• Martin Edmond, outside Auckland University in May 2012 | Photo: Maggie Hall

    An Interview with Martin Edmond

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    Thwarted Futurism, Internet Parties and the Wake

    Following the Internet Party’s political obliteration, Joe Nunweek looks back at a prescient speech Mana leader Hone Harawira gave in August 2013, and asks what makes people converge around “the internet” as a political brand at all.

  • A Form Of Optimism: Australian Critic of the Year James Ley

    A Form Of Optimism: Australian Critic of the Year James Ley

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    IH: Election Roundup Edition

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  • If there’s one great height

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    New Horizons, Other Futures: Looking Back on the Blueprint for New Zealand

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  • Developing the Arts Ecology of Christchurch

    Developing the Arts Ecology of Christchurch

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    Asking the Right Questions: Brent Edwards

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    Asking the Right Questions: Tracy Watkins

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