Archive for August, 2011

08/08/11

Writer/director/actor Lena Dunham’s debut film, Tiny Furniture, is honest in its self-reflection. Whilst most ‘indie’ films attack self-reflection with a hand-held camera and blunt recognition of awkward character intrigues, Tiny Furniture gives precedence to the embarrassing moments of reality that secretly (but not so secretly) guide most of our lives. Dunham plays the lead role [...]

08/08/11

‘Hello Sunday Morning’ is challenging people to give up alcohol for three months in an attempt to combat the Kiwi binge drinking culture. The brainchild of Brisbane-based Chris Raine, 24, the movement was launched in New Zealand last week, beginning with a presentation at Canterbury University. The movement is not an anti-drinking campaign, but an [...]

08/08/11

Once upon a time, two Victoria University students had a dream—to sell their homebrew commercially in New Zealand. And that dream has recently come true—despite the fact they’re still studying. A few months after starting home brewing myself, I met Matt Warner and Matt Kristovski, who lived down the road from me. They came over [...]

08/08/11

A future of voluntary student member-ship looks nearly certain after Labour’s attempts to delay the bill were thwarted last week. Until last Thursday’s Members’ Day, Labour had been filibustering on the Royal Society of New Zealand Amendment Bill. This consequently delayed the debate on Heather Roy’s Freedom of Association Bill, which makes membership of students’ [...]

08/08/11

Wellington, the southern most capital city in the world and the place of New Zealand’s Government, is located at the head of Te Ika a Māui. With spectacular views overlooking the city and dodgy car parking on the hillsides, Wellington is truly a wonder to behold. Nowadays some people call it Wellywood—a rip-off from America—but [...]

08/08/11

The Eversons could well be Wellington’s newest hot ticket if their lyrical, satirical, and downright enjoyable EP is anything to go by. Having been together since November last year, The Eversons have released some of Wellington’s catchiest and cleverest pop in recent memory. Blair: We’d recorded the tracks for the hell of it, and then [...]

08/08/11

The ’27 Club’ recently inducted a new member – Amy Winehouse. For those of you not familiar with this infamous club, it only has two criteria: you must be famous, and you must have died at the age of 27. The name was coined surrounding the deaths of Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones, soul singer [...]

08/08/11

Interactive art. Whoa, don’t drool over the page there, handsome. Think about it—a medium where the person participating is actively involved in the creation of the experience. A medium where an active role is required of the player to cause a decision, and that decision dictates where the experience leads them. Wouldn’t it be awesome [...]

08/08/11

A mob of students and staff descended on Victoria’s Kelburn Campus last Thursday to protest the changes proposed for a number of university programmes. The protest was organised by the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) as a way to voice the opposition of staff and students to the restructuring of the International Relations Programme and the [...]