Listen again: LATE at the Museum: He Mana, He Wahine

by Alice Harbourne / 24 August, 2016
The first panel discussion of LATE at the Museum 2016 (now in its ninth year) centred on the interaction between colonialism and sexism, and the state of feminism in New Zealand today.

Moderated by Mihingarangi Forbes, panelists included author, poet and playwright Courtney Sina Meredith (read Metro’s feature on her here); Māori, women’s and LGBT rights advocate Dr. Ngahuia Te Awekotuku; social and critical accounting researcher Dr Pala Molisa; and the regional coordinator of the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective (NZPC) Auckland Branch, Annah Pickering. The discussion was followed by vignettes from Okareka Theatre Company’s Mana Wahinewhile the museum’s Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu was open for late-night viewing.



Some of the highlights of the discussion included Courtney Sina Meredith's assertion that to be a woman of colour and a feminist is to be a "unicorn"; the kind brands, institutions and grants all fight to be associated with. Ngahuia Te Awekotuku commanded pin-drop silence in the room on a number of occasions, particularly in her discussion of Maori world views prior to colonisation. While before the Victorians came Aotearoa was a battlefield full of its own complex political problems, the neglect and misrepresentation of traditional Maori women's art, Te Awekotuku thinks, can be attributed to the colonial encounter. Meanwhile, Dr Pala Molisa analysed the New Zealand understanding of masculinity in the context of sexism, arguing that typically men are taught to violate boundaries, because masculinity is about dominance - rugby being the classic example. If you missed the fascinating debate, the full conversation can be streamed above thanks to our friends at RNZ.

 

Read more: Feminism, slacktivism and inequality: LATE at the Museum is back.

 

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