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About 1.5 million New
Zealand homes and busi-
nesses are now within
reach of high-speed
broadband as telecom-
munications utility com-
pany Chorus completes
work on local networks.
In Northland Chorus
has deployed 30km of
new fibre optic cables,
turned on 68 roadside
cabinets and upgraded
18 local telephone
exchanges to put faster
broadband in reach of
some 38,000 customers.
This four-year pro-
gramme is part of its
broadband speeds of at
least 10Mbps for more
than 80 percent of Kiwis.
Art museum is in fashion
Modern fashion: A Nom*d t-shirt
called Jack Be Nimble from the
Bedlam collection on display at the
Whangarei Art Museum.
Fashion from the south has trav-
elled north to go on display in a
new exhibition at Whangarei Art
Dunedin fashion house NOM*d
is showcasing works from the col-
lection of its creative director
Margarita Robertson in a exhbi-
tion called the Art of Fashion.
The show focuses on the
artwork behind the clothes.
The art museum is one of only
two New Zealand venues for this
exhibition and the only art gallery
in the North Island for the stun-
ning display of garments and
accessories which highlight the
artistic dimension of the brand
NOM*d, museum director Steve
Ms Robertson is described by
those in the know as part of our
Kiwi fashion lineage.
She and her husband Chris
Robertson began marketing their
clothing line in 1986. They now
include their son Sam in what has
grown to be one of the most
sought-after New Zealand design
Ms Robertson's elder sister
Elisabeth Findlay established the
Auckland label Zambesi.
NOM*d has particular con-
nections to international concep-
tual fashion' over the past decade
with an infusion of Dunedin sub-
culture -- streetwise, intellectual,
de-constructivist -- a re-
appropriation of period styles and
fabrics giving the label its unique
and timeless vibe.
This ethos also alludes to con-
nections in the two accompanying
exhibitions,'' Mr Pothan says.
NOM*d has continued to use
local materials and kept their
manufacturing in New Zealand
since its inception wherever poss-
The exhibition focuses on a dec-
ade of contemporary design.
In many ways they echo the
brooding landscape of unease'' in
New Zealand art history from van
der Velden to McCahon and
Also on display is artist the Jo
Torr Nga Kahu collection, com-
prising garments that combine old
Maori cloaks with European wool-
She points to the way European
clothing was adopted and adapted
by Maori, how blankets replaced
cloaks while simultaneously wool,
embroidery techniques and colour
was incorporated into the evol-
ution of Maori cloak making.
Her blankets are salvaged vin-
tage materials, with their own
accompanying histories - creating
a connection to the conceptual
basis of the NOM*d' creative
ethos,'' Mr Pothan says.
The show runs until March 25.
Digital data: Whangarei's Kassidy Wright weighs up the two types of books now available at Whangarei Libraries
-- digital e-books and traditional books. The free e-books are already proving popular for library card holders with
69 being issued in the first fortnight, December 16 to 31. Go to www.whangarei-libraries.com and click on the
Nove-L icon to download an e-book for up to 14 days or contact Whangarei Central Library for more help.
Library gets busy lending e-books
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