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October 8, 2018

This week marks the spookiest (and best) month of the year. Despite the insistence of my friends that Halloween “is not a real holiday”, it remains undoubtedly my favourite annual festivity. Maybe it’s because I’ve indulged in one too many Tim Burton films. Maybe it’s due to its synonymity with “Basic Bitch” culture — a […]

September 17, 2018

Last month, the world lost the “Queen of Soul”, music icon Aretha Franklin. Hundreds turned out to commemorate her. The church accommodated over a thousand members of the public, and a befittingly star-studded congregation of invited guests. The funeral lasted six hours, and was as much a performance as it was a service. With a […]

August 20, 2018

The story of New Zealand teenager Albert Black has it all: love triangles, jukeboxes, a tragic demise, a secret pregnancy, an aesthetically-pleasing setting fit with cool clothing and the “50s diner” look. Like the visual appeal of Riverdale but with, you know, substance. In Auckland in 1955, a 19-year-old labourer from Northern Ireland named Albert […]

August 6, 2018

When I first found out that the producers of the next James Bond instalment were putting out a casting call for a Māori henchman, my natural reflex was to wince. While like many, I am excited for Māori culture to be making its next foray into the 007 legacy, the 2002 Bond movie does not […]

May 28, 2018

The last time there was a royal wedding I could not have cared less. You knew the gown was going to be lacy and conservative; you knew the church was going to be Westminster Abbey; you knew the ceremony was going to be riddled with polite nods to archaic traditions. However, when I found out […]

May 21, 2018

In typical Met Gala fashion (pun intended), I woke on Wednesday to find that “cultural appropriation” and “Rihanna” were once again atop the suggestions list when I hit up Google for my annual couture fix. These two searches haven’t historically lead me to the same image, but as it turns out our favourite bad girl […]

April 30, 2018

In case you recently self-enforced a social media ban in the name of cram-writing essays and somehow missed this story: last week our Prime Minister visited Buckingham Palace. There, she greeted the Queen (for the second time) and mingled with dignitaries. She gave the official toast to the Commonwealth and classily rounded it off with […]