Going LOCAL: Lake Waikaremoana

Kia ora koutou e hoa mā, (Hello my friends!) I'm currently trying to plan a hike around Lake Waikaremoana, which is one of the Great Walks of Aotearoa, with my sister. It's a four-day long tramp around the lake, which is on the East Coast of NZ's North Island, slap bang in the middle of the … Continue reading Going LOCAL: Lake Waikaremoana

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Napier: a step back in time (Part 2)

Kia ora! I'm publishing this blog post in parts cos I'm very lazy with getting around to writing, and it's less intimidating to finish in parts rather than as a whole. Part 1 is here.  Our first full day in Napier began with a visit to the MTG, which is a museum, theatre and art … Continue reading Napier: a step back in time (Part 2)

Napier: a step back in time (Part 1)

Napier, when combined with its neighbouring township Hastings, is the sixth largest city in New Zealand.  Located on the East Coast of the North Island in Hawke’s Bay, the area is renowned for its horticulture, wineries, warm climate, and distinctive 1930s art deco architecture.  For our family trip to Napier, we’d factored golden beaches and … Continue reading Napier: a step back in time (Part 1)

Conservative Christian organisation Family First stripped of charitable status

This is the first non-job-search-related thing I've written in a long time! I learnt a lot whilst researching it - especially my lack of knowledge about historical cases in New Zealand, and law in general.  As someone who experienced the ideology that Family First now propagates - before it became a registered charity - through both … Continue reading Conservative Christian organisation Family First stripped of charitable status

Theatre Review : Emotional Creature

Auckland is currently experiencing a time of plenty in terms of women-centric entertainment. Casts featuring a significantly more representative ratio of women and non-binary folk to men are on the rise within the Auckland theatre scene. One collective dedicated to increasing representations of minority groups in media, The Others Club, delivered a production of Eve … Continue reading Theatre Review : Emotional Creature

Dreams Review

There was an interview on RNZ that caught my attention.  Auckland composer Claire Cowan talked about the group she’d founded, Blackbird Ensemble and their upcoming show ‘Dreams’ at the Auckland Cabaret Festival.  Along with some of the Ensemble members, Claire explained what Cabaret actually was (which I’d always envisioned as something in-between burlesque and drag) … Continue reading Dreams Review

Story of a Recovering Halloween-a-Phobe

Growing up with conservative Christian parents was a tough time for many reasons.  Things that most kids took for granted, like listening to Britney Spears, sex ed and watching the Simpsons were out of bounds.  It was Christian radio, an embarrassed explanation of periods, carefully researched PG movies and an unshakeable feeling of isolation from … Continue reading Story of a Recovering Halloween-a-Phobe

Not So Free Speech

  The effects of bullying, harassment, and false advertising are demonstrably negative.  We know this.  We also know that inhibiting free speech - especially on a university campus, is not conducive to a fruitful learning environment.  The line between these two things, however, is not always so clear cut. Before the holidays, the Auckland City … Continue reading Not So Free Speech