237 131 – BLOG POST 3

While reading Ranginui Walker's 'Tauiwi' I came across various points that I found interesting, including the section titled 'The Peacemakers' which was based on the interactions and relationships between the Maori tribes and the missionaries during the musket wars in 1821. I thought it was interesting that one man in particular (Reverend Henry Williams) put... Continue Reading →

237 131 – BLOG POST 2

Charles Royal discusses both the kaupapa Maori and matauranga Maori concepts, including their differences and how they can relate to one another. Kaupapa Maori can be referred to as "any particular plan of action created by Maori. Expressing Maori aspirations and certain values and principles." (Royal 30) This can also be divided into two groups... Continue Reading →


I've always thought of New Zealand to be a beautiful clean country, where you can swim in rivers and not be worried about whats lurking beneath. However I've come to realise that we aren't as clean and pure as what we've been advertised to be. New Zealand relies on both the meat and dairy industry,... Continue Reading →


After listening to Huhana Smith I went back and looked through her artworks which happened to give me some inspiration for my own final piece. Her 'Rae Ki Te Rae/ face to face' exhibition Shows a series of paintings that reflect both her research and thoughts when working on her 'Enhancing Coastal Ecosystems for Iwi'... Continue Reading →


While looking into artists/designers who have produced work based on water pollution, I found and article in 'Wall Street International' which describes an exhibition put on at the San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose, United States. The exhibition - Fragile Waters was created to reflect on our relationship with water. Artists have come... Continue Reading →


Freshwater is apart of our everyday lives. It is used for drinking, food gathering, recreational/tourism activities and to produce goods and services. Therefore it is essential for New Zealand to maintain our freshwater resources for future generations. However this is becoming a problem due to the clearing of vegetation, draining of wetlands, urbanisation and most... Continue Reading →


Assessment 3 requires us to investigate and respond to either a social, cultural, economic, political or environmental issue. The assessment is in three parts which include: - 4 posts in the G+ community - 4 posts on our blog - A creative piece of work that responds to our chosen issue My first idea was... Continue Reading →

Week 7 – Task 3

Argument: Can alternative energy replace oil? PRO: According to author Richard Heinburg a transition to renewable energy would improve the quality of life and would result in a stable climate. "It would probably take at least 3-4 decades and will fundamentally change the way we live" (Heinburg). Although it would be a long process, it's... Continue Reading →

Week 7 – Task 2

Everyone think differently and therefore have their own unique perspective on the world, which can also be described as someones 'world view'. However, ideology is something that can influence these perspectives. When we listen to people's ideas, we often agree or disagree and form our own opinions based on what they've said. This is why... Continue Reading →

Week 7 – Task 1

In the reading 'The Myth of Photographic Truth' it states that "Throughout it's history, photography has been associated with realism" (Sturken and Cartwright 16) which is when an artist/person attempts to create something that resembles life. Instead of basing work on objects or mythology. When you think of photography you often believe that what you... Continue Reading →

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