James Dann

James Dann lives in Christchurch and writes about the rebuild, politics, and the Warriors. He was in Labour before it was cool, running for the Ilam seat at the 2014 election. He lost.

Science
Oct 27, 2020

How the lockdown changed our diets, affected our sleep, and left us lonely

New Zealanders' lifestyles changed, and so did our wellbeing.

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Science
Oct 26, 2020

The lockdown stamped out a deadly virus. Its health impact did not stop there

From traffic accidents and seasonal flu to heart disease, the indirect health effects of the Covid lockdown were many and varied.

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Science
Oct 25, 2020

How the Covid lockdown changed our air, our water, and the sounds around us

What did the lockdown do for air quality, the noise around us, and our water?

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Science
Oct 24, 2020

When it all stopped: measuring the impacts of the great lockdown experiment

We explore the impacts of those extraordinary measures, intended and otherwise. Today: how we stopped moving.

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Politics
May 6, 2020

We have another ‘once in a lifetime’ chance to rebuild. Will we squander it again?

The Christchurch rebuild should be a cautionary lesson as we contemplate the upcoming post-Covid recovery.

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Food
Mar 11, 2020

Why I love: Christchurch’s elusive but brilliant Afghani restaurant

Sure, you might turn up to find the lights off and the doors closed, but if you can catch it open for business, The Afghan Restaurant offers an unparalleled culinary experience.

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Politics
Jan 31, 2020

Infrastructure week and the government’s odd allergy to trains for Christchurch

This week's big infrastructure announcement included a grand total of zero dollars for rail for New Zealand's second largest city.

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Food
Apr 22, 2019

A tale of too many quinces

At this time of year, an abundance of this old-fashioned fruit is not a bad problem to have – especially if you've got the help of Aunt Daisy. All through my …

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Sports
Mar 30, 2019

The definitive ranking of all 59 Warriors jerseys

An update to James Dann's groundbreaking 2016 investigation, now with 25% more shirts.

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Society
Mar 28, 2019

Cashmere connections: the long Muslim history of a Christchurch community

Cashmere High School attracted national attention as the school a number of terrorist victims attended, and the driving force behind last week's emotional schools vigil in the centre of Christchurch.

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Society
Mar 20, 2019

How Christchurch people are working together to support those affected

As Christchurch tries to come to terms with the atrocity perpetrated at the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques, the people who call the city home have found novel ways to help those affected.

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Society
Mar 16, 2019

March 15, Christchurch

A day that began with the hope of the climate march ended with the despair of a massacre, writes James Dann from Christchurch.

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Society
Feb 22, 2019

February 22: Christchurch eight years on

Eight years to the day since the earthquake that tore Christchurch apart, James Dann takes stock of the city rebuild.

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Politics
Dec 15, 2018

Does Lianne Dalziel deserve a third term as Christchurch mayor?

This week, Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel confirmed that she'll seek a third term in the council chambers. So what still needs to be done? A lot, writes James Dann.

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Society
Nov 24, 2018

A new plan for Christchurch rail

Instead of more roads, what about more rail? James Dann draws up a plan on how he'd improve Christchurch with a brand new transport system centred on new and existing rail.

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Beverage
Nov 20, 2018

Fill ‘er up: The Christchurch garage turned haven of beer, wine and good design

Part cellar door, part bottle shop and soon-to-be urban winery, Dorset Street Cellar Door has a big future ahead of it.

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Objectspace
Nov 14, 2018

The Single Object: a quest for a set of heroic skis

James Dann explores Christchurch's ties to the heroic age of Antarctic exploration, and embarks on his own journey of discovery in pursuit of a pair of skis.

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Food
Nov 10, 2018

Why is Christchurch so crazy about souvlaki?

In the garden city, you don’t grab a kebab, you smash a souvlaki. James Dann sets off on his own Greek odyssey to find out why.

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Society
Oct 23, 2018

Two big reasons to hope that Christchurch city is coming back to life

A new central library and a cinema complex set a template for how the rest of the rebuild should work.

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Music
Oct 19, 2018

High School Musical: Which NZ school has the most #1 albums of all?

Which high school rocks the hardest? Which is top of the pops? Which is number on the New Zealand number one album charts tally?

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Society
Aug 4, 2018

The feel-good factor doesn’t justify pouring $500m into a new Christchurch stadium

Does Christchurch “deserve” a better stadium? Should we just “get on with it”?

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Food
Jul 23, 2018

The carrot crusader: Meet the Christchurch chef changing the vegetarian game

Gatherings’ Alex Davies is leading a quiet revolution with quirky, delicious food that happens to be plant-based.

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Society
Mar 13, 2018

The Christchurch quake spying scandal: a Tsar Brownlee aftershock

The Southern Response spying scandal is just the latest in a string of post-earthquake disasters in the Garden City – and many of them can be traced back to one man, writes James Dann.

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Sports
Mar 9, 2018

Every single Warriors season, power-ranked

James Dann looks back over the Warriors' history since 1995 to rank each of their seasons, from best to worst.

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Music
Feb 8, 2018

Nostalgia Festival: Contemporary music in a replica 19th century colonial village

James Dann talks to Nostalgia Festival director Johnny Gibson ahead of the festival's fifth iteration this weekend.

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Politics
Nov 25, 2017

Megan Woods’ task for Christchurch: regenerate the regeneration

As Christchurch approaches the seventh anniversary of the big quake, the challenge confronting the incoming minister is daunting, argues James Dann.

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