Danyl Mclauchlan

Danyl Mclauchlan is a Wellington writer. He is the author of two novels, and is an essayist and reviewer of stupendous quality. Danyl was born in Wellington in 1974.

Society
Jul 18, 2018

The Wellington bus network is melting down and commuters are losing their shit

This school holiday Danyl Mclauchlan caught the bus to the Wellington Zoo. It was not fun.

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Politics
Apr 22, 2017

The New Zealand Project offers a bold, urgent, idealistic vision. I found it deeply depressing

Danyl Mclauchlan agrees with most of the ideas in an acclaimed new book by Max Harris about New Zealand politics, yet the What Must Be Done tome leaves him feeling even gloomier about the immediate prospects for the progressive left.

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Media
Apr 17, 2017

Seeking shelter from the information monsoon

Saturated with Trump commentary, Danyl Mclauchlan's brain felt like a tiny teacup with a firehose gushing into it. Here he explains why he decided to refocus his attention away from the floods of content and the 'ludic loop' of social media, where, more than ever, the audience is the product.

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Politics
Mar 22, 2017

Hit & Run: A depressingly credible account of blunder, bloodshed and cover-up

In their new book Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson offer evidence of a botched raid that killed six civilians and led to a scramble to conceal the truth. Danyl Mclauchlan reviews Hit & Run: The New Zealand SAS in Afghanistan and the Meaning of Honour and weighs up the prospects for an inquiry.

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Politics
Jan 1, 2017

Summer reissue: How John Key won at politics – all four of him

Who was PM Key? A lovably uncool dad on the breakfast TV couch? A proudly vicious parliamentarian? A political genius with an uncanny knack for understanding voters? Or a cautious conservative who avoided the real issues? Danyl Mclauchlan picks apart the man who, even when he lost, just kept on winning.

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Politics
Dec 16, 2016

The four John Keys you meet when he governs your country

Who was Prime Minister John Key? A lovably uncool dad, goofing off on the breakfast TV couch? A proudly vicious parliamentarian, sticking the knife in at Question Time? A political genius with an uncanny knack for understanding voters better than they did themselves? Or a cautious conservative who avoided the real issues? Danyl Mclauchlan picks apart the man who, even when he lost, just kept on winning.

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Politics
Sep 11, 2016

Straight outta Khandallah: to Malvina’s with the Wellington mayoral hopefuls

Danyl Mclauchlan explores the mayoral race in the capital by heading for the key battleground: the La Scala lounge at the Malvina Major Retirement Home.

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Books
Jun 16, 2016
Politics
Dec 16, 2015

Politics: Why You Need Incite in Your Life – a Review of Cameron Slater’s $35 Monthly Newsletter

Did you know the key to winning in politics is having enough votes in Parliament to form a government after the election? If not, Danyl Mclauchlan has found just the …

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