FRIDAY Fast Five: Generosity

Last weekend I was lucky enough to sit on a panel with some amazing GLAM sector colleagues at LitCrawl Wellington. We were hosted by Bartley & Company art gallery (which I had never visited despite living in Wellington for 7 years) and had a pretty engaging and urgent yet relaxed conversation about the state of art/cultural sector critical writing in NZ. I will always be so grateful for having friends who talk and think with, so much so that I even didn't mind doing it in front of a (bigger than expected) audience. One thing that kept coming up for me during that panel was 'generosity' so with that in mind...

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FRIDAY Fast Five: Big, big world

Last weekend I went to Melbourne with my sisters and had a great time. The only GLAM-related thing we did (apart from glamorous dressing/shopping) was that we went to the late night NGV to check out the Dior show. And so this Fast Five is all about scale and the big wide world.

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FRIDAY Fast Five: Labour/labour

There's change afoot. Jacinda chugged up to the front steps of Parliament in the mode of transport of the people and promised the crowd in front of her an empathetic government. On the bus ride over, when asked by John Campbell "if there was a central tenet to her approach to the new role" she said it was empathy: "Empathy is the one thing that I think that's your foundation, that's your grounding, and we'll keep ourselves in constant check." She talked about bringing parties together to work for people who need it most. She hasn't said that everything's fine, that we have a rockstar economy...

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FRIDAY Fast Five: This must be the place

I've been wondering recently about the root cause of change. Not like restructures and such but good change. One of the most frustrating things about us humans is our capacity to know the damaging effects of our behavior yet doing nothing to change it. Let's take the environment vs my own lazy behavior. I know I shouldn't use single-use plastics.I know I shouldn't use throwaway takeaway coffee cups....

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SLOW Saturday: Word Power

This week at work was mostly spent working on some object labels for an exhibition which, for the most part, entails re-working existing labels. This means that my best friends this week have been a thesaurus and the DNZB. What I have been reminded of this week is the power of words, inside the institution and outside of it, how we write labels directly influences how people read art and taonga. It seems simple enough but it is still an inherently political decision to privilege Māori frames of reference over Pākehā. 

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FRIDAY FAST FIVE: Welcome Distractions

I am very, very nervous. About a week ago a small but not insignificant flutter of butterflies began to congregate in the pit of my stomach. In the intervening days the butterflies have not only multiplied exponentially but taken up permanent residency. I am very nervous about tomorrow's election. Pretty neat feelings of hopefulness have been replaced with dread and an unshakable feeling that come Sunday, the majority of people in Aotearoa will not have chosen to step into a fairer, more equitable, empathetic, progressive future...

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RĀMERE Rima Tere: Pau te hau

Phew! Kua mutu te wiki o te reo Māori (moku noa iho)! My duties as guest-editor over at The Wireless have ended, it's been such a great week but I'm so tired. Working with such talented rangatahi has been suuuuch a privilege and it's so amazing to see their whakaaro, kōrero, toi, out in the world. Nāku te honore. 

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FRIDAY Fast Five: Tricks of memory

I have just spent two days at Nga Kete Wānanga Marae at the Manukau Institute of Technology. Part of a wider Auckland Museum leadership initiative, the noho was intended to provide a space and time for honest discussion and reflection on bi-culturalism at the Museum. Throughout the stay I had a passage written by Maualaivao Albert Wendt in his response to Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh's new publication, Tightrope  , going round and round in my head:

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FRIDAY Fast Five: Wāhine Toa

There seems to have been quite a lot of awesome women achieving things this week so today's Fast Five is dedicated to them. Not just these recent achievements though because next year sees the Suffrage 125 commemoration and with the election quickly looming, it is timely that we reflect on the power of voting. With all this in mind, let's get started.

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