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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FRIDAY Fast Five: Take it easy...

In times such as these - when your to-do list seems to be multiplying like wet Gremlins and you begin to suspect that Maui actually never slowed the sun down because time is going SO QUICKLY - you just have to stop and smell the roses. Take a moment, slow down and enjoy the finer things in life - such as the things featured in today's Fast Five:

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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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