• News

    Step into my tax haven—Panama Papers explained

    17 April 2016: The leak saw more than 100 media organisations spend a year poring over the leaked files, which contained 40 years’ worth of data that implicated more than 214,000 offshore companies to people in 200+ countries. The documents were sourced from Panamanian law-firm and corporate

  • News

    University outsourcing university

    17 April 2016: When asked about how this outsourcing would benefit the University’s growth targets, Salient were told the “preferred option” would produce a minimum of 150 international undergraduates per annum, a figure that would grow to 200 in five years.

  • You can’t sit with us—protesters picket the Young Nats’ ball

    AAAP’s Sophie Morgan noted that no members from the youth constituent of the National Party came out of the hotel to interact with the protesters and said the 20-odd police officers outside the event seemed excessive.


  • Issue 7, 2016


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    Living more Awesome

    Jimi Hunt is a mental health advocate, speaker, author, adventure seeker, and co-founder of the Live More Awesome charity. Having recently released his second book—A Guide To Live More Awesome, Kate Robertson caught up with Jimi to talk about some real worthy of your time shit.   K: How did Live More Awesome come to […]


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    Interview with Scarlett*, stripper/dancer and cam girl

    The adult entertainment industry has a long history of stigmatisation and marginality. At school, we were never informed that this could be a potentially viable line of work, or even that people can choose this line of work. Instead we’re encouraged to look at people who work in this industry askance, with sympathy, or disgust. […]


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    My First Ex Boyfriend

    When a relationship ends, there are always unanswered questions. Clear communication upon a breakup is a popular way to prevent prolonged wondering over what-ifs. Another way is to wait years and years and then interview them: DREW is currently in Ica, Peru, posing as a medical student. SHARON is currently in Wellington, New Zealand, posing […]


  • Issue 6, 2016


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    Finn takes a look at the sorry state of our rivers, how they got to be this way, and whether New Zealand could ever do justice to its claim to be ‘100% pure’. It turns out when you talk about rivers you talk a lot about dairy.   However you like to think about this […]


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    The climate needs to chill

    On November 28 last year about 7000 Wellingtonians marched on parliament demanding action on climate change. Hundreds of thousands more marched across the world: in Beirut and Barcelona, in Mexico and Melbourne. The timing was designed to put pressure on heads of states and diplomats from across the globe who were attending the Paris Climate […]


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    Coffee casts no shade.

    The grey dawn lifts and you can see the afflicted everywhere. The 5:15am train commuters, 6:00am traffic jammers, all members of the collective whole. We are the coffee-toting weekday warriors. We brave the wind, weapon in hand. The coffee cup: our must-have accessory. It is the common brand of the busy and the important. Made […]


  • Issue 5, 2016


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    Toy Story

    I revere Missy Elliott for several reasons. Not only is she one of the greatest living rap artists, she is also inadvertently responsible for my obsession with sex toys. I won’t go so far as to proclaim she’s my spirit animal, but getting her album This Is Not a Test! for Christmas was a momentous […]


  • jess scott

    Trapped in a Prison of Flesh

    When your body and the clothes you wear are taboo In an industry seen to be one of the most progressive, one built upon the cultivation of individuality, innovation and creativity; taboo in fashion is more to do with the body of wearer than a garment itself. Certain aspects of the human anatomy carry specific […]


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    The First Bad Woman—Miranda July and the power of taboo

    As an artist, Miranda July doesn’t just dabble in taboo, she dives right into it, taking her audience with her. Cassie Richards went along to her debut appearance in Wellington, and takes a look at a woman blowing social norms out of the water. A woman walks onstage to applause. She is tall, slender, wide-eyed, […]


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