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July 17, 2016

I came out as bi for the first time at the rather ripe age of 19. It came across suddenly—I only began questioning my sexuality a few months prior after I realised what I thought was merely a friend crush on a woman was actually a crush-crush. I only realised it was a crush-crush after […]

July 17, 2016

LGBT people have been part of New Zealand society since long before colonisation, but that doesn’t mean they have always been accepted. LGBT people have fought for equal rights in New Zealand for decades, and this fight has built the foundations for the rights and acceptance that LGBT people now live within. A fight that […]

July 17, 2016

Gender is a social construct. You can’t get through a liberal arts degree without either saying this, hearing this, or reading this. But what does it actually mean? As a young transgender person, for me that statement meant that gender was a mental phenomenon, something in your brain. Something that was different to sex, which […]

July 17, 2016

Fa’atama. Fa’afatama. These are words that aren’t said very often. You’ll even get people claiming we don’t exist. But we do. So now our existence has been established, I ought to say that so often with minority communities, when we speak, it’s heard as “on behalf of all.” To be clear: this is my perspective. […]

July 10, 2016

My sister and I were raised bilingually and biculturally between Ruatoria and Wellington. We are as comfortable with a tea towel in hand at Hiruharama Pa as we are dropping kai off to Mum at the Beehive. This is testament to the upbringing my parents wanted and secured for us, modelled on the concepts of […]

July 10, 2016

I lived in France for a year. Not your stereotypical cute-Parisian-apartment-with-a-wrought-iron-balcony-overlooking-the-Seine-and-La-Tour-Eiffel kind of France. I lived in the wops of northern France, chez les Ch’tis. Specifically in the Picardy region, in a small town called Doullens. Funnily enough, the town I landed in had a few traits that were reminiscent of my own hometown in […]

July 10, 2016

Hoki atu, hoki atu ka whakaaturia mai te noho tīrara a te Māori ki ngā take o te wā. Ka hia tau nei i tautohe ai te iwi Māori ki te hanga o te tuakiri Māori, otirā, ki ngā āhuatanga e uru atu ai te tangata ki te ahurea nei. Me pēhea te tangata e […]

July 10, 2016

Kai Tahu (Kāti Huirapa), Ngāi Tenemāka, Ngāi Pākehā   “Ko te reo te paiaka, ko te tikanga te rākau”, he whakataukī tēnei nā tōku whaea, kua ū ki ahau mai i te wā e tamariki ana ahau i tāwāhi. Ko tana whakamāramatanga; ki te pirangi koe ki te tū rangatira i roto i ngā āhuatanga […]

May 22, 2016

A conversation with Claire Duncan aka i.e. crazy   To speak with Claire of music, or experience, or life at surface-value alone would be to ignore the rich and endlessly layered way in which she gets lost in the world around her. There is a sense of marvel in the most mundane: the sound of […]