How to Read My Poem: Jane Arthur
Tauranga: Where Racism Has Reared Its Ugly Head
Hell is Other People: A Review of Uma Lava

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Literature

Welcome to a new series in which our favourite poets take us under the hood of one of their poems, inspired by the How to Read My Poem session at Verb Festival.

Jane Arthur explains her phobia of sincerity and the experience of writing through the daze of new parenthood, in the story behind ‘The Real Reason Why Hollywood Won’t Cast Jane Arthur Anymore’, from her book Craven.

About a year ago, I...

Society

After experiencing racism in Tauranga firsthand, Shilo Kino discovered the prevalence of racism in the city is fostered by anti-Māori councillors and citizens alike.

I used to think Tauranga was the most underrated beacon of paradise Aotearoa had to offer. I have so many fond memories of packing up the car and road-tripping to the Mount. I was seduced by the summer rays, the waves, the epic waterfalls...

Theatre

Is Hell other people, other Pacific people, or something different altogether? Sepe Mua’au considers Victor Rodger’s Uma Lava at Circa Theatre.

Entering Circa Two, we are met with a dark and dingy room lit almost exclusively by red fluorescent lights placed above and around the set; what used to be white walls now drip with mould and filth. A large tapa cloth, dimly lit, hangs stage right and next to...

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Literature
How to Read My Poem: Jane Arthur
Society
Tauranga: Where Racism Has Reared Its Ugly Head
Theatre
Hell is Other People: A Review of Uma Lava
Gloriavale: The Other Side, From the Inside
Read Time: 11 mins
Melissa Harrison on the irresponsibly soft treatment...
Society
Gloriavale: The Other Side, From the Inside
By Melissa Harrison
Eat It Up and Lay Wit It: Hip Hop, Cunnilingus and Morality in Entertainment
Read Time: 32 mins
After turning a friend's offhand comment into a quest...
Music
Eat It Up and Lay Wit It: Hip Hop, Cunnilingus and Morality in Entertainment
By Madeleine Holden
Let Them Eat Cake: On Playing At Poverty
Read Time: 12 mins
Saziah Bashir on solving poverty by pretending to...
Society
Let Them Eat Cake: On Playing At Poverty
By Saziah Bashir
On Being Skux
Read Time: 11 mins
A nostalgic recap of a national subculture.
Society
On Being Skux
By Tayi Tibble
Dennis Cooper/Deerhunter - Helicopter
Read Time: 4 mins
Literature
Dennis Cooper/Deerhunter - Helicopter
By Joe Nunweek
Old Asian, New Asian
Read Time: 19 mins
Labour's recent use of leaked real estate statistics...
Society
Old Asian, New Asian
By K. Emma Ng
In Defence of Pacific Sexual Minorities: Why Israel Folau is no Hero
Read Time: 10 mins
Opinion or bigotry? Patrick Thomsen lets you know...
Society
In Defence of Pacific Sexual Minorities: Why Israel Folau is no Hero
By Patrick Thomsen
Sonic Doom: The Madness and Mayhem of Making Good Times
Read Time: 23 mins
Court documents suggest Kim Dotcom spent $1,000,000...
Society
Sonic Doom: The Madness and Mayhem of Making Good Times
By Hayden Donnell