Smile, Youíre on Camera

Imagine this: it’s early on a Sunday morning, and the sun is streaming in the window. It’s obnoxiously bright, and rouses you from your slumber; entangled up in a bed that isn’t yours. Who is that person snoring beside you? Where on earth are you? And why does your head hurt so much? You climb gingerly out of bed, trying not to awaken your bedmate, and stumble out the front door into the muggy North Dunedin air. What’s...

Ta Moko: The Tattoos of a Culture

Arriving at the Moana Moko studio, I spied my friend Alan lying peacefully on a bed, as tohunga ta moko (tattooist) Stu McDonald worked steadily on Alan’s ta moko (Māori tattoo). The Moray Place studio was spacious and high-ceilinged, with wooden floors and pleasant roots music playing. I immediately felt relaxed. Taking some photos, I felt privileged to be welcomed into the space of someone receiving their moko - Alan has spent...

What is behind New Zealandís high suicide rate?

Content warning: contains discussion of suicide   Our country has one of the highest suicide rates in the Western world, and the highest youth (15-24 years old) suicide rate in the OECD....

Ta Moko: The Tattoos of a Culture

Arriving at the Moana Moko studio, I spied my friend Alan lying peacefully on a bed, as tohunga ta moko (tattooist) Stu McDonald worked steadily on Alan’s ta moko (Māori tattoo). The Moray...