Archive for March, 2011

28/03/11

Salient talks with Hanna Mason and Chris de Lisle of the Victoria Medieval Society. What is the medieval society? Chris: We’re a group of people who get together and do medieval things basically. We cook medieval food, we have medieval feasts, we make medieval clothes and crafts and we hit each other with medieval sticks [...]

28/03/11

Staff members at Wellington’s Cuba Kebab have been accused of homophobia after a Victoria University student was harassed in the store. Student Isobel Mackinnon said she used the bathroom at Cuba Kebab on Friday 18 March, and as she was walking out of the store afterward heard members of the staff saying “lesbian, lesbian”. She [...]

28/03/11

Victoria University students majoring in International Relations may be troubled to hear that Tariq Ali, an internationally recognised academic, has claimed that New Zealand has no foreign policy. Ali presented a series of three lectures at Auckland University last week, where he made the comments about New Zealand in a conversation with the popular online [...]

28/03/11

A hikoi of more than 300 people marched through the streets of Wellington on Tuesday in protest to National’s Marine and Coastal Area Bill. Several protesters carried placards, reading “Betrayed by our own” [a reference to the Maori Party] and “Maori Seabed For Shore!” A spokesman for Attorney-General Chris Finlayson told Salient that the hikoi [...]

28/03/11

Burrito Bandit and His Fifty-Cent Prize A man was involved in a three-and-a-half hour stand-off shooting at a SWAT team inside a Taco Bell a week ago. He pulled a gun on the manager of the fast-food restaurant in San Antonio, Texas because of a 50-cent price rise on his favourite beefy crunch burrito. His [...]

28/03/11

Whānau is an important part of everybody’s life. At least it should be. Whānau is also important to Ngāi Tauira. However Ngāi Tauira is just one of the spokes here at Victoria University of Wellington that radiates out from the central cultural hub that is Te Herenga Waka. Te Herenga Waka gives our students a [...]

28/03/11

You’ve all been jealous of the UC Volunteer Student Army in the wake of Christchurch’s quaking, haven’t you? Guiltily thinking if only there was a major natural disaster here in Wellington, we’d show those Canterbury eggs how you really shovel shit. Not to worry my little do-gooders, there is volunteer work to be done here [...]

25/03/11

Directed by Eryn Wilson Bats Theatre 22 March – 2 April I was offered a free ticket to see The Chathams at BATS Theatre tonight, a new New Zealand comedy starring Toby Leach and Jonny Moffatt, and directed by Eryn Wilson. Unfortunately, I had to chain myself to this desk for you, Salient reader, so [...]

24/03/11

Sorry all, I have not been in the mood to dispense advice lately. One of the strange things about this world is often we aren’t as good as the advice we give. Strength is not an easy thing to find. The world will only kick you when you’re down, but people will only kick you [...]