2020 News

  • Two workers in discussion by pneumatic tool in workshop.

    New Zealand language values equality

    If you walk into a workshop to learn a trade in New Zealand, you’ll hear the teacher referring to the group as ‘guys’, and individual students as ‘mate’—reflecting the egalitarian values of the society we live in.

  • The cover of The Kahutahuta

    Literacy in lockdown

    Dr Doug Van Belle from the University’s School of English, Film, Theatre, Media Studies, and Art History spent his lockdown helping create a read-along novel, helping kids across the world keep up with their reading skills during the pandemic.

  • Arts alumna takes leading role at University of Toronto

    Alumna Professor Alexandra Gillespie, an internationally renowned humanities researcher, has been appointed the new Vice-President of the University of Toronto (U of T), and Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM).

  • The Muaiava family, Sadat seated in chair.

    Adaptability sees Samoan language grow

    Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington lecturer Dr Sadat Muaiava is driven by a fascination with how Samoan words are created, used, change meaning, and become obsolete.

  • 'The Luminaries' TV series an all-NZSM musical affair

    The new TV adapation of Eleanor Catton's Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries screened on TVNZ One on Sunday 17 May.  The epic soundtrack to the series was created almost entirely by staff and alumni of the New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī (NZSM).

  • Bubble rap—Thomas Voyce

    This week we hear from Thomas Voyce, Lecturer from the New Zealand School of Music–Te Kōki.

  • Bubble Rap—Inbal Megiddo and Paul Altomari

    We hear from Inbal Megiddo and Paul Altomari, respectively senior lecturer in Classical Performance and School Manager at the New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī.

  • Student films woman in kitchen.

    Community collaboration at the heart of MFA(CP) student’s film

    International student Valeriya Golovina made some enduring connections with Wellington’s Tokelauan community while studying a Master of Fine Arts (Creative Practice) at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s Miramar Creative Centre. Her final creative project was a documentary film focused on the story of Tokelauan woman Meli Alefosio and her family’s move to New Zealand in 1976.

  • Drag King dances in a pink jumpsuit with a rainbow cape.

    The show must go on

    Dr Lori Leigh’s theatre production of Princess Boy Wonder faced its season being cut short as a result of COVID-19, but when BATS Theatre suggested livestreaming the performance, it meant that the show could go on.

  • The post-Covid-19 world calls for imagination

    We can't begin to confront the challenges of an uncertain future unless we first try hard to imagine them beyond the comfortable yet dangerous certainties of the past, writes Professor of Ethics Nicholas Agar.