1. I don’t know what this is from, but it’s funny.

     
  2. At Poetry Live at Thirsty Dog on K’Rd with Alexandra Fraser - who reads at 9pm. Fell for Karen Hunter’s moody mystical melodies.

     
  3. sandandglass:

    Stephanie Key, the daughter of New Zealand’s Prime Minister, courting a bit of controversy for racism.

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    I don’t even grok this as art, quite apart from how grossly insensitive it is. I’m not all “I don’t know art, but I know what I like.”, Indeed, I’m perfectly capable of appreciating the ideas and skill behind things I don’t personally like. But despite how pretty it often is, her work is just, overall, basically meh

    So, yeah, despite Billy Apple’s reassuring “It’s fun.” I have to agree with his comment that “It’s like a poster. It’s popular culture.” And, further, with Dick Frizzell: “It’s pretty average graphic art, I would have thought.”

    (via politicsbaby)

     
  4. Karangahake Gorge quartz crushing battery. Remnant of the gold rush being slowly swallowed by nature.

     

  5. CNN’s Jeanne Moos gave an incredibly racist, ignorant & culturally offensive ‘news’ report about the Maori welcome given to the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. If you can stomach it, you can watch it here: http://www.tinyurl.com/cnnroyalreport No doubt she thought she was terribly witty, NZ thinks she’s an idiot. This petition on Change.org, is to get a public apology to Maori in particular, & NZ generally.

    "Friday morning, April 11 2014 saw a complaint lodged with CNN about a story recently aired by one of their reporters, Ms. Jeanne Moos, regarding the welcoming ceremony held at Government House, Wellington, New Zealand for Their Royal Highnesses; the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

    "In this report she referred to the exposed nature of one of the tangata-whenua causing a ‘royal bummer’, questioning whether it is ‘any way to welcome a future king and queen?’ Ms Moos continued in dubbing a haka by the New Zealand Army in Afghanistan as a routine of ‘slapping and thrusting’, and trivialised other protocol such as the hongi: ‘forget about rubbing shoulders’, and the haka further more: ‘a cross between a Chipendale lap dance and the mating dance of an emu’

     

  6. "Bruises: a few at first; then more and more. Soon a collection of contusions flowered like scud upon Cloudboy’s back. Asked about them, he reluctantly confessed they were inflicted by a group of popular boys in his class. At lunchtime that day, he admitted, he’d been surrounded by his tormentors, his shorts were pulled down, his shirt was lifted over his head, and then he was displayed for entertainment before a group of well-liked girls. When I gave Cloudboy’s second year teacher the names of the culprits and witnesses, she promised an investigation. The following day, however, Cloudboy returned home to tell me he was a liar because the bullying never occurred. Tears floated in his eyes. “It didn’t happen?” I asked, bewildered. “It did happen.” Cloudboy’s fists were bunched as he spoke. “Then why are you saying it didn’t?” “Because my teacher told me that the boys I said are bullies are good boys and that I’m naughty for telling fibs about them.” "

    A beautifully written & true account by my mother’s friend, Auckland poet Siobhan Harvey. No child should be treated like this.

     
  7. I got bitten.

    My father was sweeping the leaves on the deck and disturbed this usually nocturnal weta.  Forgetting about their large, sharp mandibles, I thought I’d be nice and relocate it, out of the sun and sight. This is the Auckland Tree Weta / Tokoriro (Hemideina thoracic), their body is up to 40mm long.

    Other than the odd Aussie import, we don’t have venomous insects in NZ, so I’m fairly relaxed about handling them (other than cockroaches, because they’re just disgusting).  I was being very slow and gentle, but it was already cross & feeling threatened (see the back legs raised to make itself look bigger), and then I twitched, very slightly, at the feel of it’s sharp feet getting a grip on my hand - so it bit me.  I was surprised by how much it hurt, and how much it bled, but a weta’s mandibles are pretty impressive so I guess I really shouldn’t have been.

    It’s now relocated into a safer habitat, curtesy of my father’s leather gloved hand.

     
  8. Dragonfly.

     
  9. Mahoe - Jeff Thomson

    Brick Bay Sculpture Trail

     
  10. Two Birds - Paul Dribble

    at Brick Bay Sculpture Trail