The State of My Nation

I was a Senior in high school the first year I was eligible to vote. It was 2008 and Obama's campaign ran on one simple principle, hope. Shepard Fairey's duo-chrome portrait of the then-presidential nominee's face was splashed on billboards and bulletin boards everywhere, challenging the Nation to believe a better future was possible. I'm not [...]

My First Taste of Kiwiana – When Big Band Came to Town

My First Taste of Kiwiana – When Big Band Came to Town

This past weekend, Christchurch's social calendar was jam-packed. Between Festa and the annual Christchurch Big Band Festival, the CBD was buzzing with life. As part of the music festival, bands were spread across town, playing big band classics by Count Bassey and Glen Miller on stages at the new Central Library, outside the Christchurch Art [...]