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    Dirty Porn, Clean Morals

    17 September 2018: CW: discussion of pornography, underage sex, BDSM, assault As I lay in bed with the lights dimmed, my phone on incognito mode, a vibrator in my hand, and a video playing on my screen entitled “Bound teen in fishnets teased with vibrator, fingered, denied orgasm”, I can’t he

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    Eye on Exec: 2% Fee Rise Proposed

    17 September 2018: There were no grown ups at today’s meeting because our CEO Matt was sick, and our secretary Joseph was away. So the meeting was kind of a shambles. Jack, our treasurer-secretary, was taking minutes. The first thing he asked was if he had to write down who makes the motions (the

  • Eye on Exec: 2% Fee Rise Proposed

    There were no grown ups at today’s meeting because our CEO Matt was sick, and our secretary Joseph was away. So the meeting was kind of a shambles. Jack, our treasurer-secretary, was taking minutes. The first thing he asked was if he had to write down who makes the motions (the answer was yes). Within […]

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  • Dirty Porn, Clean Morals

    CW: discussion of pornography, underage sex, BDSM, assault As I lay in bed with the lights dimmed, my phone on incognito mode, a vibrator in my hand, and a video playing on my screen entitled “Bound teen in fishnets teased with vibrator, fingered, denied orgasm”, I can’t help but feel a strange mixture of arousal […]

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  • Check On It

    When it comes to sex, pretty much all of us have heard the word consent thrown around a lot in the last five years or so. But, due to inadequate and abstinence-focused NZ sex education (#eyeroll), all we may have picked up about it is that it’s a “thing” and that it’s probably important. But […]

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  • Herpes: You’ve Probably Got it. But That’s Okay

    CW: gross descriptions *Names and identifying details have been changed for privacy. After ending an intense two-year relationship late last year, being on Tinder and drinking a bottle of wine a night became the usual. Not because I was looking for a rebound or trying to fill a void, but because I was FINALLY single. […]

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  • Ethnocentrism, Te Ao Māori and the Church

    In 2014 my wife and I went to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, for six months to work. My wife is a nurse, so was involved with different NGO’s offering free medical care. I, however, was involved in a local church, where my role was to support the music team and be involved in […]

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  • Mana wahine… ko au?

    Here we are, sitting in the Matariki room at Te Herenga Waka. A group of Māori students sharing our ideas for the upcoming issue of Te Ao Marama. I’m writing a feature piece on Mana Wahine and feel warmed inside to be sharing the room with all of the tauira who surround the table alongside […]

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  • Looking back to the past, in order to sustain our future…

    Over 1000 years ago, Māori arrived on the shores of Aotearoa on great big waka hourua or double-hulled sailing canoes. They voyaged across Te Moananui-a-Kiwa, guided by the stars, swells, birds and moon. They came from the homeland as we know as Hawaiki, Havaiki, Avaiki, and Sava’i interpreted by many others of our relatives around […]

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  • New Zealand and Whales: A Deep Dive

    In June, a lone southern right whale visited Wellington Harbour. We named him Matariki, and scores of people flocked to the waterfront, and later the South Wellington coast, to catch a glimpse. We even postponed the fireworks because we didn’t want to frighten him. But we haven’t always been so protective of whales. We used […]

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  • Tsunamis: Riding the Wave of Disaster

    When I was little, I had a big fear of natural disasters. I wouldn’t go to the school bathroom alone, in case an earthquake struck. Visiting my Auckland aunt meant stepping into volcano territory. And in the scene outside a window, my mind would conjure a giant ship, riding a giant wave, coming nearer and nearer […]

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    : Interior – Industrial Soviet Beerhall – Night It was late November and cold as hell when I stumbled into the Zhiguli Beer Hall. I was in Moscow, about to take the trans-Mongolian rail line to Beijing, and after finding someone in my hostel who could speak English, had decided