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    KJ Contract Renewal

    8 July 2019: As the curtain rises on another trimester, Victoria University of Wellington has renewed their contract with the organisation responsible for catering all Vic uni halls.   Since signing with caterers Compass Group New Zealand Ltd and its subsidiary Eurest’ there have been

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    Eye on the Exec: Two for the Price of One

    8 July 2019: Welcome back to student politics, neeerds. This week’s Eye on the Exec is extra special because although I myself am a neeerd, I am a lazy one; forgetting to write up either of the last two VUWSA meetings. Without further insult, I present to you: VUWSA exec meetings from May 2

  • Features

    Inevitable Entanglement

    3 June 2019: I’ve known my best friend for 20 years. It’s like we were made for each other. We both love talking and reading and running. We can be quiet together. When she starts crying, sometimes I can’t stop. We’ve shared so much that sometimes I look into her eyes and know exactly

  • KJ Contract Renewal

    As the curtain rises on another trimester, Victoria University of Wellington has renewed their contract with the organisation responsible for catering all Vic uni halls.   Since signing with caterers Compass Group New Zealand Ltd and its subsidiary Eurest’ there have been multiple complaints regarding food served within halls of residence.   Katharine Jermyn hall, […]

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  • Beyond Pink and Blue

    Pregnancy tests. Ultrasounds. Gender reveal parties. Maternity shopping. Childbirth.   On the day we take our first breath, a clinician typically lifts us in the air, does a speedy exanimation, and pronounces our sex.   At some hospitals, bright lights flash pink and blue on the street front to celebrate the birth of a new […]

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  • It is Enough: Reflections on Pride

      I’ve never written about my fear or my anger, because I’ve never felt like I was queer enough, knew enough, or felt comfortable enough with my identity. I’m slowly learning, in the words of Virginia Woolf’s famous Mrs Ramsay, “It is enough!”    Pride has become more than a single march, or a month—it […]

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  • In the Mirror: Queer, Brown and Catholic

    As a teenager, being queer was a foreign concept. I was already othered so much already, being half Māori and odd-looking, with delayed social and learning skills due to a difficult birth. By the time I was 13 I was already too much, too weird, too other and too pitied upon that finding a table […]

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  • Issue 13, 2019

    Issue 13 – Food

  • Wanna do Coffee?

      I pay double rent. First, the $200 auto-payment for an uninsulated room. The second, incremental payments to sit at a table with a cup of pick-me-up. Coffee is a luxury. You’ve seen the friendly reminder: Have you thought about your finances? $4 a day on coffee, five times a week makes $20 a week; […]

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  • Inevitable Entanglement

    I’ve known my best friend for 20 years. It’s like we were made for each other. We both love talking and reading and running. We can be quiet together. When she starts crying, sometimes I can’t stop. We’ve shared so much that sometimes I look into her eyes and know exactly what she’s thinking, because […]

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  • Please tell me you are doing really well and are fantastically happy.

    CW: Depression, Suicidality   “Please tell me you are doing really well and are fantastically happy.”   The message popped up on my phone with all the gravitas of an emoticon, but the content had my heart sinking. It had been a few days since I last heard from him, and I’d hoped in the […]

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  • We’ll Meet Again

    To everyone I lost to incarceration:   The worst thing about prison is the unknowns. I haven’t been to prison. I don’t have a criminal record—but you do. You’re not currently incarcerated, but will be soon. Or, you’re about to enter the system again. Or can’t afford to make any more mistakes… Or, are living […]

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  • Inevitable Entanglement

    I’ve known my best friend for 20 years. It’s like we were made for each other. We both love talking and reading and running. We can be quiet together. When she starts crying, sometimes I can’t stop. We’ve shared so much that sometimes I look into her eyes and know exactly what she’s thinking, because […]

    by

  • Please tell me you are doing really well and are fantastically happy.

    CW: Depression, Suicidality   “Please tell me you are doing really well and are fantastically happy.”   The message popped up on my phone with all the gravitas of an emoticon, but the content had my heart sinking. It had been a few days since I last heard from him, and I’d hoped in the […]

    by

  • We’ll Meet Again

    To everyone I lost to incarceration:   The worst thing about prison is the unknowns. I haven’t been to prison. I don’t have a criminal record—but you do. You’re not currently incarcerated, but will be soon. Or, you’re about to enter the system again. Or can’t afford to make any more mistakes… Or, are living […]

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