Category: essay

  • GROUPIE LOVE

    GROUPIE LOVE

    Devon Webb reflects on her experience with groupie culture in Pōneke, the sexism ingrained within the music scene and the essential artistry of being a fan.

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  • manual focus

    manual focus

    kī anthony reflects on childhood trauma and adult agency, as a photographic subject and photographer.

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  • A Body of Art

    A Body of Art

    In ‘A Body of Art’ multidisciplinary artist Hannah Tasker-Poland writes of creating, performing and her journey to the cabaret-movement performance piece ‘The Most Naked’.

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  • ‘Is That How You Want to End Up?’

    ‘Is That How You Want to End Up?’

    ‘Past the Tower Under the Tree’ comprises works from twelve artists and activists “crafting a life in community.” In collaboration with GLORIA Books, we present Daniel Michael Satele’s contribution ‘Is That How You Want to End Up?’.

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  • The Joy of Releasing Music When You Have No Fans (Yet)

    The Joy of Releasing Music When You Have No Fans (Yet)

    Alex de Vries aka adv calls out to his fan, yes, one fan, and lets them know how much of a flop he is.

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  • To Be Queer in the Aotearoa Summer

    To Be Queer in the Aotearoa Summer

    “Rather than rural spaces being intrinsically homophobic, I think that there are inaccurate assumptions of queer folk present”. Inspired by the lived experience of queer people, Mik writes about how looking queer impacts experience of place in regional New Zealand.

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  • Moonlighting

    Moonlighting

    A piece by Dani Yourukova in which a dungeon-crawling, adventure game is also secretly about the relationship between value and time, the evils of capitalism, and the financial precarity that comes with being a working artist.

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  • The Long History of Trans Activism in Aotearoa New Zealand

    The Long History of Trans Activism in Aotearoa New Zealand

    The protests held to oppose notorious anti-trans activist Posie Parker’s speaking tour are the latest in a long and proud history of trans activism in Aotearoa New Zealand. Historian Will Hansen takes a look back at this past, tracking trans communities’ records of defiance as generations of trans people have worked together to demand change.

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  • Becoming an AUP New Poet

    Becoming an AUP New Poet

    What’s it like to become of of AUP’s new poets? Frequent bad apple contributor harold talks to their experience joining this star-studded cohort of local poets. Plus, one of their poems featured in AUP New Poets 9.

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  • Putting On the Shirt Again: A Personal Account of the March for Trans Rights

    Putting On the Shirt Again: A Personal Account of the March for Trans Rights

    For the Auckland Pride March for Trans Rights Sophie Jackson fishes through their drawers — there has to be a a shirt for the occasion. With ten years of protest at their back there are too many to choose from. For how many years will they have to keep pulling out shirts and taking to…

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  • The Tale of Two Christmases

    The Tale of Two Christmases

    Christmas Day can be a hell of an ordeal, and some of us have to go through it twice. In this essay, Kiran warps through his tumultuous memories of Christmas from childhood to adulthood, recounting the tight-rope walk between civility and chaos in celebrating the day with two very different families.

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