Not So Fresh Off The Boat

One key point that was talked about in the lecture this week was the Polynesian Panthers. They were a group of Polynesians that were focused on bringing communities together and peacefully protesting against racism and discrimination towards the Polynesians. In the book, ‘Changing Times: New Zealand Since 1945’  by Jenny Carlyon and Diana Morrow, it […]

Making an Empire

  In  “Chapter 8: Making empire?” (Making Peoples: A history of the New Zealanders, from Polynesian settlement to the end of the nineteenth century. Hawai’i Press, 2001. 179-203. Print.) it talks about how New Zealand became part of the British Empire and all of the acts that took place for this to happen. The British had […]

New Zealand Art History

The image that I have chosen to look is a fishing hook that was found in the Auckland Islands. It is believed to be from a Maori settlement in the thirteenth century. The fish hook is made from elephant seal ivory and has a beautiful shape. The shape of this fishing hook helps to date […]

Visual Literacy

From the visual literacy videos that I watched I found that the video called ‘Visual Literacy and Critical Thinking‘ got their point across the best because of the way the video was presented. The way that it was presented and the language that the people interviewed used was easy to understand and they got to […]


In my last blog post I talked about the two images that I thought I might use in my essay for assessment two. Looking for these images that related to my essay and what I wanted to talk about helped me to get a better understanding of what direction I want to take my writing […]

Draft Two

Context is important when looking closely and thinking critically about visual texts in art and design practices because it gives us a starting point when we are analysing it. Context isn’t something that we should let constrain our imaginations “Writers and artist may stimulate your imagination, but they cannot control it.” (Rusczkiewicz, John J., Daniel […]

Critical Thinking

The voices in the text “Critical Thinking” by Wallace, Andrew, Tony Schirato, and Phillippa Bright were informing and factual, although their tone was soft which made it easy to read. They put themselves in an enlightening position because they were not just telling us what critical thinking is about but why it’s important and how […]