Tagged: culture

Opinion: Let’s celebrate the Humanities more - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Mar 06, 2018

Recently, there has been a great deal of hullabaloo on my Facebook timeline as people squabble over whether so-called ”hard” subjects like calculus and physics are inherently better and more difficult than the alternative, ”soft” subjects like English, drama and photography. Filip Vachuda, Onehunga High School’s academic runner-up for 2017, began ”DuxGate” when he wrote he missed out on dux … Read More

Strong sense of cultural identity drives boom in Māori business - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 27, 2018

Jason Paul Mika, Massey University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Māori entrepreneurs with a strong sense of cultural identity and guardianship over the land and the sea are driving a boom in Māori business. Māori businesses now account for an economic asset base of more than … Read More

The hidden superpower of ‘Black Panther’: Scientist role models - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 12, 2018

Clifford Johnson, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. I’m not the first to say that the upcoming Marvel movie “Black Panther” will be an important landmark. Finally a feature film starring a black superhero character will be … Read More

If music be the food of love, play on - News

Jean Balchin Jan 26, 2018

From the frosty swathes of Iceland to the deep forests of Aotearoa, music may be heard reverberating through every culture and peoples. Songs serve many different purposes, as we all know; accompanying a dance, soothing an infant, or expressing love. A recent study in Current Biology wherein recordings were analysed from all over the world reveals that vocal songs sharing one of … Read More

Matariki: reintroducing the tradition of Māori New Year celebrations - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 30, 2017

Rangi Matamua, Waikato University The Pleiades, or Seven Sisters, is one of the most obvious star groups in the night sky, identifiable to the naked eye. In Aotearoa/New Zealand, the star cluster is known as Matariki. This name is a truncated version of the saying “Ngā mata o te ariki Tāwhirimātea” meaning “the eye of the god … Read More

Hearing voices is more common than you might think - Guest Work

Guest Author Oct 23, 2016

By John Read, University of East London Hearing voices that other people can’t is a meaningful experience. Like dreams, they can usually be understood in terms of one’s life experiences. Within mental health services, however, the prevailing medical model means some practitioners pay attention only to their presence, not their meaning. Psychiatry’s diagnostic bibles, the American DSM-5 … Read More

Powering potential in young Māori - Mātau Taiao

Laura Goodall May 19, 2016

Teachers have been shown to underestimate Māori children’s academic capabilities, which their achievements end up reflecting. But Pūhoro, a forward-thinking science academy, has now been set up to support Māori youth in reaching their true potential. Naomi Manu and Mana Vautier give us the lowdown. One thing that people really don’t like to talk about is prejudice. But we all have … Read More

Rhythm on the brain, and why we can’t stop dancing - Guest Work

Guest Author May 09, 2016

By Peter Keller, Western Sydney University Music and dance are far from idle pastimes. They are universal forms of expression and deeply rewarding activities that fulfil diverse social functions. Both feature in all the world’s cultures and throughout history. A common feature of music and dance is rhythmic movement, which is often timed with a regular pulse-like beat. Read More

Food, culture, regulation - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Apr 29, 2016

The Herald reports that new Auckland university research shows –  shock, horror – that: “Sixty-nine per cent of urban schools have a convenience store within 800m and sixty-two per cent have a fast-food or takeaway shop in that distance” I was surprised the number was that low, but then in Wellington one finds small schools in all sorts of odd … Read More