Gareth Shute

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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Music
Oct 2, 2018

John Rykenberg’s trove of Auckland nightlife photos from the 50s & 60s

John Rykenberg ran a studio of photographers from the 50s to the 70s. Last year, 900 boxes from his studio were donated to Auckland Libraries. Here are some favourites.

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Parents
Sep 3, 2018

The joys of building a crappy playhouse

Spring is just around the corner, so what better time to start work on your own playhouse? Why let a lack of building prowess or your shitty collection of tools stand in your way?

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Music
Aug 30, 2018

The laidback raps and pop beats of Hans.

Hans made his name in the Soundcloud rap scene, but last year made a leap with his one-and-only track on Spotify racking up 1.5 million streams. He talks collaborarting and his new EP, Puddles.

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Society
Aug 9, 2018

What’s still worth recycling these days?

The state of recycling in New Zealand is back in the news after China announced it will no longer take much of our used plastic. But that's no reason to give up on recycling entirely.

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Music
Jul 26, 2018

Josie Moon: A synesthetic indie-pop artist on the rise

An indie-pop act on the rise, inspired as much by imagery and colours as it is by musical ideas.

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Business
Jul 12, 2018

What’s it like to work in New Zealand’s largest shared working space?

Gareth Shute checks in on the B:HIVE's progress since opening its first two floors in December. He chats to two B:HIVE tenants and Smales Farm CEO Paul Gunn to get an insider's perspective.

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Music
Jul 2, 2018

Vincent HL: From West Auckland punk drummer to fuzz folkster

Vincent Lum – aka Vincent HL – discusses his fuzzed-out take on country rock and a new set of songs that cover everything from death to hangovers to strange mystical vortexes.

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Music
Jun 30, 2018

Jackson Owens: A Māori pop star in LA going solo

Turangi-born, LA-based Jackson Owens discusses his debut solo single, ‘Touch,’ and why breakthrough success for the singer now seems closer than ever.

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Music
Jun 21, 2018

Are Flight of the Conchords the biggest NZ live act ever?

How do 'New Zealand’s fourth most popular folk duo’ stack up in the history of New Zealand live performers?

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