Viewport width =
  • News

    Ireland Repeals Abortion Ban

    5 June 2018: Ireland voted by a two-thirds majority in a public referendum to repeal the ban on abortion on 25 May. For the past 35 years, abortions have been prohibited in Ireland under the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution. The strict Irish law resulted in many women being forced to t

  • News

    Politician’s Potluck (with Marlon and Beth)

    28 May 2018: On Monday 14 May VUWSA President Marlon Drake hosted a potluck dinner at his flat. On the guest list were VUWSA Welfare Vice President Bethany Paterson, National MP Chris Bishop, Greens MP Gareth Hughes, and Labour MP Paul Eagle. The goal was to sit down and discuss some of the k

  • Ireland Repeals Abortion Ban

    Ireland voted by a two-thirds majority in a public referendum to repeal the ban on abortion on 25 May. For the past 35 years, abortions have been prohibited in Ireland under the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution. The strict Irish law resulted in many women being forced to travel overseas to have access to […]

    by

  • Love Isn’t Real, Because You Aren’t Hard Enough

    I’m 16. The clock hits 9:30pm and my mother tells me to get to bed and get an early night. My lamp lights up the room that was previously lit up by Minecraft and my phone alerting me that someone poked me. The rain begin to hit my window as I turn on my speaker […]

    by

  • Dehydration is the Enemy

    Dehydration is the enemy. This is my life motto, mostly because I haven’t yet had a meaningful enough life experience to warrant something as cliché as a proper life motto. Nevertheless, dehydration is a problem I face every day when I come to uni, and that is because there are not enough drinking fountains. Every […]

    by

  • Polarising Opinions

    There is something very easy about extremities: it’s the comfort that comes with treating “right” and “wrong” as if they are unquestionable, unshakable truths. It’s the relief of being able to point the finger at someone else, identify the problem, the enemy as “other” and, in doing so, absolve oneself of blame. It feels good […]

    by

  • Greenwashing: It’s Not Easy Being a Conscious Consumer

    You stride into Countdown, armed with dual reusable tote bags in your hands and an irrepressible love of the planet in your heart. You’re still a little twitchy from all the fair-trade Peoples Coffee flowing through your veins, which is just as well because you’re going to need caffeine-addled reflexes to polish off your list […]

    by

  • A taxonomy of the Wellington thrift stores I’ve spent my Studylink on

    Say what you want about environmentalists, but when it comes to thrift shopping we know our shit. Buying your clothes second-hand saves so many resources it’s unreal, making it a rare ethical lifestyle choice that’s still actually enjoyable (I miss cheese so much you guys). Thrift 5/5 For me, Thrift is king. Hear me out: […]

    by

  • Cheese Vs The Environment: A Vegan’s Take on Climate Change

    Since I can remember I have always cared about the environment. This dedication probably came from my growing up on a patch of land with a small flock of sheep surrounded by native bush. Like many other New Zealanders, my weekends as a kid were spent riding my bike around the neighbourhood, enjoying the fresh […]

    by

  • Website-Cover-Photo2-01 (1)

    The Majestic Shewee

    I recently got an outdoor job that didn’t have a loo. “Why?” I asked a coworker. He shrugged, and told me that they’d been trying to get a port-a-potty sorted for years, but the port-o-potty industry were dragging their feet about it. “Ok, but, then, how do I… you know, go?” “We have bushes outside.” […]

    by

  • Website-Cover-Photo1 (2)

    Six Stories of Assault

    CW: Descriptions of sexual assault We’ve got a great team here at VUWSA, including some strong women that I look up to and often turn to for advice and counsel. They asked me to write a lil something to make sure they know I back them, and I do. They’ve decided to share some pretty […]

    by

  • Salient is the student magazine of Victoria University.
    It is available on campus free each Monday during term.

    What's On Today

    [google-calendar-events id="1, 3" type="list" title="Events on" max="4"] [google-calendar-events id="1, 3" type="grid" title="Events on" max="40"]
    Website-Cover-Photo7

    Editor's Pick

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

    by

    : 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