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niversity has forever been known as the stepping stone between being a child and becoming a grown up. It’s the intermediate of life, if you were to throw an education metaphor into the mix. Students have all the rights of adults; you can drink in bars, vote on the next prime minister (this year, people!) and can even get hitched without getting mummy dearest’s permission. Friends will be more prominent in your life than family and, for those who have flown the parental nest, telling mum where you’re going each night is a courtesy, rather than a right. You’ll sign your name to leases, bills and credit cards, and for some of you, you will travel overseas on your own dime, with no one to look after your passport. If you don’t hand an assignment in, most lecturers won’t care why, they’ll just fail you. After all, you’re old enough to make your own decisions. Yet students get a lot of flak in the media and from the general public about how irresponsible and foolish they are. “They burn couches and cause riots,” one will cry, while another will be spouting off about inappropriate streaking during a sporting match or a sexually suggestive costume. “Students drink too much, party too much and disrupt everyone around them. They’re like children.” So wait – students are both adults and children?! To throw another metaphor into the mix, students are at the awkward pubescent stage of life. Everyone criticises what they do, how they dress and what they think so all students can do is flip them the bird, hurl obscenities and try to live up to the stereotype that is forced on them. The thing is, why shouldn’t students be foolish from time to time? It’s not as if in 10 years you can decide on a whim to pack up everything you own and go on a cross country road trip without having someone to answer for (well some of you might). The time to make mistakes and change your life is now. Change courses if you discover a month in Communications isn’t for you. Sacrifice sleep so you can attend that concert and the after party that follows. Take a risk with your hair and your clothes, especially if you never have before. Use your savings to travel to Dunedin just so you can celebrate someone’s 21st. Study hard but play hard, because once you graduate and enter the “real world” your play time significantly drops and the chance to rock bright pink hair will be determined on the type of work force you work at. Normally after some inspirational(ish) spiel I would welcome everyone, both new and returning, to AUT University and then rattle off a few facts about me and debate, this fine publication you are reading now. But like the rest of the pep talk, I’m changing it up this year and if you want to know whether I like long walks on the beach, you’ll have to check out your student association, AuSM’s, website, www.ausm.org.nz (please do, you can find even more debate content online!) AUT is all about the changing world and sometimes you have to change with it. For most of you, university will be the best time of your life. So drink up kids, this year is going to be wild.
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Hi, my name is Rory Finnemore and I am studying a BHSc (Physiotherapy) at AUT’s Akoranga health campus. Last year I was diagnosed with a genetic condition called Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. This condition affects the production of the elastase inhibitor alpha-1 antitrypsin. In simple terms, this stops the prevention of neutrophil elastase breaking down lung tissue, when either exposed to infection or inhaled irritants. This condition often leads to emphysema and respiratory failure. I have struggled with my health over the
years and during semesters, sometimes experiencing effects of respiratory and sinus infections that have lasted up to six weeks. Now, with a diagnosis, I have been able to alter my immediate environment, such as: asking friends not to smoke around me during social gatherings, eating inside when going out and avoiding part-time work that could involve excessive amounts of dust or fumes. Unfortunately, one of the few environments I am unable to alter is the campus in which I study. AUT Akoranga campus. An institution which, purportedly, espouses the promotion of health within the wider community. At AUT Akoranga, main thoroughfares for student traffic (such as the old quad in front of the library and between AC block and the cafeteria) are often clogged with chuffing smokers, exhaling indiscriminately towards passers by. A recently conducted study by Otago University found that groups of smokers outside cafés and bars expose passers by to dangerous levels of (PM2.5 particles) irritants, often with mean levels of fumes seven times higher than those found beside a busy road junction. It beggars belief that a university which describes itself as forward-thinking, has not made a provision for a designated smoking area, away from non-smokers at all campuses. It’s quite funny when I see buses plastered with slogans describing AUT as futuristic and cutting edge, when realistically its policy regarding smoking is on par with the 1970’s train-of-thought that it was okay to smoke - even on aeroplanes. Other competing universities in the Auckland region have made steps to blanket ban (which I do not totally agree with) or reduce smoking on campuses. AUT has let itself be shamefully left behind by these other institutions. I recall last year an article in AUT’s Debate where, then president, Veronica Ng Lam suggested that (and I paraphrase) certain groups of students would be disadvantaged if a smoking ban was to be enforced at AUT.
I could not think of a more condescending train of thought, to suggest that a group of people would place the pursuit of smoking over education. Have any surveys or studies been undertaken to suggest that this belief is evident? Using an analogy, it would be similar to saying that, “smoking group X would not seek health care at the hospital because of a smoking ban”. Of course, this, the literal and analogous, is simply not true. Furthermore, if AUT is worried about their profit margins due to student turn-over, never fear. There was continued patronage at bars and clubs after the enforcement of the December 2004 Smoke-free Environments Amendment Act. So, as I enter the final year of my degree, armed with the knowledge that I have effectively a genetic disability, I know that I cannot enter the campus to study without accumulating small amounts of damage to my health every time I visit. It is imperative that AUT management takes steps soon to have designated areas for smokers, far removed from the passage of nonsmokers. It is also an opportunity to provide cessation messages and educational material at these locations. Additionally, it is the responsibility of AUT management to ensure the safety, not only of students with medical conditions or disabilities, but all students. I do not want to develop emphysema. I do not wish to see a woman who is pregnant navigate her way through clouds of smoke to get to the doctors on campus (true event). I also do not wish to see acceptance of people who need not burn their money via smoking. That, in-turn, will ultimately lead to ill-health and death by a blatant omission of AUT policy. I have made this an open letter so that everyone may participate in the debate and reach solutions on its contents with the utmost transparency. Does AUT management have the courage to do the same? Yours sincerely, Rory Finnemore
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Students to expect more debt and fewer jobs in 2011 by Samantha McQueen home with their parents in 2010. One of these students is bachelor of graphic design student Christina Whitley, who says rental prices in Auckland are keeping her under her parent’s roof. “I study full time and work part-time and if I’m lucky [I] make $180 a week. I can’t get the student allowance so I live at home. Being 20 and living at home was never my plan but I guess that’s how it is,” the 20-year-old says. Student parents seem to be most affected, making up only eight per cent of the student population in 2010. AUT business student Missy Keu is a mother of two and says she’s can only study because her husband works full time. “If I didn’t’ have him then me and my kids would have nothing because you can’t go on the solo benefit if you’re a student, which I think completely sucks,” the 22-year-old says. NZUSA co-president Max Hardy thinks the tight job market, the 30 per cent increase in median childcare costs and training incentive allowance cuts have also contributed to the lack of student parents on campuses.
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Job vacanies are slim, student loan debt is higher and it costs more to have a roof over your head. That’s the grim reality for students in a new survey, released last week by the New Zealand Union of Students’ Association (NZUSA). Almost 3000 students were surveyed for the 2010 NZUSA income and expenditure survey. Of those students, 77 per cent relied on a student loan to pay for tuition fees, which average $6246 a year, up 13 per cent from 2007. The average student loan debt was $15,558, up 31 per cent from 2001. High unemployment rates have also slashed part time employment across the country, with only 65 per cent of students employed in regular or casual work last year, down from a whopping 90 per cent in 2007. “Fees are rising, debt is up, fewer students are able to remain debtfree, living costs increased, and it is much harder to find work,” NZUSA co-president David Do says. Many are turning their backs on flatting in order to save costs, with 38 per cent of students living at
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1. Who is the current Egyptian president, who has sparked mass anti-government protests? a) b) c) d)
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2. What was the name of the cyclone that tore through Northern Queensland earlier this month? a) b) c) d)
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Who won the Australian Open final in Melbourne on January 30? a) b) c) d)
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Who is Julian Assange? a) b) c) d)
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Miley Cyrus was caught doing what on tape just after her 18th birthday? a) Having sex b) Doing lines of cocaine c) Smoking salvia d) Making out with her ex-boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth Which team won the NZI Sevens in Wellington? a) b) c) d)
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Scream Queens by Scott Moyes
It’s extremely difficult to begin an article about women’s tennis without sounding like your local pervert. It’s like attempting to analyse beach volleyball and writing an introduction about the quality of the sand – you’re just avoiding the obvious. Certainly, the athleticism of female tennis players is quite phenomenal and their endurance levels far surpass any I could fathom. Yet the truth is, it’s quite hard to follow a tennis ball for hours on end without noticing that the women hitting them are usually young, wealthy European babes. I don’t think it’s sexist or rude to observe this. Women supposedly have permission to ogle at a shirtless Taylor Lautner every time Twilight spits out a new movie. So why does the male dominated sports media continually resort to analysing the curves of every ‘ova’ and ‘vic’ that plays the game? It’s because women’s tennis isn’t offering much more at present. I wouldn’t say sex appeal was my primary objective for purchasing tickets to last month’s ASB Classic tournament however. True, I wouldn’t have scavenged Ticketek for the cheapest tickets available if Maria Sharapova wasn’t playing. However, while the world’s highest paid sportswoman is better known for her dazzling looks and elephant-like shrieking, she’s also a winner. The three-time Grand Slam champion has that X factor that puts bums in seats to watch her destroy opponents one decibel at a time. It was a major victory for the Classic’s organisers to secure her entry. This tournament is hardly a Mercedes amongst cars; at this early stage of the year many of the elite players have the opportunity to earn megabucks playing in exhibition tournaments. The Classic is generally treated as a warm-up for the Australian Open and it’s for whoever can be bothered to steal a few ranking points before anyone else has the opportunity. So the advertisers plastered Sharapova’s pretty little face over every billboard they could find, and lured former US and French Open Champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and former World No. 1 Dinara Safina along with defending champion Yanina Wickmayer to our shores. I travelled up North for my New Years shenanigans, content with the knowledge that come semi-final day, there would be a variety of talent for me to witness. As luck would have it, just Wickmayer managed to make it this far in the tournament. Instead I got to work on my sunburn for six hours watching 31-year-old Greta Arn clean up the debris. I believe this is because there a few quality female players on the tour at present. There doesn’t appear to be many women with the killer instinct to consistently challenge for tournament victories. I’m talking about players with the mental toughness to grind out points, wear down their opponents and have the appropriate arsenal to win pressure points. Serena Williams www.ausm.org.nz
emerges as the only exception to this generalisation, who is still a threat to every Grand Slam tournament she is deemed fit to play in. For all the fantastic achievements of the four major draw-cards of the ASB Classic, not one of them remains inside the top ten in the current rankings. I tend to think this lack in genuine quality is why Kim Clijsters has had such a successful return to the tour. Kim retired upon becoming a mother but has since come back to test her skills on the international stage once more. And to be honest, why wouldn’t she with the calibre of her competition? The top two seeds of last month’s Australian Open had both never won a Grand Slam tournament. Clijsters has now won three since her comeback, two more than she ever did during her initial, much lengthier career. This question of quality leads to potentially the most controversial issue in women’s tennis today: prize money. Men and women earn the same amount of money at Grand Slam events. However the actual money at stake is not the real issue. Professional sport stars make the bulk of their millions through advertising and product endorsement. The controversy lies in the ethics. Should female tennis players have the right to earn the same amount of money that the men do, when in Grand Slam events they play only the best of three sets? Surely the audience don’t receive the same value for money as a men’s tennis match, which is played over the best of five sets and at a much higher physical level. For broadcasters, the grounds for profitability lie in the epic Federer vs. Nadal duals and not the charming comeback story of Kim Clijsters, who barely broke a sweat in this year’s Australian Open. The simple truth is, audiences are always looking for bigger and better. That’s why the explosiveness of Twenty20 cricket is strangling test matches. If Andy Roddick is serving at 220 kilometres per hour then people aren’t going to pay more money to see the women do the same at 180. If the quality of women’s tennis cannot compete with the men’s, then it seems the only grounds they can demand equal prize money is based upon political correctness, and we’re drowning in that already. It’s no wonder the media are accusing Caroline Wozniacki of having lacklustre press conferences. There’s only so much you can talk about after another two-set match that’s finished in an hour. So clever Caroline decides to take the initiative by predicting all the questions the journalists will ask her. She even throws in a cock and bull story about how a baby kangaroo attacked her leg. She doesn’t realise that the journalists, now stripped of their interview, have just been handed 10 free minutes of perving time.
no t HOW TO STARVE ON A STUDENT BUDGET Welcome to the start of the semester. Your holiday job is over and now it’s time to consider that dreaded word: budgeting. Food costs can make or break a budget so here are some ideas to help you live and eat within your means. The first secret to eating within a budget is to plan out your meals for the week. Having a good idea of what meals you’re eating for the week, including lunches, will allow you to coordinate your meals to reduce wastage. For example, a whole pumpkin is pretty similar in price to a half pumpkin, so have roast pumpkin with your meal early in the week and then pumpkin soup later in the week or with your lunches. Using leftovers carefully is a great way to save money. Another benefit of planning out your meals in advance means you only have to go to the supermarket once a week. If you’re anything like me, the supermarket is a minefield of specials and impulse buys all designed to blow out your budget. Only one supermarket trip a week reduces the possibility for impulse buys. The second secret is to base your meal on vegetables rather than meat. “But vegetables are expensive”, I hear you cry. That is true, some vegetables aren’t cheap but meat isn’t either. Sausages, one of the cheaper meats, range from $9-$12 a kg; same with low grade mince (premium mince can get up to $15 a kilo). Carrots on the other hand are $2 per kg, potatoes $3 per kilo and frozen peas $3 for a kilo bag. You can eat a lot of carrots and mash for
the cost of one kilo of sausages, so save money by filling up on vegetables and cutting back the size of your meat serve.
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Thirdly, stick to the basics. You may have grown accustomed to smoked salmon with avocado, or eye fillet steak with a homemade lemon pepper marinade but unless your parents are giving you a sizeable allowance each week, it’s not a realistic option for us poor students. Macaroni cheese, spag bol, sausages and mash and omelettes are all great meals that are simple to cook, great to eat and don’t cost the earth. We all dream of the day when our pantries are filled with exotic ingredients but until that degree you’re working so hard towards starts bringing in the income to boot, save the posh meals for special occasions (or when someone else offers to pay!).
This is something mum used to make when money was tight when I was growing up. This is an old school recipe that first appeared in women’s magazines in the 50s/60s. I’ve pretty good comfort food; quick, filling, simple to make and really cheap. I’ve had this with rice, pasta, on toast and by itself hot and cold. You can make the meat separate to the rice as this recipe does, or add one cup of rice to the pot and an extra cup of water and make it a one dish wonder. If you’re cooking for one or two just scale the recipe down accordingly.
You can eat well when you’re on a budget. Sure, it does take a little bit of extra planning and you have to accept that you’re not going have Michelin star rated meals, but it’s worth it in the end though. If you stick to your food budget (or better yet, come in under budget) just think of all the other things you could spend those savings on!
500g mince 1 Tbsp oil 1 onion, sliced 2 cups thinly sliced cabbage (about half a cabbage) 2 cups veges (frozen peas, diced carrots, sliced peppers, diced courgettes, frozen beans, mushrooms etc) 1 packet dried chicken noodle soup powder 2 cups water 2 Tbsps soy sauce 1-2 cloves OR 1-2 tsps minced garlic (optional) 1 tsp curry powder (optional) 1 tsp minced chilli OR ½ tsp chilli powder (optional)
Directions: 1.Prepare vegetables 2.Sauté onion and garlic in oil in a large pot 3.Add mince and cook until brown 4.Add vegetables and sauté for a few minutes 5.Add remaining ingredients and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
Serve with rice or pasta
Note: If you’re adding rice to the meat, add 1 cup rice and 1 extra cup of water during step 5. Bring to the boil, put the lid on and turn element to low or off and let steam for 15 minutes.
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Prez Sez Greetings my fellow AUT Titians! What a wonderful start to the year we have lined up with all the different acts, entertainment and free food! A fantastic beginning to a fantastic new year! As most of you settle into the beginning of your University life and for our returning students the usual ups and downs of it, I hope you all remember that AuSM, your student association, is here to help and support you during your time here. Whether it is informing you on who we are, or assisting in welfare or all the issues that normally faces us as students, we are here for YOU! As your student president it is my job to ensure your voice and rights are represented throughout all levels of the university. As there are more than 26,000 students here it is sometimes difficult to capture what the different types of interests, tastes and entertainment students like, therefore I encourage you to get involved in all the events happening around campus. If you feel there is a need for something you believe strongly about please do not hesitate to contact me. In the world of student politics some of you may recall the campaign we ran to fight the Voluntary Student Membership Bill. Although AUT students put up a good fight coming in with the highest amount of submissions AGAINST the Bill we will unfortunately be facing this reality in 2012. So this year is going to be the last that AuSM will exist in its current form. The changes we anticipate will be primarily around continuous funding and the balance of maintaining the level of service delivery we currently do. We urge you to use the services that AuSM provide for you as they are there only for YOU. Join with us in rocking this year out in style! It is also my last year as your student president so I, for one, am keen to make 2011 count! We have such a busy year ahead of us jam packed with events, including one of our big highlights this year, UNI GAMES 2011! The AUT Titans are on the prowl to take out University Games and showcase our university to our visiting tertiary brothers and sisters. Get involved and support the Titans! With the Rugby World Cup taking our nation by storm all I can say is itâ€™s a good time to be at AUT and be a New Zealander! I hope you enjoy the weeks of Orientation we are proud to bring to you. Look out for clubs week and make sure you sign up to a club of your interest. Go well with your studies and if you need help with anything, or just want to have a chat, contact me on email@example.com
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Women representation in the film industry... SUCKS! by Jess Etheridge You know what, readers? I’m a wee bit sad. I’m sad for many reasons. The change in terms and conditions for Student VIP card holders makes me sad, the increase in cost of caramel corn at supermarkets is depressing and the lack of female representation in the media, specifically in film, just makes me want to cry. But I won’t because I don’t cry – unless it’s Bambi or something. Whether it’s on screen or behind the lens, women just aren’t getting any of the spotlight and it ain’t good for young, aspiring women aiming to get into the biz. Sure, we have the best actress awards at multiple award ceremonies, but why are awards ceremonies always so dominated by men? Yeah, yeah, you can tell me they have a more spatial brain which makes them better at visualisation and recreating it through a camera. Blah blah, this won’t excuse any of it to be honest. I was reading on Jezebel.com recently about how the film industry has reverted from, what seemed to be, a breakthrough 2010 for women in the film industry. Kathryn Bigelow won best director at the Oscars, taking out her own ex-husband in the process, which made thousands believe this was the big change the industry needed. Yes! “Finally, women can create awesome films and win directing awards in
recognition,” we thought! But sadly nothing’s different. Even Catherine Hardwicke, director of the hugely successful first Twilight film, which made more than $400 million worldwide, was turned down when she offered to direct The Fighter. She was told only male directors were being considered to direct, what is essentially, a rip off of 2008’s The Wrestler. What is this? Why is a really successful director, who has dabbled in the darker areas of film, being told she can’t do something because she doesn’t have man pecs or a pair of really comfortable pants? I think a lot of men forget that females’ breasts actually helped them grow from a young age, not hinder them, so why would they make any difference to film directing? Hardwicke, who directed the 2003 teenage drama Thirteen, has done a lot more than just Twilight. I think people hold it against her. Sure, it wasn’t the best movie around and may teach young girls that a guy stalking them means he loves you, but the way it was filmed wasn’t that bad, you know. Catherine has her own style and would’ve owned The Fighter and maybe even done a better job than David O. Russell.
Something else that has really ticked me off is Hailee Steinfeld, the 14-year-old star of True Grit. She has been nominated for a supporting role award at this month’s Oscars when she was blatantly in a leading role. Of course, the boys aren’t solely to blame for this but why is someone, who has more talent in her pigtails than most actresses, downgraded like this? And why was Jeff Bridges nominated for best actor in a leading role if Hailee wasn’t?! RAAAAAAAGE. I want more equality for women in an industry, such as the media, where fair representation of all genders, orientations, what-have-you, happens. We see ourselves on the big screen, it’s only fair if we see all forms of ourselves, whether male or female. If anyone thinks otherwise, feel free to contact debate mag and share your thoughts. That’s why it’s named that way after all, to encourage debate. To read the Jezebel.com article, visit debate online and check out the link.
Reinventing Yourself For The First Semester by Selena La Fleur You have arrived for your first semester fresh faced, eager to learn and to befriend the smart kids that sit at the front of lectures. Or maybe, you are a returning student, ready to make the best second first impression on everyone and not to come across as so much of a douche bag. Eager to shed the image of your awkward high school self or pretentious first year persona? Take these tips on board for a better you.
Your No Socks with Shoes Combo: Last year, a noticeable amount of straight guys started sporting the ‘no socks with shoes’ look. Now, call me old-fashioned but I thought socks and shoes go hand in hand with one another to create an effortless shoe-wearing experience? Boat shoes, Chuck Taylors and Vans sans socks? What the hell is going on? Ditch this look for 2011.
Your Goatee: Kudos to you for trying to grow something since Movember. However, if you want to look smart and sophisticated, why not opt for the Japanese sensei, also known as the fisherman’s beard? Back in ancient times, long beards were a sign of power and patience. Sounds like you? Well then, DO NOT shave for the rest of semester.
Your Language: The word ‘epic’ is the most misused and overused filler words in the English language. “I had the most epic fail down the stairs” or “My burger was epic”. This word should never be uttered out of context in or around the quad or in close proximity of AUT. The word “epic” should only be used to describe things that are “massive and imposing in scale or size” like the ocean or the universe, not ascribing to banal things like a burger. How about throwing in words such as “I had the most vexatious and perturbing time as I descended down the stairs” or “My burger was insuperable”. Your Bag: Mum bought you a new satchel and the beginning of Year 13 to use for the transition period between school and uni. It’s laptop compatible and even comes with an extra pocket
Your Nickname: You left high school hoping your nickname would stick with you forever. Your leaver’s jersey stating the nickname Wazza hangs proudly on your wall. Well guess what Wazza? No matter how long or short your name is, people in your tutorial will be calling you Walter for the rest of your uni life. Your best bet is to march down to the D.I.A office and register yourself under a different name. Now.
for you iPod. Sorry to break it to you, but bags no longer has a place at Uni. In fact, just bring a pen and asking for refill from your neighbour is what all the cool kids are doing these days. Your Hobbies: Luckily for you, your new peers at uni do not know that the most athletic thing you’ve done this year is run from a taxi to get inside a club before it started raining, therefore you have a clean-slate to work with. When it comes to the first week of tutorials, make sure you are about five minutes late. Burst into the room, gasping for breath and say “Sorry, I had to break up a fight outside McDonalds using my XMA* street fighting skills!”. This scenario is adaptable to any new hobby that you can think of, but the more unique, the more bad ass you will seem. Exercise these tips with caution, unless your real name actually is Walter and you have a black belt in Marital Arts. With that, I do apologise. *Extreme Martial Arts. Even more extreme than normal Martial Arts. This includes acrobatics, gymnastics and using weapons.
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PULL OUT EDITION
When you think of bingo, images of sweet old grannies and granddads hunched over a bingo card trying to win a meat pack in the town hall come to mind. The meat pack’s still there, but the rest of the stereotype is about to be shattered by Tineke van der Walle, the creator of Auckland’s latest craze, Bitchin’ Bingo. It takes place in bars around Auckland on Wednesday nights, and people as young as 18 show up to hear ‘bingo mistress Viv’ call out phrases like “B4, my cousin Tracey’s a whore, B4”. debate chats to Tineke about why she started to revive bingo and why it’s a big hit with the youth of today. How exactly did you come up with the concept? Do you remember a bar called Schooner Tavern? We used to go to Howzie there and there was this big Samoan guy who used to run it and he was really awesome and we had a great time. But then it closed down and we couldn’t go anymore because no one else was doing it in Auckland. I remember talking to my friends one night when we were out on the piss in Parnell and they were like “you should think about approaching bars with [bingo]”… and I thought “what a great way for me to do something fun with my friends”. I kind of started it off for a laugh and just wanted to see where it went. I didn’t just want to do bingo. I wanted to have a great character, which is what bingo mistress Viv is, she’s her own personality.
LatinAotearoa LatinAotearoa are known for blending the unique and authentic sounds of Latin with local flavour so you get the vibe of South America, without stepping foot out of Auckland. Vocalist Jennifer Zea hails from Venezula and her bossa and Latino soul talents have seen her perform all over the globe with world renowned artists of jazz and world music. Together with DJ Bobby Brazuka – the unofficial Brazilian ambassador of music and culture in New Zealand – and Open Souls trumpet player and producer Isaac Aesili, the trio combine sultry singing with beautiful beats to create Spanish renditions of Kiwi favourites. They transform Ladi6 and House of Shem hits with their palate of samba, soul, funk and Latin hip hop and they are sure to have people on their feet dancing into the night; the perfect atmosphere for a summer carnival. LatinAotearoa will be performing at the AuSM Carnival in Hikiwai Plaza on Friday, March 4 from 7pm
What is bingo mistress Viv’s personality? She’s a bogan westie from Henderson… I do a little spiel before the show, who she is, where she’s from and her family, what she likes to do and then I go into the show. A lot of the calls are based on her background so it’s a whole other character. At half time I go out and I mingle amongst the crowd in character, which can be really funny because some people think that I’m
like that or whatever and I’ll go backstage and get changed and I’ll come out and people won’t recognise me, because it’s a different persona than what I portray. What type of crowds do you have going each time? Normally my crowd ranges from 18 to maybe 40s. So sometimes I get businessmen come in, I get gaggles of 30-year-old women and sometimes I get the real young idiots – I love ‘em to bits – but they come in and get wasted and they heckle Viv and she gives them shit back, so it’s quite a broad range. Have you had any older people come? Yes, I had this really cute, old Asian couple and I was really concerned because some of my calls can be quite rude and they sat right up the front when I did a show at The Drake a couple of months back. But they loved it and they won. Why do you think people like Bitchin’ Bingo so much? Retro is very in right now and I think a cheap night out while you’re having drinks with some friends is always going to be popular. It’s great because it’s fast and it’s furious. It’s over within an hour and a half and it’s done. It’s not like a three hour long pub quiz. It’s really fast paced. It’s very dramatic high and lows; you’re one number off winning and someone else wins it and you’re like “fucccckkk”. Or you win it and you’re like “Yeaaahhhhh”; you don’t care what the prize is, people just want to win. Are you excited to play orientation? I’m really excited. Students are always great; I’d much rather a rowdy crowd than a quiet crowd. Some of the hen nights I’ve been on I’ve been like “come on, bitches! Drink, get rowdy”. They’re way too quiet. Bitchin’ Bingo will be on at Vesbar on Wednesday, March 2 at 7pm.
DJ Spragga – aka Andrew Spraggon – is a busy man. He’s been DJing since the turn of the century in clubs around New Zealand, and has even ventured across the ditch on a few occasions as well. He’s spun tunes on local radio station KFM, before moving to Base FM, where he hosts a regular Friday slot, the Spragga Selection, as well as a weekly breakfast show on the same station. He performs every third Friday of the month at Verona on K’ Road, and if that’s not impressive enough, he’s released two EPs and four albums under his other, perhaps more well known name, Sola Rosa, for which he’s been nominated for three New Zealand Music Awards. His influences include hip hop, funk, reggae and a dash of Latin – the perfect sound to end the perfect summer.
Cypher’s unique style has seen him become one of the country’s most sought after MCs in recent years. His conscious lyrics and cascading flows have resulted in numerous performances at events throughout New Zealnd and Australia alongside some of the world’s finest selectors, such as Noisia, BSE, Chase & Status, Concord Dawn and Klute to name a few. Raising the bar without exception, Cypher injects energy into each and every set by complimenting the ride and connecting the dance floor to the DJ. He brings a memorable performance to the mic every time. He’s one to watch on the drum & bass circuit so make sure you catch him this orientation. Catch MC Cypher at Vesbar on Thursday, March 3 from 7pm.
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CONCORD DAWN by Samantha McQueen
Twelve years ago, people bought CDs rather than MP3s and there was no MySpace or iTunes. Gigs were heard about through word of mouth rather than Facebook and Twitter. At the same time, Concord Dawn was forming, playing underground drum & bass around the country. Originally made up of Matt Harvey and Evan Short, they released four albums in six years, were nominated for a New Zealand Music Award, started their own label, Uprising, and toured everywhere from Australia to America to Austria. Nowadays, Matt – aka Matty C – is the sole member of Concord Dawn, after Evan left in 2008, and is the brains behind the newest album, The Enemy Within, which came out in September. I’m chatting to Matt over macchiatos at a Westmere café, where he’s sporting a bright red shirt, purple sunnies and blue jandals. He’s been living in Vienna for the past five years but he’s back to do gigs around New Zealand – and to get away from most of the European winter. So why Austria? “It’s in a good place, it’s right in the middle… it’s really close to Eastern Europe but it’s not actually Eastern Europe, it’s not super expensive but not super cheap, most people speak English and it’s a nice town.” But he’s quick to point out New Zealand is still home; he still smuggles Marmite when he goes back to Europe and he’s down here twice a year, so he’s never completely out of the loop when it comes to what Kiwis like. In fact, The Enemy Within was written with New Zealand in mind. Matt says the album was made with the idea of summing up the other four albums, rather than going in a new direction. “It wouldn’t have made sense to do an album that was really radically different from everything that’s been done before. This was the first one by myself… so it had to fit into the story as it has been so far, otherwise I’d freak people out.” Had he gone with an English or European market in mind, the outcome may have leaned more to electro-house. It took two years to put the album together – the same amount of time as previous albums – but the process was a little different without two people on board. Matt says mixing down the tracks was the hardest part of recording (he refers to Evan as a “mix down ninja”), but not having someone to bounce ideas off and brainstorm was the other biggest difference. “It’s one thing if you can ask someone ‘is that a cool idea?’ but when you’re working on something by yourself you can get really insular.” This sentiment of working by yourself is also echoed in the meaning of the album’s name. “Since Evan www.ausm.org.nz
left the hardest battle was with myself, so I guess it comes with that; getting my shit together and doing an album myself. I guess when you do something by yourself you’ve got nobody to blame, so it all falls back to that at one point.” Looking at the track listings, which features artists on all but three tracks, it doesn’t look like Matt had to work too much by himself to produce the songs, but he notes that even though there are a lot of artists features on the album, only a few were collaborative efforts. “Generally speaking, I wrote a track and sent them to a vocalist and they did their vocals and I went from there. Maybe I’d send it to them every now and again to check on them but it wasn’t like ‘you should change the bass line on this bit or the intro should be longer’ or anything like that.” Five albums in just over a decade is an impressive feat by any artist’s standards, but even more so when you think that 12 years ago, drum & bass barely registered on New Zealand’s music radar. For Matt, who has travelled all over the world, he’s seen the popularity waves hit different countries at different times, and even though it’s riding a high wave here at the moment, elsewhere it has fallen into a lull (apparently America and Germany are “shit” right now while Hungary is on a high). “The wave can be dependent on a number of factors. It might just be the guy in one town that’s doing a really good job of promoting that genre at one point in time and that will really make things happen. If you go to a small town and the club everyone used to go to has just closed or everyone’s just a bit sick of it then that will make a scene go down as well.” Having spent the last six months playing European crowds, Matt says he’s looking forward to performing for his home crowd, but won’t have a set full with new songs. “I kind of have to play a few more of the Concord classics, because people really go off for that here and you often get a crowd who aren’t strictly 100 per cent drum and bass soldiers for life.” As an almost veteran in the music scene, Matt has seen the changes of the music industry unfold before his eyes, the biggest being the rise of the internet. “It’s gone from people buying music to not,” he laughs, before going off on a tangent about how people listen to music these days. “When you used to buy [albums], you would save up all your pocket money and that would be your album. You would listen the shit out of that album and you would know it inside out… Now, if someone’s playing you stuff off iTunes or an album, you’re lucky to get to the
end of a track, let alone an album. It drives me crazy – ADHD music listeners.” Track flicking and internet piracy aside, he’s stoked his music is all around the world and there are plenty of cities he can “plough” his sound in. He only has a few more weeks left of summer before returning to the wintery North, where he will continue to gig around Europe, but with less intensity. There’ll also be some studio recording, but don’t expect a new album on shelves before his next trip down. “Knowledge [magazine, in England] put me in their albums to look forward to in 2011 and I was like ‘shit, do I have to finish one now?’. I don’t want to put myself under too much pressure.”
DJ CERN Back in 2001, Ollie Cern and his best friend Jonny Beck used their shared passion for electronic music to create their own drum & bass sound. Starting off producing tracks in bedrooms, they quickly moved nightclubs in Auckland, where they honed their skills and built their reputation over the next seven years, both in New Zealand and worldwide. Tragically, in 2008, Jonny Beck passed away and Ollie turned to the music that had inspired them both, needing to honour his friend’s memory and mourn his loss. Since then, CERN has quickly climbed further up the ranks of drum & bass. He’s worked with Bulletprood, Teknik and AuSM headliner Concord Dawn (he also collaborated on a track, Burn at the Stake, on Concord’s newest album, The Enemy Within), and has released his first album, Terminus, through Concord’s label Uprising (as well as US label Project51). Virus co-founder Ed Rush described CERN’s sound as “the kind of music that you know you can listen to two to three years down the track and it still sounds good”. His sounds range from funk style drum & bass to techstep, but whatever he’s spinning, you can guarantee it will have the crowd moving. He’s planning on joining the list of Kiwi drum & bass icons in Europe in 2011 so make sure you catch him at Orientation to hear what all the fuss is about! Catch Concord Dawn and DJ Cern at Vesbar on Thursday, March 3 from 7pm 17.
12PM: Limbo competition + BIG games fish for prizes @AuSM stall
1PM-4PM: Red Bull Live Session Bobby Brazuka @Vesbar
5PM: welcome back hawaiian luau!
@Vesbar Drink specials, door prizes + live DJ R18
north shore campus
12pM: Free Mexican buffet + piñata
+ giveaways + jalapeño eating competition + chilli shots
12PM: laughing samoans
1pm-4pm: Red Bull Live Session Manuel Bundy @Vesbar 4pm: AuSM movie screening
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4pm-7PM: DJ Andy + half price combos @Vesbar
7pm: Bitchin’ bingo @Vesbar R18
north shore campus
12PM: Skate jam
@Awataha Plaza (behind AF block)
12pm: free mexican buffet
Piñata + giveaways + jalapeño eating competition + chilli shots
1pm-4pm: Red Bull Live Session
Ned Ngatae @Vesbar
6pM: Tui Pub Quiz @Vesbar R18
north shore campus 11.30am-1.30Pm:
AuSM photobooth + Free Feed
12pm: 2010 Battle of the Bands winners: Four Kings
11.30am-1.30pm: AuSM photobooth
1PM-4PM: Red Bull Live Session DJ Rex @Vesbar 4pm-7pm: DJ Andy @Vesbar
7PM: CONCORD DAWN! MC Cypher w/ DJs Cern + Spragga @Vesbar R18
north shore campus
12PM: Pizza eating competition
2pm: Movie + popcorn in the café
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in the Quad w/ the Wheelblacks
12Pm: Velvet Burger eating competition 1pm-4pm: Red Bull Live Session Karn Hall @Vesbar 4Pm: Live DJ @Vesbar
7pm: night carnival
w/ Watussi (AUS) + LatinAotearoa + Salsa dancing + food vendors R18
12Pm: cheer elite academy
4pm-7pm: Free BBQ + free pool
+ live DJ @Vesbar R18
north shore campus
12PM: Wheelchair Rugby
12PM: Wheelchair rugby
7pm: hypnotist Guy cater @Vesbar R18
north shore campus
12pm: Volleyball + Free Feed @Awataha Plaza
12pm: Pacific buffet + performances + clubs sign up
7pm: retro party w/ Club Nerd + drink specials + spot prizes R18
north shore campus
12pm: Cheer Elite Academy + Free Feed
in the gym w/ the Wheelblacks
12pm: For Da Grind + Free Feed + clubs sign up
12Pm: Table tennis in Quad + Free Feed
7pm: vesbar’s infamous foam party! city campus
DJ CXL R18
12PM: Volleyball in the Quad
6PM: Tui Pub Quiz @Vesbar R18
north shore campus
12pm: Pacific buffet + performances + clubs sign up
The information on this timetable was correct at the time of printing but may be subject to change.
Q&A with GUY CATER In a world where political correctness has seemingly gone mad in places, hypnotist Guy Cater says he loves coming to Orientation and having a good time. He’s an institution to AuSM orientation and comes back year after year to massive crowds and even bigger laughs. He chats to debate about how he got started in the business, his personal highlights and what to expect when you come along to one of his shows. How exactly did you get into the hypnotism business? Trained under an American, Dr Roger Stewart, and hoped to become a clinical hypnotherapist but after qualifying I discovered the work bored me. During my training I was making a living doing kids’ birthday parties, standup comedy and MC work so decided to add my hypnosis skills to my entertainment business. What have been some of your career highlights so far? Without a doubt headlining in Las Vegas at the Riviera Casino is number one. Other highlights are performances in Singapore, Bahrain and Dubai! What about the most memorable things you’ve made people do during your shows? Far and away the most memorable was in Dubai when did the cops and robbers skit and one of my subjects was a United Arab Policeman (I had no idea of his occupation). All hell broke loose when he took out a revolver and discharged it into the ceiling. I nearly shit myself (along with a couple of hundred others there) and I have never told anyone to go back to ‘sleep’ as fast as I did that night! Are there any memorable people you’ve managed to hypnotise over the years? What did you make them do? Had a ball hypnotising Matthew Ridge on Game of Two Halves. On Mike King’s bidding I had him believe his scrotum was growing second by second and it was hellishly itchy; that was so funny with Ridgey taking off his trousers and underpants on the set. That never went to air. Just a couple of the New Zealand ‘names’ I’ve hypnotised are Kerre Woodham, Dominic Bowden and for several years have had so much fun hypnotising members of the Warriors League team. To see Manu Vatavai thinking his shoe was a little puppy was most delightful. Who are the ideal people to hypnotise? And how do you deal with the cynics who come along not believing in hypnosis? Funnily enough, cynics often make great subjects. They are folk who want to know so they are prepared to relax and let it happen if it does. An analytical person is the worst, but the best subject is the introvert that surprises his/ her friends by letting it all out in their sleep-like state. You’ve performed your show all around the world – how would you compare the audiences in New Zealand to other parts of the world? Americans are the best. They want to have a good time and will hoot and holler when you are introduced. If you are no good they will let you know but they are not judgmental
until they have experienced you. Here in New Zealand we tend to assume the act will be no good and only respond well if it is which is why I love Orientation so much. Uni audiences are like Americans; they want to have a good time. You’re no stranger to orientation – are you able to get away with crazier antics with university crowds? I perform for so many corporate functions where you have to be so politically correct. I feel most political correctness is dishonest and over the top, but at Orientation shows there is no political correctness and nobody is ever offended … it is just good fun.
Eight years ago, Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepulea’I did a show called Laughing with Samoans with a friend at the New Zealand Fringe Festival in Wellington, their New Zealand hometown. From these humble beginnings, Ete and Tofiga decided to team up to create a two-man show, and since they were already referred to by the public as “the Laughing with Samoan guys”, they only needed to drop a couple of words before their namesake – The Laughing Samoans – was born. Since then, they’ve sold out shows through New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Rarotonga and the United States, creating new material almost every year, such as A Small Samoan Wedding (2004), Old School (2005), Prettyfull Woman (2008) and now they’re touring New Zealand with their Greatest Hits tour, which is happening until June this year. Comedy shows are always a big hit with Kiwis and The Laughing Samoans regularly turn to their Samoan roots for a fresh, unique, and pretty Kiwi, performance. They also make sure their musical and acting talents are shown off, making this duo a must see for all ages. What better way to kick off the academic year then by clutching your stomach in laughter?! The Laughing Samoans will be performing in Hikiwai Plaza on Wednesday, March 2 at 12pm.
J Cern will be performing at Vesbar on Thursday, March 3 from 7pm.
FOUR KINGS Less than 12 months ago, Four Kings were rocking out in each other’s houses, preparing for AUT Battle of the Bands. They were crowned kings (appropriate, really) and got to work in the Red Bull recording studio, where they worked on their first EP, which was released late last year. This year, they’re swapping the battle stage for the Orientation stage, playing their first AuSM O Week gig. They’re not like most rock bands. Their MySpace page boasts that their sound is 1/2 cup rock, 2/3 cup funk, 1 tbsp hip hop, 30ml reggae and a dash of ska and indie, and they’re inspired by music from Tool to Wu-Tang. It sounds like an odd blend, but Glyn Hughes, Sean Fleet, Max Oldfield and Thomas Spratt have managed to make it work. Catch Guy Cater’s hypnotist show at Vesbar on Wednesday, March 9 at 7pm.
WATUSSI Latin, Spanish and South American sounds have been on the rise in recent years and leading the charge in Sydney is Watussi, an eight-piece Afro-Columbian rock and roots band lead by vocalists and rhythm guitarist Oscar Jimenez. Using drums, percussions, trumpets and flutes to create their songs – which are sung in both Spanish and English – they’ve got an ARIA nomination under their belts for their debut album. Their name means “the most handsome man at the party” in Cuban slang and they’re no stranger to the world stage, having played across Australia and Asia in the past two years. With a mix of both Spanish and English lyrics, Watussi will be bringing Spanish flavour to AuSM Orientation this year. Watussi will be performing at the AuSM Carnival in Hikiwai Plaza on Friday, March 4 from 7pm. issue 01 2011
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FAQ’s a b ou t Fl at t i ng :H o w t o av o id a le g a l fis t figh t w i t h yo u r l a n d l o rd s
There are a few keys things that make up the foundation of student culture. One is the ability to pull an all-nighter on an assignment you hadn’t looked at before. Another is the ability to go out four nights in a row and still manage to attend all your 8am classes the next day. And another is student flatting. Unlike Friends or How I Met Your Mother, student flatting isn’t rent control apartments with giant living areas overlooking prime locations. It is four to seven bedroom dives with no insulation, holes in the walls and cupboards painted in ‘70s orange or lime green. They have nicknames like “The Manor” and “The Palace” to be ironic, because obviously no royal would ever step foot in your place. It’s also – for most – your first home away from the security of parents or university residences. It’s your first step towards becoming a grown up, and it’s a bit frightening. Suddenly the price of mince seems ludicrous and having well lit rooms are a luxury, rather than a necessary. There’s also words like bond, periodic lease and tenancy tribunal being thrown around, none of which you were taught at high school. So here at debate, we asked our resident knowit-alls, Becky and Nick, to tackle some of the questions students frequently ask as they head into the busiest time of the year: househunting time.
Q: My friends and I have just found the perfect flat, but the lease is for 12 months and I am going overseas in July. Will I legally be able to get out of the lease? We haven’t signed yet, but I really want to flat with my friends. If you sign a tenancy agreement which has a definite date for ending the tenancy this is called a fixed term tenancy. You cannot end a fixed term tenancy before the date agreed in the tenancy agreement unless you get the landlord’s consent. So, if you want to leave in July you may want think again about signing a tenancy agreement which locks you in for 12 months.
you both go through the flat checking for anything that has been damaged. Remember: you are not responsible for normal fair wear and tear.
Q: I moved into a room in a flat about a month ago but I already want to move out. The flatmates are really messy and I’ve even seen them doing drugs in the living room on the odd occasion. I didn’t sign anything when I moved in but I paid bond to the other flatmates and have been paying rent to them every week. What notice do I have to give and how can I ensure I get my bond back? In terms of your bond, this has the potential to get a little sticky. You’re classed as just a flatmate because you’ve not signed anything at all and have no relationship with the landlord. If you pay rent weekly, you should give one week’s notice to your flatmates to quit the room. They must then give you your bond back or agree with you the amount of bond to return to you if you have damaged the flat somehow. If you can’t agree then this is where it gets tricky, because you’re not protected by tenancy legislation; you’ll have to go to the disputes tribunal to get your bond back. Q: How often can landlords put the rent up? I’ve been living in a villa in Grey Lynn for almost a year, and in that time I’ve had two rent increases. They’re only by a small amount each time, but surely they can’t do this? We’re on a fixed term contract. As you are on a fixed term contract, your rent can only increase if it says so in your tenancy agreement. So you need to check your tenancy agreement. Q: I moved in to a flat with some schoolmates a little while ago. We thought it was going to be awesome but we’ve already spent all our money and now we’re skint. We all want to move back home. We had a look at the tenancy agreement and there’s no date on there for ending the tenancy. Can we move out and how do we get our bond back? Crikey, we’ll need to break this down a bit, folks. Here we go: 1.There’s no end date to the tenancy which means that you’re on a periodic tenancy. So, you just need to give 21 days notice to your landlord, unless the landlord agrees to a shorter time. Make sure you send this in writing to your landlord. 2.You should then agree on a property inspection date with your landlord where
3.You then agree the bond refund amount with the landlord, taking into account any damage, unpaid rent, items missing and cleaning. You and the landlord then complete and sign the bond refund form and send this to the Department of Housing who return the bond (or the amount agreed) to you. 4.If you and the landlord cannot agree on the amount that should be taken out of the bond, then either you or the landlord (or both) can make an application to the tenancy tribunal to get it sorted out. There is an application fee of $20.44. The application will be given to a mediator, who will contact you and set up a time for a mediation, which may be by phone or in person. Both you and the landlord will be able to discuss the claim being made on the bond and, with the mediator’s help, try and reach an agreement on the bond amount. The mediator can then write an order about how the bond is to be paid. This order can be as binding as a court order. If no agreement is reached in mediation, the application will be set down for a hearing in the tenancy tribunal. Q: I’ve been living in my flat for the past 17 months. It used to be a 12 month fixed contract but now we just pay month-to-month. Our landlord emailed us last week to say we have move out in three weeks because he’s found new fixed term tenants. Can he do that? No. Your landlord must generally give you 90 days notice to quit the flat. Q: The house I’m currently living in has no smoke alarms or fire extinguishers – isn’t that illegal? I read somewhere that it is the landlord responsibility to pay for stuff like this. Is this true, because I don’t have a lot of money spare to fork out for an extinguisher in case my cooking turns disastrous? The landlord must ensure the property is well maintained and the plumbing, electrical wiring and structure are safe and working. However, a landlord does not need to provide smoke alarms or fire extinguishers. You can always ask the landlord to provide them though. They can only say no. Q: Whose responsibility is it to get rid of furniture in a furnished apartment? I’ve just moved into an apartment in the CBD and the landlord has refused to get rid of stuff I don’t want, even though it is their stuff. In the previous apartment I lived in, the landlord got rid of stuff I didn’t want. If you have signed a tenancy agreement for a furnished flat based on the contents that were in there at the time then, unless the landlord is nice and agrees to take away the furniture issue 01 2011
either. So, unless he agrees to leave, you’re stuck with him. The rest of you could decide to move out and get a new flat without him? That’s worked for me before.
Q: I moved into a room in a flat about a month ago but I already want to move out. The flatmates are really messy and I’ve even seen them doing drugs in the living room on the odd occasion. I didn’t sign anything when I moved in but I paid bond to the other flatmates and have been paying rent to them every week. What notice do I have to give and how can I ensure I get my bond back? In terms of your bond, this has the potential to get a little sticky. You’re classed as just a flatmate because you’ve not signed anything at all and have no relationship with the landlord. If you pay rent weekly, you should give one week’s notice to your flatmates to quit the room. They must then give you your bond back or agree with you the amount of bond to return to you if you have damaged the flat somehow. If you can’t agree then this is where it gets tricky, because you’re not protected by tenancy legislation; you’ll have to go to the disputes tribunal to get your bond back.
Q: If I am renting a room in a house with others, and the landlord has insurance on the house, does this mean I don’t need to purchase insurance? It seems like a waste of money to pay for double insurance if my stuff is already covered by the landlord’s. The landlord’s insurance will probably just protect the building not your contents inside it. You’ll still need to get insurance to protect your contents in the house in case of burglary or damage to the property and to cover your
personal liability to the landlord if you set the house on fire, for example. Q: I’m moving out of my flat this weekend and I’m worried about my bond. I haven’t done any damage to the house, but some of the wallpaper in our lounge is ripped from a picture frame falling down (my flatmates, not mine). Will this affect my bond even though I didn’t do it? If you are all on the lease or tenancy agreement then you are all liable for any damage to the property whoever caused it. Why don’t you all get the landlord round to the flat to check out the damage and decide between you all how it will be fixed and who will pay for it?
you don’t want, it’s tough titty (as we say in the trade). To boot, you’re responsible for the looking after all the stuff that’s in there. If, on the other hand, the landlord adds a whole load of items to the flat that weren’t in there when you signed the agreement then you can ask the landlord to kindly remove them. Q:My girlfriend and I are living in a flat of four, and lately we’ve been arguing with one of the other flatmates. He’s always loud, leaves dishes in the sink for days and is late with paying bills. We’ve told him we don’t want him living in the flat anymore but he says we can’t kick him out, because he is also on the lease. What should we do? Ah, the classic knob-tastic flatmate scenario. Basically, your tenancy agreement with the landlord won’t cover what happens when you, the tenants, fall out with each other. The tenancy legislation doesn’t help you www.ausm.org.nz
Awards checklist: who should win and who will win?
Awards Overload: All the gold is hurting my eyes
Note: not all categories are mentioned below because a) there’s too many of them to list and b) no one really cares about sound mixing, do they?
Who will win: The King’s Speech Who should win: The Social Network Who you think should win:
Who will win: Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech Who should win: Christopher Nolan - Inception. Snubbed again. Who you think should win:
Best Leading Actor
Who will win: Colin Firth – The King’s Speech Who should win: James Franco – 127 Hours Who you think should win:
by Samantha McQueen
Best Leading Actress Over the past month my eyes have been glued to my computer screen. It’s not because of the political unrest in Egypt or Mother Nature’s destruction of our neighbours across the ditch (although I have been following it intently). Rather, I’ve been shamelessly analysing Olivia Wilde’s sparkly Marchesa gown, watching growing baby bumps, tearing up during acceptance speeches and betting with friends on who will take out the top prizes. For entertainment junkies like myself, January and February marks the pinnacle of glamour in Hollywood (and London) with awards season. From the Golden Globes to the Oscars, these six weeks of the year are my equivalent of a sporting world cup (look, I didn’t take a shine to sports as a child). It may seem a bit farfetched to compare athletes to actors playing dress up to collect surprisingly heavy statues, but with the amount of awards currently in circulation, it’s like a cinematic round robin, counting down until the final – the Academy Awards. It’s a film (and television) buff’s dream, but after watching a replay of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards last month I’m sceptical whether too many accolades are floating about nowadays. How many times can people watch Natalie Portman and Colin Firth say how humbled they are by this “unexpected” award? By the time the Oscar for best picture is finally handed out – a month and a half after the first globe is awarded – I’m mentally throwing heavy at the crying actors on stage, vowing never to watch again. It didn’t used to be like this. The Academy Awards – the most prestigious of them all – used to be the only ceremony of its kind. Started in 1927, there was no televised broadcast, people paid $5 to get into the event and winners knew beforehand whether they were taking a golden statue home. In the early 1940s, journalists around the world formed the Hollywood Foreign
Correspondents Association, which morphed in 1955 to become the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and is host to what is known as the Golden Globes. It recognises both television and film (something Oscar does not) and has two best picture categories (drama and comedy or musical). Around the same time, Britain formed their own ceremony, morphed the Globes and the Oscars together and threw in a few British only categories so there would be some fresh faces accepting awards on stage. Then in 1949, separately, the Director’s Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America (East and West) decided they needed to be separately acknowledged with their own ceremony. These five alone covers all bases, some several times over, but still, 22 years ago the Producers Guild of America held their first ceremony, and five years later the SAG Awards had debuted their own awards show. And let’s not forget the Critic’s Choice Awards. It’s exhausting trying to keep up, and to be honest, a little repetitive. Couldn’t the DGA, the PGA, the WGA and the SAG collaborate to make one ceremony? All are voted by fellow comrades after all. And more importantly, can the Academy please allow drinking so audiences can have something extra to look forward to? The best speeches are always the Globes or the SAG awards because of the slight inebriation from some of the actors. But alas, every year I’m back, checklist in hand, seeing how many winners I can predict this time around. Lucky betting on awards isn’t a big thing in New Zealand. Since this issue officially comes out on the day of the Oscars, I’ve compiled my final checklist for 2011 to see if the plethora of award ceremonies has made the winners thoroughly predictable. There’s even a space for you to make your own predictions, because let’s face it, you don’t learn anything on the first day of university.
Who will win: Natalie Portman – Black Swan Who should win: Natalie Portman Who you think should win:
Best Supporting Actor
Who will win: Christian Bale – The Fighter Who should win: Christian Bale Who you think should win:
Best Supporting Actress
Who will win: Melissa Leo – The Fighter Who should win: Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit Who you think should win:
Best Animated Feature Film: Who will win: Toy Story 3 Who should win: Toy Story 3 Who you think should win:
Best Screenplay (Adapted)
Who will win: Aaron Sorkin - The Social Network Who should win: The Social Network Who you think should win:
Best Screenplay (Original)
Who will win: David Seidler - The King’s Speech Who should win: Christopher Nolan – Inception Who you think should win:
Best Original Song:
Who will win: We Belong Together, Randy Newman – Toy Story 3 Who should win: I See The Light, Alan Menken (music), Glenn Slater (lyrics) – Tangled Who you think should win:
Best Original Score
Who will win: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross The Social Network Who should win: The Social Network or Hans Zimmer – Inception Who you think should win:
Who will win: Danny Cohen - The King’s Speech Who should win: Jeff Cronenweth – The Social Network Who you think should win:
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Now that’s what I call
Volume One with Samantha McQueen
Everything retro’s “in” at the moment and Bitchin’ Bingo is the best example of retro cool I’ve found in recent months. You don’t need to have any previous bingo knowledge (as bingo mistress Viv says, the rules are “fuckin’ simple”) and since it’s all down to luck, anyone can win one of her awesome prizes (including the much-wanted meat pack!). Hosted by a Henderson Westie, with calls like “G60, your uncle’s shifty, G60”, you won’t want to miss bingo mistress Viv when she rolls into Orientation on Wednesday, March 2.
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
I’m late jumping on this music “bandwagon”, but Mumford & Son’ debut album Sigh No More has been on repeat in my stereo since I bought it a month ago (I know, I use a stereo rather than an iPod!). They’re nothing like the commercial fare normally on the radio, using instruments like violins, trombones, cello and flugelhorns to create melancholic music perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon in the sun with a cold one. Must hear tracks are: The Cave, Winter Winds, Timshel, After the Storm and their single, Little Lion Man, which packs a much bigger punch with the inclusion of the F word in the chorus.
FOUR, television’s newest channel
We haven’t had to mourn the loss of C4 because we’ve finally got a channel that’s primarily aimed at those of us under 30. We’ve got shows like How I Met Your Mother, America’s Next Top Model, The Simpsons, new series Community and my personal favourite, The Biggest Loser. Staying in just got a lot more appealing.
Some may gasp in horror that the sacred barbecue is being used for something other than cooking hunks of meat, but grilling some portobello mushrooms, eggplant, zucchini, capsicum and onion and stacking them together makes for a delicious side for your steak or sausage. Top it off with some feta and a sauce of your choice and you’ll feel fancy in your flip flops.
We may not get temperatures as impressive as 40 degrees in Auckland, but with how humidity has been this summer, we don’t want to. Ever. For the past three months, people have been battling almost 100 per cent humidity, losing sleep, smelling like sweat and breathing in gallons of heavy, moist air. I know we’ll be begging for these temperatures in a few months time, but can we please have a break from the city of sauna. Oh, and turn the Williamson Ave hole into a swimming pool, stat.
Horoscopes ARIES (March 21-April 19)
Unfortunately, your co-ordination hasn’t improved since high school and you will fall down the stairs before Friday. Be afraid.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
Taureans are awesome. Your awesomeness will be amplified if you wear a suit. Barney says so.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21)
Don’t bother making lunch this week, there’s AuSM free feeds every day and free food is always better than no food.
CANCER (June 22-July 22)
Check all the pockets of your old clothes to find some undiscovered treasure. If unsuccessful, try your parents or rich flatmates. Fate has a missing $5 somewhere.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Use your four hour gap this week wisely. Build a fort in the library and invite everyone to join your secret studying session.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You’ve come to AUT with the urge to change the world. This will happen if you write for debate. Do it.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23)
Before accepting a friend request from that babe at Vesbar, make sure you delete all those awkward family photos from last Christmas.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21)
Put those acting skills to the test and try to cry your way into putting all your classes on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Four day weekends are the new black.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Do not feed the pigeons. It will come back to haunt you. In the form of shit.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Find the girl with the most stationery and sit beside her in the first lecture. You’ll gain a new friend and three flash as pens. Win.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Jupiter and Mars say retro is in. So make sure you go to Bitchin’ Bingo – wearing your grandma’s glasses, your dad’s leather jacket, your sister’s pulp shoes and a can of hair glitter.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
With all the late nights planned in the next month you’re guaranteed to fall asleep in one of your lectures. Good news: the lecturer won’t see. Bad news: the guy next to you with the vivid will.
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Dear Agony Aunt I have recently come to New Zealand to study this year. I can’t understand it but when I get bitten by insects at home, it comes up in a small red lump and disappears after a day or so. I hardly notice it. But since coming to New Zealand last month, every bite I get comes up huge and red with a nasty blister on top and is so itchy. This is driving me mad, what shall I do? From itchy Dear Itchy Don’t worry, this is quite a common problem for overseas students who are new to New Zealand. It seems we become used to our own bugs in our usual habitat but when we meet new ones in a new country, it takes a while before our immune system settles down and stops overreacting. For most people it will settle down after a couple of months. Ask your pharmacist for some antihistamines, (you can get some that are good for the day and some that are best for night use). If it gets really bad you could also try using some cream
or lotion like Eurax Lotion, to help control the itch and soothe the bite. Most importantly, try not to scratch the bites or rub the blisters off as they may get infected and this may cause a scar. It’s also a good idea to spray your bedroom with insect spray about an hour before going to bed. Be sure to spray up under the bed and inside the top of the wardrobe and any other nice dark places where mosquitoes like to hide. It will help if you keep your windows closed overnight, a fan would be a good investment in the hot weather. If all this fails, go and see the staff in the Health, Counselling and Wellbeing Centre, they’re sure to be able to help. This Agony Aunt column was brought to you by the team at Health, Counselling and Wellbeing. If you have a question you would like answered email email@example.com and put Agony Aunt as the subject or drop it in to the Health, Counselling and Wellbeing office.
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by Katie Montgomerie
This year in debate I thought it would be nice to have something educational as a column, and what scream education better than Urban Dictionary? As this is our orientation issue, why not theme it around an orientation oriented word and what better is there than, well, orientation?
(Noun) One’s sexual preference. Hmm, not really what we’re here to do at Orientation though is it? This could make for some potentially awkward moments. Example: Uni Student: “Hey mum, I’m off to Orientation for uni, don’t expect me back ‘til after 3am, drunk as a skunk and hobbling home crippled from the effect of excitement, adrenaline and possibly too much sex...” Mother: “Ok make sure you choose whether you’re gay or straight before you have the “too much sex” and either way, use protection! Love you!”
of the week with UrbanDictionary.com
Another goody popped up on UrbanDictionary.com as I was shamelessly searching the word orientation.
To become oriented with or to assist someone else with orientating themselves. It’s one of those words that sounds better than the grammatically correct version. “I have to go to my law school next week to get orientated” “first year students have to come a week early to orientate themselves”
My personal favourite O-week word is orientarded.
One who is cursed with a complete lack of a sense of direction, to the point where their very integrity is bought to question. Now, as I am myself orientarded, I can supply an example from my own life experience: After Katie ended up halfway to Raglan on her way to Mount Ruapehu, her Dad decided to buy her a GPS for Christmas to stop her being so orientarded. Cheers for reading my very first Word(s) of the Week. Who knows, maybe next week I’ll be funnier... we can only hope!
The funniest part of this entry was the definition by ‘MadamexXx’: “The word is supposed to be “orient.” I’m not sure why people think orientate is the word, but it sounds like something dumb people make up to sound intelligent. They need to orient themselves with the English language.”
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From here we can do anything
2011: The Shape of Things to Come by Heather Rutherford Welcome back to a new year of fashion at debate! Since the last issue hit the stands last year, quite a lot has happened in the AUT fashion calendar. For one, the AUT Rookie Show in November saw fashion fans, industry insiders and students from all years converge to watch the graduates’ collections, eat free finger food and get a bit tipsy. The design and craftsmanship at the 2010 Rookie Show was second to none. Some of the stand outs include Violet HowletAiken’s geometric shapes and Morgan Hollis-Ward’s take on Elizabethan frivolity. While the show will definitely be a hard act to follow for us succeeding years, it served as a point of inspiration of aspiration of what just may be possible on the fashion design front. Blaire Archibald, a 2010 post grad menswear designer, along with 2009 Rookies Sara Wilson and Ana Vemic, are now stocking their own fashion labels on High Street conceptual fashion and art gallery, House of Hedone. Hedone is known for its high standard of design and ability to springboard New Zealand design talent into the limelight. After finishing his Bachelor of Design in 2009 Blaire Archibald has been making serious headway in menswear; he started his own label, has had numerous magazine mentions, and even showed at New Zealand Fashion Week last year. With all this success in mind, here is hoping this year’s batch of fashion graduates will be able to live up to the mark of preceding years and present a highly individualised and original show at the end of the year. This year, the fashion pages in debate will be expanding to include the thoughts and perspective of second year fashion student Petra Benton, who will be writing every second week about a range of topics from costume design to the spectacle that is the annual Wearable Arts competition in Wellington. We are also hoping to bring even more fashion student work to the pages, but why stop there? If you are working on anything fashion related in you field of design we definitely want to hear from you and put your work out there for everyone to hear about. On a more international scale, the fashion industry around the world is beginning to hit extremes like it never has before. Never before has there been so much competition, with new labels cropping up at what seems like every few minutes. With such stiff design competition on the market, you would guess that the level of originality would skyrocket, but sadly this summer season most designers in
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the New Zealand market seem to be playing it safe. Or maybe the buyers are just buying safe. Either way the general consensus seems to be that New Zealand is in serious need of a fashion design shake up and everyone is looking for the next big designer to make their stamp. Another extreme that has taken the world - and even New Zealand – by storm is the immediate, and democratic feedback and critiquing of collections and fashion events that has come with the explosion of popularity in fashion blogging. New Zealand Fashion Week 2010 saw the front row dotted with fashion bloggers from around the world. Andy Warhol once famously said that “in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes” and it looks like he may have been right in this prediction. Whereas before it was just the Anna Wintours of this world who said anything worth listening to on the topic of fashion, now everybody with an internet connection can get their two cents in. Coincidently, the day this issue goes to print marks the first anniversary of the death of the brilliant fashion designer, Alexander McQueen. His
legendary showmanship and brilliant design helped change the face of fashion worldwide and his death was a tragic and devastating loss to the entire industry. In the year that has followed, his former head of womenswear, Sarah Burton, has stepped up to fill his shoes as head of house to great critical acclaim and recognition. But while she is brilliant and an amazing designer, his death leaves an enormous gap for the ‘next big thing’ of fashion to prove themselves and give the entire industry a shake up. Whether it is the explosion of popularity in fashion blogging or the anticipation for the next revolutionary designer, or even the impending threat of climate change, 2011 will bring some interesting and groundbreaking changes to the industry in the seasons to come. While it is true the nature of this business means it is always ‘changing’, this year and the years to come are sure to bring about some massive, directional, developments... even for fashion! I don’t know about you but I’m definitely going to be paying close attention to all the exciting changes sure to come this year!
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Film Review by Samantha McQueen (A-)
It sounds like the ultimate cliché: being caught between a rock and hard place. But Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and James Franco (Pineapple Express) have hit it out of the park–twice–with 127 Hours, based on the true story of engineer and adrenaline junkie Aron Ralston. Set during a harrowing week in April 2003, Aron (Franco) leaves for Blue John Canyon in Utah – his favourite place since childhood. He doesn’t tell his family where he’s going, preferring to be free as he hurtles across the landscape with less than the bare essentials. He’s cocky, which he plays up when he decides hallpass-half_bleed.pdf 1 10/02/11 Taking 4:23 PM to play tour guide to two lost women. the marked trail? No way, Aron would rather
crawl in between canyons and fall into an underground lake. It looks idyllic, but for Aron, he’s happiest when exploring the rough terrain alone. But cockiness comes at a price; while scaling down a remote part of the canyon, a boulder comes loose and Aron falls 40 ft before his right arm becomes trapped. He’s alone and he can’t move – a terrifying prospect for a man whose life moves at 100 kilometres an hour. Normally, films head south when characters are bound to one spot, but it is from the depths of the canyon that 127 Hours really gains momentum. This is because Boyle doesn’t just show you how Aron escapes, he goes into his mind and puts his soul on screen. You get to be Aron’s memory, as he recalls that his extra bottles of Gatorade are still in the car. You experience Aron’s hallucinations, as he dreams about a former girlfriend and a giant Scooby Doo. You’re the camcorder recording Aron’s goodbyes to his family, watching him go slightly insane. You’re the 150 millilitres of water he has to ration out over five days. You’re even his bloodstream as he stabs himself in the arm and twirls the blunt blade tentatively on his bone. Boyle films at a dizzying pace; it’s only when the credits roll audiences can take their first proper breath.
The moment when Aron realises there is a choice between life and death is both inspirational and terrifying. The muchhyped amputation scene lasts mere minutes, but its impact will stay with you long after the film is over. It’s worth the squeamish discomfort for the chance to see James Franco in the performance of his career. Limited by movement, he does an amazing job at showing all emotions – exhaustion, frustration, terror – through his facial expressions, particularly when he sums up the whole ordeal with one word: oops. Yes, even moments of horror can be lightened with subtle humour. Boyle proves that you don’t need lots of space or plenty of characters to make a film interesting. What resonates with audiences is not the beautiful landscape or the interactions, but the story of one man proving there is no force on earth more powerful than the will to live.
Best buds Rick and Fred (Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis) have both been married for many years. When they begin to show signs of restlessness at home, their wives (Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate) take a bold approach to revitalize their marriages: they grant the guys a “hall pass,” one week of freedom to do whatever they want. No questions asked.
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Directed by Darren Akronsky Film Review by Samantha McQueen (B+)
Ask who the perfect woman is and Natalie Portman’s name will always pop up. Ask who delivered a perfect performance this Oscar season and Portman, with her performance as a paranoid ballet dancer in Black Swan will crop up there too. Nina Sayers (Portman) is a member at a top New York ballet company who knows nothing other than dance. She has no social life, no friends and certainly no boyfriend. A perfectionist at heart, she has spent years in the background, perfecting her craft (likewise, Portman – having not danced since she was 13 – trained for five hours a day for almost a year), waiting for the day when she is the company’s prima ballerina. That day comes early on in the film, when the company’s sexually-charged choreographer, Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel), decides to stage a stripped down version of Swan Lake, which will see one dancer embody both the innocent white swan and the dark and twisted black swan. One glance at Nina, who is waif-like with big need-to-please eyes, it’s obvious she has the technical arsenal for both roles, but lacks the sensuality of the black swan. Let’s not forget that this isn’t a dance movie; this is a psychological thriller that happens to be en pointe. Constantly chastised by Thomas for not embodying the character of the black swan, Nina finds herself slipping in and out of reality. And when it’s announced that Lily (Mila Kunis), a transfer dancer with tattoos and attitude will be her understudy, Nina finds the role, and her sanity, slipping further away. You only have to look at her home life to see how stunted Nina is. Her mother, Erica (devilishly played by Barbara Hershey) is a former ballet dancer, equally living vicariously through her child and resenting her. The word child is appropriate, because even though Nina is in her mid twenties, her room is adorned with stuffed animals, a single bed and ruffles in various shades of pink. No wonder she’s picked up the nervous tic of scratching herself to the point of mutilation, which her mother tries to stop by snipping her nails to nubs. Clint Mansell’s score is both harrowing and haunting, mixing traditional Tchaikovsky with violent violins, regal trumpets and cymbal crescendos, blending perfectly with the lifts and
turns of Benjamin Millepied’s choreography (Millepied is also Portman’s dance partner). From Amy Westcott’s costume design to Matthew Libatique’s choreography, Black Swan performs at its peak under director Darren Akronsky’s watchful eye. Sure, there are flaws: the script lags in places when suspense isn’t at a high and Mila Kunis, while perfection in her role as Lily, isn’t on screen nearly enough. But Natalie Portman delivers the performance of her life, and catapults the film from so-so to stunning.
Directed by David O. Russell Film Review by Brendan Kelly
A Rocky-esque movie, minus Stallone’s incoherent ramblings and cheesy montage music, seven nominations from the Academy and a cast of some pretty great actors had my hopes high for the latest addition to the boxingdrama genre, The Fighter. The Fighter tells the story of Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), a small town professional boxer whose career has taken a downward turn. With the ‘guidance’ of his older brother, the crack addicted one-time contender Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale), Ward attempts to get his career back on track and become the fighter he always knew he could be. By itself, the storyline is unremarkable; we’ve seen it already in The Wrestler and in Cinderella Man. Thankfully, the lack of originality in the plot is more than compensated for by the performances of the actors. It should be mentioned at this point that some of the actors in this film have not received the kudos they deserve. Namely, Mark Wahlberg. Marky Mark really gave this role his all. He trained for four years and for sheer authenticity, did all the boxing scenes himself. He trained with Manny Pacquiao so his boxing didn’t look amateur. He built a boxing ring in his house. He did everything conceivably possible to make this performance the best it could be. And it’s great, and in any other movie Wahlberg’s performance would be the standout. But from the moment Christian Bale appears onscreen, Wahlberg is overshadowed. As Ward’s trainer, mentor and crack head brother, Bale is perfect. Gaunt, toothless and balding, Bale is also hilarious, heart breaking, and pathetic.
A better personification of a life wrought with regret I have not seen. Melissa Leo also unleashes a truly memorable piece of acting amid a cloud of cuss words and cigarette smoke as the overbearing, white trash soccer-mom Alice Ward. Her brilliance has already been recognised with a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination. And Amy Adams, forever the cute love interest, has finally managed to get rid of this typecast, playing Ward’s hard as nails (and extremely hot) girlfriend. The cinematography is nice. A few interesting shots, some pretty cool looking fight scenes and very honest character depictions help tell the story without getting in the way. The boxing scenes look like something straight from ESPN, although at times it appears that muscle bound Mark can go rounds on end without throwing so much as a jab. One of the best montage scenes in years, always a staple in a boxing film, is played up brilliantly by the Red Hot Chili Peppers Strip My Mind. The soundtrack is padded out further with numbers from Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, making for a track listing that I am woe to criticise too heavily. As an examination of the relationship between some highly dysfunctional family members, this film delivers some moments of sheer brilliance. That, held together by the much tested conventions of the boxing film genre, makes The Fighter very enjoyable, and at points remarkably moving.
The Kids Are All Right
Directed by Lisa Cholodenko Film Review by Jess Etheridge
Julianne Moore and Annette Bening are the current heroes of a generation – a generation wholly accepting of same-sex couples fighting worldwide to be who they want to be without punishment or alienation. There are plenty of LGBT characters in film and television at the moment, however The Kids Are All Right, directed by Lisa Cholodenko, avoids stereotypes and reinforces what The Beatles tried to teach the world long ago: All you need is love. Written by Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, Kids explores a simple story of love, family and the dynamics that make up every single family unit on Earth. It’s not about being lesbian or being a sperm donor; it’s about family and love
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in its simplest form. Nic and Jules (Bening and Moore respectively) are a happily committed same-sex couple who have two children, both through the same sperm donor. The kids, Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson), are curious to find out who they are so, inevitably, they contact their biological father Paul (Mark Ruffalo). As the initially reluctant Jules allows Paul into her life more and more, the strings tugging family together soon begin to unravel. An emotional war within the unconventional family erupts as Nic, the self-assigned head of the family, scrambles to hold onto the threads. This film is so relatable because of the instinctual emotions portrayed: vulnerability, attachment, lust, control and trust. We can all relate to Nic who feels she is losing control over something she’s been in charge of for as long as she can remember. The trust in Nic and Jules’ relationship is put to the test and we know that even in hetero relationships, these things occur. Don’t fret, however, as the film is also filled with witty jokes and questions about why we are who we are and humanity. A very awkward but cute “talk” with Laser about his friendship with his best friend takes place, which shows how even parents are uncomfortable with many of life’s little discussions. The slightly quirky dialogue and cinematography doesn’t necessarily work all the time for Kids. Some shots are jerky and some character exchanges feel forced which disturbs the almost seamlessness of the picture. However, Bening and Moore manage to carry it through these hiccups and the proof is in the awards and nominations Kids has received. Kids is near perfect, if not for these slight details which, for perfectionists, may get in the way of enjoying the film right the way through. It’s an indie flick with a huge heart, a disregard for the norm, a talented cast and is a change of pace for some from big budget films to a right tear-jerker.
The King’s Speech
Directed by Tom Hooper Film Review by Catherine Selfe
A film heavily substantiated with dialogue needs to pack a punch and The King’s Speech leaves audience members with a winded gut. The clever, witty, humorous and surprisingly real film has no problems holding people’s
attention for the film’s 118 minute duration. Colin Firth is King George VI, a reluctant monarch trying to overcome a lifelong speech impediment. The film depicts not only his internal conflict due to his disability but also the conflict that arises when, in a surprise turn of events, he must ascend to the throne of England. In his time of need help comes from an unusual candidate, speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). The film unravels the bizarre and captivating relationship, unique not only to the life of a royal but to anyone. The King’s Speech has spent almost 30 years waiting in the wings. Screenwriter David Seidler (who himself overcame a stutter) wrote to King George’s widow, the late Queen mother, in the mid ‘70s for her permission to tell the story, but she did not wish the story’s retelling in her lifetime. She lived another 28 years, in which time the screenplay was put to one side. Colin Firth gave a colossal performance as King George VI (fondly known as Bertie) in which he convincingly shows a rainbow of emotions. He interchanges from being a shy and somewhat awkward royal, to stages of vulnerability and exposure while also reaching high stages of temper. Firth left all else behind and took it upon himself to become his character. Helena Bonham Carter once more proves her ability to move between characters, giving a touching performance as wife, companion and confidant to Bertie. It is how Bonham Carter and Firth interact with each other on screen that carries true impact. In their scenes together the rest of the world is gone and it is the audience who feels like they are intruding on private moments of the couple. This is a tribute to how the two have played their parts as individuals and as a couple. Geoffrey Rush gives nothing short of a genuine and humorous performance as Lionel Logue. It is in large thanks to his acting and his character that an element of joviality and lightness can be brought to a film that would otherwise be a disheartening film to watch. Eyes should be kept peeled for some other noteworthy appearances, such as Michael Gambon (fondly know to many as Dumbledore) as King George V, Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill and even one of New Zealand’s own, Calum Gittins, playing Logue’s son, Laurie. You won’t find battles with guns blazing, but there is an extremely satisfying consolidation prize in the form of a ‘swearing montage’. It is one scene among many that makes this film one not to bypass.
True Grit Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen Film Review by Jess Etheridge
The Coen brothers are one of the few teams in film who work on strong scripting instead of relying on imagery, like many directors do. The western can be an especially dry subject and won’t entertain all but those who stick it out will be well rewarded with True Grit, a wonderful gritty tale of adventure and revenge. Hailee Steinfeld is 14-year-old Mattie Ross, out for revenge. Her father was mercilessly killed while attempting to help the notorious, double-crossing criminal Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin). Mattie uses her quick wit and fasttalking skills to secure some money and hire US Marshall Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to track down and capture Chaney. Texas Ranger Labeouf (played by Matt Damon) also wants Chaney to hang so the three band together and attempt to locate Chaney before he gets away forever. Through the script, so much about Mattie is understood within the first 10 minutes through her bargaining with a stubborn pony seller. She is so determined to avenge her father’s death that she demonstrates how wise and intelligent she really is, at only 14 years old. She is independent, fearless and unafraid of the danger that lies outside of the township. Steinfeld, also 14, shows more acting experience and grace than most people working in Hollywood today. She and Jeff Bridges, as the Marshall, gelled together on screen and made the characters and their relationship very real. Jeff Bridges is brilliant in whatever role he’s in. His roles in Crazy Heart and Tron: Legacy have nothing on Rooster Cogburn though. A one-eyed, lazy old Marshall, Cogburn laughs off Mattie’s attempts to commission his services. Bridges has a knack for making audience love the most disgusting characters, such as Cogburn. As is tradition with a good Western, the aesthetic design of costuming and sets have to be genuine. Spurs, cowboy hats and chaps are in abundance throughout True Grit, as well as a wonderful country and forest back drop which isn’t confined to dry deserts. The Coen brothers really go all out, seeing over every fine detail personally to get everything just right and it really pays off. You get a near-perfect Western experience in the end.
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