We were shit to some, we were awesome to others – we just wanted to dress up and tell people to get lost.

If you were on K’Rd in the noughties we were there being annoying, negotiating sexist, racist, classist shit and indie kids projecting their fetishes or baggage onto us (our brother band The Mint Chicks and sister band The Coolies got the same deal). Sri was from central Auckland, but Pritika and I grew up out South together and Mel was from Te Kauwhata. I should also point out that I felt like I had been chopper-dropped into one of the whitest music scenes in the world.

We each had pseudonyms that we all had gifted each other.

Pritika was The Pixel, Sriwhana was Symphony and Melanie our lead-singer was Wawa St Laurent aka Wawa Downey Junior (my personal fav). This is because I often lamented poor chocolate quality and was starting to decolonize spectacularly reading Black Panther literature around the clock.

But Nimoy’s passing is timely in another way, as having previously relegated my first band to the nostalgia of a wacky youth – my earliest musical project seems to appearing in pal timelines, inboxes and conversations everywhere I go lately. And weirdly, without the paradoxes that Spock represented, I might not have been a musician… Soooo: from the ages 19-22 I was in an all-girl band called The Pussies.

We rapped but over a drumkit, melodica and me on a casiotone.

Here is the AMAZING radio documentary produced by Sophie Wilson and co-presented by Dan Taipua.

If Afrofuturism is where science fiction and technology meets popular culture of the African diaspora, could it be happening in Aotearoa too?Pritika was Indian and Scottish, Melanie was Māori and Pākeha, Sriwhana was Balinese and Pākeha and I’m Māori German Samoan.When we assembled we were so elated with this make-shift sense of belonging, that we fashioned a sort out multicultural militancy and often declared one had to be tri or biracial to join, dishing out retrospectively flawed manifestos and making everyone angry (except each other and other POC in a pretty white scene, which felt amazing).And welp it turns out I have only cried for three celebrities upon their passing.Though many inspirational and tacky people have come close, I shed a tear (or nine) for Aaliyah, Michael Jackson and the man who played Mr. I am a huge fan of science fiction and what Nimoy brought to one of the best characterisations within the genre.= new Date(); Time((new Date()).value Of() - 1000*60*60*24*90); self.new_streams = (Full Year() * 10000 (Month() 1) * 100 Date()); self.bwidth = window.inner Width; self.online = /* this overrides everything for males only cobrands */ var malefilters = self.my_filter = function (el) self.cobrand_boosts = var voy_time = ; var priv_time = ; self.debugg = 0; self.show_ts = 1; var cams = ; self.won_from_json = function (a) self.dislike = function (a,e) } self.won_url = '/lvswon.cgi?