Viewport width =

Features

May 8, 2017

“I understand nothing,” Ivan Karamazov says to the angelic Alyosha, “and I don’t want to understand anything now. I want to stick to facts. I made up my mind long ago not to understand, for if I should want to understand something, I’d instantly alter the facts….” This moment in The Brothers Karamazov was jarringly […]

May 8, 2017

(Ordering a coffee in Whanganui-a-tara, Aotearoa) Can I please have a mochaccino please? Sure, what is your name? Ataria. Natalia? Atalia? No, A-ta-ri-a. Oh okay… uhh… how do you spell that? A-T-A-R-I-A. Thanks! Your coffee will be ready soon.   A number of political parties have recently commented on compulsory te reo Māori in schools. […]

May 1, 2017

“I only fought for my body and my land; I had not any wish to fight. After the fall of Rangiriri I desired that peace be made… Put it to the arbitrator, for him to ask who was it that made this war.” — Wiremu Tamihana   As always, I’d left it late. My alarm […]

May 1, 2017

On the last day of March, 2017, President Park Geun-hye was arrested for the part she played in a major 2016 South Korean political scandal. By then it was three months after her official impeachment, but that time was not enough to dilute the drama of the occasion. Some commentators argue that Park Geun-hye was […]

May 1, 2017

“Frankie kicked a mine the day that mankind kicked the moon.” — Redgum, “I was only 19” (1983)   The Polynesian soldiers whose faces fill several large frames at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum look as if they are going to start a conversation with you, if you stare at them long enough. It’s like these […]

April 10, 2017

Shadows are everywhere in Dark Objects. Curated by Faith Wilson, 2016 Blumhardt/CNZ Curatorial Intern at Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt, the show features work by Hana Pera Aoake, Clara Chon, Hye Rim Lee, Huni Mancini, Natasha Matila-Smith, Sorawit Songsataya, and Jade Townsend. All the artists are people of colour. To be other — to […]

April 10, 2017

In 1984, having made it all the way from Ngāruawāhia, the hīkoi to Waitangi was stopped just south of their goal. Police barred the bridge to the treaty grounds; only a delegation could proceed. The answer was definitive, an extension of the kotahitanga (oneness of purpose) movement that had brought the different groups together: “All […]

April 10, 2017

Moving from South Auckland to central Wellington, the decrease of Pacific culture/language/people I saw daily was a culture shock. Living in the CBD, I didn’t know where to go to find Pacific culture near me. I found solace at the Tangata o le Moana exhibition at Te Papa Tongarewa. In a city that felt so […]

April 10, 2017

Written by NZ’s #1 art world bad girl   The art world is a game. It is a game Have you trained? Are you ready to run the race? Do you own New Balances or Nike Frees? You have to be comfortable, because it’ll take decades to run the race and get to the top. […]