What does the U.S Presidential Election mean for us?

 

 

 

 

The prospect of New Zealand elections (be it local body, general or just trying to nominate who is going to go do the beer run before the liqour shop closes) fills Kiwis hearts with a long, winding, dark, descent into the far reaches of apathy. But suddenly preface ‘election’ with U.S and tack a ‘Presidential’ on somewhere and suddenly everyone is a pocket expert on the subject and independently working for Reuters.

 

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The Gentrification of Tauranga

 

As a privileged middle class white boy it was seemingly my god given right to grow up to be a dollar juggling, money spending capitalist - owning this town and using the poor as my servants. Right now it should be I waving my figurative check book around buying land and houses from those of lesser wealth in areas that were previously thought undesirable. But instead of gathering my fellow trust fund, Vegan, fixie riding, wide rimmed glasses wearing, beard grooming, people for the people, community minded, earth conscious, young professional friends to move into long established areas filled with culture and history in order to open up an organic cafe that does bicycle assembling workshops on Sunday mornings - I have instead faced a bigger problem. Strange people have been moving into my neighbourhood, people I have never seen before. People with nicer cars than mine, people better groomed than I, people who carry themselves like they are more learned/traveled/cultured and worldly than I. People who look like me but are unlike me. People who think they are better than me but will never say so even if their wry smiles belie the real truth. What happened to my neighbourhood? It got gentrified and I am the whining casualty......

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I'm Sorry Music Venues...But You Have Cancer

 

Last night marked the end of an era. Aucklands best music venue - Lucha Lounge closed its doors for the final time with a goodbye gig featuring The DHDFDs, Bloodbags and The Vottones (Catch them next weekend at Karma Strip Club in Tauranga...#Freeplug #titties #rawknrawll). 

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Rieu Referendum: Johann Strauss Orchestra to Exit the Andre Rieu

 

It what is being dubbed Strexit. The Johann Strauss Orchestra has today voted in a referendum to exit Andre Rieu.

 

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