Education, Health & Wellbeing, Music

Ode to Choral Joy: Choir Tours and Hauora

I owe a huge part of my music education to the choir I was involved in at high school - in the opportunities it gave me, the self-confidence it instilled in my musical abilities, the plethora of technical and theoretical knowledge, as well as the musical diversity it exposed me to and the friendship I… Continue reading Ode to Choral Joy: Choir Tours and Hauora

Education, Music

I’m a Shostakobitch (But in a Good Way)

I have extremely fond memories of music nerding it up on a Friday or Saturday night: hitting Michael Fowler with my high school music pals for NZSO concerts followed by gelato-laden debriefs. We started doing it around year 12, when one friend was offered discount tickets through her piano teacher. Quickly performances extended to NZ… Continue reading I’m a Shostakobitch (But in a Good Way)

Books, Education, Ex-Christianity, Favourites, Health & Wellbeing, Music, philosophy, Te Reo Māori

Thinking About Weird Things, Philosophy for Kids and A Symphonic Soundscape (Part Four)

Idk about you, but in my classroom, I'll be out here doing my best to create thinkers and celebrate their diversity, for it is the spice of life (#stolen - oops). I know a spectrum of people: diversity is enlightening, brilliant and phenomenal. I have friends who are queer Christians (amazing). I know people who… Continue reading Thinking About Weird Things, Philosophy for Kids and A Symphonic Soundscape (Part Four)

Education, Ex-Christianity, Favourites, Music, philosophy, Religion

Leading Kids to Christ, Youth Groups, and Teenhood with Jesus (Part Three)

Turn and Face the Strange As a young teenager, I was very timid, very awkward, and very in love with words, sounds and songs. I was fascinated by the lyricism, poetry and prose of the bible. My favourite verses are probably: Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for… Continue reading Leading Kids to Christ, Youth Groups, and Teenhood with Jesus (Part Three)

Education, Ex-Christianity, Favourites, Health & Wellbeing, Music, philosophy, Politics, Religion

Hillsong Music, Twelvie Me and Decolonising God (Part Two)

So I'm now saving my discussion of teenhood with Jesus and leading kids to Christ for part three, just because it makes more linear sense - and there is a colossal amount to unpack. Philosophising at Twelve I begin with an excerpt from my 2016 blog post, The Beauty of Religion. "The unraveling of my… Continue reading Hillsong Music, Twelvie Me and Decolonising God (Part Two)

entertainment, Music, Reviews, Web Series

The Covid19 Diaries: Five Queer Friendly Web Series to Binge On

Given the current Covid19 sitch we all find ourselves in, why not take the time to binge watch some quality rainbow-friendly web series to while away the hours? Once again, carefully curated for your viewing pleasure: we have here a mix of Kiwi and international series, ranging from comedy, to drama, to musical, to everywhere… Continue reading The Covid19 Diaries: Five Queer Friendly Web Series to Binge On

Music, Podcasts, Politics, Reviews, Te Reo Māori, Technology

The Covid19 Diaries: Five Quality Podcasts to Quell Lockdown Boredom

I have collated a very eclectic list of podcasts near and far: from lesbians discussing books and their film adaptations, to comediennes getting horny over filmstars, to French language learning for intermediate speakers, to whakaaro Māori, whakataukī and kīwaha, to humorous and insightful intersectional feminism discussions... let's go: 1. Boners of the Heart Comediennes Alice… Continue reading The Covid19 Diaries: Five Quality Podcasts to Quell Lockdown Boredom

Education, Health & Wellbeing, Music, Other

Mahuru Māori

Kia ora glorious humans! This month, I have decided to get involved in Mahuru Māori, which is all about normalising te reo, and participants can opt to pledge the whole month or a day per week. For me, it will involve pledging to speak, sing, and write solely in te reo Māori for every Tuesday… Continue reading Mahuru Māori

Music, Other, Politics, Religion

Why We Need Art

Art humanises and grounds absolutely any political issue or conflict ever. People are moved by music, tears, poetry, photographs, paintings, novels and by sculpture. People are not emotionally affected by spreadsheets, statistics or mathematical equations (okay except maybe this guy*). When you marry the hard facts with the stuff that effects a person's kare-ā-roto, their… Continue reading Why We Need Art

Health & Wellbeing, Music, Other

To Anyone with an Ethnic or Indigenous Name

On behalf of all white people, of all New Zealand Europeans who are called Sally or Paul or Abby, who didn't care enough to learn your name properly or your story, I apologise. You deserve better. A person's name is intrinsic and tied to their identity. It is part of who they are, and oftentimes… Continue reading To Anyone with an Ethnic or Indigenous Name