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    COOL: Just received the latest addition to my collection of vintage kitchenware… used it to serve my morning tea of homemade vegetarian samosas with tamarind and chilli chutneys, yum! Photos Martin D Page

     
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    INSPIRATION: Typewriter Artist Paul Smith… prepare to be amazed.

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    ART: Xiang Jing, I Have Seen Happiness, 2014, 11 inches high, fibreglass with flocked finish. “Flocked in a rich red, making it soft to the touch, this sculpture embodies happiness, pureness, and optimism, inspiring the pursuit of happiness and beauty in this world.” Source: Guggenheim Store

     
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    ART: Jude Rae SL 334, oil on linen, 305 x 354mm, part of the exhibition RAE, THORNLEY, UMBERG, ROETH at Jensen Gallery through to 20 September, 2014.

     
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    TYPOGARAPHY: Signage at Whakarewarewa Village, Rotorua. Photos Martin D Page

     
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    STREET: All Seasons, hand lettering, Eruera Street, Rotorua. Photo Martin D Page

     
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    MUSIC: Hamish Kilgour, “May All Your Dreams Be Sweet Dreams” Bowery Electric in NYC, 19 May 2014.

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    FOOD: Custard Flake, discovered at Osler’s Tearooms, Lucknow Street, Wairoa, New Zealand. Love the old school plate and decal. This place is classic in every way… if you’re in the hood, don’t miss it. Photo Martin D Page

     
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    PHOTOGRAPHY: Highway-to-Hell, Bulls, New Zealand. Photo Martin D Page

     
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    PHOTOGRAPHY: The Beatles arriving at Wellington airport, New Zealand, 1964. Photo Morrie Hill

     
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    INSPIRATION: Zane Lowe meets…. Rick Rubin

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    BOOKS: Publishing in Te Reo - the past and the future is a great online article by Kathy Hunter, and source for the Keri Kaa quote below.

     
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    "Keri Kaa told us, “I’m glad that I stuck with publishing Taka Ki Ro Wai in te reo Maori – it’s been a great opportunity to get talking about the language.” And the future of te reo? Keri says, “Everyone gets very worked up about this question, everyone has lots of deep, earnest theories about it, and strategic plans. But really it’s very simple. We all just have to use it. Simple phrases and words – use them, and keep repeating them. Language bears repetition, and you can’t have culture without it."
    — INSPIRATION: Author Keri Kaa on how to keep a language alive.
     
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    COOL: These bookmarks came today too… care of Hell Pizza are the new major sponsor of the LIANZA Children’s Book Awards, and helping to put a touch of bad-ass into children’s reading! Photo Martin D Page

     
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    BOOKS: Things are starting to get a little crowded on the cover of our book TAKA KI RO WAI, with ‘Finalists’ stickers arriving today for the LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2014 (winners announced at the National Library, Wellington 4th August). We are dual nominees for Te Kura Pounamu: Te Reo Maori, and for the Russell Clark Illustration Award - the first time a Maori language title has been nominated for a category outside it’s own… yeehaa! What an awesome way to celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori… chuuuurrr! Click here to read an article looking at the state of publishing in te reo Maori, which includes the wisdom of author Keri Kaa. Photo Martin D Page