Tim Murphy

Tim Murphy is a former editor and editor in chief of the New Zealand Herald, trialling retirement.

Media
Nov 10, 2016

Radio ratings report: Bittersweet results for Mediaworks, more bad news for NZME

Tim Murphy analyses the latest GfK radio listenership figures and finds evidence that the NewstalkZB juggernaut is finally starting to slow.

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Media
Nov 8, 2016

The StuffMe merger is stuffed – and it may not be unstuffable from here

The Commerce Commission has rejected the NZME-Fairfax merger in a bold draft decision that plays down forecasts of digital doom. Is there any way back from here, asks former Herald editor-in-chief Tim Murphy.

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Fullscreen
Oct 7, 2016

A final Pokarekare Ana and a punch in the air: post-mayoricide, Len Brown goes out on a high

As he leaves office, Len Brown talks about his successes, failures, and future plans. And that unavoidable ‘personal challenge’. Tim Murphy joins the mayor on his farewell lap of Auckland, selfies, train cake and all.

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Sports
Sep 16, 2016

Australian rugby’s secret comeback plan: be more like New Zealand

Australian rugby teams have been mostly awful this year, but there’s a plan to turn things around, and it starts with a Super Rugby overhaul. Tim Murphy reports.

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Sports
Sep 13, 2016

Is the Brisbane Global Tens the ideal Super Rugby preseason or a sweltering vision of rugby hell?

Rugby is getting a new festival event next year to kick-off the season in style – in the scorching heat and league paradise of Brisbane. But what’s it all about, and why do we need it? Tim Murphy spent 48 hours among the tatts, T-shirts and thongs to find out.

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Gaming
Sep 5, 2016

Virtual reality in Mt Eden: ‘My descendants will be able to do a haka with me’

It’s more Dilapidated Valley than Silicon Valley, but at the bottom of a hill beneath TV3 in Eden Terrace lies a brand new, high-tech facility bringing together dudes, nerds and the hopes of a city and government’s innovation plan.

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Auckland
Aug 26, 2016

Housing crisis uselessness costing National in Auckland – Spinoff poll

A Spinoff/SSI poll shows National's support nosediving in Auckland. Tim Murphy looks at why the blue tide might be going out in our biggest city (Hint: it has something to do a housing Apocalypse).

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Sports
Aug 13, 2016

Why is New Zealand rugby television so dry and serious and not more like The Footy Show?

Tim Murphy wonders why New Zealand rugby fans can't have a show that's fun and and irreverent and, well, more like rugby league's The Footy Show.

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Auckland
Aug 4, 2016

The Tāmaki Regeneration: a vision of Auckland’s housing future, today

As Auckland contemplates a future of greater housing density with more crowded suburbs and schools, there’s an extreme, low-rise example happening in three of its suburbs. Tim Murphy spent some time in Tāmaki and listened to the man pulling it apart.

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Auckland
Aug 2, 2016

Coalition building: a broad church gathers to back a huge boost in Auckland housing

Enough heeding a small group of angry residents, time to listen to the experts. That was the message yesterday at the launch of the pro-Unitary-Plan campaign group Coalition for More Homes, writes Tim Murphy.

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Auckland
Jul 28, 2016

Len’s last stand: in his last days, Mayor Brown helps crush a move to axe Māori from the Unitary Plan debate

Attempts to have Māori Statutory Board members excluded from the vote on the Unitary Plan called for a proper Mayor in the Chair. So up stepped Len Brown. Tim Murphy watches a critical chapter of council squabbling

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Media
Jul 21, 2016

MediaWorks crushes again in the radio ratings – where to next for NZME?

The just-released commercial radio ratings show a continuation of the long-running swing to MediaWorks. Tim Murphy assesses the disturbing implications for a pre-merger NZME.

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Media
Jul 18, 2016

Sky TV issues Olympic ultimatum to media: play by our rules or you can’t cover Rio

Sky TV is attempting to massively restrict online coverage of the Rio Olympics – and both the Herald and Stuff are considering staying home in protest, reports Tim Murphy. Don’t criticise the Sky …

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Television
Jul 5, 2016

Paul Henry vs Breakfast: the hottest war in television awaits Hilary’s arrival

Last month Paul Henry won the ratings war against Breakfast, despite losing Aunty Hilary. Following up from his supportive piece for Paul Henry's one year anniversary, Tim Murphy returns to explain what TVNZ should do next.

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Politics
Jun 30, 2016

John Key states obvious, admits Government isn’t doing enough to help the homeless

This morning, John Key conceded some of his loudest and most persistent critics are right - about one thing at least. Tim Murphy was there to watch the Prime Minister change tack. John …

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Auckland
Jun 21, 2016

To Meadowbank, where the would-be mayors are upstaged by the Queen of the East

The spotlight in the latest Auckland debate belonged to a National Party insider already being tipped for the deputy mayoralty. Tim Murphy introduces Desley Simpson, and marks the candidates’ efforts out of 10

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Auckland
Jun 17, 2016

‘It’s going to be a clear out’ – a long lunch with Council aspirant Bill Ralston

Once Bill Ralston was the baddest man in New Zealand journalism. Now he's running for council. Over a long lunch at Prego Tim Murphy asks him why.

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Media
Jun 9, 2016

The Sky and Vodafone deal: a modern business fable

The only universally understood business in Auckland today is housing. So what better metaphor for Tim Murphy to use to describe the motivations and implications of today's Sky-Vodafone deal. The Parable Vodafone New …

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Media
Jun 3, 2016

Engage, then see: Tim Murphy reads between the lines of the NZME-Fairfax merger bid

Former Herald editor-in-chief Tim Murphy has now read the 130-page media mega-merger application to the Commerce Commission three times. Here he examines the central argument, along with the long bows, flying pigs, and echoes of Napoleon.

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Society
May 18, 2016

Tripartite day 2: 300 speed dates, flying cars and a $400m computer

On the final day of the Tripartite Economic Summit, Tim Murphy discovers how a talk fest can get real-world results - and gets a lesson in American-style positive thinking.

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Politics
May 17, 2016

Influencers, inventors and international relations: on the ground at the Tripartite Economic Summit

It sounds like a bureaucratic bore, but Auckland's Tripartite Economic Summit, with guests including a British YouTube superstar and an American political "rock star", is the hottest ticket in town. Tim Murphy reports from day one.

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Media
May 10, 2016

Click here for HeraldStuff.co.nz – on messy media divorces and a newspaper marriage of convenience

Amid reports of NZME and Fairfax NZ being carved off from their Australian owners, former Herald editor-in-chief Tim Murphy considers the prospects for a merger between NZ’s two big newspaper groups

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Auckland
May 5, 2016

Throwback Thursday: On the return of Mark Thomas – the tragic, unforgettable star of Campaign

He may be a relative outsider in the Auckland mayoral race, but Mark Thomas will be well-known to anyone who has seen the extraordinary 1996 documentary about the battle for Wellington Central: Campaign.

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Auckland
Apr 20, 2016

‘It’s probably a form of masochism’ – an interview with veteran MP turned mayoral wannabe Phil Goff

The front runner for Auckland’s top job has been a Labour politician for three decades, but now he’s shedding the tribal skin. And his ticker is good for another 20 years of hard work, he tells Tim Murphy

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Media
Apr 18, 2016

What happens when you appear before a judge you called a c*** on Facebook?

Tim Murphy brings you perhaps the finest court transcript in New Zealand's long and glorious judicial history.

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Auckland
Apr 16, 2016

Is Victoria Crone for real?

Tim Murphy watched former Xero CEO Victoria Crone meet her public at the Takapuna Boating Club, and came away with his expectations radically adjusted.

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