I know it isn't very on brand for Rally to do what is essentially a 'gift guide' but I do honestly think these gifts are cool! I would love any one of them! Also, people tell me I'm great at gifts all the time, so you can trust me! Also, all the things I've mentioned can be ordered online from the comfort of your home, so you don't even have to brave the shops!
(There's a catch, though: all of these things basically need to be ordered this weekend if you want them delivered in time for Christmas Day... so on that note, get reading!)
Comedian Rose Matafeo talks to Lani & Ben about living in Ponsonby before and after it was gentrified, going to AGGs, being an afakasi Samoan, making TV shows, going off the pill, missing U Live, definitely winning an Oscar one day and her impending sense of doom.
“There’s nothing wrong with being a solo mother, you don’t have to listen to all the haters about being a perfect mum. They don’t know how powerful and strong and brave mums are, especially solo mothers, they kick ass.”
Snacks and Chats s03 kicks off with rapper JessB talking about her struggle with identity while growing up half-Kenyan and adopted into a white family in NZ. We also talk about her rap career and how Hip Hop helped her become comfortable with herself.
The web-series PSUSY is funny and messed up. Like a short, sharp fever-dream, or waking up the morning after a big night out and being bombarded with horrifying, sweaty flashbacks of all the weird and terrible things you did the night before. I caught up with the show’s two leads the morning after their Season 2 launch party.
I am 33, and I am feeling it. Every day I wake up - late, I stare at my 33 year old face in the mirror. My 33 year old face with its 33 year old skin that for some reason, still gets acne although I am long, long past puberty. I get into my car, I drive to work. I am 33 but I am on my Restricted License. Why? Because I'm scared of failing. If I don't attempt to sit my Full License, I can never fail.
Sara Aiko talks about growing up as a Kiwi/Japanese kid in NZ, the advantages of being brought up with both cultures and how she went from teaching English in Japan, to opening her own boutique travel agency.
Tongan/NZ actress Lucaine Buchanan talks to RALLY for I Thought I Recognised Her: "For me, [acting] is about telling stories, and I think that’s something that Polynesian, Māori and indigenous cultures do naturally."
Josie & T (Josie Oloioto'a & Te Awariki Lardelli) talk about using their vlog to confront casual racism, sexism and homophobia, and the sex-ed they wished they had in high school. They also talk about mental health, depression and the importance of strong platonic relationships, the impact of religion and culture on their lives, and the epic story of how they finally formed an IRL friendship.
"My whole thing at the moment, is trying to overcome the self-doubt. It's so annoying ... I always project this 'confident, unapologetic, bad-bitch' - not the actual, 'sits on her bed all day, and thinks about shit' person."
Nearly every day for 47 days I would wake up, pee on a Keto stick (like a pregnancy test, but to tell you if your body is producing Ketones or not), stand on the scales and measure my bust, waist and lower hip. The first few days I felt weird. I went back and read the diary today, it says on Day 2: "Is this diet giving me the shits?". (By Day 11, my diary entry read "It's been 4 days since I last pooped. Maybe I will never poop again.")
TEEKS aka Te Karehana Gardiner-Toi discusses his stunning EP, The Grapefruit Skies, and the impact Māori culture and growing up speaking te reo has had on his life, and his music.
“Growing up with the language, but also the whole culture of being Māori – singing, or being musically inclined - is just a part of being Māori as well. It’s a given ay, it’s like a pre-requisite, if you’re Māori you have to know how to sing, do kapa haka and write songs and perform.”