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    Sexual Violence Court Pilot

    16 April 2018: A new study backed by the Law Foundation is set to assess whether the new processes being trialled in the sexual violence court pilot are making it less traumatising for complainants to give evidence. The sexual violence court is a list of cases within the district court that cov

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    Weir House Playground Replaced

    16 April 2018: The public playground behind Weir House is in the process of being replaced, with expectations that this will be complete by the end of April. The old playground equipment had passed its use-by date, and needed updating to comply with the Council’s “asset management planning,

  • Sexual Violence Court Pilot

    A new study backed by the Law Foundation is set to assess whether the new processes being trialled in the sexual violence court pilot are making it less traumatising for complainants to give evidence. The sexual violence court is a list of cases within the district court that covers serious sexual violence allegations where the […]

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    It’s not you, it’s Hookup Culture

    Is there anything wrong with Hookup Culture? I don’t remember his last name. His first name was Kyle: the perfect name for a faceless memory from your early 20s. In most respects, he was attractive, with a nice smile and deep set blue eyes. I first met him in a bar on Courtenay Place. I […]

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    My Night With Naked Boys

    He dances up to the stage in a dressing gown and pink high heels. He turns his back to the audience, turns his head back to look at us, grins. The robes come off. The woman sitting in front of me hollers into her friend’s ear, “I can see his penis!”   Wellington has just […]

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    Povo

    Short for poverty. Up until I reached university, I had never heard the word “povo” before. Indeed, I had lived in my community, in the apparently mistaken belief that we were normal. We are normal — let me emphasise that. We didn’t have the most. But compared to others a short walk away, we were […]

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    Funny Business: A Week in Wellington’s Dank Comedy Scene

    Sitting outside Fringe Bar on a Sunday afternoon can be a grim affair. The tightly drawn, forlorn faces of the daytime pokie-players are a sight to behold as they shuffle in, slow and dejected, about to pour their time, money, and souls into machines that give them blinking lights and broken dreams in return. There […]

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    How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

    It has to happen at some point. Half a decade of terrible special effect films and horror literature can’t be wrong. It’s written in the stars and on our paperbacks. One day, a virus will spread and turn half the population of Earth into man-eating killer zombies. Rip out this handy instructional article and keep […]

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    The New Drug on the Block

    The opioid crisis is a real thing. Fentanyl was found in New Zealand. Let’s talk about what this means and why it matters. Prescription pain relievers, the most common of which are methadone, oxycodone (such as OxyContin), and hydrocodone (such as Vicodin), are all opioids. The drugs we hear and talk about the most are […]

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    This Ain’t a Scene it’s a Goddamned Arm Wrestle

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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