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Werewolf Edition #29 – Waiting For The Man

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Our cover story this month features an extensive interview with new-ish Labour leader David Shearer , who took this opportunity to speak his mind, and plainly, one thing on his mind is a desire not to tread on the toes of his caucus colleagues.

Werewolf Edition #29 – Waiting For The Man

From Werewolf Editor Gordon Campbell

Enter the “Wolf”

Hi and welcome to the 29th issue of Werewolf. Our cover story this month features an extensive interview with new-ish Labour leader David Shearer, who took this opportunity to speak his mind, and plainly, one thing on his mind is a desire not to tread on the toes of his caucus colleagues. (Shooting from the hip will never be Shearer’s most pressing problem.) Yet given the rate at which the current government is trashing its mandate, the public could well begin to warm to Shearer’s considered and considerate voice of moderation

Elsewhere in this issue we consider the fragile state of our tertiary institutions as funding dries up and research is directed to the service of business. In her piece on polling, Alison McCulloch examines how a credulous and thinly stretched journalism will routinely extend media coverage to organisations promoting their own ( sometimes dubious) polling as newsworthy items in their own right. Anne Russell explores the media’s role in promoting what are (literally) unreal images of women in ways damaging to women’s health and sense of self worth.

In this month’s movie essay. Philip Matthews analyses Pedro Almodovar’s new film The Skin I Live In in which the Spanish director gives his own idiosyncratic spin to the themes of sex, obsession, guilt and second chances that Alfred Hitchcock masterfully explored in Vertigo. The children’s book column this month deals with the wildly popular trilogy for young adults – The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins – and the film of the first book is due in movie theatres later this month. Satirist Lyndon Hood allows himself to be used as a platform this month for the secret diary of Moonbeam, the nation’s First Cat, who has something else than unconditional love on its dark and murderous mind.

In our occasional sports column Talking Sport, Wellington writer Lamont Russell considers whether the Spanish cycling champion Alberto Contador received fair treatment at the hands of the anti-drug sporting authorities. In our music column The Complicatist this month, the second album by the buzz band Sleigh Bells gets a thumbs up, and Cartoon Alley this month features new work by the duo of Mike Brown and Mat Tait, and also by Brent Willis.

Thanks to Alastair Thompson for helping me post this online. Werewolf is a thank you to Scoop readers and is intended as an outlet for local writers and artists. If you want to be involved, contact me at If you want to be involved, contact me at and let’s talk story ideas.

Gordon Campbell
Editor, Werewolf.

The contents of this edition are:


Waiting For The Man

An interview with new Labour leader, David Shearer
by Gordon Campbell

Lies, Damn Lies and Opinion Polls

Are journalists prone to being dazzled by numbers?
by Alison McCulloch

Feeling Bad About Ourselves

What should we do about the promotion of unreal image of women ?
by Anne Russell

Marketing the Mind

How the tertiary sector in New Zealand is being hi-jacked into the service of commerce
by Gordon Campbell

Pedro Does Vertigo

Pedro Almodovar’s fresh take on the Hitchcock classic about sex, obsession and second chances
by Philip Matthews


From The Hood : Moonbeam Dreams of Murder

Feline fantasies of fame fortune and bloody vengence
by Lyndon Hood

Classics : The Hunger Games (2008)

When life is a war game, you need friends to survive
by Gordon Campbell

Talking Sport : The Trashing of Alberto Contador

Nothing that resembles natural justice was meted out to the champion Spanish cyclist
by Lamont Russell

The Complicatist : Sleigh Bells

Even buzz bands make only tiny little buzzes
by Gordon Campbell

Cartoon Alley : Mat Tait & Mike Brown

Mat Tait is a South Island based cartoonist and illustrator. Mike Brown lives in Wellington and is currently writing a PhD thesis on New Zealand vernacular musics.
by Mike Brown & Mat Tait

Cartoon Alley : Brent Willis

Brent Willis currently lives in Lyall Bay, Wellington and has been making underground self-published comics since the mid 1990s.
by Brent Willis

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