Tā moko, the Māori art of marking the skin with connecting patterns to symbolise authority, identity and prestige, is in focus at the National Gallery of Australia. The tradition has its origins in the underworld legends of the lovers Mataora and Niwareka - a theme which runs throughout the exhibition as it brings together early Māori sculpture, modern prints and paintings, and contemporary photography to show the diversity of a unique and culturally venerated art form.
Janet Wainscott traces a walk on Stewart Island, New Zealand, in search of the diminutive kiwi.Read More
Join Chris Griffiths on an irreverent tour of New Zealand's Stewart Island, a place rich in natural beauty and a magnet for life's more eccentric souls.Read More
We came across this joyous short film via the ever-inspirational Smith Journal. It follows a few days in the life of Tanya, a hut warden in South Island, New Zealand, who loves all things outdoors. When not guiding tourists through the forest, she spends much of her time cleaning, maintaining a rat trap and having fun, all of which looks and sounds pretty good to us.
New Zealand's Quarantine Island (Otago) is the setting for a short story by Majella Cullinane in which two World War One soldiers find hope amid despair through bonds of writing and memory.Read More
Themes of family, spirituality and place come together in a moving short story by New Zealand writer Iona Winter. ‘Karanga’ translates as ‘to call’ in Te Reo Māori, the author's indigenous language.Read More
Snapshots from a day checking rat traps on Ulva Island (Te Wharawhara), New Zealand, make for hilarious reading in this no-frills account from Jessica Kany.Read More
Erik Kennedy lives on New Zealand's South Island. He wrote this poem after finding a wallet on the beach, having been lost by its owner in the North Island. Erik assures us that he turned it in to the police.Read More
Smith Journal recently featured the work of a 22-year-old photographer and teacher from New Zealand who has a rare gift for capturing his native landscape in old kodak film. See Nico Beighton's work and read and interview with him on the Smith blog. You can also follow him on Instagram.
At a family get together in New Zealand, a secret between two sibling makes for gripping reading in this short story by Eileen Merriman.Read More
Photographs of a fast changing island, by Anna Blair.Read More
Grace Bridges enjoys a 'hidden treasure' in suburban Auckland.Read More
'Brothers' and 'Street Performance': short fiction by the New Zealand writer.Read More