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.

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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Politics
Aug 31, 2017

The roast of Gerry Brownlee

James Dann goes to a candidates meeting where the biggest star, Gerry Brownlee, isn't even standing in the constituency.

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Sports
Aug 7, 2017

Being a Warriors supporter feels more hopeless than ever this season

After their worst loss of the year all but guaranteed a sixth season without finals footy, is it finally time to abandon all hope of the Warriors ever being good at rugby league again?

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Society
Apr 18, 2017

Parking nightmare! How the car lobby is hijacking the Christchurch CBD rebuild

Plans for post-quake Christchurch promised a focus on transport alternatives and a compact, pedestrian-friendly core. But media generated hysteria over car parking - and the meddling of Gerry Brownlee - is threatening to send the city back to the 60s, writes James Dann.

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Society
Feb 16, 2017

The Port Hills fire makes it clear: Our Civil Defence is simply not fit for purpose in 2017

As wildfire continues to ravage the Port Hills above Christchurch, questions are being raised about the scale and efficiency of the official response. When it comes to communicating with the public following a major emergency, why are the lessons of Christchurch and Kaikōura still unlearned, asks James Dann.

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Politics
Sep 21, 2016

Election fever roars into Christchurch, like a bruised mid-90s Ford Telstar

While council politics are in the spotlight in much of the country, Christchurch has barely even registered there's an election coming up. James Dann goes in search of some political passion in the Garden City.

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Sports
Jun 9, 2016

All aboard! A beginner’s guide to jumping on the Warriors bandwagon

Everybody loves a good bandwagon and now is your chance to jump on the Warriors' one. James Dann has all the tricks to get you started.

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Sports
May 6, 2016

Analysis: Where does ‘Lets Gone Warriors’ place in the pantheon of great NRL banners?

The NRL may or may not be the greatest sports competition on Earth. But it is indisputably home to the greatest fan-made banners. James Dann selects six of the best.

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Politics
Apr 14, 2016

A tellingly short power ranking of all CERA’s major achievements

CERA will close its doors on April 18th, 2016. James Dann carries out the not-so-Herculean task of ranking all the "anchor projects" that have been completed during its five-year reign.

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Sports
Mar 21, 2016

Don’t panic! The Warriors are going to be okay… maybe

Trouble overwhelming? Panic setting in? James Dann offers a few reasons to stop despairing over the Warriors' terrible start.

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Politics
Mar 17, 2016

How the dairy slump beefs up the case to restore democracy to ECan

Opinion: With falling dairy prices and evaporating rivers, James Dann says it's time to give Cantabrians back their vote for their regional council.

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Sports
Mar 5, 2016

We did it! Every Warriors jersey ever, power ranked

James Dann scales his personal Everest, power ranking all 45 Warriors jerseys from magnificent best to dreadful worst.

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Politics
Mar 2, 2016

Keytruda, Pharmac, and the zero sum game of drug funding

The human appeals for drug funding are heartbreaking. But we need somehow to put emotion to the side, and allow the experts to weigh up the evidence.

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Society
Feb 14, 2016

Christchurch quake: ‘an unwelcome reminder painful memories are just below surface’

Days before the five year anniversary of the destructive 6.3 earthquake, Christchurch has been struck by another tremor, wreaking damage far beyond a few broken mugs, writes James Dann.

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