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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FRIDAY Fast Five: A culture of kindness

A full week since our last day of Kaitiaki hui and I’m still digesting the massive amount of learning I got from the Museums Aotearoa conference and Kāhui Kaitiaki hui. A week of listening to energising, eye-opening, and emotional (there were tears whānau, so many tears) kōrero as well as meeting a whole bunch of new people and spending time with one of the greatest (Glin! Glinnn! Glenn Iseger-Pilkington!) ever. As I’m in the come down period, and grasping at the remains of the week, here are some of my major takeaways and things we can build on (most of which will be informed by the talks I heard).

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FRIDAY Fast Five: Women like her cannot be contained...

Any initial feelings of relief that I wasn't time out of the busy week to travel to Palmerston North for the Museums Aotearoa Conference were quickly squashed as the tweets started rolling in. Suddenly, there was no more #noregrets but instead @manymanyregrets. The presentations sounded interesting, confronting and necessary. It didn't sound like a 'we did this and then we did this' kind of conference but more like a 'why AREN'T we doing this? what are we here for? Who are we here for?'

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RĀTAPU Rima Tere: Review mirror

Oh hai, it's me after all. I felt so guilty for not doing a Fast Five that here is, Sunday Fast Five inspired by some great reviews I've read lately. Reviews are also on my mind due my own recent writing and a general perceived lack of robust critique that has echoed through me from many corners in the last couple of weeks. It's also something that I'll be exploring more fully as part of our ETHICS theme.

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FRIDAY Fast Five: Exhibitionists

Aaaaah, exhibition development. You're a slippery creature, sometimes confusing, sometimes arduous and most definitely different at every organisation, and even within the same organisation. You know when it's off and you know when it's on and I'm just so psyched to be working on a project right now that feels so incredibly ON...

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RĀMERE Rima Tere: Get the hell outta here

Last weekend I went and saw Get Out and by god did it stay with me. The movie itself sets a mood of unease right from the start, not because it's a horror but because of the way it uses perspective to convey the experience of a black man just trying to live his life and the constant micro-aggressions he faces in a white-dominant space. Unsurprisingly this Fast Five is all about race and space. Goes without saying that there may be some spoilers so go and watch the movie and come back for a read later.

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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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