FRIDAY Fast Five: Speak on it

This week I am writing about voice. There have been a few events over the last week that have shown how important having a voice is, and on the flipside, how dangerous it can be. With Tusk, a central tenet has always been that this website is a platform for people to share their views. It is a space for us, a space where ourselves and our peers can write about our experiences in the sector while acknowledging that what we do is part of the fabric of wider society.

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FRIDAY Fast Five: #Iam...

It's hard to know what to say after the unbelievable last 48 hours that have passed since Metiria announced she will be stepping down from her position of Green co-leader and would likely not return to parliament as an MP after the election.

I truly don't think I've ever been so profoundly, devastatingly disappointed and ashamed of my country-folk. Something truly terrible has occurred; not just in the immense, immense loss to our political landscape with her departure but something horrible has been exposed in our country's lack of empathy, its blinding hypocrisy

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FRIDAY Fast Five: What a week!

Kia ora! Wow, this week was a rollercoaster. For me it started on a massive high as I co-hosted a wānanga with The Wireless where we worked with a room of awesome (mostly) rangatahi to generate story ideas for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. The day was really inspiring, but more on that later. The next day I had an artist collective visiting me and I had the pleasure of being with them all day as their art mātauranga (martauranga? Lol) slowly revealed itself. During all that Andrew Little decided to resign, we had a wave of optimism with Jacinda Ardern which all then got overshadowed by the bullshit following Metiria Tūrei around (shaped like David Seymour and coloured red thanks to the lack of support from Labour). So, all in all, this has been a week of it and I'm looking forward to a beer tonight! Let's do this and take a fresh approach to a brighter future, together.

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FRIDAY Fast Five: The sound of music...

So, ah, I totally forgot it was my week for Fast Five. It's been that kind of week - good but buuuuuusaaaaay. So I present you with #fastfivelite inspired by the film I am currently unwinding in front of... A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night....a beautiful, strange, moody Iranian vampire flick featuring a skateboarding woman vampire who preys on men who abuse women. The highlight of the film (aside from Arash Marandi - just google him) is a an absolutely kickass soundtrack  that I shall be listening to all weekend.

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FRIDAY Fast Five: Loyalty inside my DNA

Kia ora Friday whānau. We made it. This week I’ve had ‘LOYALTY’ by Kendrick Lamar stuck in my head due to a particularly fun episode I had last Friday evening at the opening for Maureen Lander and Fiona Clark’s new exhibition at the Dowse, which I’ll get to soon. The show has inspired this week’s Fast Five so I implore you to ponder on whakapapa and the marriage and movements that led to us being here. We made it.

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SATURDAY Slow Selection: Stealth health

It’s been a time poor week whānau. Whakaaro goes out to all those who are affected by the awful sicknesses that are flying about and stealthy health to those who have not been affected! I’m jetting back from a flying visit to Auckland so, seeing as we’re heading into a cold and wet weekend, I’m just going to send you off in style with my latest watching recommendations. Cosy up and chill out (weird oxymoron there).

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FRIDAY Fast Five: Down the rabbit hole...

This week a few people shared an article with me written by Jarrett Drake, the up-until recently digital archivist at Princeton. I've been reading Jarrett's work for a while now - he's a bit of a leading voice in the radical, archivist as activist scene and he's been really, really pivotal as my thinking has progressed. In his latest piece on Medium...

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RĀMERE Rima Tere: Ngā kāhui ariki

Today I was blown away by a kōrero from mātauranga Māori astronomer Dr Rangi Mataamua (Tūhoe). He spoke hilariously, accessibly and joyously about the constellation Matariki and for the first time I heard the hohonu meanings behind these stars which, given it is also my name, was something of a revelation to me.

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FRIDAY Fast Five: Reflections on theatre, books & harbours

On Thursday night last week I undertook at feminist-theatre marathon by attending two plays in one night. An unprecedented move in my world. I have a checkered history with theatre. I think I saw one too many performances that scarred me (ie made me feel awkward and like I wanted to disappear under my seat). I’m thinking of one particular production of Othello I went to as a teen.

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