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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

     
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    DESIGN: I don’t drink cola that often these days, but if I was going to I’d reach for a bottle of Karma Cola, produced by the New Zealand company All Good Organics Ltd who were recently announced as the winners of the “Fairest Fairtrader Award” for their use of ethically sourced foods. All good indeed!

     
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    PHOTOGRAPHY: Life on the Chatham Islands as seen by Anthony McKee. TOP: Ron and Ollie Seymour, Chatham Island June 1995 - Fibre Base Silver Gelatin Print, 410 x 410mm. Collection Christchurch Art Gallery. 

    Ron Seymour is my relative on my father’s maternal side. His wife, Te Awhina Olive, sadly recently passed away. This post is in their honour.

     
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    ART: In memory of On Kawara (2 January 1933 - 10 July 2014). Image source: contemporaryartdaily.com

     
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    COOL: Charles M Schulz was a childhood hero and this particular strip has never failed to make me smile.

     
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    DESIGN: Striking black & white title sequence from Afghan designer Manija Emran at The Mill, Los Angeles, for the documentary We Are The Giant. I originally came across this via Art of the Title which has an excellent background interview with the designer.

    (Source: vimeo.com)

     
     
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    FILM: All The Way - a Charles Bukowski poem. Hard to know exactly how to categorise this… couldn’t put it into INSPIRATION, but there’s definitely something in here.

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    DESIGN: The Creative Class ep. #5 - Stefan Sagmeister.

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