Archive for March, 2011

28/03/11

“A lot of people think that those in the Territorial Army are not real soldiers. We are. We are well-trained, highly disciplined fighting machines, ready for war. We’re just not available during the week.”—Gareth Keenan, The Office You mightn’t know it, but a number of Victoria University students moonlight as soldiers within New Zealand’s Army [...]

28/03/11

This week Salient talked to Mary Collie-Holmes, artistic director of Khandallah Arts Theatre, about KAT’s place in the Wellington theatre scene. This article is appearing in Salient’s Communities issue and some readers might conclude that Khandallah Arts Theatre is a community theatre. How do you feel about this term being applied to KAT? My understanding [...]

28/03/11

Help is at hand for all those with lazy, financially-challenged flatmates thanks to a trio of Wellingtonians. Former Victoria University Computer Science student, Jared Armstrong, has teamed up with entrepreneurs Nicholas Wakelin and James Nisbet to create Flatmin, an administrative site for people living in flatting situations. Launched in Wellington last Monday, Flatmin is free [...]

28/03/11

Rudyard Kipling said that if history were taught in the form of stories it would never be forgotten. I think he probably has a point because the only thing I remember learning about communist Russia in sixth form is how near the end of his reign, when Stalin got especially mad and tyrannical, he would [...]

28/03/11

Hi Constance, You’re running a great hybrid sex/personal advice service. It should definitely count towards the community contribution aspect of the Victoria Plus award. I’m here to get your sage advice on a matter of great personal importance. First, a brief background to help your analysis. I was raised Catholic, but in a relatively lapsed [...]

28/03/11

We live in modern times. Most people in New Zealand do not go to a church; if you live in Wellington rather than Takaka, you’re most likely to think of your neighbours as the people that steal your recycling bin rather than people you care about or rely on. But on Saturday, the last event [...]

28/03/11

In the Farrelly Brothers’ latest film, a hall pass is not just a token that allows an American school student to use the bathroom during class; it’s also a break from the shackles of marriage. Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudekis) are best friends who have been shackled to their wives for a long [...]

28/03/11

Mega-hoppy ales appear to be the “beer du jour” for most beer geeks but I, for one, am looking forward to the day when new malt-balanced lagers and ales are released onto the taps and bottle store shelves. My change of heart occurred nine months ago when a number of NZ breweries launched new aggressively [...]

28/03/11

With increasing global consciousness evidenced by recent crises such as the Japan earthquake and tsunami, and, closer to home, the Christchurch earthquake, we’ve seen global communities reach out and connect with the struggles and plights of individuals. As a nation, as a student population and as individuals, we are becoming more familiar with the idea [...]