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    Shock Over Proposed Job Cuts at University of Otago

    24 July 2017: The Tertiary Education Union (TEU) has described a “sense of shock” among University of Otago staff members at a meeting on July 14, in which it was revealed that 182 support staff positions would likely be cut at the university.

  • News

    HIV Free by 2025

    24 July 2017: 244 New Zealanders were diagnosed with HIV in 2016, the largest number of new diagnoses since records began in 1985. In response to these figures, the New Zealand AIDS Foundation has announced its Ending HIV campaign, introducing a three-pronged approach to ending HIV transmissio

  • News

    GWRC Did Undercut Unionised Bus Staff

    24 July 2017: New contracts awarded for the bus operations in the Greater Wellington Region have been criticised for cutting drivers’ pay and working conditions. Drivers are refusing to sign onto new employment contracts until these issues are resolved.

  • Shock Over Proposed Job Cuts at University of Otago

    The Tertiary Education Union (TEU) has described a “sense of shock” among University of Otago staff members at a meeting on July 14, in which it was revealed that 182 support staff positions would likely be cut at the university.


  • Issue 14, 2017

    Issue 14

  • winter

    Medical Anomalies: Trans and Intersex vs. Medicine

    CW: transphobia, gender essentialism, sex mention, genital mentions   First, some definitions: Chromosomes: Large coils of DNA. They come in pairs (usually), one from each genetic parent. Sex Chromosomes: The 23rd pair (assuming there’s two) of chromosomes, X and Y. Typically a “female” will carry XX and a “male” will carry XY. Gonads: Testes and […]


  • newwords

    We Need New Words

    NB: This article has been edited for Salient — a version of the original can be found here.   This piece is addressed first to fa’a(fa)tama, fa’afafine, and to an extent fa’aafa; to the MVPPRTWTAFFFFF+ community (and in particular those whose names follow a similar format to the previously described); all “indigenous gender minority” communities […]


  • photoessay


    As a writer I’ve often found the hardest thing to do is finish a piece. Deciding when it’s done. But writing this piece I’ve found it very difficult to start. I think that’s because there’s so much to say about gender and I can’t fit it all into 1000 words. Should I talk about my […]


  • Issue 13, 2017

    Issue 13

  • Laura

    Polynesian Panthers

    My imagination of New Zealand history rarely includes the role of Pacific migrants during the growth of New Zealand’s economy in the 1960s, their subsequent racist treatment through to the 1970s, and the organised and effective action taken by the children of those migrants to combat New Zealand’s systemic racism. I knew next to nothing […]


  • Geum Hye Kim

    Migration of Intimacies

    I came down to Wellington after hastily signing a tenancy agreement with two home-owners who could speak five languages between them. Little did I know that I would soon think of them as an Uncle and Auntie, rather than the given names printed neatly under the terms of our agreement. I had barely paid my […]


  • Kahu option 2

    We Are Voyagers

    My dad’s lineage is Māori. The tangata whenua of this land. This whenua is our birthplace, but our roots are elsewhere. My mum’s ancestors are Pākehā who arrived in New Zealand a few generations ago to farm the land. If you follow those lines further, there is a wide migration through Europe, through Scottish backlands […]


  • Issue 12, 2017

    Issue 12

  • mikkee

    Remaining here too long

    My experience of suburban living is coloured by the necessity of the commute. Suburbia compartmentalises the domestic and private from the public, the urban, and, ideally, the political; the suburb is the space in which actions are governed foremost by the values of the family. What happens, then, is that the suburban dweller is forced […]


  • BONK

    Those who come before

    Written by the Scotney family (with thoughts from Laura and Tim)   Where do we stand? Responsible for a publication with an 80 year legacy, here for eight months, then gone — the responsibility deferred. Albert H. (Bonk) Scotney founded Salient in 1938, and he did so within a specific historical context. His words: “Salient […]


  • Jess

    To not be silent

    CW: Discussion of sexual harassment   Our evening transitioned seamlessly from bobbing to the slow paced, gentle voice of Frankie Cosmos into a slow trek up in the crisp night air back home. We headed towards the glowing traffic lights that marked the sharp turn onto our road. Far down the length of the street, […]


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    : As Dani and I thought about what we’d like to see in this queer edition of Salient, we reflected on the state of UniQ as it stands right now, both at Victoria University and throughout the country. As we come to the end of our time as co-presidents for 2017 we considered what w