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    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

  • Liquid Knowledge

    Liquid Knowledge: On Israel and Palestine

    3 June 2019: Israel–Palestine This week’s column returns to its roots in attempting to simplify the trickiest of global issues. This week, I’ve attempted to summarise what has been described as the most “intractable” conflict in history. Two pages barely scratch the surface of a hea

  • Whakahokia te reo mai i te mata o te pene, ki te mata o te arero – Te Wharehuia Milroy Dies Aged 81

    He mea rongonui a Te Wharehuia ki ngā kaupapa o te reo Māori, tana panekiretanga, tana whakarauora. I tipu ake a Wharehuia, he uri nō Tūhoe me Te Arawa ki roto o Ruātoki, hei tāna “nā Tūhoe au i poipoi, nā Tūhoe aku whakaaro i whāngai mai ki ahau.” I whakapau kaha tēnei tētēkura mō […]

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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 […]

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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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  • Issue 11, 2019

    Issue 11 – Blxck

  • The Privilege of Ignoring Race

    One day in class, my Year Six teacher asked me what I was, and I said: “I’m just a New Zealander.” Her response? “You can’t be ^just a New Zealander, or else you’d look like me.” I don’t think I need to specify her skin colour. And I want you to imagine how it would […]

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  • La’u Pele. My beloved.

    My name is. It begins and ends with the spirit of my Aiga. The spirit of my ancestors, guided by the stars across seas, navigating new waters and new worlds. The same spirit my great grandfather, Leapai of Malie, upheld in the Mau Movement for Samoa’s journey to independence; in honest leadership, tautua, and in […]

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  • My Name is My Name

    CW: Partner Abuse Ownership is a concept I struggle with. I’m 21. I modestly own a few cameras, the odd kitchen appliance in my flat, and a wardrobe of clothes I’ve accumulated over the last four years. These things are mine to do whatever I want with. I could paint my breadmaker black and set […]

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  • My Attention is Broke

    As a kid, I would always get in trouble for talking with my mouth full.   I’m sure most of us have been there, stuck in this dichotomy wanting to comment on absolutely everything, while catering to a child’s perpetual hunger. Without realising, I was a juvenile multitasker. I wanted the best of both worlds. […]

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  • WHERE VIRAL DREAMS GO TO DIE

      Dreams of stardom are easy, fulfilling, and most often, fairly fleeting. It’s not very hard to look at a person in the media who’s doing well for themselves, and decide that you want that life.   I should know. I did.   My name is Emma Maguire, and I’m a reformed YouTube vlogger. I’ve […]

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  • Storytime: Angst, Agony, and Adorable Babies in Teen Mom YouTube

    A perky young woman waves to the camera. She has long shiny hair—maybe there is a hint of exhaustion in her eyes, but who can tell? The refrain comes: “Hi guys, and welcome back to my channel!” She tells us her name, and the name of her child; perhaps the child is just out of […]

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