Oceania, Part Two

By Insider – Suzanne Peri-Chapman

Oceania: 2 exhibitions; 25,000 islands

Location: Wellington, at Te Papa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand) and at City Gallery Wellington, until 6 November.

(Images from Oceania website)

Oceania is two exhibitions, one called Early Encounters, at Te Papa, and the other called Imagining the Pacific, at City Gallery.

After my enjoyable, present-day encounter with Early Encounters at Te Papa, I toddled along the waterfront (about 10 minutes walk) to the City Gallery for the other part of Oceania, called Imagining the Pacific. From the brochure: “Oceania, Imagining the Pacific asserts the significance of the Pacific not only as a place of great navigators and seafarers but also on imaginative artists – voyagers of a rather different kind”.

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Oceania, Part One

 By Insider – Suzanne Peri-Chapman

Oceania: 2 exhibitions; 25,000 islands

Location: Wellington, at Te Papa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand) and at City Gallery Wellington, until 6 November.

(Images from Oceania website)

Oceania is two exhibitions, one called Early Encounters, at Te Papa, and the other called Imagining the Pacific, at City Gallery. To quote from the brochure “The two complementary exhibitions explore the richness of Maori, Pacific, and European cultures, offering an unprecedented look into the soul of the region”.

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Things That I Found By The Side of The Road, While Taking The Long Way Round.

By Insider – Suzanne Peri-Chapman

I was in Southland last weekend, for the last pool game in Invercargill, followed by another game in Dunedin the next day. I drove from Invercargill to Dunedin, taking the “Long Way Round” as they say. I’d definitely recommend a few road trips during Rugby World Cup, as there are lots of things to see that aren’t rugby. Especially useful if you happen to be the partner or travelling companion of someone who lives and breathes rugby, and you don’t.

You can be pointing out the daffodils growing by the side of the road, while he (yes, I’m making that assumption) is recounting, play by play, the talents of his team, who managed a win regardless of the one-eyed ref who couldn’t spot a forward pass if it was handed to him on a silver platter carried by Pinetree himself.

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Black in Fashion

By Insider – Suzanne Peri-Chapman

Black in Fashion: Wearing the colour black in New Zealand

From 9 Sept to 24 Oct at Britomart Precinct, Corner of Gore and Galway Streets, Auckland
Exhibition Curator (and style icon) Doris de Pont, New Zealand Fashion Museum

I was lucky enough to be given a personal tour of the Black in Fashion exhibition, by Doris de Pont herself, and was treated to the stories behind the garments. However, if you are there by yourself, the stories are told on the notices next to each piece, and there is also an excellent catalogue, with an essay by Ms de Pont that again includes the stories, in more detail.

I went into the exhibition wanting to be told exactly why I, as a good child of Wellington, New Zealand, wear black as much as I, and my compatriots, do.  I knew that for me it wasn’t about wearing the All Black colours – although yes, I’d like to see Richie hoisting the Cup aloft on the 23 of October. Continue reading

New Zealand On Screen: iconic NZ film & TV container installation

By Insider – Suzanne Peri-Chapman 

New Zealand On Screen, 9 September to 23 October, Auckland and Wellington

Installation entry

Installation entry

It was raining in downtown Auckland, a hard rain, the kind of rain that… sorry, got a bit film noir there for a minute. I wanted to see the New Zealand On Screen installation on Queens Wharf in Auckland as part of the REAL New Zealand Festival, and it seemed like a good indoorsy thing to do in the rain. Continue reading

The Great Whitebait Hunt

By Insider – Suzanne Peri-Chapman

The Great Whitebait Hunt.

Finding your fish

Finding your fish

You might think this involves gumboots, a net, and a certain amount of standing about in chilly water at the mouth of a river, but no. Other people, bless, have done this, so you don’t have to.

If you’re in Auckland, the whitebait is closer than you think… you guessed it, at the Auckland Fish Market. A friend and I went in search of whitebait at the Auckland Fish Market, after reading about it. Our mistake was to go last Sunday, when the place was absolutely packed, including the Viaduct and all the fun new stuff they have there for Rugby World You Know What.

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In Search of a Flock of Sheep

By Insider – Suzanne Peri-Chapman

I’ve been reliably informed that somewhere in Auckland there is a flock of sheep on display. Not just any old sheep, mind, but larger-than-life, individually painted fibreglass sheep. As a Kiwi who’s come back to the Home Country for Rugby World Cup 2011, I’m okay with embracing and subverting the stereotype the rest of the world has of us and our woolly friends.

From the Waka to the Pah and Beyond is a delightful series of large-scale outdoor creative works, and part of HeART of the Nation which is all about showcasing Auckland’s creativity and culture. Both events are part of the nationwide REAL New Zealand Festival that runs alongside Rugby World Cup 2011.

These wacky sheep and welcoming messages can be seen from the earth or from the sky – simply amazing!

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