Gareth Shute

Business
Nov 4, 2020

Could NZ's geothermal resources solve the world's lithium mining woes?

Extracting the minerals needed for 5G and electric vehicles can come at an environmental cost. Could our geothermal resources hold the solution?

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Society
Oct 4, 2020

Volcanoes among us: Exploring ngā maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau

Make this summer the summer you discover Auckland's lesser-known – but still fascinating – volcano sites.

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Music
Sep 8, 2020

All of the glitz and none of the glamour: Mapping Auckland's venues of the 1980s

'Mapping Auckland's Venues' is a series which looks at the growth, contraction and general change in the city's live music scene over the years.

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Business
Aug 11, 2020

The HR innovators helping small businesses survive Covid-19 chaos

How did the Covid-19 lockdown affect the staff who deal with employees, contracts, pay and recruitment?

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Art
Jul 7, 2020

From the moana to K Road: A new Auckland home for artists of the Pacific

From kete and hiapo to MS Paint and neo-pop crocodiles, Tautai Gallery celebrates Pacific art in all its forms.

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Business
Feb 26, 2020

The NZ company giving early model e-vehicles a much needed jumpstart

Just because your e-vehicle's battery is dying, doesn't mean the car has to. A New Zealand company has a plan to keep Nissan Leafs, and their owners, going for longer.

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Food
Feb 18, 2020

Should vegetarians go vegan? Let’s weigh up the evidence

Some vegan groups claim the halfway step of vegetarianism is ineffectual if you really care about animal cruelty, climate change, or your own personal health.

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Books
Oct 5, 2019

‘I cry every time I read it’ – Courtney Sina Meredith on her new picture book

Forget Cook. The Adventures of Tupaia is much more interested in the famed navigator and priest who shared his formidable indigenous knowledge with Pākehā.

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Society
Aug 24, 2019

Slow boil: Why stressed-out New Zealand firefighters say they’re at crisis point

Faced with staff shortages, equipment failures, cancer risks, and a jump in critical calls that can leave them traumatised, some firefighters are wondering if it's time to hang up the firehose.

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Science
Jul 5, 2019

Seven excuses for ignoring climate change, debunked

Gareth Shute runs down the most popular arguments for ignoring climate change and finds them wanting.

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Science
Jun 21, 2019

Electric car or solar panels: which reduces your carbon footprint the most?

If you want to do something to reduce your carbon footprint, you'll probably consider both an electric vehicle and installing rooftop solar panels. But which is more effective?

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Music
May 31, 2019

The dive bar that Auckland musicians call home: 15 years of The Wine Cellar

Today is 'Love Your Local Venue Day', part of NZ Music Month, and it marks the 15th anniversary of beloved Auckland venue, The Wine Cellar. Gareth Shute writes a tribute to the best dive bar in town.

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Music
May 22, 2019

The three guitar assault of hard rock supergroup City of Souls

Guitarist Trajan Schwencke tells Gareth Shute why they’re just as focused on melody as they are on riffs and why in this case, three guitars is the perfect amount.

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Music
May 16, 2019

Rip It Up memories: An oral history of our greatest music mag

The first 101 issues of Rip It Up have been added to the freely-accessible online archive, Papers Past. Gareth Shute tracked down some of the people behind this legendary publication to get a sense of how it started and why it was so essential to the local music scene.

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Politics
May 1, 2019

How much David Seymour is too much David Seymour?

He leads a party with 1% support in the polls, yet is everywhere in the media.

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Music
Apr 24, 2019

Lawrence Arabia on songwriting: ‘The more you do it, the less you know’

Throughout 2018, James Milne (aka Lawrence Arabia) released a song a month to fans who’d supported him via a Kickstarter campaign. He took time out from his tour supporting the resulting album, Singles Club, to speak with Gareth Shute about the ups and downs of producing songs to a monthly schedule.

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Music
Apr 20, 2019

How Bob Marley’s 1979 Western Springs concert changed NZ music

Bob Marley played his first and only New Zealand concert on Monday, 16 April 1979, at Auckland’s Western Springs. Gareth Shute looks back on that visit and the seismic effect it had on this country’s relationship with reggae music.

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Music
Apr 5, 2019

The music quota debate has finally arrived on Spotify

There's been a decades-long campaign to get a quota of New Zealand music on radio, but radio is no longer where a lot of us hear new music. Should the same pressure be applied to streaming playlists?

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Music
Mar 26, 2019

Finn Andrews comes home to create his most forthright album yet

After living and working for years in London alongside his band, The Veils, Finn Andrews returned to Auckland last year. Gareth Shute talks to him about his heartbreak-inflected new album, One Piece At A Time.

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Society
Mar 11, 2019

Remembering my time volunteering at Auckland City Mission, 20 years on

The Auckland City Mission is in the midst of a $90 million redevelopment. Gareth Shute, once a volunteer at the Mission, talks with long-serving staff member Wilf Holt about how …

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Music
Feb 26, 2019

Poetik is bringing back 90s West Coast rap, Samoan style

Poetik is a fresh talent within the Auckland hip hop scene, but he takes a very retro approach to his music.

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Music
Dec 13, 2018

The great unknowns: The best NZ music of 2018 with <1000 streams

Gareth Shute digs around to create a best-of-2018 music list with one criterion: the tracks all have less than 1000 streams on Spotify.

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Business
Dec 6, 2018

A Kiwi ex-Tesla employee takes on the backlash against electric vehicles

Former Tesla employee Hamish McKenzie explains why he believes the widespread adoption of electric vehicles is inevitable.

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Music
Nov 3, 2018

Rapper Meer: ‘Once I started to love myself completely, I became almost unstoppable’

Ex-Heavy/Cool Tan rapper Meer talks about her new single ‘1953'.

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Music
Oct 26, 2018

Israel Starr: Second generation reggae star and rastaman

Israel Starr on his new single, ‘Future Navigator,’ and the astounding popularity of local reggae music.

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Music
Oct 8, 2018

Kaylee Bell: Taking New Zealand country music to Nashville

Kaylee Bell on her new music, her foothold in the Australian country scene and the musical stalwarts she’s been working with in Nashville.

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