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Disabled School of Music Alumna: It’s wrong to use accessibility as a scapegoat for closing University libraries

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Aine Kelly Costello, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

The saga of the proposed library closures, according to the University, is all about money. According to all the CAI users I know, it’s about devaluing the needs of CAI students and staff. It’s about destroying hubs of learning and community. And if you ask me, it’s about finding scapegoats, like accessibility, to try to assuage the consciences of those recommending the demolition.

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How Mihingarangi Forbes Helped me to Understand Allyship: A perspective from one disabled woman

By   /  March 11, 2018  /  Aine Kelly Costello, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

As I absorbed Forbes’words, it hit home to me as it hadn’t quite before, that believing in the value of intersectionality and actually internalising it to the point where we regularly seek out—and follow through on—ways to put it into practice, are two distinct stages. And despite all of the goodwill in the world, getting from the first to the second and then staying there requires more conscious forethought, introspection and regular evaluation than would ever spring automatically from tacit agreement with the notion.

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On Waitangi Day: Reflections from one Rangatahi Immigrant

By   /  February 7, 2018  /  Aine Kelly Costello, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

I’ll be the first to openly admit that I could have prioritised my own education on te ao  Māori far more than I have, and that I am guilty in that regard. I take responsibility for that and I’m not proud of it. But I wish our systems of education, which must also extend beyond formal institutes of learning, might come to the table with this understanding too

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Have you ever asked for help and hated having to ask? Then you can empathise with Metiria.

By   /  July 25, 2017  /  Aine Kelly Costello, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Thanks to my socioeconomic privilege, it is unlikely (not to say impossible) that I will ever end up as dependent on our corrupt welfare system as Metiria once was. And I don’t pretend to know exactly how that dependency felt for Metiria, because I can’t know. Maybe I can’t know, but I can guess. Because I can guess, I can empathise with her.

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Why I’m occupying for fossil fuel divestment

By   /  May 29, 2017  /  Aine Kelly Costello, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  39 Comments

Today, on May 29 2017, I am peacefully occupying the Vice Chancellor’s wing of the University of Auckland with 13 fellow activists. We are demanding that our Vice Chancellor Prof. Stuart McCutcheon actively support divestment from coal, oil and gas extraction.

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Diary: Auckland Folk Festival 2017

By   /  February 1, 2017  /  Aine Kelly Costello, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  Comments Off on Diary: Auckland Folk Festival 2017

I’m pretty sure the Auckland Folk Festival wasn’t supposed to end and send me back to real life…

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Why I’m saying thank you for the Music

By   /  December 15, 2016  /  Aine Kelly Costello, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  2 Comments

While communities are being torn asunder as I write by human-caused violence, such as we’re witnessing in Aleppo, Turkey and Egypt, I want to devote this post to honouring a snapshot of three communities that are being built around music in New Zealand.

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