuck in your head?

I don’t like the song, Womanizer. Heck, I don’t even like Britney Spears. But I do like Lily Allen, and whilst perusing her blog I found that she had done a cover of mentioned latest single.

I listened of course, all the more intrigued by the fact that Lily got in trouble with her record company for doing the cover and that the first link to youtube was blocked due to copyright issues.

Confessions of a cleaner

HOLIDAY POST 1: By writing student Michelle Guest.

TV star Jaquie Brown and a self-dealt blow to my self esteem

A story about wasted opportunities, bitter disappointment and one foolish journalism student. MIYUKI McGUFFIE’s encounter with a media celeb she wanted to impress.

Hating Christmas – here’s some reasons, and some solutions

ALEXANDRA JOHNSON writes about why she hates Christmas – and what might make it worthwhile for her and her children.

Kiwis’ doubts about MMP are not matched by Germany

Some Kiwis may be disillusioned about MMP (according to National), but Germany is still happy with it, writes visiting German journalism student SABRINA DANKEL.

Why virtual silence about climate change during election?

OPINION: Greens made little noise about climate change during the election campaign. Will they speak up when new coalition government tries to weaken emissions trading scheme, asks ANNE CORNISH.

Who are these people called politicians?

We look behind the policy hype to find the real people.

Why vote? NewsWire writers argue the point

Two viewpoints for those wondering whether voting is worthwhile.

Peta Mathias knows A Matter of Taste – Book Review

Peta Mathia’s musings on Italian photographer Bonavia’s extraordinary illustrations of food as fashion, accessories good enough to eat.

Why can’t politicians just…talk to us?

I’M A FAN of listening to politicians talk about projects that are dear to their hearts, when they are not politicking, just addressing issues in a thoughtful and considered way. Listening to Jim Anderton addressing a seminar on The Role of Media in Suicide Prevention, I thought – if only we could have more of this from […]

How many emissions created by olympics construction?

Constantly constructing new Olympics venues around the world is environmental madness, writes ANNE CORNISH.

Free market vs central planning

Anne Cornish argues that due to ideology our infrastructure is suffering from a lack of planning.

Brains don’t wear out – they fill up

As with a computer that needs defragging, it’s not the central processor that is slowing, it’s the access to it that’s sluggish, writes ANNE CORNISH of the reasons her brain refuses to learn shorthand.

Is there anything Meryl Streep can’t do?

FILM REVIEW: Mamma Mia ONE of my young class mates said: “I couldn’t think of anything worse than watching Meryl Streep sing and dance to ABBA.” I loved it. Enough to see it twice. Watching a bunch of old ladies having fun, singing and dancing to some of my favourite music was nearly as good […]

Our pierced writer – gutted at lack of support

Poll voters disagree with Miyuki about piercing – and she’s not happy.

It’s my body and I’ll pierce what I want to

MIYUKI McGUFFIE explains her stance on piercings in the workplace and what they might mean for her future. The koala is unrelated.

Review: What happens when a diva wants to be PM

A one woman show by Helen Moulder, reviewed by Anne Cornish.

Veitch case: have media left us any wiser about domestic violence?

NewsWire reporter SANDRA DICKSON offers her opinion on the news media’s coverage of the Veitch case.

Why are Wellingtonians in such a black mood?

Having recently moved from Nelson to Wellington, I’m overwhelmed by the crowds in their corporate black garb.

It’s the stupid economy, you stupid economists

Why don’t economists get it? Why do we unquestioningly swallow their “expert” pontifications?

It’s the 21st Century, girls!

It’s time to swap our footwear fetish for comfort, writes Anne Cornish