Author: zaryd

La Fiesta underway with exhibition

Whanganui’s celebration of women is underway. La Fiesta launched at Space Studio & Gallery on Saturday night, an event which doubled as the opening of the gallery’s exhibition dedicated to the festival. Six Word Memoirs – An Artist’s Response builds on an exhibition which was organised by Kelly Scarrow and hosted by Gallery on Guyton at last year’s La Fiesta. People were asked to write their memoirs in six words. “She decided she wanted to do an exhibition on responses to those memoirs. Everyone’s created one or two pieces and it’s a really diverse range,” Space Studio & Gallery...

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Josh Chandulal-Mackay: an interview with a political junkie

At 22 Josh Chandulal-Mackay is Whanganui’s youngest councillor. He’s a self-described political junkie with parliamentary ambitions, runs the local Labour Party campaign team and is a pro-monarchist serving on the executive of Monarchy New Zealand.   He talks to Zaryd Wilson. How have your first months on council been? Well I had a fairly good understanding of what council processes were like, what standing orders were like and that sort of thing because I’d been on the youth committee for six years. The actual bureaucracy and all that kind of thing wasn’t a shock for me. I guess the...

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La Fiesta: Whanganui’s celebration of women

La Fiesta is Whanganui’s month-long festival celebrating women. Zaryd Wilson talks to Women’s Network Whanganui manager Carla Donson about the annual festival, the history of women in Whanganui and feminism.   Carla Donson joined the Women’s Network in 2003 and soon learned the group wasn’t celebrating what should be its flagship day. “I didn’t know about International Women’s Day and I realised a lot of people out there don’t,” she says. “And when you think about New Zealand’s history – world leaders in relation to universal suffrage and many other things – but we’re not really out there when...

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