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Winning ways to Wellbeing From October 5-11 it’s Mental Health Awareness Week, but what do you think that’s all about? Feeling good and having quality relationships, or depression and anxiety – or both? \ So often the general perception of mental health focuses on illness, even though the term ‘mental health’ is neutral. At the Mental Health Foundation we’re interested in promoting the positive experience of feeling well, of having good mental health or wellbeing. But what’s the deal with wellbeing? What makes it up and is that the same for everyone? The Foresight Project involved a whole bunch of people in the UK taking a good long look at wellbeing, talking to loads of people and writing reports about what wellbeing is and how to improve it. Finally they came up with the five ways to wellbeing that the Foundation is promoting this Mental Health Awareness Week: Connect, Give, Take notice, Learn and Be active. We like the five ways to wellbeing because they offer steps to actively improve your experience of life: simple actions that can make a real difference.

Connect. With the people around you, with family, friends, workmates and neighbours. Building these connections will support and lift you when times are tough and when things are going well.

Give. Do something nice for a friend, someone in your family, or a stranger. Thank someone for what they bring to your life. Smile. Take Notice. Be curious about the world. Remark on the unusual. Reflecting on your experiences, what you enjoy and what you’re interested in, will help you appreciate what matters to you.

Learn. Try something new − new music, food, or scenery. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Learning new things helps keep life interesting and fun. Be Active. Step outside, play a game, garden, dance! Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and which suits your level of mobility and fitness. Check out our website for more information. We want to know what’s important to you and your sense of wellbeing, what you think makes a positive difference in your life and what’s important to young people feeling well.

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Whoop! Summer is getting closer and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m busting out the jandals to celebrate. No more shoes until about March. Even on chilly days. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a matter of principle â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m 100% committed to jandal season and toe emancipation. This month Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m also really excited about all our new contributors. High ďŹ ves all round, you guys rock. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ďŹ nd proďŹ les on our new team members throughout the magazine. Remember, if you want to help out with Tearaway and practise your journo skills, email me! Speaking of which, next monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issue will be all about the awesome things young Kiwis are getting up to. If you have a story to share about you or a mate, I want to hear it. In the meantime, enjoy this issue! RAIN FRANCIS, Editor

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1. An Australian man got a bit of a surprise last month when he lifted his toilet seat to take care of some business that had been building up. What was the unlikely discovery he made on lifting the seat of the throne? a) There was a giant python curled up in there b) There was a giant poo blocking the bowlâ&#x20AC;Ś his wife had eaten some dodgy kangaroo the night before c) It was his birthday and there was a cake saying â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;SURPRISEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; waiting in the bowl for him 2. There was a citizenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s referendum here in NZ recently where the voting population were asked a question about whether it should be illegal to _____ their kids. a) Feed b) Wash c) Smack 3. Australian woman Schapelle Corby has been locked up in Bali for a number of years now. Psychiatrists have recently said she has either gone completely clinically insane or she deserves an Oscar. What was she given her 20-year sentence for? a) Stealing the doormat from a Balinese bar b) Allegedly smuggling 4.2kg of cannabis into Bali c) Driving on the wrong side of the road in Bali 4. Police in Perth, Australia recently arrested a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;criminalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; who was dancing and posing for onlookers. Who was this â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;criminalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;?

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a) Prime Minister Kevin Rudd b) So You Think You Can Dance Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest winner c) A monkey 5. The latest instalment of the very fun game Guitar Hero has just come out. What is the theme this time around? a) Ancient Chinese compositions on the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nanhuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; southern ďŹ ddle b) The Beatles c) A tribute to Les Paul 6. Recently, people have been risking their lives, jobs and clean criminal records as part of a radio stunt to try to get a certain roadwork item on top of anything! Examples so far have been lamp posts, Norfolk pines and evenâ&#x20AC;Ś the Sky Tower! What is the roadwork item? a) A lazy road worker b) A road cone c) A digger 7. At 16, Australian teenager Jessica Watson is attempting to sail around the world alone. If she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep up the failure rate she had on her ďŹ rst day she will be the youngest person to ever sail the globe alone! What happened to her on day one? a) She left the bung out of the boat and it sank to the bottom! b) She had a little collision with a container ship! c) She realised she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually know how to sail and ended up jumping in the water to

swim the three kilometres back but sharks circled her and forced her out to sea where she was eventually picked up by a magic dolphin that she rode all the way around the world and it only took three days and she now holds the record for the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe on a dolphin 8. Which MP had a ďŹ rebomb thrown through the window of their ofďŹ ce at 3am one September morning? a) Act leader Rodney Hyde b) Prime Minister John Key c) Green MP Sue Bradford 9. Three men have recently been convicted of plotting to detonate liquid bombs that would have brought down at least seven passenger planes leaving from which city? a) New York b) Tokyo c) London 10. Believe it or not, people actually still watch Idol! Who is the new American Idol judge, taking the place of Paula Abdul? a) Barack Obama b) Ellen DeGeneres c) David Hasselhoff


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Leah Purves, 21

Fromâ&#x20AC;Ś Originally from Paihia, up in the Far North, but now a JAFA. Computer addiction status: I was addicted to Need for Speed: Carbon on Xbox a few months ago and I literally slaughtered all the guys in my ďŹ&#x201A;at. It was epic. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live withoutâ&#x20AC;Ś Food, air, water, my MacBook, the latest Kasabian album and The ElďŹ nator â&#x20AC;&#x201C; my VW Golf. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an absolute fuel hoover, but I still love it. Vrrrooomm. In ďŹ ve years I want toâ&#x20AC;Ś Hopefully not be too sad about being 26, by being a ďŹ sh and chip shop tycoon and wholly stufďŹ ng my face with pineapple fritters on a daily basis. On the side, I might look into utilising my communication degree and become a freelance photographer/journalist.


Want to join the Tearaway team? Email According to Statistics New Zealand, as of 2004, 62% of Kiwis (businesses and households) had a computer, over three-quarters of them had those computers hooked up to the internet, and over 29% of all internet activity is not business or work related. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing pretty well.

03382C8>= Noun: the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, [such] as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma [from website:]

The word is used so frivolously in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s society that it can supplement your average hypochondriacâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list of achievements. Yet it is something so real that even psychologically debilitating habits can result from the least harmless, and even the most helpful, tools. But does it have to be debilitating or even traumatic? After scouring the internet in search of these people who have been â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;socially debilitatedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by said technological activities, it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take long for me to ďŹ nd some self-confessed addicts. But ďŹ rst, the cold hard facts...

F7>0A460<4AB. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be surprised if you see your dad or Uncle John playing a game of World of Warcraft or Halo as around 44% of gamers are over 44 years old. What about Mum and your sister? About 48% of online gamers are female and the average female gamer plays for 7.4 hours a week. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the average ones! Now you know who they are, one game that springs to the top of the pile in my search is World of Warcraft (WoW) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; addictions related to the game are surprisingly common. A prospective PhD student claims he was forced to sell his computer after WoW took over his life to the point where his entry into a doctorate programme was jeopardised, his girlfriend walked out on him and his family and ďŹ&#x201A;atmates had complained that he was distancing himself. An Auckland high school student claimed he was having dreams about WoW and would draw up strategies in class, and he brieďŹ&#x201A;y dated a girl he met on WoW.

60<4AB0=>=H<>DB has numerous articles on how to combat your gaming addiction which features advice that is scarily similar to what you would get if you were an alcoholic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Admit you have a problem. This may be hard, but accepting that [insert game name here] has taken over your life is the initial step into overcoming your addiction.â&#x20AC;? But is it really that bad? If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re addicted to a game, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to stop you from doing other things in between? In fact, studies show that over 93% of

so-called gaming addicts read newspapers and books on a daily basis, while 64% go to gigs and the theatre weekly. So, maybe gaming isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so bad. But what about social networking?

<8G43<4BB064B Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s copped criticism from professors and even President Obama, but really, how bad is it? I received a message from Darcy*, a 19-year-old uni student from Dunedin who said that the reaction factor of social networking is somewhat uplifting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;MySpace and Facebook gave me an excuse to re-invent myself as something I would never see myself beingâ&#x20AC;Ś The reactions I get from people [for photos and updates] really boost my esteem and seeing that little â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;4â&#x20AC;&#x2122; in a red box in the corner makes me feel like I am still involved with the world, even though I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen anybody in two days because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been stuck inside studying or something. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s addictive.â&#x20AC;? Another email I received was from Wendy*, a public relations student who said that although sometimes sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be late for class, it was worth it as she would catch up with friends from home. She also pointed out that her loss of productivity due to Facebook and Twitter is worth it as PR work demands that she stay networked and in contact with relevant people. She said one of her lecturers even welcomed the idea, saying that, if used in the right way, Facebook is oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own personal PR experiment. On the other side of the coin: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I almost lost my job. My fault I guess,â&#x20AC;? says Tim*, a senior employee at an established Auckland based graphic design company which, after years of stellar ďŹ nancial performance, was suddenly on the verge of bankruptcy. A consultancy ďŹ rm then monitored their usage for a week and found that only 15% of time spent in the ofďŹ ce (this included the boss) had billable hours, while the rest was spent on social networks.

=4CF>A:8=6F8C7038554A4=24 Social networking doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always have to be about people, it can also aid you with study... or procrastination. Up-and-comings for the web addiction market include sites like (a news media plug-in button that installs straight into your browser and tunes into your browsing habits); (another social media site on which you can dig up and bury down newsworthy articles and photos); and Farmville (a Facebook application that lets you create a farm).

C746>>3=4FB8B Dr Brent Coker from Melbourne University says that moderation is the key. Dr Coker fronted a study on over 300 employees from various industries and found that the majority of those who used social networking sites during their working day were signiďŹ cantly more productive than those who stuck to their tasks. He said that short breaks calm the mind and make an otherwise mundane job, more interesting. *Not their real names

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HOOKED? I have Bebo and Facebook which are the standard in social networking sites and which many teenagers have proďŹ les on; and research for assignments takes up time, as does playing Crazy Taxi and Farm Town. A squizz on TradeMe now and again and a peek to see whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in the weird and wonderful world that is YouTube are part of my daily â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;dietâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but does the time I spend on the net doing these things mean Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the computer equivalent of a pill popper? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all heard the stories of avid social networkers, budding gamers and general computer enthusiasts overdoing it. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no harm in keeping up to date with all the goings on around the world, but more and more teens donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know when to say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;whenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. A recent, damning report by Dr Jerald Block, psychiatrist at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, singled out excessive gaming, viewing online pornography, and emailing and text messaging, as causes of a condition in the same league as a compulsiveimpulsive disorder. Dr Block even goes further to suggest that the computer-type disorder is so common that it should be a recognised mental illness.

Are you addicted? Pretty heavy stuff perhaps, but do you display any of the following elements of someone who is hooked?

4G24BB8E4DB4 Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the saying â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;you can never have too much of a good thingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; when it comes to computer use however this is wrong! Spending hours and hours on the net can cause you to lose your sense of time. Waking up at 6am to go online and not realising itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for dinner until your mum knocks on your door is a sure sign youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a problem! You also lose the desire to do other things like going outside and having a bit of fresh air and kicking a ball around like normal people do.

Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity â&#x20AC;&#x201C; St Augustine

I go toâ&#x20AC;Ś Taihape Area School My computer addiction status... manageable After school I wantâ&#x20AC;Ś a feed! And sometimes a sleep :) This is kind of weird butâ&#x20AC;Ś Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always cleaning my phone, iPod and computer screen I know all the words toâ&#x20AC;Ś I Will Survive Want to join the Tearaway team? Email

8=443078C After spending so much time on the computer, when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not getting your latest ďŹ x you can experience major downbuzz! Feelings of anger, irritation and even depression can occur when a computer is inaccessible. If things are getting just a little bit tense because you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t updated your Twitter in the last 10 minutes because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re off to see Nana, this is a sure sign youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re experiencing withdrawal symptoms!

=443B0=3F0=CB Maybe Windows 98 just isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cutting it anymore and that shiny new laptop at the mall is speaking your name and it also happens to come with the latest hardware and mod-cons. This is another part of computer addiction. The need for better equipment, the latest computers, updated software and more hours of use, are common amongst addicts.

=460C8E4102:;0B74B Been scrapping with your little brother and sister more than usual? Spinning a few tall tales lately? Bombing out in NCEA internals? Becoming a social recluse? These are all examples of the downsides of continual, sustained computer use.

Break the cycle If you spend hours on end on the computer, nearly burst a blood vessel when one isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in sight, are always wanting to update your gear, and have been a bit cranky recently, then you are an addict! Fear not, you can break the cycle and not become as attached to your computer. Here are a few easy-to-remember guidelines for computer use:

B70:48CD? Every 30-45 minutes get up out of your chair and have a bit of a ďŹ&#x201A;ex of your muscles. Sitting down looking at a computer screen can have serious effects on your posture so shaking out all that strain and tension every now and then is good.

64CA40; You may like your life in cyberspace but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing like the real world! How about catching up with friends in person instead of through a computer screen?

<8G8CD? Lastly, everything in moderation! Instead of spending hours online at once why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you break up your time by cutting it into slots. Have a look on your social networking proďŹ le for a bit then go and do another task, like get the washing in for your mum!


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Think this is an April Foolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s joke or some amazing dream? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t blame you, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m actually serious! Stock up with some facts and throw them at your parents next time they nag you to â&#x20AC;&#x153;stop wasting your time on that stupid game!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mum, Sims is teaching me valuable life skills and lessons such as multitasking and community values.â&#x20AC;?

;40A=8=6C><D;C8C0B: Next time youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing a computer or video game, take notice of how many things are on the screen. For example, in a racing car game you might have your speed, your remaining NOS, your position in the race, the direction you should be heading, whether you should be speeding up or slowing down, how many laps you have to go, and whether you have the police chasing you. Those are just off the top of my head so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure there are many more! Now, when you play these games, you have to take in all of this information at once. Part of improving at a game, from coming last every race to coming ďŹ rst, comes from being able to multitask and take note of many different things. To play a game successfully you need to be able to utilise all the different information given to you on the screen, at the same time! Then, without realising it, you apply these same things to other parts of your life.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dad, today on World of Warcraft I learnt that for the market to reach equilibrium, quantity demanded must be equal to quantity supplied or else a shortage or a surplus will occur.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get you another few hours on the PS2 tonight!

148=6?0AC>502><<D=8CH So many games these days are online, and with this comes a community. People know you not for who you are in real life, but for who you have created yourself to be within the game. Online game communities function essentially the same as real-life communities, for the simple reason that humans are social. You ďŹ nd yourself talking to people for no other reason than to be friendly, and if someone seems interesting and you get along with them, you might become mates with them. Exactly like real life, huh? This social feature of online games gives you life experience that you would otherwise only gain from meeting new people, except it can be done from your computer chair! Talking to new people lets you hear about where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been, things theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done, things theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seenâ&#x20AC;Ś You just learn, without realising it!

2><4102:C>C742><4102: Our generation is lucky in this respect â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we can do what we ďŹ nd enjoyable, and learn heaps from it in the process. Just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget that you can learn from the real world too! Oh, and also bear in mind that your parents may have a comeback to these points â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washing the dishes teaches you life lessons too, buddy!â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;DAD, TODAY ON WORLD OF WARCRAFT I LEARNT THAT FOR THE MARKET TO REACH EQUILIBRIUM, QUANTITY DEMANDED MUST BE EQUAL TO QUANTITY SUPPLIED OR ELSE A SHORTAGE OR A SURPLUS WILL OCCURâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ;40A=8=642>=><82B Games such as World of Warcraft have their own currencies. This enables the game to have its own economy, and for players to make transactions with one another. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure many of you have done this, maybe without realising. You buy something off another player simply because you want it, but a few minutes later youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see someone wanting to buy that exact item for a higher price than you just bought it for! So, naturally, you sell it to them and make a proďŹ t. This is actually subconsciously teaching you the laws of supply and demand, and also teaching you how the share market and other markets work.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeah, whatever Mum. I made 300,000 today by trading, improved my reaction times and hand-eye coordination, learnt about other countriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; parliamentary systems by talking to this guy, and made ďŹ ve friends.â&#x20AC;?

Whaddya reckon? Do we learn useful skills from gaming? Should parents and teachers recognise the incredible educational value of playing computer games? Should we chuck school and just play World of Warcraft and Sims all day? What do YOU think? Email us at or jump onto the Tearaway website forums at and have your say.

Just â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cause you got the monkey off your back doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean the circus has left town â&#x20AC;&#x201C; George Carlin

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Ambition: broadcast journalism (television) The last time I LMAO was... when Brad Nichols ripped his pants (whilst sitting down) at Grease rehearsals. Not even funny. Simply hilarious. In my opinion Twilight is... the most amazing series of books, that sparks the imagination (example: Edward Cullen) but the biggest movie let-down. MY opinion of computer games is... they are great in moderation but ANYONE who plays them every day is addicted and that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t good.

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1 = â&#x20AC;&#x153;huh? Technology stuff? Meh...â&#x20AC;?

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90B<8=42;0A:4 &<0BC4AC>= 1. For, because they are fun. 2. Spyro, that pretty purple dragon one. 3. Not much, I did when I was little though. 4. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not addicted. 5. Um, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know, yeah, nah, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just fun. 6. No, because people are responsible for themselves, kids arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t inďŹ&#x201A;uenced by games. Do you see me running around as a purple dragon?

B4A68>20<?14;; %<0AC8=1>A>D67 For, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good way to relax. Halo. Maybe like six hours a week. Ahh, nah Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not really addicted. Increases reaction time and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good way to bring friends together. Nerd parties! 6. Nahh. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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1. For, because they entertain people and are a boredom buster. 2. Is it Zelda? From Nintendo? 3. Like nil. 4. No. 5. No. 6. Yes, because little kids think it is good to copy their video game heroes.

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1. For. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just fun and a good way to kill time. 2. Fall Out 3. 3. Most of the day and the weekends. 4. No. 5. Well there are ďŹ&#x201A;ight simulators. 6. Only â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; addicts.

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1. Against, because people spend too much time sitting in front of them. 2. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have one. 3. None. 4. Haha, deďŹ nitely not. 5. No, because most are violent. 6. Yes, because they practise on the computer for use in real life.

Some of us just like playing games. Quite a lot.

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1. Both. The internet is a wonderful resource when used correctly and it allows youth today to access information so much more easily and quickly. The internet has changed the way people are able to communicate with each other and this allows people to keep in touch with relatives overseas for example. However, I do believe that the internet has affected society badly by promoting such things as cyber-bullying, because youth in particular ďŹ nd it easy to hide behind the screens of their computers instead of facing their problems. 2. I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be very upset but I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say that I would be very impressed either, and I would probably try to get my internet up and running as soon as possible. 3. I spend up to two hours a day online, but depending on what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing then I may spend longer. 4. Both positive and negative. They are a great way to stay in touch with friends and know about events that are happening. However, these sites easily become addictive and a distraction; plus they promote cyber-bullying to a certain extent by making it so easy for bullies to comment on and hack other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pages. 5. Not very often, but more often than I should!

1. Positively. The internet has single-handedly made possible: free-of-charge global communication, access to unlimited sources of information, connection with businesses and/or sole-trading individuals, online entertainment such as gaming, and much, much more. Despite possessing a few ďŹ&#x201A;aws, as do many technological advances, it is the single most powerful form of constantly evolving media and every day we see it rapidly grow. 2. Click on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;repair connectionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; a couple of times; if it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d try turning the modem on and off; if it still doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work I would honestly go downstairs, grab a beer and live my life. 3. Four at the maximum. I try to stay away from being on too long unless Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m working on something. 4. Facebookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the better online-community sites as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been developed purely for connecting people and viewing photos; the applications are just a great bonus. Other sites such as Bebo, MySpace or Multiply are becoming obsolete as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve left the page layout to the userâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disposal, at the great expense of usability and function. Not to mention the spam everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been getting! 5. I gotta do â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em or I get my ass kicked!

90=4;BDAC830 &?0?0:DA0 1. Both. Positive, because it does make our lives so much easier, but negative because people abuse its use nowadays. 2. It would depend on what I was doing at the time. If it was something important like research, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d get angry and panic. 3. Two to three hours a day. 4. Social networking is fun, entertaining, and strangely addicting, but people shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rely on social networking itself to meet people. Social networking shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t replace how you make friends in real life. 5. Only sometimes. Mostly during the holidays.

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0;8:03>F=84 $6;4=584;3 1. Both. Positive because I am now in contact with friends 12,000 miles away who I would never have heard from before; but negative because we have become dependent on this technology, and perhaps itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true the art of conversation really is dying because of it. 2. If I were to be totally honest, I would be annoyed but not totally in peril. A few years ago, my answer would have been different, but give me a good book or TV show and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be set. I might actually do some of that homework Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been neglecting... 3. On the average day, probably about ďŹ ve hours. 4. I am a huge fan of Facebook personally, and that is the main networking site I use. They are fantastic things, but with them comes another danger of sometimes not knowing who you are talking to, which some people still underestimate, sadly. 5. Household chores are created to be neglected! Thirty years ago kids would be out playing football instead of cleaning, nowadays we are just all on YouTube. Personally Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not too awful, but being a typical teenager I am still lucky if I can ďŹ nd anything in my room, without the interference of mylifeisaverage. com or not. Why is it, drug addicts and computer aďŹ cionados are both called users? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Clifford Stoll


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1. As with most things in life, the internet has deďŹ nite positives and negatives. On one hand, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fantastic educational tool which has the potential to extend the knowledge of anyone fortunate enough to have access to a computer and a connection... On the other hand, it harbours horriďŹ c imagery, many untruths and helps terrible bands expose themselves to people who know nothing more about music than what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned from MySpace. 2. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a bit lost without my internet connection, to be honest. I live away from my family and being a student I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to be making toll calls all the time, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a nice way to stay connected. Apart from that, I follow blogs and online comics of people I respect as artists, fashion designers, bakers, cyclists... all things that give me inspiration! I sometimes feel a little bit sad that I ďŹ nd more inspiration online these days than I do from â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;realityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, haha. The internet could possibly be the death of creativity. 3. DeďŹ ne â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;onlineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m constantly connected â&#x20AC;&#x201C; even when I'm watching TV or cooking dinner I'm online. But I'm interacting with the net between two and ďŹ ve hours a day, depending on what I'm doing (if I'm writing assignments itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s around ďŹ ve hours, I suppose). 4. As I live away from my family, social networking sites have been a great way to keep in touch â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a place to share photos, thoughts, events etc ... But I do think there need to be some limits on social networking sites â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I know teenagers are more mature these days, but I think you need to have a certain level of emotional maturity to be able to deal with the repercussions of people being able to access any information they want about you online, and the fact that they can use that in any way they see ďŹ t. 5. Constantly. Just ask my ďŹ&#x201A;atmate. Sorry Jazza!

1. Negatively. 2. I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have that much of a concern, however I do rely on the internet for my school work, so I would be concerned if I had an assignment due the next day. 3. Usually two hours max. 4. Social networking is good for people who keep in touch with family or with people who are from overseas. However, some people use it as a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;visual barrierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to avoid actually talking with people face to face, therefore their social skills are affected and they are not able to interact with people. This is especially signiďŹ cant in youth, therefore some youth will ďŹ nd it harder to get jobs that require a lot of speaking. 5. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not entitled to any household chores, so I guess that counts as me being lucky.

30=84;108:84 '6;4=584;3 1. Positively. We can do so much more now than we could say 30 years ago, and there are no communication barriers at all anymore. 2. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be pretty bored, but I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go crazy. Maybe after a day. 3. Probably about eight to nine a day. 4. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m addicted to them, especially Facebook and Twitter. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also a really good way to communicate with your friends, and long-distance friends too. 5. That pretty much sums me up; I really should do the dishes more...

30=84;<0B>= &18A:30;4 1. Positively. I think that social sites like Facebook and MySpace have brought people closer together. 2. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d probably start trying to ďŹ x it ASAP. 3. Usually ďŹ ve+ hours a day. 4. I think theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re good in moderation. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not healthy sitting on them all day. 5. Chores? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do them anymore. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m either on the computer or out socialising.

A780=;0FA4=24 &?D:4:>74 1. Depends what aspect of the internet youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re referring to. There are many both positive and negative in many different ways. 2. Slash wrists. 3. Too many to be healthy. WoW ftw! 4. They are fantasmical and I believe they create so much trouble in the world. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great... Just... Perfect. 5 Even if I had household chores, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d still be on the internet as much as possible.

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THE JESSE SHEEHAN Wellington College

You looked pretty shocked when they read out your name, how do you feel about it now? Has it all sunk in? Ah yea, I think it is at last starting to sink in and I feel great, I feel over the moon. How has the whole process been for you? Needless to say the process has been brilliant and pretty perfect for me, and also for my playing and my conďŹ dence and song writing. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been trying to make my mark as a songwriter in the past and this has kind of given me a big conďŹ dence boost and now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deďŹ nitely a possibility for me as a career I think. How long have you been playing guitar and singing? Well my ďŹ rst ever song was â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Warehouse, where everyone gets a bargainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; when I was three years old, so yeah Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve grown up in a musical family. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always really been a part of my life, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember a time when it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. But I guess seriously playing, probably for about six or seven years.

totally unique way. If something happens to me I will deal with it by turning it into a song, and that counts for good and bad things. As a middle-class, 17-year-old who lives at home, you know, nothing has affected me too badly, but hopefully in the next few years some horrible hard times will lead to some good songs. Where would you like to be ďŹ ve years from now? I guess the ultimate goal would be making myself recognised as an international artist, you know thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the very far dream, and go overseas and try to make it on the worldwide spectrum. But for now, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to move up to Auckland next year, and in the short term Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to try and establish a name for myself as a NZ songwriter and just try and get my music out there, and see what people think of it and learn from my experiences. And, if that goes well, then see what happens.

Are there any musicians that particularly inďŹ&#x201A;uence you? There are people I listen to a lot and that I really admire as musicians but I guess my songs arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trying to be based on one type of music or on something that a musician has already done. I feel that my songs are a product of everything that happens to me and everything that I listen to, whether I like it or whether I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, because song writing is really just an externalisation of thoughts and emotions. Is there anything else which inspires you creatively? Life. My friends, my family, my recent girlfriend Jayme Fitzgerald, who was also a ďŹ nalistâ&#x20AC;Ś some gossip there haha... What kinds of things do you write about? I have a few songs about girls, but also about different things really. If something has affected me, if I go through something, I write a song about it. I think musicians are a different breed of people, coz we deal with things in a

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If in the afterlife there is not music, we will have to import it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; DomĂŠnico Cieri Estrada




THE SEED Hamilton Christian College, Fairfield College and Fraser High School

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OTHER WINNERS MAINZ Scholarship for outstanding musicianship: Joel Taylor, St Peter’s College APRA Lyric Award: David Haslett, Burnside High School Jupiter Brass and Woodwind Award: Aleesha and the Boys, Northland College Smokefree Women’s Musicianship Award: Estere Dalton, Wellington High School Lowdown Best Song Award: A Few Words From Dave, Mt Maunganui College Rock is so much fun. That’s what it’s all about – filling up the chest cavities and empty kneecaps and elbows – Jimi Hendrix


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The ďŹ rst place winner would leave with $10,000 in Rockshop vouchers, a $5,000 grant from NZ On Air to record a single at York Street, et another $5,000 grant to make a video, a guaranteed 50 rotations of the single on radio station The Edge and a MySpace promotion package. The night was full of hilarity as MCs Dave Gibson from Elemeno P, and Drew Neemia from C4, kept the crowd energized and occupied as the bands set up. And halftime meant a stellar performance from Bang!Bang!Eche!, as well as a high-energy performance from Kingston, who took to the stage while the judges deliberated. Long Story Short kicked off the competition with some extremely catchy pop rock tunes, emphasised by a stage presence to be envied. They were followed by an equally energetic performance from East Auckland natives Hudson and the Rocketships, whose barefooted front man stole the show. Solo performer Jayme Fitzgerald impressed the crowd with her mesmerising songs and stunning voice which were accompanied by piano, guitar and harmonica. These Dancing Wolves gave the audience a healthy dose of indie rock, in which their guitar player made clever use of looping his memorable riffs. Third-place winners The Seed, from Hamilton Christian School, FairďŹ eld College and Fraser High School combined elements of electro-pop and rock, and delivered some amazing songs with powerful vocals, impressive solos and even incorporated a didgeridoo. From Mt Maunganui College, second-place winners A Few Words From Dave played catchy indie rock tunes with epic build-ups and breakdowns, lead by superb, emotion-ďŹ lled vocals. However, it was The Jesse Sheehan, a name which alludes to a whole band but in reality was comprised solely of singer/songwriter Jesse Sheehan from Wellington College, who took out the grand prize. He stole the audienceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and judgesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hearts with his sophisticated and thoughtful folk ballads, complete with haunting melodies and beautiful guitar playing. From his charming apology to the audience who began to clap before one of his songs was over, to his humble and shocked acceptance of his ďŹ rst-place title, Jesse was the star of the night and deserved to be chosen from the 681 bands who entered from across the country.

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Dizzee, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a hectic 12 months for you â&#x2C6;&#x2019; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had two number one spots in the charts, an NME award, as well as playing some of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest festivals, including Glastonbury. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been mad like, as we are sitting here, my new single has just made it to the charts too, so that takes it to three now! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a ridiculous year â&#x2C6;&#x2019; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been crazy, really good! What can we expect to hear on the new album? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just got a BIG party vibe you know, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a track on it with TiĂŤsto (voted World Number One DJ three times in a row), got a track on there with Shy FX, like a reggae soulful track, hip-hop â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a really fun album. Awesome. Tell us more about your track with TiĂŤsto? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like really upbeat, funky, like electro mixed with techno kinda track! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called Bad Behaviour! Tessa from Te Puke asked: what made you decide to work in the music industry? I just really had a love for music so I just pursued it and found my way in to the music industry â&#x2C6;&#x2019; it just kinda naturally happened you know! Did you ever dream of pursuing another career at all? Nah, not really, just when I was a kid I wanted to be a rocker, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about it! Theo from Auckland asked: how old were you when you ďŹ rst started? Oh, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been DJ-ing since I was 12 and started making my own beats when I was 14! Kheisha from Hamilton asked: where did you grow up and how did that affect your music? I grew up in a town in east London called Bow. Yeah man, there was a vibe when I was growing up there for sure, it deďŹ nitely had an effect on my music at the time â&#x2C6;&#x2019; it still does in a way! Right now, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably the culture centre of London! Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spent time here in NZ â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you were on the line up for Big Day Out 2008? What did you think of NZ? Oh heck yeah! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been coming to NZ for years now! I love NZ and Australia. I love being on that side of the world â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite mad that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m all that way away from home, and still I get so much love out there. You guys give such a good vibe!! Alicia from Hamilton said: squeee! I love your music! I was just wondering if you were planning on coming to NZ sometime soon? I would love to see you live :) Oh yeah deďŹ nitely! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m due back to NZ in January Ashley from Balclutha asked: how do you handle the pressure of playing to such large crowds â&#x20AC;&#x201C; do you get nervous? Oh itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beautiful man! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not nerve racking at all, I quite enjoy it. I just get on stage and love it! Kate Moss has lost her lipstick, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a *&@#! disaster â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dizzee Rascal


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The day I saw wrestling secrets revealed on TV was the worst day of my life. Having TV tell me wrestling wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t real was worse than a four-year-old telling you Santa isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t real and that Bigfoot is a myth. I refuse to accept this information regarding Bigfoot. Speaking of big feet, Ted DiBiase Jr probably has big feet. Before the phone interview I got super nervous, kind of star struck I guess. I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure if he would be a macho, ego-ďŹ lled beefcake like on TV or just another person with stories to tell. I soon found Ted to be a normal guy with tales to tell of growing up and how much he loves his wife, loves sushi and honours and respects his father. Where are you right now? At home with my wife in Mississippi What are your plans after this interview? I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go get some sushi; I love sushi and ... usually eat it about three times a week. So sushi then a movie with my wife.

he is so hot and sexy and all the girls think that. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d just love to be shaking hands with Brad Pitt then throw him in it real quick and BAM right in front of everybody. All the girls would hate me but every dude in this world would just respect me, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d walk down the street and people would say â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the guy who got Brad Pittâ&#x20AC;?. What is your view on smoking? I hate smoking, man. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t smoke â&#x20AC;&#x201C; look what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing to your body, your life, your family; I mean youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wasting your money and killing yourself. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an athlete itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s terrible. I hate the way it smells and I hate girls smoking â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you see girls smoking and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not that pretty anymore. I once wanted to be a wrestler but never quite felt right about being in my undies. Have you ever caught another wrestler stufďŹ ng his package? Haha, yeah just the other day we caught The Miz, he had just switched from wearing shorts to trunks and we found The Miz stufďŹ ng himself with toilet paper.

Will you try any smooth moves in the theatre like the fake yawn arm around her? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even try, she gets all embarrassed. She is opposite to me; obviously as a wrestler Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m an entertainer, I love the spotlight. So you are a third generation wrestler â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Granddad was â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ironâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mike DiBiase and of course your dad was the million-dollar man Ted DiBiase. Was there pressure for you to get into wrestling? My grandma was a wrestler too, Helen Hilt. Actually there was more pressure to not wrestle. I always respected my fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wishes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we have a very, very good relationship, but I went to college, graduated and got a degree and then he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well if you want to do it, have a shot,â&#x20AC;? so I did and here I am now. Who was your wrestling hero? As clichĂŠd as it might sound Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always looked up to my dad... heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my hero. I did have other favourite wrestlers, I actually really liked Shawn Michaels, and I was also a big Bret Hart fan. As a kid what was your favourite ďŹ nishing move? Being a Shawn Michaels fan I would have said the sweet chin music until I actually took it, so I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m changing my mind. I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather take Hulk Hoganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leg drop than the sweet chin music. I deďŹ nitely like Stone Coldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stunner. You have a pretty damaging ďŹ nisher yourself, the dream street. If you could give the dream street to any three people alive or dead who would they be? Haha thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good one, only three? My older brother Mike DiBiase for beatinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; up on me all those years. Arnold Schwarzenegger the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Governatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, that would be cool. Brad Pitt because my wife just loves him and thinks Tearaway October 2009

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Tell me something you know about NZ? I know that Temuera Morrison lived in NZ, he starred alongside me in The Marine 2. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a straight-to-DVD (says laughing). Other than that, I hear NZâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beautiful; I have been once but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to see much. I deďŹ nitely want to come back and visit. Now, The Marine 2, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your ďŹ rst movie? Do you have plans to get into acting in the future? Yeah that was my ďŹ rst movie. I had a blast doing it and I would love to do movies again, but ďŹ rst and foremost Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a WWE superstar. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll forever be loyal to Vince McMahon because without him I would have never had that opportunity to begin with. Being in movies and wrestling you must have people coming up to you on the streets all the time. What is the weirdest thing a fan has ever said or done to you? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking at it right now. Here in the States there is a place in the mall called Build a Bear, and you can go in and actually build your own bear. And this fan built a bear and had sewn on these tights that said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;pricelessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; exactly like mine and had all the tape, knee pads, the boots, everything. It was a young female and she gave it to me in an airport. You squeeze it in its paw and it says â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh Teddy, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m your number one fan, I love you so muchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. It was kinda creepy, a bit ďŹ&#x201A;attering but it deďŹ nitely weirded me out. What does it feel like working with Shawn Michaels now? He was a hero of yours as a kid and now youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wrestling him and taking the sweet chin music from him... Ah, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell you, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an honour... itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very humbling experience. You gotta take a bow to this man. Look at the matches heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had with Brett [Hart] â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in the Iron Man match they went for more than an hour â&#x20AC;&#x201C; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been part of so many WrestleMania moments, moments that have made wrestling what it is. It was evolving into this beast that it is and now just being in the ring with him, creating more moments for the fans to enjoy and remember and talk about the next day and years to come. There is nothing like it. Three things you couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live without? My wife, my own bed, and my ostrich-skin boots Rock or hip-hop? Rock

Simpsons or Family Guy? Family Guy Guns Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roses or Metallica? Gunners Facebook, Bebo, MySpace or Twitter? Haha, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do any but I have all of them. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s say Facebook Apple or PC? Apple Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in your stereo right now? Country, Tim McGraw Wanna see Ted in action? Tune into The BOX on Sky, 9:30pm Saturday nights.



GUEST JOURNO From... The Coro, on a small hippy commune called Moehau What I do... I work for Attitude. I get to travel NZ talking in high schools. (Check out If I was a wrestler, my name would be... Captain Thunder Pants My signature move would be... Thunder Dance. Stand on the top rope, pretend I was on a wharf and do a manu bomb on the sucker lying on the mat. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll scream â&#x20AC;&#x153;275â&#x20AC;? when I do it too. My opinion on gaming is... StreetďŹ ghter is legit, always was and always will be. General rule of thumb is â&#x2C6;&#x2019; if it makes you: 1) stay up all night; 2) stop talking to your friends and family; 3) throw a hissy ďŹ t if you lose; or 4) think the virtual people are hot â&#x2C6;&#x2019; then I'd say it's bad for you. Get out and skate or something. Right now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m listening to... The Cure: Greatest Hits The gig Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m most looking forward to is... The Ataris!

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ALL ALL TIME TIME LOW LOW When and how did you all meet? I met Jack in eighth grade, so we wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been about 13, and we both started playing guitar together just randomly. We met Rian and Zack in high school, formed the band around then and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been playing music ever since!

What is your point of view on smoking? None of us smoke, I ďŹ nd it pretty pointless. Because of my voice, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t smoke anything because it just messes it up. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a singer, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go anywhere near anything that emits smoke!

What are your inďŹ&#x201A;uences as a band? At the beginning it was mostly bands like Blink-182 and New Found Glory. Now that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing our own music weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re more inďŹ&#x201A;uenced just by real life in general.

If you could be invisible for a day and not be detected, what would you do? I would look at you naked.

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it like doing covers of other bandsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; music? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really fun reinventing old songs. We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done that many covers but we found it a challenge to make the songs as catchy as they are originally. What is one song youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to cover? Probably If You Seek Amy by Britney Spears. Who usually writes your songs? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually a joint effort. I wrote most of the songs on the new record, but usually we just sit and toss ideas around and come up with the music together. What are the most common topics you use for your songs? Um, women... occasionally something heartfelt. In some of your songs you use the names of girls. Do those names mean anything to you or are they just randomly chosen? Jaesy and Maria have meaning, but Holly is about Hollywood, the city, etc... but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re kinda hoping people catch on to that themselves. Where are your favourite and least favourite venues to play? The best place is probably St Louis. The worst â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that's tough... Oh, deďŹ nitely the Masquerade in Atlanta. The bottom ďŹ&#x201A;oor was actually caving in. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the funniest or craziest things you have done together? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone swimming naked, tubing naked. Pretty much anything crazy we do involves us taking our clothes off. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the biggest challenge to you as a band? Staying original in such an overpopulated genre. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to reinvent the wheel or anything, but you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to sound like every other band. I think, so far, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done a pretty good job at it. Describe each of you in a word Jack â&#x20AC;&#x201C; insane Zack â&#x20AC;&#x201C; contemplative Rian â&#x20AC;&#x201C; caring Me â&#x20AC;&#x201C; horny

Any last words? Uh, yeah, to anyone reading â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we love you guys and we hope to see you all soon!

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I love... spelling bees and theme parks I want a... fainting goat as a pet Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m currently obsessed with... The Time Travelerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wife. I absolutely adore the book and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait for the movie to be released After school I want to go... on an OE to the US or Sweden, then study art or teaching at uni If I had to sing karaoke I would sing... When I Get Home, Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re So Dead by Mayday Parade My opinion on computer games is... theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an awesome form of procrastination


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Will you ever come to NZ? I hope so. Next time weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in Australia weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping to come down. I actually have some family in NZ so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a bummer when we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come over.


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The stars they shine in an empty void. Life is not to fear, life is to enjoy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Third Eye Blind, Burning Man


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This year the nominations have been dominated by Midnight Youth and Ladyhawke who are ďŹ nalists in six categories, Smashproof in ďŹ ve, and The Mint Chicks and Fat Freddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drop in four. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to wait to ďŹ nd out who will take away the Tuis in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event. Most importantly for us at Kiwi FM is the category for Kiwi FM Best Aotearoa Roots Album â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the nominees are: The Black Seeds for Solid Ground; Fat Freddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drop for Dr Boondigga and the Big BW and The Woolshed Sessions for The Woolshed Sessions.

She is only the second Kiwi to hit the target to date with Maitreya being the ďŹ rst. She registered with American website a little over a year ago and already has reached her goal. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a MySpace site in the sense that you put up a picture and a song, but when people check out your proďŹ le, they can donate $10 and buy one share of your next album. Check out NZâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best kept secret at katiethompson


ATTN YOUNG SONG MAKERS! Kiwi FM is starting a new radio show soon that will be dedicated to young musiciansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; songs and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to hear your stuff! It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be a certain genre like rock or hip-hop, just anything that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got recorded â&#x2C6;&#x2019; even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s totally weird! So if you have anything recorded please send it to us and you may just even be able to hear yourself played on Kiwi FM soon. MONDAYS Mellow Mondays w/ The Good News Diary

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In October the biggest event on the music calendar is the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re stoked about this! If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re reading this mag before the awards, be sure to watch them on C4 on October 8. If after, then check out to ďŹ nd out what went down on the night! Next on our wicked list of events, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking ahead to the Big Day Out in Jan AND Homegrown in Feb. If you miss these events, you suck! Nah, you suck big time! Put it in your diaries. Something else to put in you diaries, Harpers Island on Mondays 8:30. How mean is this show? Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your theory on who the killer is? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to hear it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so visit our site and share! If you get a chance be sure to check out Michael Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s This Is It ďŹ lmâ&#x20AC;Ś out this month. Also looking forward to 500 Days of Summer, The Final Destination and letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not forget about a little movie in November called New Moon. Hope you like the Cobra Starship poster over the page... Till next month, stay cool!



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She already has two self-funded albums and has recently started travelling to further her songwriting dreams and ďŹ gure out where in the world to do her third album. Her ďŹ rst stop was Canada where she studied for two weeks at a songwriting retreat run by Pat Patterson (who has worked with John Mayer and Gillian Welch), and now that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been home for a month, she has saved enough money to take off to Boston and Nashville for a few months and start putting ideas together for the third album. You can ďŹ nd her at


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With the heavy stereotyping in games, there is a danger that we presume what we see on the screen is real. If we see a black man shooting a white man or an immigrant ripping someone off, again and again, there is a chance weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll believe that it happens in real life. A lot of traditional media use stereotypes, but this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just a static picture in a newspaper; if you see something on a screen, talking, moving, acting like a real person, and you are interacting with it, then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likely that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll remember it. Most of us want to see ourselves represented on the screen as successful, happy and doing general all round â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;good thingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, but the reality is, if you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t white or Asian, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likely that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see yourself as a victim, dying ďŹ rst and in loud, explosive ways. Better yet, you could be the antagonist, who is seemingly genetically programmed to murder, deal and rape. Imagine how it feels seeing someone who looks like you getting their head blown off by a rocket launcher because they robbed a bank, when, in the game, their character has been designed as a bank robber. Like it or not, we are affected by these images and portrayals, and it affects the way we think, and the way we see other people. It may not be such a hugely obvious issue but, especially for younger gamers, it can affect the way they start to see the whole wide world.

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Things have come a long way since the Atari 2600 and games like Space Invaders. Nowadays, that 2D moving image with a background track of polyphonic music has evolved into a high deďŹ nition, seamlessly animated, clear and crisp sounding, gaming experience; and the video game industry has become a multi-billion dollar business. While the industry grows so does the debate about the effects of playing video games. While some studies have shown it can have positive beneďŹ ts, others show it can also lead to feelings of isolation, health issues and aggressive behaviour. One study, Fair Play? Violence, Gender and Race in Video Games, produced by Children Now, looked at the top ten selling games in the US and highlighted the potential dangers of the use of ethnic stereotypes.

?DCC8=6?4>?;48=C>1>G4B Fair Play found that when we look at the portrayal of particular ethnicities in video games, some patterns emerge. More than half of all characters are white. Whites and Asians are overrepresented, whereas everyone else is underrepresented. Effectively, all the other ethnicities are shoved into the corner. When they are not being marginalized, African American and Latino characters are usually seen as criminals or lowly citizens who cause trouble. PaciďŹ c Islanders also fall into the same category, as cheap, underhanded thugs, while Asians are likely to be wrestlers or ďŹ ghters, and Italians part of organised crime.

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9DBC060<4. To put it simply, video games are a medium of entertainment, but the way we depict each other in that medium has an impact on the way we, the players, perceive each other. Gamers used to be stereotyped as guys living in their family basement with pocket protectors. Today video games are being played by more and more, and younger and younger, people. Game developers have a responsibility to start reďŹ&#x201A;ecting a more truthful reality, because there are no extra lives in the real world.

Violence isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always evil. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evil is the infatuation with violence â&#x2C6;&#x2019; Jim Morrison

TAKE ACTION! The ďŹ rst thing you can do is be aware of the issues and talk to your mates! When you are next playing a video game, stop and think for a minute. What does this game tell you about the world? Do you believe it?

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Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto is one of the most controversial games ever released and also one of the most proďŹ table. GTA IV features Niko Bellic, an Eastern European war veteran who arrives in the US in search of the American Dream. He soon becomes enmeshed in a seedy underworld of gangs, crime, and corruption. Niko is Caucasian, 30 years old and a hot-headed gangster. He has a thick accent and is very handy with a riďŹ&#x201A;e. His CV boasts murder, grand theft auto, kidnapping, assault, smuggling and prostitution. The other minor characters offer a variety of racial stereotypes, from the African American gangster to the Latino drug dealer. Not to be left out, the women are all over-sexualised, violent and generally depicted as idiots, while the immigrants (Russian, Italian and Irish) are painted as money-hungry, heartless criminals. As a player you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just passively watching, but actually interacting with this underworld, carrying out various crimes and missions. There is a danger that people start to believe some of what they see, as if GTA reďŹ&#x201A;ects the real world. This is not helped by the ever more realistic graphics and the fact that the game is based upon the real life New York City. The worst part is that when these issues are raised game developers and some gamers usually criticise the complainers as hyper sensitive and that these are â&#x20AC;&#x2122;only gamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.

<40=F>A;3BH=3A><4 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mean world syndromeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; explains how the media can make the world seem a darker and crueller place than it actually is. The term was coined in the late 60s by George Gerbner, who was one of the ďŹ rst people to research the effects of television on society. He found that people who watched lots of television tended to think of the world as a scary and unforgiving place, and felt they needed more protection than is actually necessary. Today â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;mean world syndromeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; relates to all media, which covers television, movies and video games. Especially video games! A number of games are set in dark, inhospitable places, for example, the Fallout series of games. They are set after a nuclear fallout, and the world itself is mostly rubble and is overrun by the savage remnants of humanity. Then there is Grand Theft Auto, which creates a world where the only way you can survive is through murdering and stealing. Play these games too long and you start worrying about what could be hiding around every corner.

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This Global Focus feature is a Tearaway and Global Education Centre project. The purpose of Global Focus is to provide young people with a forum and information about global issues. For more information, visit First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rob Gilbert

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When I was in school I wanted to be a doctor but later I inclined more towards research and the experimental side of science. Science was one of my favourites and I used to enjoy working in labs. I was very interested in how and why chemicals work together to make particular things.

?0BB8>=5>AB284=24 This curiosity started my passion to learn more, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why I came to NZ to study further. My dad advised me to study computers, so I did some papers. I got good scores in it but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enjoy it that much. So I decided that science was the right ďŹ eld for me. I studied the National Diploma in Science Level 6 at UCOL. It was a twoyear programme but I ďŹ nished it in one and a half by taking extra credits each semester. Doing experiments in practical classes was one of the best things. The hard bit was working on assignments, as I was working part-time along with full-time study.

6>>3BCD55 The programme at UCOL has helped me a lot. It improved my basic lab skills and made me competent to work in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s industry. I got my ďŹ rst job at Fonterra Research Centre, which I think was only possible because of the knowledge I got at UCOL. The best part of tertiary life is meeting and knowing people from different countries and cultures. Also, as a person I became better at time and money management. Apart from studies it gave me an opportunity to grow as a person and learn to survive on my own, which is hard work but fun at the same time. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m deďŹ nitely more conďŹ dent that I can achieve whatever I want now. I would deďŹ nitely recommend UCOL because the lecturers are very helpful, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more practically oriented, and the course is well structured â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it teaches you all the necessary skills required to enter into the industry.

=4F4=E8A>=<4=C It was hard to come overseas on my own for the ďŹ rst time. I was far away from my family and I missed them all the time â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it was a bit hard to settle in to a completely new environment. Then living alone here, working and studying, made it even harder. But my strong desire helped me to complete it successfully. This whole journey has made me stronger and more able to set much higher goals in my life. The people around me at UCOL â&#x20AC;&#x201C; lecturers, friends and the international student coordinator â&#x20AC;&#x201C; were very supportive and helped me all the way through my programme. Overall, UCOL is a good place to study, especially for international students. Tearaway October 2009

;85405C4ABCD3H After graduating, I worked at Fonterra Research Centre, Palmerston North for 18 months as a lab technician. My whole experience of working at Fonterra was great. I was hired on a contract basis and then, based on my performance, I got a full-time job. This was the best moment of my career so far. Recently I moved to Auckland to work for SGS New Zealand Ltd, in a more challenging role. As a lab analyst, I analyse different food products for different purposes. Looking at the nutritional panel of a product and comparing it with actual ďŹ gures is always very interesting. What I enjoy most is working with and troubleshooting the analytical instruments such as HPLC (high-performance liquid chromatography) and GC (gas chromatography).

2>D;3C78B14H>D. The ideal person for this career would be someone who has a strong interest in science and a good practical hand. You should be curious to know and learn more. You must have patience and pay close attention to detail. Trust me, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real test of your patience when you work for hours and, at the end, your experiment fails or you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get the desired results! From my life experience I believe everything is possible but you need to know the right way of doing it. So to start with I suggest ďŹ rst knowing your interests. What do you like doing? Find out what you really want and stick to it. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not sure, get advice from a career counsellor. Goal setting and good time management are very important. Then you need to be strong enough to stand all the hardships and problems to achieve the goals you have set. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not part of the solution, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re part of the precipitate â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Henry J Tillman






















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ROCTOBER IS... =4FI40;0=3 1>>:<>=C7 So get in and celebrate our awesome talent for writing and storytelling! There are events for all ages, all over the country, so check for details. And to celebrate, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re giving away ďŹ ve copies of Fire on High by David Hill. (Check out the review on page 36). To enter, go to Jonno Austin has won a trip to South America to watch a total eclipse of the sun. Yet he notices more about the country he is visiting than celestial bodies. A group of local people is protesting against the government and there are armed soldiers on ENTRY BK10FIR every street corner. On the CODE: ďŹ&#x201A;ight something happens that embroils him deeper in the conďŹ&#x201A;ict than he could have thought possible. This fast-paced young adult novel by award-winning David Hill is a thrilling account of a terrifying situation.

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Local celebs have been getting all arty with limited edition â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bostik Blu Tack Pinkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;... Do your bit to support breast cancer research by bidding on TradeMe for the pink art sculptures created by celebs, or by buying some funky pink Blu Tack â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all the money raised will go to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

How do you like your Thundies? As part of EDENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Love Your Body Campaign, NZ-made Thunderpants (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;undies that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go up your bumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;) are on sale â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in a funky Love Your Body design â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at, and, between October 19 and November 2 at The Body Shop. And youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll nab a chocolate ďŹ sh if you wear your Thundies to a one-off screening of eating disorder recovery documentary No Numbers: Identity Beyond Measure at The Academy Cinema (AK) on October 15. For tickets: or 09 378 9039. More deets at

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Chrisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Natcoll pathway began with the Diploma of Multimedia, which gave him a good grounding in many aspects of creative digital design. He then chose to hone his skills with the Diploma of Animation.

60<45>2DB Natcoll animation tutor Rob Bartlett recalls Chris was, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Very focused. He really wanted to get into game animation. His work showed huge development through the course and he produced an exceptional ďŹ nal projectâ&#x20AC;?. Yee graduated with an outstanding portfolio and with conďŹ dence in his abilities in his chosen ďŹ eld. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Natcoll really prepared me for work in the industry â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from the basic measures of deadlines, software and technology, to subtle areas such as typography, colour theory and just what plain feels right when you look at it.â&#x20AC;?

3A06>=<0BC4AB?4;;20BC4A Following a chance meeting at the Armageddon Pulp Culture Expo, Chris approached game development company Stickmen Studios. Game development is a small but growing industry in NZ and Chris luckily had the right skills in the right place at the right time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chris took the initiative and got involved with our ďŹ rst project, Dragon Master Spell Caster, a game for WiiWare,â&#x20AC;? says Stickmen Studios CEO Wil McLellan. Chris is now an integral part of the Stickmen team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chris has the right attitude. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard working, has great problem-solving skills, and is a hugely talented animator and modeller. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly what we needed.â&#x20AC;? As lead artist, Chrisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work covers the full spectrum of game development, from taking concept art and producing detailed 3D models and then animating them for game use. He works closely with programmers to ensure it all creates the best possible effect.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Innovative game development companies need talented staff and Natcoll has proved to be an excellent training ground,â&#x20AC;? he says. Chris Yee wholeheartedly agrees: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have had a more enjoyable educational experience. The tutors are up with industry technology and new methods and techniques; the facilities are excellent; the friends you make at Natcoll are friends for life; and most importantly, thanks to Natcoll, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m living my dream.â&#x20AC;?

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D??8=6C740=C4 Chris loves the challenge of creating game scenarios and covering all the possible permutations and combinations of the action. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interactive and the player ultimately takes control, we have to account for anything and everything that the player might want to do. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all put in ideas to continually create ways to make our games more interesting, more vibrant, but most importantly, more fun.â&#x20AC;? McLellan says the gaming industry is growing faster than both movies and television â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and he wants Stickmen Studios to be part of this success story. In animation, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this exhilarating moment of discovery when you see the ďŹ lm and you say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh THATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S what I was doingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; John Lithgow

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While the students remain focused on their work there is a palpable atmosphere of excitement and anticipation in the room. Environments like this often lead to exciting outcomes and teacher Alexia George is impressed with the efforts her class have shown during their 10-week Hard Materials Technology unit which has required her students to come up with the next generation in skateboard design.

A40;BCD55 It all began when Alexia wanted to provide her students with something that would engage them and provide them with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;real life skills and experiencesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. So, she created a partnership with a local skating business, allowing students to create, develop and test new skateboard designs. Alexia approached local Cheapskates owner and former competitive skateboarder Dave Green who, as a Kapiti College graduate, was excited to be coming back to his old stomping grounds â&#x20AC;&#x153;to give something backâ&#x20AC;?. After seeing what the class was doing he was impressed and decided to provide extra encouragement by offering a set of new skateboard trucks and wheels for the team with the best overall skateboard designs by the end of the term. The winners would have to show a high level of innovation in their design and prove that their skateboards could perform well.


SKATES ON boards which were then taken to the band saw and cut around with a one centimetre border left for mistakes and ďŹ nal touches. Work began with hand tools to create smooth rounded edges and the boards were eventually sanded down ready for the graphics, which brought the ďŹ nal signature touch to each board. With the project nearing completion the pressure was on for the students, with many choosing to spend their free time at school to work on their boards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The teacher actually had to tell us to leave a couple of times,â&#x20AC;? one student said.

0CC74?>8=CH4=3 On the last day of term, the class headed to the local skate park, where the grip tape, trucks and wheels were put on and the boards put to the test. The winning team were chosen for their boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance and unique style as well as the excellent teamwork they showed throughout the project. Dave Green was also blown away by the class. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This project was great because the students got to do something they were really interested in and were involved right at the pointy end, making innovative, well executed designs.â&#x20AC;?

?A>C>CH?4B With an added level of competition, the students got into teams and researched skateboard production techniques. Once they felt they had a good grasp on the fundamentals they began working on the basic design for their prototype board. The studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; biggest challenge was to get their heads around the complex graphs needed to show the curvature of the boards. Once a workable design was drawn up the next step was to construct male and female moulds to create the shape they wanted. With the moulds ready the class began experimenting with different thicknesses of plywood to be glued together and pressed between the moulds, creating the basic board shape. To generate the required pressure for this, the class needed a solution that was going to be fast yet affordable. A little innovation led to the use of an automobile bottle jack within a wood and metal frame.

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After a hilariously disastrous ďŹ rst engagement, the last thing in the world Anderson (Jason Biggs) needs is a new ďŹ ancĂŠe. So when, on a whim, he proposes to a vivacious stranger (Isla Fisher), DV10WDZ thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only one problem â&#x20AC;&#x201C; she says yes! What follows is nothing short of outright insanity as there are disapproving parents, neurotic friends and an ill-advised prison break to deal with before the big day arrives â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if it ever does.

In Ron Howardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thrilling follow-up to The Da Vinci Code, expert symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) follows ancient clues on a heart-racing hunt through Rome to ďŹ nd the four cardinals kidnapped by the DV10AAD deadly secret society, the Illuminati. With the cardinalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives on the line, and the Camerlengo (Ewan McGregor) desperate for help, Langdon embarks on a nonstop, action-packed race through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, and the most secretive vault on Earth!

=>C>A8>DB Notorious charts the remarkable rise of Christopher â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Notorious B.I.G.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wallace (played by Jamal Woolard) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; who, in just a few short years, shot from the tough streets of Brooklyn to the heights of hip-hop legend. DV10BIG Peeling back his mythic image 11 years after his tragic death, Notorious reveals the tumultuous and all-too-brief journey of a blazingly talented, ďŹ ercely determined young man whose unforgettable rap stories of inner city street life, with their raw truth and vivid rhymes, became emblematic of a whole generationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brutal reality and its dreams of escaping it for something bigger.

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Get ready for the must-see rock star experience of the year as platinum-selling teen rock sensation, the Jonas Brothers, hit the stage and your screen for a sizzling concert DV10JBR performance! Experience the Jonas Brothers living the dream in their BIG motion picture debut. Your front row seat to their world-wide Burning Up tour catapults Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hottest, recordbreaking band straight into your living room for the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the rock starsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives, fans and exclusive performance footage.

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FF4=867C>5 270<?8>=B!( Every title in the WWE is on the line as the superstars of Raw, SmackDown, and ECW present WWE Night of Champions! The only night on the WWE calendar in which every champion must defend his or her title, Night of Champions will serve as the battleground for those looking to claim championship gold heading into SummerSlam.

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DEVELOPED BY: Valve Corporation PUBLISHED BY: Valve Corporation AVAILABLE ON: PC, Xbox 360

DEVELOPED BY: Cyanide PUBLISHED BY: Focus Home Interactive AVAILABLE ON: PC, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, PSP

Left 4 Dead 2 is releasing only a year after the release of the original Left 4 Dead, which is probably something of a record for the famously fastidious and slow-moving Valve. While the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visuals and gameplay style do not seem fundamentally different from its predecessor (presumably code was re-used to cut down on development time) thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a large amount of new content, including four new player characters and new scenarios for them to struggle through. Melee combat has been added, so you will be able to battle zombies hand-to-hand with improvised weapons like frying pans and cricket bats. Aces at the original Left 4 Dead will have to alter their strategies, as a host of new Infected types, which aim to separate players and disrupt group tactics, will also make their debut. Oh, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zombie clowns. With squeaky shoes that attract more zombie clowns. Excuse me, I have to go and shudder a bit.

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Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not actually all that much new content in Episodes from Liberty City, which is actually a compilation of two previously released downloadable episodes: The e Lost and the Damned d and The Ballad of Gay Tony. The pack, which doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require the original GTA IV to play, should contain around 20-30 hours of criminal hijinks. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice that these hese episodes are now available for those who lack highspeed internet connections nections or generous data caps. Which, incidentally, is probably the majority ty of web users in NZ. Due to our countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s miserably underdeveloped internet infrastructure NZ gamers are being asked ed to buy into a new system of digital distribution that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really have the he capacity for. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shame that physical releases of downloadable content like this are the exception rather than the norm.

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Blood Bowl is one of those brilliant ideas that could only have come from Games Workshop, the creators of the vastly popular Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000 miniature wargames. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like American football with lashings of violence and anarchy, and instead of clean-cut professional athletes you have orcs, vampires, trolls, ratmen and all the other gloriously warped inhabitants of the Warhammer Fantasy universe. Cyanideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s video game version looks to be a faithful adaptation of the original boardgame, with the addition of real-time play and online multiplayer leagues. Actually, reviews have suggested that the game is perhaps a little too faithful, and somewhat intimidating for newcomers, so if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interested in Blood Bowl you might want to take a look at the rulebook for the boardgame: it can be downloaded for free at the Games Workshop website. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hoping that if this does well weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see more of Games Workshopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other cult games, like Space Hulk or Necromunda, receiving the video game treatment.

3A06>=064)>A868=B DEVELOPED BY: Bioware Edmonton PUBLISHED BY: Electronic Arts AVAILABLE ON: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Back in the far-ďŹ&#x201A;ung past of the late 1990s (hey, by video game standards it counts as a long time ago) Bioware produced Baldurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gate and Baldurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gate 2, both of which are now considered as classics and two of the greatest role playing games ever produced. Dragon Age: Origins has been touted as a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;spiritual successorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to the Baldurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gate games, aiming to combine their expansive gameplay and epic storylines with the interface improvements and high production values of the modern era. I do think that the technical demands of modern games â&#x20AC;&#x201C; high-resolution graphics, full voice acting and so on â&#x20AC;&#x201C; make it difďŹ cult for the vast worlds and gigantic quests of old-school RPGs to be convincingly reproduced today (at least not without a huge budget). Still, if Bioware pull it off they may end up producing a truly special game. Life, Lif e lik e, like ikke all alll other other games, games, becomes b be ecomes fun when one re realises that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a game â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nerijus Stasiulis


ninja BLaDE DEVELOPED BY: From Software PUBLISHED BY: Microsoft Game Studios AVAILABLE ON: Xbox 360 RATING: R13 REVIEWED BY: Alexander Donohue

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This should give you an idea of what the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overall plot is like â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a mashup of ideas and tropes from cheesy action movies and other video games (Ninja Gaiden and Resident Evil seem to be particularly inďŹ&#x201A;uential) that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make a whole lot of sense. The gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visuals are pretty good from a technical perspective, with nice lighting and textures and very nice animation and story-boarding courtesy of anime studio Production I.G. This graphical competence is backed up by a listenable score and solid sound design. Ninja Blade lacks artistic ďŹ&#x201A;air, however. The mutant enemies youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll encounter are all rather uninspired â&#x20AC;&#x201C; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll most likely have seen their like in numerous other games. Also, the ruined Tokyo is a pretty drab place. There are a couple of visually interesting levels â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one mission takes place on and around a mid-air cargo jet, and the mist-shrouded arena where you ďŹ ght the ďŹ nal boss is quite striking. In general, though, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go from grey buildings to grey industrial areas to grey caves and see very little of any interest. The bulk of the gameplay consists of hack-and-slash melee combat. Generally, the combat controls well and has good variety; there are three varieties of ninjitsu magic to use, and your swords can be upgraded to unlock new moves. Ninja Blade is quite forgiving on Normal difďŹ culty, and unlike more difďŹ cult action games you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to pay a lot of attention to blocking or dodging enemy attacks. Boss battles, which feature very heavily in the game, are signiďŹ cantly more frustrating. Camera angles tend to be angled very low during these ďŹ ghts, wreaking havoc with your depth perception and making it difďŹ cult to dodge projectiles. To make matters worse, bosses, especially towards the end of the game, insist on ďŹ lling the screen with smoke, ďŹ re, and other graphical effects to the point where it is sometimes impossible to see where your character is. Add in some collision detection and targeting issues, and the boss ďŹ ghts become annoying ordeals rather than the epic events they should be. The saving graces of the boss battles are the Quick Time Events. QTEs seem to have fallen out of favour recently, most likely due to overuse in recent years. Ninja Blade actually employs them well, though. The feats you pull off â&#x20AC;&#x201C; surďŹ ng on a missile, riding a motorbike across ďŹ&#x201A;ying debris, throwing chunks of skyscraper and so on â&#x20AC;&#x201C; are endearingly over the top, and provide satisfying conclusions to the trying boss ďŹ ghts. It also helps that the QTEs actually feel like an integral part of the gameplay rather than a tacked-on element, as is too often the case with other games.

Ninja Blade also asks you to do some basic acrobatic platforming, in the vein of Prince of Persia. I quickly grew to hate any section of the game that required wall-running, as there seemed to be problems with the controls. My character would repeatedly unstick from walls and plummet to his death even though I was sure I was pressing the correct buttons. Ninja Blade isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a title that I would unhesitatingly recommend â&#x2C6;&#x2019; the gameplay has some obvious ďŹ&#x201A;aws, and can sometimes verge on infuriating. Still, the game as a whole is very entertaining, and you could do a lot worse if you just want a way to act out your hidden ninja fantasies (itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alright, everyone has them).


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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A sickly-disturbing, darkly-comic thrillerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;... This is probably the ďŹ rst time Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve agreed entirely with a bookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tagline. Especially the sickly disturbing part. Anyone who knows me knows my love of thrillers and horror. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve read a lot of books, seen a lot of movies, even bought a bunch of action ďŹ gures. But there was something about this book that was... unsettling. It centres on 15-year-old John Cleaver, a boy in a town suddenly plagued by vicious murders. The problem is he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t made up his mind if he wants to stop the killer or help increase the death toll. Detailed autopsies and murders are one thing Wells excels at, but the psychological analysis of a sociopath on the verge of becoming a murderer makes this book really quite amazing. For the ďŹ rst time in years Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve felt anxious reading a book, wondering if John will save his neighbours or ďŹ nally snap. The fantasy sprinkled over the top of the demonic villain doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do much to mask the disturbing possibility that another teenager out there could be struggling with their own murderous impulses, and may be in a town near you â&#x20AC;&#x201C; DAVID OSTEN GIFFORD

Banquoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Son is set 10 years after the coronation of MacBeth. This is the TK Roxborogh take on what happens after Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MacBeth. I do not really enjoy Shakespeare for many reasons, but this is not like Shakespeare. The story follows Fleance, Banquoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son, as he journeys through the land where he grew up, trying to ďŹ nd where he should be in life after seeing visions of his dead father. This book is really good. Sure at times I was confused as to what they were saying, but I got the drift after a while. Once I started reading it was hard to stop. The characters are loveable and believable. This story seems so well thought out that I even forgot it was based on Shakespeare. When it ended, I wished it was longer so that I could read more. It was amazing. I have never before been so close to tears while reading a book. Banquoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Son should deďŹ nitely be introduced into the Shakespearian section of the school curriculum. What can I say? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the best books Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve read! â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ANNIE HAWKER

58A4>=78671H30E8378;; The moon is about 400 times smaller than the sun, but about 400 times closer to Earth, creating the possibility of a solar eclipse. Did you know that? I sure didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. David Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recent thrilling, fast paced novel, Fire On High is ďŹ lled with astronomy facts like this to get your brain whizzing. Jonno Austin is on an experience of a lifetime after winning a trip to South America to view a total eclipse of the sun. Times are difďŹ cult though. With locals on a rampage protesting their treatment by the government, Jonnoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fantastic viewing encounter is laced with a sense of urgency to get home as soon as possible. The ďŹ&#x201A;ight home brings a sense of relief, until Jonno, his fellow astronomers and everyone on the plane are held hostage by a pair of vigilantes. Laden with wit, opinion, humour and more, and coming from the perspective of a teenage boy, Fire on High is easy to relate to and enjoyable to read. With a rapid storyline to keep your attention on high alert and space facts to make you exclaim â&#x20AC;&#x153;oh, really!?â&#x20AC;? this is a superb book that anyone will love â&#x20AC;&#x201C; JORDAN HARRINGTON

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1A>C74AB8BC4AB>;384A2>DB8= 1H?7H;;8B9>7=BC>= This is a true coming-of-age story for every 13-year-old girl. Set in small-town NZ during World War Two, Helenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother Harry is at war, bossy sister Jess is training as a nurse in Hamilton, and Helen is at home, with Mum and Dad. But with Harryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s survival and return, things are certain to change. Helenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only constant is the family horse, Ginger, who lovingly walks her to school every day, but is very old. Around her, Helenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family is collapsing, piece by piece. This is a good story, with everything from teenage drama to war, but things are thrown at you with absolutely no warning whatsoever. It is full of shocking events that never bring Helen down â&#x20AC;&#x201C; she keeps going, despite adversity. So even though it is quite difďŹ cult to read because there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t one big event that the story leads to, Helen is a character that many of us can relate to. She shows us how we can all deal with everything that life throws at us â&#x20AC;&#x201C; HANNAH ROBSON

We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jane Austen, MansďŹ eld Park



Class follows four characters that are all part of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Downey Houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, a girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; boarding school. The book mainly follows Maggie Adair, a Welsh teacher from an underclass area, who has come to explore this high-class school, discover herself and all the while keep a good relationship with her long time partner Stan. It also follows Veronica Deveral, the headmistress, who has a secret that could destroy her high-strung reputation; Fliss (Felicity) Prosser, a young teenage girl who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want any part of this preppy school; and Simone Kardashian, an oversized Indian girl who is in attendance from a scholarship. Miss Adair ďŹ nds it very hard at ďŹ rst with difďŹ cult students misbehaving, an old-fashioned deputy head-teacher June Starling who is always looking down at her, and always being under pressure from Miss Deveral to be her best. Finding support from her partner Stan and her family seems out of the question since they all hate the fact sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left them for a year. Even after making friends with the chirpy French teacher Claire, things donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to get any better. The whole school is under pressure from the inspectors doing their rounds of private schools, but it starts looking better when a mixed musical with the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; school is started by Maggie and David. But can things go well for long especially when one of her main characters is shy and an outcast, one doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be part of it, one girl is trying to sabotage the whole show and Maggie is having mixed feelings between Stan and David? This is an interesting book but very slow at the beginning and quite frustrating, and one canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but be irritated by the many spelling and grammatical errors throughout the novel. The book however does convey outcast issues well: girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; insecurities when they are larger than all the other skinnier girls, the emotions of not wanting to be somewhere, and confusion in oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s self. It is an interesting book with some good points, but there are unfortunately many low points â&#x20AC;&#x201C; AROHA HUGHES

Oh how Twilight-ďŹ lled the world has become now that the horriďŹ c ďŹ lm version of such an incredible saga has been released. Who remembers what the world was like before every girl had a crush on vampires and every novelist in the world began attempting to ďŹ nd a new angle on vampire love? Not me. But I sure as hell have been waiting eagerly for this fourth book in the Vampire Academy series to be released because I believe someone, at last, has found this new angle and all should bow down to Richelle Meadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blood Promise. Ahh, the fourth book that Vampire Academy fans have been impatiently waiting for since the dreadful ending to the third book, Shadow Kiss. Blood Promise is everything it was hyped up to be and more. For once, I was truly impressed by a sequel that was nonetheless about vampire love! Roseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s promise to Dimitri has lead her to Russia, and as usual, she is getting herself in all kinds of trouble, scouting out moroi (vampires) and dhampir (moroi guardians) alike, searching desperately for any leads on Dimitriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home town that has a peculiar reputation for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;blood whore dhampirsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (female dhampirs that allow moroi men to drink their blood whilst sleeping with them). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an action-packed, extremely heartrending adventure and Rose is tested to the limits. This is a book you will never ever want to put down; it will make you pace impatiently for 2010 and the release of Spirit Bound, the ďŹ fth book in this spellbinding series â&#x2C6;&#x2019; RHIAN LAWRENCE

C74;0BC>;H<?80=1HA82:A8>A30= â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Amazingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; probably isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a word I would use to describe this novel. I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use exciting, gripping or original either. This is the ďŹ fth book in the Percy Jackson series, where the ancient Greek gods battle amongst each other in modern times. Percy Jackson, the half-god son of Poseidon, is in the middle of it all as he tries to prevent the Lord of the Titans from taking over Mount Olympus (now located in New York). Sure, the premise is somewhat entertaining, but Riordan doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the ďŹ&#x201A;air to pull it off. His words are dully strung together, recording battles and missions with a clumsy style he must assume represents how teenagers these days speak. The style may be bland and contrived, but the plot doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give much opportunity for applause either. A camp for those who have magical abilities, an ancient prophecy given to a teenage boy, an assortment of wisecracking mythical creatures to help guide the hero to embrace his destiny... It all sounds so familiar. I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go so far as to say this is a bad book, but if you were looking for an example of mediocrity, this would be it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; DAVID OSTEN GIFFORD

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The New Moon movie is scheduled for simultaneous release on November 19 in NZ and the US. Discover the second book in the Twilight series that has taken the world by storm! Bella celebrates her birthday with her boyfriend Edward and his vampire family but the celebration abruptly ends when Bella accidentally cuts her arm on broken glass. The sight and smell of her blood forces the Cullen family to retreat lest they are tempted to make a meal of her. And Edward, realising the danger that he and his family create for Bella, sees no option for her safety but to leave. Bella is inconsolable until she discovers that reckless behaviour allows her to hear Edwardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s warning voice in her head. To keep him close, she decides to live as dangerously as possible, acquiring motorcycles and developing a close friendship with Jacobâ&#x20AC;Ś Will readers support â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Team Edwardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Team Jacobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;? Which of these characters really deserves Bellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love? FIVE COPIES UP FOR GRABS! You need this â&#x20AC;&#x201C; get to now.


SWEET EAR CANDY B0;<>=4;;03D1 5A40:;>20;4? Salmonella Dub and summer go hand in hand and the vibe is totally heating up with their latest EP Freak Local amping for the release of their new album this summer. The production is tight and the tunes are catchy with radio hit Freak Local featured on the EP. w they are still on top Salmonella Dub show when it comes to making swee sweet, laid-back dub, he tracks Madness, Ticking Ti shown in the Clock and wint feel to them. Dub Cakess which have a real winter The track Ding Metall throws som some drum and bass on the table although it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really ďŹ ll the spot with a length of two minutes. alth This is a progressive and funky EP although it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t compare to Salmonella Dubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s earlier ea material from the likes of Killervison and One On Drop Eastt where summer anthems like For the Love of It and Ez On were born. Bring on the album! â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CAM CARPENTER

C741A40:0=3 A4?08A<4C7>3 <8;:C74144 This is an awesome CD. Anyone could listen to it. It has soft melodies, catchy lyrics and underlying beats, and is a sort of feel-good genre of music. This is one of the best CDs Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard in a while, though that could be because most music these days is the same and this is a little bit different â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually about the music and emotions. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more piano based with no hard-out drumming, pulsing guitar and thrumming baselines. Tracks such as Life Gets Beautiful are catchy, have awesome lyrics and can be listened to in both the best and worst of moods. This music can bring you out of the darkest moods, be played in an undisruptive manner in the background or just make you happy. If you want a change in tune or want to listen to something peaceful, pick up this track. I really love this CD. If you like bedtime music on the iPod add some of these tracks! The Break and Repair Method â&#x20AC;&#x201C; give â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em a go! â&#x20AC;&#x201C; AROHA HUGHES

C0 C07D=01A40:B 1;02:1A>F= 1;0 F78C4 F78 The ďŹ rs ďŹ rst time I heard Tahuna B Breaks was when I went to o one of their sell-out gigs last summer. The live atmos atmosphere they produced at th this venue was awesome w with about six or seven musicians on stage and the ccrowd going off with Tahuna Breaksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; summer vibe vibes. Their sophomore rrelease Black Brown White is out now and is bound tto be a summer BBQ hit. It speaks the true sound of funk, fused in with that laid-back dub sound we K Kiwis love.

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Instruments include the sweet sound of trumpets, sax, synthesizers, guitar, and vocals from Marty Greentree, all merging to create uplifting tunes. Tahuna Breaks are in their ďŹ nal stages of their tour, making their way to Auckland, Wanaka, Queenstown and Matakana so check them out live â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be disappointed â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CAM CARPENTER

>?4=B>D;B BC0=38=6 8=C74A08= If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard of Opensouls, then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll know that they are a pop â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for lack of a better genre â&#x20AC;&#x201C; band with two female vocalists (MC Bjorn Petersen and singer Tyra Hammond) and a live band with a large array of instruments â&#x20AC;&#x201C; guitar, bass, drums, saxophone, keys and trumpet â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to compliment these soulful sonnets. The vocals are soft and sultry, enticing you to listen more, and the big band music behind emphasises that feel of attraction to the music which caresses your ears. The lyrics and tender treatment of each verse and chorus make you want to lie down, close your eyes and bob your head along to these smooth sounds. Being one hundred and ten percent Kiwi, this band creates a good image of NZ musical talent, which, if we truly face it, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lacked recently. This may not really be my kind of music but the mellow beats do make for great Sunday relaxation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; RHIAN LAWRENCE

When Whe n peop p people eople hear good m eop music, it makes them homesick for something they never had, and never will have â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Edgar Watson Howe

18;;HC0;4=C888 Billy Talentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third album III takes the Canadian quartet to an exciting new level with their sound, as they move slightly away from the well known punk delivery of their past efforts, Billy Talent and II, towards something that is more akin to the genres of heavy rock and grunge. Ben Kowalewicz has swapped many of his trademark screams and shrieks for a more melodic vocal delivery, while the rest of the band have slightly tweaked their sound in order to convey their musical inďŹ&#x201A;uences â&#x20AC;&#x201C; many of which align with their producer Brendan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prior producing credits, which include the likes of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and Stone Temple Pilots, to name but a few. While there has been this slight, yet notable, change in Billy Talentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound the progression seems truly natural and their punk rock roots are deďŹ nitely not lost. The album delivers some brutal tracks complete with powerful drumming, distorted driving bass lines, complex and catchy guitar riffs, as well as the unforgettable sound of Kowalewiczâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voice spitting out his thoughtful lyrics â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ASHLEIGH HOPE

?>8B>=C74F4;; C74CA>?82A>C Florida natives Poison the Well have been playing vicious punk infused post-hardcore since they formed in 1998. The Tropic Rot is extremely aggressive at times, yet it gives the listener some surprisingly mellow and beautifully melodic moments to break up the assault of furious guitars, relentless drumming and soul-crushing screams. While there are these rougher moments in the album (the numerous breakdowns, which sound more like listenable alternative rock than anything which a typical hardcore band would play), they deliver the melody and hooks necessary to make it an accessible and memorable masterpiece.

Front man Jeffery Moriera will blow you away with his ability to change from gut-wrenching roars to haunting singing within moments. This album is deďŹ nitely worth a listen, and as it is highly varied it will appeal to fans of punk, metal, hardcore and alternative rock â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ASHLEIGH HOPE

C7478674A8CzB >=;H=0CDA0; Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Only Natural has the same ďŹ&#x201A;avour as The Higherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous albums On Fire and Histrionics, though on this album it seems very evident they had been on tour with Escape the Fate pre Craig Mabbitt. With lyrics such as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll pick out the most beautiful cofďŹ n for youâ&#x20AC;Ś Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll douse it with gasoline to make sure when you leave this place that you leave it up in ďŹ&#x201A;ames. When the smoke ďŹ lls your lungs and your body starts to decay and you blend into the earth I hope it hurtsâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Hmmm, very nice sentiment there. Though there are a few somewhat â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;darkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lyrics, all in all I enjoyed this. Sethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voice can get on the annoying side at times, and their version of Ne-yoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Closer does not work as well as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d think it would. At times I did feel like busting a few moves *cough*, so if you love Vegas but canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford the plane ticket, just buy this album! â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ANNIE HAWKER

5>DAH40A BCA>=6 4G?;08=B8C0;; What do you get when you have a punk rock vocalist, a wicked set of guitarist and bassist with extreme skills, and a heavy drummer, who play a mixture of all your favâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tunes? Four Year Strong. After writing a few songs on their own, Four Year Strong were asked to perform on the Punk Goes Pop 2 album with their take on Sarah Bareilles Love Song. Apart from a few off keys, I personally believe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an extreme upgrade.

Post pop-covering, Four Year Strong decided to make a whole cover album, before releasing their own songs, to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;tide their crowds overâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where Explains It All has come from. Their more hardcore take on the songs covered on this album allow the audience to hear new versions of their old favourites through this extremely talented band who can take a pop song and make it darker and more fun-loving than ever. From Third Eye Blindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Semi-Charmed Life to Absolutely (Story of a Girl) by Nine Days, Four Year Strong have covered their bases and show their brute, punk force. A fast-tempo, mosh-inducing record that all punk and headbangers will enjoy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; RHIAN LAWRENCE

1A>:4=2H348z< =>C050=1DC C74:83B;8:48C BrokeNCYDEâ&#x20AC;Ś that word has now become a swearword between my friends and myself. Why? Because they are terribleâ&#x20AC;Ś. Wait, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not true. They are worse than terrible. They are so bad, folk all over the internet have classiďŹ ed their â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ear rapeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. You know what, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not far off from what it is. I would quote some lyrics but they are really not appropriate for this magazine. Or I could have quoted you a couple of lines from any song and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have the whole album in front of you. Maybe something about whores, bitches, sex and drugs. Wow thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the whole album in four words. This album is not good. If you buy it, YOU WILL GO DEAF!!! Or your ears will bleed from the pain. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not even going to pretend they are semi good. I want to tear my hair out when I hear them. Please donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t encourage them! I beg you â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ANNIE HAWKER

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