Kōrero Kākahu: Jealous Saboteurs

It seems fitting that for my last post for this wonderful website that I come full circle and write about the same gallery I wrote about in my first post. City Gallery in Wellington is a long-time favourite of mine, and it has been a join having fashion as an entry point for looking at art exhibitions. The latest exhibition that drew me in has many …

Kōrero Kākahu: Hākui

The award-winning exhibition Hākui: Women of Kāi Tahu at Otago Museum is yet another exhibition that I have had to get to know through catalogues and online write-ups due to its geographic distance (a whole island away!). Last week I attended the inaugural Museums Australasia conference (first time that Museums Aotearoa and Museums Australia had held a joint conference), followed by the Kāhui Kaitiaki hui (a smaller conference aimed …

Kōrero Kākahu: Women of Empire

As a colonial nation, being in the centenary years of the Great War means a great deal to New Zealand. Just yesterday, 25 April, is known as Anzac Day and is recognised both in New Zealand and Australia as a day of remembrance for our war dead. It also means that the war-related exhibition Women of Empire: the untold stories of New Zealand and Australian women in …

Kōrero Kākahu: At the Beach

It is the reality of living anywhere that you cannot make it to every exhibition that you want to see. Such was the case with the most recent exhibition by the New Zealand Fashion Museum (whom I have mentioned before), At the Beach: 100 years of summer fashion in New Zealand. I did actually happen to be in Auckland while this was showing but for the reason of holidaying …

Kōrero Kākahu: TVNZ’s fashion-focused foibles

Something curious is happening at New Zealand’s state-owned broadcaster. In documents released to a nationwide paper, the New Zealand Herald, it was revealed that management had chosen to usher in the new year by imposing a new dress-code for its presenters that is arguably more critical of its female staff members than its male presenters. Under the guise of taking a more relaxed approach to reflect our laidback …

Kōrero Kākahu: A Real feast for these Modern Eyes

On one of my many visits to my Nan, who was born in 1933, we began talking about her youth. In recounting earlier years of her life she remarked about how much pressure there was to always look perfect. She said this while eyeballing the messy bun atop my head (which was on-trend thank you Nan). I have always found this aspect of life in the …

Kōrero Kākahu: The Attic

Kia ora! This past weekend my little family and I toddled off to see the re-developed floor of our local museum. As a bit of background, Wellington Museum has had previous incarnations as a Maritime Museum and most recently as the Museum of Wellington City and Sea. MOWCAS was a real mouthful of a name so to see the more direct name is a relief, …

Kōrero Kākahu: Carmen

Carmen: An exotic New Zealander is an exhibition that has recently opened at the national museum, Te Papa. To describe it as an “exhibition” is a bit of a stretch actually as it is only one case featuring five collection objects that were gifted to the museum by Carmen herself. As a bit of background, Carmen was born Trevor Rupe in small-town New Zealand in …

Kōrero Kākahu: Adornment of Self

The Dowse Art Museum, located in Lower Hutt City a mere 15 minutes drive from Wellington central, is always a favourite of mine to visit. Though it is titled an “Art Museum” it leans more heavily to the art side of things as most exhibitions lack the social history objects that I tend to associate with a museum. After seeing that the current cycle of …

Kōrero Kākahu: New Zealand Fashion Museum and Online Collections

Kia ora! I am writing this from bed, where I have spent a lot of time recently as I finally succumbed to the dreaded cold/flu hybrid that is doing the rounds. From the comfort of my own bed also comes this month’s post about the New Zealand Fashion Museum (NZFM). The NZFM was established in February 2010 as a predominantly online venture. This is a pragmatic and …

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