AmeriNZ 363 – Fifteen Years

Today is the Fifteenth Anniversary of the AmeriNZ Podcast! I’m as surprised as anyone that this anniversary has arrived.

Today I just talk about the podcast, the things that shaped the way the podcast changed over the years, and some of the challenges I face. I’ve never talked about a lot of this stuff, certainly not all in one place. It was only when I thought back on all this that I realised how much I’ve gone through to get to this point. Kinda proud of myself, to be honest.

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Links for this episode
”Fifteen years of the AmeriNZ Podcast” – My blog post about this anniversary. It has the text I read at the end of this episode.
”A blog version of a ‘haul’ video” – The tongue-in-cheek blog post I mentioned.

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AmeriNZ 358 – On hold again

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016Last week I had one set of updates about Covid in New Zealand, and then everything changed a couple days later—and then kept changing. I talk about that first, before talking about some sad news I didn’t mention last week, followed by an update on one of my projects.

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Links for this episode
“COVID-19: Vaccine data” – This is the official data from the NZ Ministry of Health, updated weekly.
“Northland moves to Alert Level 3 tonight”1News
“Back up to Level 3” – My blog post on Waikato going to Level 3.
“The worried well” – My blog post from yesterday, before the new announcement.
Super Saturday – From the official government website.
“Farewell, Jake” – My blog post on Jake’s death.
“Open, says me” – My post on the development on my Mac Project.
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AmeriNZ 357 – Projected Living

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016Back with an update on what’s been going on since I last podcasted. I talk about what’s going on with New Zealand and with me. That’s a lot of ground to cover, but at the end of this episode, everything’s basically updated.

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Links for this episode
“COVID-19: Vaccine data” – This is the official data from the NZ Ministry of Health, updated weekly.
“Covid-19 modelling: 90 percent vaccination needed to avoid lockdowns”RNZ
“A COVID-19 vaccination model for Aotearoa New Zealand” – The detailed modelling report from Te Pūnaha Matatini.
“Lockdown v2 begins” – When our Lockdown began.
“Level 3 v2 begins” – When we went down a level.
“A whole new two” – When we went back to Level 2.
“The biggest project of all” – The garage project.
“Honouring an important stranger” – My post about honouring Gary.
“Ye Olde Macintosh Project” – All my posts about YOMP.
“The spirit is somewhat willing” – I quoted from this post about some of the rough times I went through.
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AmeriNZ 348 – Midyear

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016We’re in the second half on 2019 already! I talk briefly about that before going to NZ news, specifically, some recent changes that will affect tourists coming to New Zealand. There was also a weird rightwing social media freakout over a cake. Plus a couple other stories, along with a “me” update.

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Links for this episode
“At the midpoint” – My blog post on the midpoint of this year
“Information about the NZeTA” – NZ Immigration
“Paying the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy” – NZ Immigration
“Americans will need a travel document to enter New Zealand, starting Oct. 1”Washington Post
“It’s just cake” – My blog post on the rightwing overreaction to the NZ Prime Minister making a cake.
“ACT Party rebrand: no name change, will focus on repealing hate speech laws”Stuff
“One pipe dream fantasy remains” – My most recent blog post about the rightwing “Christian” parties in NZ.
“Sunny is eleven” – My blog post about Sunny’s birthday.
“Teatotaling test” – My blog post about trying no-alcohol wines.

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AmeriNZ 347 – Unexpected reboot

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Three weeks since my last episode, but since then I had another helath adventure. And today there was big news on a story I’ve talked about several times. All that and comments, too! Other than that, it’s an ordinary episode, really.

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Links for this episode
”Unexpected reboot” – My blog post on my health adventure
”Pike River re-entry team breaks through into mine drift”Stuff
”Leaky sampling tube delayed Pike River mine re-entry”Stuff
”AmeriNZ 91 – Monique Rhodes” – The 2008 podcast episode I mentioned at the end of this episode.


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AmeriNZ 345 – 12 Years Later

Today is the 12th Podoversary of the AmeriNZ Podcast, which is significant, even if the specific number isn’t, because both the podcast and I are still here. I talk about that today, but first I have some updates to last week’s episode first. This episode isn’t really a celebratory episode as such, but at the end I have an audio montage I created for this episode. Wendy made me do it.

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Links for this episode
“PM Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand will ban all military-style semi-automatic weapons and all assault rifles”Radio New Zealand
”We Are One” – My blog post on the two minutes silence
”A podcast is up” – The original shownotes for the first episode


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AmeriNZ 344 – They Are Us

On Friday of last week, New Zealand was changed when terrorism arrived on our shores. I reflect on that day and the immediate aftermath from my perspective. This is a personal viewpoint, not a news report or news analysis—there are plenty of places that provide that. But for nearly a dozen years I’ve talked about good things and bad things that have happened in New Zealand, and this could be no different.

Important update: After I recorded and prepared this episode, the New Zealand Government followed through on its promise and will ban all military-style semi-automatic weapons and all assault rifles. I’ll have more to say about that later, but I applaud the move.

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Links for this episode
Photo in this episode’s artwork is byKirk Hargreaves for Christchurch City Council
“No mention of right-wing extremist threats in 10 years of GCSB and SIS public docs”Radio New Zealand
“Republicans Blasted Obama Administration For Warning About Right-Wing Domestic Terrorism”ThinkProgress
“Gun owners voluntarily handing over semi-automatic rifles to police after Christchurch terrorist attack”One News (TVNZ)
“Rush for semi-automatic guns in Blenheim following Christchurch mosque shootings”Stuff
“They Are Us” – My blog post with my personal reflections on the attack and aftermath


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AmeriNZ 343 – Autumn begins

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016Only ten days and another episode! And, it’s the first day of Autumn. Time to update something I talked about two episodes ago, then it’s on to some things in the news that happened since the previous episode. A couple housekeeping things and that’s it.

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Links for this episode
Seasonal climate outlook – March – May 2019 – NIWA
”First Auckland Pride ‘#OURMARCH’ Attracts Estimated 3000 People”Gay Express
”Working Group For New Auckland Pride Established”Gay Express
”The Big Gay Out”Wikipedia
– The Ending HIV website page for the Big GayOut
”Big Gay Out 2013” – My blog post about our trip to the Big Gay Out in 2013
”Remembering Christchurch, eight years since the devastating 6.3 earthquake”Newshub
”February 22: Christchurch eight years on”The Spinoff
”Frontline Chch police to stay armed until wanted man found”Radio New Zealand
The End of Google Plus – My blog post about Google Plus and its looming demise

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AmeriNZ 342 – Year’s mixed start

This year is off to a roaring start—and I’m ahead of schedule, apparently. This episode is about the two main events so far this year: My birthday in January, and the death of our cat Bella last week. I do the sad part first. My birthday celebrations basically lasted a week, which was nice, and I talk about that, as well as why this particular birthday was such a big deal for me. I also have good intentions for what I’ll do about it—or maybe it’s “with it”.

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Links for this episode
Bella’s journey ends – my blog post on the sad news, with links to relevant posts about her health challenge
All my blog posts about Bella are tagged ”Bella”.
Another ‘Big Birthday’ – This year’s annual post for my birthday
A good time was had – My blog post about my birthday party

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AmeriNZ 341 – Providing answers

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016Last chance to post an episode before the USA’s Thanksgiving holiday, so here I am! I begin talking about the Pike River mine disaster, because we’ve had a major development. Then, it’s a sad and fraught story about division and a huge fight in Auckland’s “rainbow communities”. I also talk about how I’ve had to explain the USA’s recent elections to New Zealanders, which isn’t new, actually. Then I have a question and some comments from the previous episode. Consider this the aural equivalent of a Thanksgiving feast!

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Links for this episode
”Andrew Little confirms Pike River Mine Drift re-entry plan to proceed” – Government media release
”Pike River Mine re-entry: How it will happen”Radio NZ
”We’re in!” – Stand With Pike Media Release
AmeriNZ 242 – Sudued – The 2010 AmeriNZ Podcast episode where I talked about Pike River
”Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust withdraws support for Auckland Pride Parade after police uniform ban”One News, TVNZ
”Sound advice: ‘Just don’t go there’” – My blog post I referred to


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