Archive for April, 2011

04/04/11

Representatives from the National, Labour, Green and ACT parties met last week to discuss tertiary education. Labour MP David Shearer, National MP Katrina Shanks, ACT MP Heather Roy and the Green Party’s Keith Locke appeared on last week’s episode of Back Benches, a weekly political interview show. At the suggestion that the Government has not [...]

04/04/11

Salient writer Kurt Barber catches up with Joy Cowley, one of New Zealand’s most prolific and well-respected children’s writers. Who or what are your biggest inspirations in your writing, and what about them inspires you? Inspiration came from teachers who recognized potential beyond the obvious poverty and untidiness. Life was hard for my parents: they [...]

04/04/11

Human Resources Manager and two other friends are playing Angry Birds Victoria University Law School graduate Blake Skelton has recently had his application to law firm Adams Simmons and Saunders rejected, with his Facebook profile cited as the firm’s main disincentive to offer him a position. Adams Simmons and Saunders’ Human Resources Manager Michaela Watson, [...]

04/04/11

When I was 12, I had a nervous breakdown in Frankfurt airport. I cried so enthusiastically that a random passenger offered to buy me a Big Mac if it would stop the hysterics. This was due to a sudden realisation that I was about to spend the entire summer in the second-world, terrorist-filled, culturally-oppressive country [...]

04/04/11

For those of you who are not fluent in my year 6 secret code, this translates to, “I love Lucy.” Lucy was a girl of age 9, going on 10. She had strawberry blonde hair, was good at ball sports and looked fantastic in sneans. Lucy was my primary school crush. Although the obsessive intensity [...]

04/04/11

On 12 September 2001, Bailey Kuarariki Junior and six others beat pizza deliveryman Michael Choy to death. Michael was 40 years old; Bailey was only 12. Bailey Kurariki remains one of the youngest convicted killers in New Zealand legal history. In September 2002, he was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for manslaughter (not murder, as [...]

04/04/11

My years living in a small Japanese town gave me some of the best memories and experiences, which shaped my childhood in ways one in spent exclusively in New Zealand could never do. For two years I slugged it out as the only foreigner on the school roll. I picked up fluent Japanese to the [...]

04/04/11

Living in the western world, we take a lot of things for granted, but not growing up on land. For most of us, having sturdy soil beneath our feet is a given. Not so for Salient writers Elle and Jess Hunt, because they grew up on a boat! In May 2000, when Jess was seven [...]

04/04/11

Fast approaches the winter of our discontent (fuck, I’m so literary). As the evenings grow darker and the nights colder, I weep quietly into my bowl of gruel, crippled by the prospect of endless days without the sun and lonely nights spent cuddling my pillow. The only thing that staunches the flow of my tears [...]