A few threads

Te Rā powhiri at Auckland War Memorial Museum. Photograph Auckland War Memorial Museum

Another busy month, May. So busy, in fact, that I missed it, oops, so here’s recap. A few more openings and activities to note, beginning with the announcement that Te Rā’s return to Aotearoa has been extended, and the sail will continue to be exhibited at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum until Sun 17 August 2025.

May is always New Zealand Music Month; this year it kicked off with NZ Music T-Shirt Day on Friday 3 May, launching the Threads of Sound online exhibition (alongside a brief popup exhibition on Karangahape Road). The exhibition was previewed in the NZ Herald’s Viva , while for the Spinoff, Sophie Ricketts ranked the top 20 in her personal collection of local band tshirts. The message is: buy the merch, support the musicians. It’s a tough life, gigging.

Another thread launched in May was Threads of Tomorrow, Mindful Fashion’s report into the local clothing industry. Produced by EY, the focus of this work was the value and contribution of New Zealand’s fashion, clothing and textile industry. Some of the highlighted findings include a contribution of 1.9% of GDP and a 78% female workforce. Equally importantly, it looks to the future with 15 recommendations across four action areas: skilled workforce, local manufacturing, circular economy and promoting NZ fashion, clothing and textiles.


The third thread for the month was this year’s Changing Threads fibre awards, announced in Nelson on Friday 17 May. Changing Threads is marking 15 years of championing contemporary textile arts. The $4000 supreme award was won by Auckland artist Makyla  Curtis for her silk, cotton and bookboard work, a whole story in the eye of the sea. The work of the 42 finalists is on display at the Refinery Artspace in Nelson until 15 June, alongside an extensive programme of events including workshops and floortalks.



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