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Editorial: a year’s worth of editorials By Joshua Drummond
The image above is what happens when you feed in your entire year’s output of Nexus editorial’s into a thing called Wordle. You can find it online at wordle.net and it will create a pretty picture using the mostcommonly used words from any document. On seeing the picture my editorials created, I was horrified to find out that my most commonly used word is “like.” Apparently my pretence at meaningful journalism is merely a front for like, you know, a total valley girl. The image is a very accurate diagram of words I should, like, use less. I don’t have much to say this week apart from: • Read Page Eight. Issues of academic freedom mix with holocaust denial. Sound familiar? Well, this one has added Satanism! Probably the
most important, and definitely the strangest, Nexus story you’ll read all year. More as it develops. • We’ve got a handy Guide to Summer, in case anyone forgot how to Do Summer over the freezing and rainy-ass winter. • The mighty mighty clusterfuck in America. Something to do with the Worst Market Crash in History. Your kids will ask you about Black Monday, so take it all in while you can. I would have written an exhaustive analysis on it, but I’m exhausted. To much election-blogreading ruins your brain, apparently. • That is all. Next week: interviews with the Next Prime Minister of New Zealand. We’ve promised this all year, and now we’re doing it. • God I love this weather.
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dDub: GETTING MUSIC IN YOUR EARS Interview by Josh Drummond
Nexus caught up with dDub frontman and guitarist Derek Browne in time for an interview before he hit the road for the dDub Early Summer tour, which is coming to the Tron’s Flow Bar on October 11. Nexus: How’s it going for dDub? You’ve got a new album out? Derek: Really good ay, we worked our asses off over the summer and did a pre-release in April and we’re just releasing it now, with the bonus DVD of our seven music vids and some interviews and live footage. N: Your album is kicking arse in sales, but we don’t hear much on the commercial radio… D: The student radio is really supportive, but the commercial stations like ZM, The Rock, the Edge, they probably programme about one percent of the NZ bands out there. They’re not really interested in supporting it. It’s not just dDub, it’s everyone. [But] our style of music is about the live experience, but definitely, if more commercial stations played us more people would listen. We’re still quite underground, and I kind of like that to an extent. We just want everyone to be able to listen to a real wide variety of NZ music. N: I’ve heard nothing but good things about the live show… D: It’s more about connecting with the people and that’s how we connect with our people. We pack out venues, and we get more people to our shows. It’s all about the music, the crowd, and the live show. All that other stuff – TV, commercial radio, it’s all by the by. We love playing, we love giving people a wicked time so make sure you come along and get down with us.
N: Can you list a few of your influences? D: We’ve got a real broad range – from Stones, to Hendrix, to Rage against the Machine. We’ve rocked up our sound in the last few months, taking on a new guitarist. N: It seems like you came on to the scene a bit suddenly, but you’ve actually been playing and recording for a while now. How long have you been around, and what do you make of the success of Medicine Man? D: This is our second album – we released Awake at Dawn in 06, so we’ve spent the last two and a half years touring writing and releasing. Medicine Man hit the top 40 charts, which is quite big for us – but we released it in winter, which wasn’t such a great idea – that’s why we’re re-releasing it for summer. It’s been a slow, steady, kind of thing, people finding the album in their own time and their own way, and it’s quite nice, because it’s a slow, quiet way of building things up. This album is doing the same thing as Awake at Dawn, just kind of creeping up there. People are saying, “yeah, we love the album,” and then they come to the live show and say “oh my God.” We’re a lot more upbeat than
your average kiwi dub-type band, it’s all full on, cranking upbeat live music. N: Anything you’d like to say to the Hamilton fans out there? D: New Zealand’s full of such creative, talented people, and I would say, support NZ music. Go out and get involved. It’s a real big time for NZ music right now. I think it goes in waves, in cycles, and now it’s a really important time. Ten years ago, there were a quarter of the bands and gigs, and now it couldn’t be more different. How’s that? We’ve just become a lot more aware the quality of the bands has been a lot better, and the internet - downloading, iPods – has helped spread music around. So you’re cool with… how do I put this… piracy? I reckon any way you can get the music out there for people to have a relationship with, it’s great. Downloading is a great way to get it out, and fair enough you might be missing out on a few dollars, but if you’ve got your shit together and put on a good live show you’ve got nothing to worry about. You can’t fight it, so why not work with it? The main aim is to get music into people’s ears.
dDub will be getting their music in your ears with the dDub Early Early Summer Tour, which is coming to the Tron on Saturday October 11th at ‘Flow’ bar, 266 Victoria St Door sales are $20 ($15 presales from The CD&DVD Store) Students $15 door and presales Doors open 8.30 Support from Luke Thompson and Band
1. What are you plans for the holidays? 2. What’s the best thing about summer? 3. How do you feel about Rialto Cinemas being closed down? 4. What do you think about a 64 year-old headlining the BDO? 5. Where will you be on New Year’s Eve? 1. Get some money and go camping, and drink heaps. 2. Everyone’s in a happy mood and there’s a lot of half naked bodies around. 3. It sucks cause they usually have festival films there. 4. Fuckin awesome. Fantastical. 5. Not to sure – hopefully near a beach.
1. Work, chill out, have fun, BBQ’s and all the rest. 2. Beach, hacky, warm waters, sun. 3. Pretty ratshit, need more expression of the alternate art forms. 4. Basically WTF. 5. In the Bay of Islands somewhere.
1. Working full-time for Fonterra killing babies. 2. Jandals and bikinis. 3. I work for Sky City Cinemas so less competition for us (Um – SkyCity owns Rialto– Ed) 4. It’s all good if he can hack the pace. 5. Shaving my head for cancer.
1. Taking some time out to recharge the batteries. 2. The ladies. 3. Meh, don’t give a shit. 4. It’s going to be sick. 5. Rhythm and Vines.
1. Going to Gisbourne/ probably going to the Mount. 2. Few beers in the afternoon and a BBQ/ topless guys 3. I didn’t really go but I feel bad for the people who did. 4. I think it’s kind of funny/ I’ll be going anyway. 5. Rhythm and Vines/ the Mount.
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October 6 2008
Satanist neo-Nazis, and academic freedom, oh my! We couldn’t make it up if we tried. By Joshua Drummond A published, marked thesis that calls controversial far-right figure Kerry Bolton a “Satanist neo-
Bolton is a well-known figure in the New Zealand far-right community. He has been involved
Nazi” has been pulled from publication by the University of Waikato, without warning.
in both neo-Nazi and Satanist movements, and has published extensively, under his own name and using pseudonyms, on both topics. His writing is featured on the self-described “Holocaust
The thesis, published six months ago and titled “Dreamers of the Dark: Kerry Bolton and the
revisionist” Adelaide Institute’s website, whose founder and director, (as well as personal friend
Order of the Left Hand Path, a Case-study of a Satanic/Neo Nazi Synthesis,” was submitted as
of Bolton’s) Fredrick Toben, was arrested on October 1 at Heathrow Airport for holocaust
part of a Masters degree by Philosophy and Religious Studies student Roel Van Leeuwen. In a
denial. Toben is set to be extradited to Germany, where he has previously been convicted and
highly unusual move, the marked and published thesis was removed from the University Library
imprisoned for inciting racism.
and the University’s online publishing repository last week. Bolton has set up a website, titled “Dreamers Exposed” where he provides copies of his Neither Van Leeuwen or the thesis’ co-supervisor Dr Dov Bing were notified prior to the sudden
correspondence with the University. Bolton also corresponded with Van Leeuwen about the
removal. Nexus has established that no legal threat has been entered against either Van Leeuwen
content of the thesis.
or the University of Waikato – rather, the thesis was the subject of a mere complaint from Kerry Bolton.
Two things that Bolton deemed offensive – that he “raised his son in a racist milieu,” and “mistreated a brain damaged man,” (according to Bolton,) were removed from the thesis.
Bing told Nexus that the thesis was a “first-class piece of work,” and was externally moderated by other universities before being published.
A letter from Bolton to Vice-Chancellor Crawford, dated 27th August 2008, states:
‘The thesis was assessed by two senior academics from other New Zealand Universities,” Bing
“… I have little reason to be satisfied with the two amendments to the thesis that [Van Leeuwen]
said. “They both deemed it to be a first-class piece of research.”
has conceded. He claims that his sloppy, flawed research in (sic) satisfactory for MA thesis level. He claims that we have differences of opinion. As I have documented in some detail in my
Van Leeuwen told Nexus he was “surprised” to not be told the thesis was being pulled.
Statement and supporting documents to you, these are not ‘matters of opinion’, they are very
“I haven’t been informed or anything,” he said.
fundamental errors and slanders…
He said the thesis, which was “inspired” by former University employee Dr Dennis Green, had
This is to clarify to you that I am not satisfied with my initial letter merely being handed to him
received full-class honours, (a mark equivalent to an A,) and that it was accurate.
under the advice that he makes two amendments…”
“I unequivocally stand by my thesis,” he said. “There is nothing at all in there that’s defamatory
Elsewhere on his site, Bolton calls Van Leeuwen’s thesis “Zionist smear-mongering posing as
in any way to Bolton.”
scholarship,” and accuses Dr Dennis Green and Dr Dov Bing of “harassing” Dr Joel Hayward, who, infamously, wrote a controversial MA thesis on Holocaust denial. Bolton also states that
Nexus contacted both Vice-Chancellor Dr Roy Crawford and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
“Waikato University is also noted for its bigotry in hounding out a student, Hans Kupka, in 2000,
Dean, Dr Dan Zirker, for comment on the thesis’ withdrawal. Crawford’s office did not respond to
for being a German.”
repeated calls prior to deadline, and Zirker said that the withdrawal was a “confidential matter.”
More as it develops. Find out more about Kerry Bolton on page 13, including part of Nexus’ interview with him.
“It would be really inappropriate for me to comment,” he said.
Nexus contacted Kerry Bolton, who said he had been told “informally, sort of last week,” that the thesis was “up for [internal] review by the University.” “The University hasn’t been particularly communicative, so I don’t know what’s going on,” he said. He said that he had “made a complaint, and it’s being investigated,” but had issued no legal threat. However, he claimed “there are defamatory references in it… that were removed by the chap.”
Bolton claims there were flaws in the thesis’ bibliography, and said he had never written some of the articles attributed to him. He also claimed that he has “since dumped most of that stuff [those views referred to by the thesis,] and it’s totally irrelevant.” He said he had been involved in far-right organisations, and refers to himself now as a “radical conservative,” but denied being influential or a leader. “I wouldn’t call [the positions I have held] influential,” he said.
A Key event on campus
Facial surgery to ensure permanent smile suspected by Nexus By Grant Burns
National leader John Key spoke to a capacity crowd in the PriceWaterhouseCoopers building on Wednesday afternoon, giving his own 25 minute speech and 35 minutes of efficient Q & A. Key’s speech included his interpretation on the global financial crisis, what Labour has been doing wrong over the last nine years. “New Zealand has got to change,” he proclaimed. The man who would be Prime Minister dressed in a slick pin stripe suit with a confident lavender tie. The self-assured smile with which he presented the crowd as they entered never left his face during the whole speech. In the flesh, John Key came across as a humble, hardworking man with plenty of business sense and able to think on his feet – also encompassing a confident sense of wit and humour. One of the main points in John Key’s speech was the current global financial crisis and what this means to New Zealanders and our economy. “We are not immune [to the affects of Wall Street]” Key said. “[Wall Street crisis] it’s more significant than most New Zealanders might think. It is the most serious financial crisis in the last 100 years,” he added. Another key point in Mr Key’s speech was what New Zealand has to do to change, stop the brain drain, and compete in a “global world.” “New Zealand under-performs and could do a lot better because a lot of you are leaving,” he said. “We are becoming a giant educational training facility for Australia. One in four New Zealanders go to live overseas – because our wages are too low.”
Applause followed John Key’s speech. The floor was opened for the crowd to ask Mr Key on-the-spot questions. “Why not invest in free university education with conditions on us staying?” asked one student. “I worry about student loans, I really do…back when I went to university I accept I paid next to nothing for fees…but there’s got to be a balance between what goes into universities and what goes into tuition…while your grumpy you come out with a student loan, you’d be way more grumpy if you come out and Waikato Business school isn’t a worldclass facility, which it is…We’re not opposed to changes to student allowances, but we’re just saying at the moment we cannot afford threequarters of a billion dollars to get us there at day one. It’s about priority issues,” said Key. Another student asked: “Hey John, thinking about the US elections, I was just wondering, who you would prefer to work with?” which was received by enthusiastic applause from the crowd. “That’s the type of question that could get me into a lot of trouble,” said Key with a wide grin on his face. “I honestly think both have something to bring to the table. I think Obama would make America feel good about itself again…McCain is very pro-trade with New Zealand. He’s proven to be a good friend of New Zealand. I think either or would be fine – it’s going to be a fascinating election in my view,” said Mr Key.
WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD FILMS GONE? Not to Chartwell, that’s for sure. By Asian Reporter Chris Tan.
It has been a tremendous week of loss. The world lost the greatness that was Paul Newman, I lost my sweet awesome universe marble down to Snotty Pete and Hamilton City lost its go to art house multi-plex Rialto
dedicated to the artistically creative sector, it is unfortunately limited in its number of screenings per day. How this will affect the community, be it the odd group of savy film
Cinemas. On Wednesday evening, Rialto held its final screening (How to Lose Friends and Alienate People) and closed its doors forever to the public, thus ending eleven years of screening near dedicated alternative/festival films for Hamilton. So what does this now mean for Hamilton and the Hamilton culture? Movies that would normally be screened at Rialto will be moved to shown between the two remaining chain complexes of Sky City cinemas of Centre Place and Chartwell, which is a possible burden to those limited by transportation and a bonus to those that love to walk a lot. Alternatively, there is the charming Victoria Cinemas that while remains
students having money to go to the International Film Festival and looking cultured, to the general good decent folk who like their movies to rate from ‘pretty awesome’ to ‘not shit’ quality, well, it still remains to be seen. Far too apathetic to get an official statement from someone in the Rialto offices, I instead talked to Hamilton’s go to movie guru Richard Swainson. To misquote him, he said, “Hamilton’s community is now more culturally burdened without Rialto. But we’re still ready for the invading robot army.” Which this ‘writer’ agrees is coming, and we should all be ready for. Homemade lasers for the win.
It’s a lot less fuss with a Sunday bus If you enjoy sitting next to homeless and obese people By Grant Burns
On Sunday 28th September, Hamilton City buses began running their first ever Sunday routes with over 4200 passengers getting on board – for free. As a part of the new 12 Sunday bus services, commuters were able to ride for free on the first day. Reception was greater than expected with as many passengers using the Sunday services as they do the Saturday service– which has twice as many buses running. The new Sunday buses run on the Saturday timetable - which is hourly, and 12 different routes are in operation: Orbiter, Pukete, Dinsdale, Glenview, Nawton, Fairfield, Univeristy, Rototuna, Hamilton East, and Te Rapa. After an hour of sifting through the bureaucracy of Environment Waikato for a comment on new buses, Nexus spoke to Programme Manager of Transport Operations Bevin Dale. “We’ve chosen it [Sunday bus services] because the public of Hamilton wanted buses running on Sunday, so we’ve worked for it and now they’re here,” he said, in danger of stating the blithering obvious.
“It’s [Sunday bus services] an advantage for people who don’t have access to their own transport such as a car, to be a part of society on a Sunday.” Nexus also asked a regular bus-user about what they thought of the new Sunday service. “It’s a good idea and I’ll definitely use it so I can go shopping on a Sunday, so that’s pretty sweet,” said one Glen Hughey, who recently lost his driver’s licence. However, the Sunday services aren’t do only new bus operations going on in Hamilton. The Hamilton City Council has included public holiday services, increased the Orbiters operating hours, and changed the Orbiters path to travel through the Hospital campus. These new additions of Sunday bus services are a positive step towards a better public transport system in Hamilton, ultimately getting more cars off the road, relieving congestion, and giving access to all Hamiltonians. Under the changes, the Orbiter will now operate from 6:15am until 10pm on weekdays, and 6:15am and 8pm on weekends.
Hey Hey, My My: Rock â€˜Nâ€™ Roll will never die! Godfather of Grunge to headline BDO â€˜09 By Grant Burns
Finally, the wait is over and the rumours can be buried for another year â€“ the official 2009 Big Day Out 1st announcement has been released. The Godfather of Grunge, a.k.a. Neil Young will be the headliner of New Zealandâ€™s annual music festival on Friday January 16th at Mount Smart Stadium. Other supporting acts that have been released include: Prodigy, The Living End, The Datsuns, Headless Chickens, Elemeno P, Arctic Monkeys, Tiki, The Black Seeds, Luger Boa, My Morning Jacket, Bullet for My Valentine, and Cobra Kahn. The 17th annual music festival, the biggest in New Zealand, has been running since 1992, escalating from 9,500 attendances to 276,000 in 2007. Artists such as Metallica, Tool, Marilyn Manson, Rage Against the Machine, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, just to name a few, have been recent headliners of the festival. 2009 promises to be a spectacle for all the true and old-school bogans â€“ keeping in mind Neil Young himself is 63 going on 64. Also, the likes of Prodigy should help to dig out some ancient, nose-pierced weridos.
3News Entertainment reporter, Kate Rodger. â€œNeil Young is an interesting choice; he hasnâ€™t been here in 20 years. He should be good for the oldies. Iâ€™m a bit old school; Iâ€™ll be dancing with a glow stick in the Boiler Room watching Prodigy. Also, the Arctic Monkeys are a great choice; really great band to see live.â€? Tickets go on sale October 10th.
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