Russell Brown

Russell Brown is journalist, music writer and media commentator. He is the owner of the Public Address community of blogs, and writes the blog Hard News.

Business
Apr 4, 2018

Another Way to Pay: How AWOP annexed the summer festival experience

It traces its origins to R&V, and has taken a chunk of the festival payments industry across the Tasman too. Russell Brown discovers the company behind summer fun is getting serious to find new markets.

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Business
Mar 12, 2018

The collectivist plan to revive Ruatoria

A social enterprise on the East Coast has been set up to capitalise on a global trend towards natural health products and bring economic recovery, Russell Brown reports.

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Business
Jan 26, 2018

What's happening in the PM's Auckland suburb is a sign of things to come

As Housing NZ prepares to develop the corner near Russell Brown's house in Point Chevalier, he muses on the redevelopment, gentrification and spiralling growth in real estate values of the Auckland suburb he calls home.

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Politics
Aug 21, 2017

Peter Dunne, the flawed reformer

He leaves office largely unloved, but Peter Dunne did more than most New Zealanders realise. Russell Brown goes in to bat for the undercover drug reformer.

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Music
Nov 8, 2016

Criticising the critics: what happened when musicians got to answer back to reviewers

Last night's LATE at Auckland Museum panel discussion delved into the relationship between artists, audiences and critics. Russell Brown reports on what went down – including some surprising revelations about how musicians respond to their harshest reviews.

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