Immigrants to New Zealand

You Need Us

Sometimes I am amused by the shape that public discussions take when immigration is the issue. It is always, “they are stealing our jobs”, “they don’t assimilate”, “if they don’t like it they can go somewhere else” blah blah blah. Over and over again around and around in circles. Always a crucial factor is ignored…

On Representation

I have been catching up on ‘Game of Thrones’ lately and I realised one of the main reasons I find the show so engaging is that there are oodles of women in it. Not only that but there are many different types of women and they are all fully realised characters – each three dimensional…

lucky strike

Appropriation and Me

I have been thinking a lot about cultural appropriation lately. What does it mean to appropriate something? What is the line between appropriation and appreciation? Does it even matter? I cannot talk about appropriation without going back to my childhood as an Immigrant in New Zealand. When I was a child being seen in public…