FRIDAY Fast Five: Causes and remedies

Was it serendipity or irony? I was sitting, having a wee break at work on Wednesday, scrolling through the news of the day whilst in the grips of one of those "back ache, thigh ache, aaaaaallmost bent double from discomfort but you deal with it because you're at work and you're a professional and you've got used to working through the pain even when you don't have any Panadol" period pains, when I happened upon that little turd of a opinion piece written by some Grey Power mover and shaker called Tom O'Conner and published in the Waikato Times...

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FRIDAY Fast Five: Identify

This week I’ve been thinking pretty deeply about a few things due to a long Easter break with whānau at a waiata wānanga and also because of work. Thinking about identity is a constant negotiation, it is a highly personal, oftentimes difficult process. What I think now will inevitably change but I’m always up to debate the meanings with people. With that in mind…

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FRIDAY Fast Five: The Realness

Few things make me as happy as RuPaul's Drag Race. Not an episode goes by that doesn't leave a huge smile on my face, a tear in my eye or a combination of both. It's fabulous, gorgeous (and shady) but also kind, brave, uplifting, life-giving, accepting and joyous. I don't think I've ever "wooooo yeeeeaah"d so much at a television show in my life.

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RĀMERE Rima Tere: Warm fuzzies

Because of all the horrible weather, and it's very real affects on the communities in which many of my whānau live, this Fast Five is brought to you by some good, warm, nice things. There's wool, there's textiles, whānau, intangible cultural heritage - these are a few of my favourite things.

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RAMERE Rima Tere: The ocean is really in our blood

Dr. Teresia Teaiwa was someone who I heard snippets about over the past few years; her words acting as conduits for her powerful insights, passing from countless others to me and ever onward. Her mind, her prose, her generosity, her aroha, her manaakitanga and her mana preceded her, and it is through others that I feel this loss. I feel it for ngā tāngata katoa o te Moana nui a Kiwa and most especially for her aiga, Sean and her boys.

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FRIDAY Fast Five: The kids are alright

Bill English's recent-ish unverified, careless and actually just incorrect claim that unemployed young New Zealanders are unable to find and hold down a job because the can't pass a drug test has been weighing on me. Every now and again, the memory of it pops back into my mind and a seething anger rises that our grey-flannel Prime Minister could be so dismissive, careless, and so damn ready to throw young people under the bus. 

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FRIDAY Fast Five: Five steps on how to deal with BAD! and SAD! Leaders.

This week I am tackling a more difficult aspect of leadership, dealing with bad leaders. Many of the posts so far this month have talked about empowering, inspirational and supportive leaders in the GLAM sector, which thankfully appear to be in abundance. I feel especially proud to personally know a few of these amazing people who actively advocate for their staff. However, I feel that there’s often hesitation to talk openly about the negative experiences of leadership.

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FRIDAY Fast Five: Living in tenses

Have all of ya'll been tuning into the #cindytalks panel discussions surrounding the Cindy Sherman show at City Gallery? Being a new Aucklander my experience of them has been virtual and primarily twitter-based. From afar it seems like they were a mixed bag but hey, that's feminism I suppose. The panels wrapped up this past week with a discussion on Aging and Agency with Miranda Harcourt, Dr Ella Henry, Jacqueline Fahey, artist and Dr Claire Robinson. I'm sure it was a stirring event...

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