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Entry deadline nears for Bay of Plenty artists

Above image courtesy of artist. Emerald Lakes, Tongariro, 2021 by Kayrene Trask. With some fantastic artworks already submitted, Bay of Plenty artists are reminded to have their entry in by October 1, to be part of the first ever Bay of Plenty Artists Exhibition. Already artwork submissions cover a wide variety of media including, stone […]

Surrealist Art: Wellington Free Day

To celebrate Wellington City Council’s relationship with Te Papa, Wellington City residents are eligible for free entry into the Surrealist Art exhibition at Te Papa on both days. The free days will take place between 10am-7pm with the exhibition having a timed entry. The first session starts at 10am, and the last is at 6pm […]

Hundertwasser Art Centre due to open in Whangārei

Hundertwasser Art Centre campaigners are counting down to opening day in Whangārei. Visitors will be welcomed on 15 December – the late artist’s birthday. Friedensreich Hundertwasser was one of the most famous European artists of the 20th century. He died in 2000 and was based near Kawakawa for the last decades of his life. He […]

Happy Chuseok

Today is the start of the Korean holiday Chuseok. Chuseok, or ‘Mid-Autum Festival’ is one of the three most important holidays in Korea. Korean businesses and schools will be closed for three days, the 20th, 21st and 22nd of September. Although Chuseok’s roots are largely agricultural, in present-day Korea the festival is a time for […]

Māori Party launches petition to change official name of New Zealand to Aotearoa

The Maori Party has launched a petition to change the official name of New Zealand to Aotearoa. “It’s well past time that te reo Māori was restored to its rightful place as the first and official language of this country. We are a Polynesian country, we are Aotearoa,” Māori Party co-leaders Rawiri Waititi said at […]

What is Māori Language Week?

Māori Language Week (Māori: Te Wiki o te Reo Māori) is a government-sponsored initiative intended to encourage New Zealanders to promote the use of the Māori language, which, along with New Zealand Sign Language, is an official language of the country. Māori Language Week is part of a broader revival of the Māori language. It […]

World of Wearable Arts show cancelled for second year in a row

The annual World of Wearable Arts awards show has been cancelled for the second year in a row amid the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2021 show was postponed on August 30 after the country plunged into Level 4 lockdown due to the current Delta outbreak. The show was scheduled to take place […]