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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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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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: 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: 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: 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: 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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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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