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Poster, 'If you must travel', Early 1940s, London, by Henry Hildesley Ltd., H.M. Stationery Office. Gift of Mr C H Andrews, 1967. Te Papa (GH015847)2021 SummerT3SHORTS

Auckland Shorts II

They probably play the viola   Kia Ora Students, University administration has noticed higher-than-normal numbers of time travellers appearing this semester. The Vice-Chancellor’s Office would like to take this opportunity to reassure students that Everything is Fine. The Head of Department for Physics, Dr Amanda Wu, is keeping us informed…
Jack Remiel Cottrell
February 10, 2021
Storm, Wanaka, 1920s-1930s, Dunedin, by George Chance. Purchased 1999 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa2021 SummerT3SHORTS

Auckland Shorts

Land of the Rising Sun   We thought Honolulu had been nuked, as if that could happen without at least a twitter feud first.   Wind pinked our six faces off the back of the ship we called ‘a boat’ to the dismay of the loyal crew. The mushroom cloud…
Alexandra Marie Stinson
February 10, 2021
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Auckland Shorts

GREEN The lichen clinging to Dominion Road's footpath has a colour that I cannot name. It is pale anaemic blood splatter, little patches of not-quite life that are not-quite green, the almost-colour of an almost-plant. KFC glows red on one corner, golden arches glare at me from another, and I…
Sonya Wilson
December 15, 2019
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Auckland Shorts

MAGIC Part of night’s magic is how it preserves possibilities day annihilates. Those floodlights, barren blare delimiting the asphalt of State Highway One from the formless darkness beyond, might be the sentinels of a robocratic regime. Those bright points shaping a hill from shadow might be the watchfires of a…
Hayden Macpherson
December 15, 2019
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Auckland Shorts

Microfiction 3D printing only became ubiquitous once the machines could print using any materials – plastics, plants, stem cells, dreams.   Bushfires started earlier each year. Soon every month saw fire restrictions, as we tried to make sure there was something left to burn.   That robots would take our…
Jack Remiel Cottrell
December 15, 2019
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Auckland Shorts

The Street Where I Live Perched high on a spine of West Coast bush, the smell of wet manuka and asphalt retrieves childhood summers from their past. Beyond the crowning branches of a grand kauri rolls a wide macrocarpa-framed valley where dark native forest must once have lined the snaking…
Joshua Hetherington
November 7, 2018
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Auckland Shorts

On the Street A cafe blackboard’s daily ‘nugget of wisdom’ promotes money, happiness, and crying comfortably in Porsches. A white Corolla slows at the lights. Electrical tape clutches waterlogged cardboard spelling a license number in sharpie, its liquefying letters birthing strange unidentifiable creatures. It convulses into Cromwell Street. Cardboard entrails…
Ashleigh Smith
November 7, 2018
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Auckland Shorts

On Titirangi Road my grandfather’s dog was squashed dead. My grandfather hiked dry-eyed up the drive, and scraped her off the concrete. He said that he knew this would happen. Cars hurl angry along the street’s arc, and thin footpaths cower by the roadside, often vanishing, alternating sides, forcing pedestrians…
Hebe Kearney
November 9, 2017
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Auckland Shorts

K Road is tinselled with grey wiring. Like hair, it splits off, tacked to the paint-stiff facades that are strung along the Karangahape Ridge like braces at the mouth of the CBD. It was Te Ara o Karangahape, a trail, then a street; dust paved over, then all at once,…
Florence Esson
November 9, 2017