Archive for October, 2011

29/10/11

On 26 November this year, you will get an opportunity to vote in the referendum on our electoral system. As not all electoral systems are created equal, here are some arguments for why you should vote to keep MMP at the ballot box. Mixed member proportional (MMP)—a parliamentary system in which seats are allocated according [...]

10/10/11

Oh. Okay. We escaped, then. Brilliant. We love it when we do that. [This smells like a Doctor Who quote. Remove. No Doctor Who quotes when I share the byline!—Elle] So here it is. The final issue of Salient ‘11. To mark the occasion, we have increased the pages, and made the paper worse. We [...]

10/10/11

The impetus for the original shift away from First Past The Post (FPP) to our current Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) electoral system was a result of prolonged public distrust in government. The Muldoon era provoked withering confidence in the New Zealand Government, and led the Labour Party to campaign in both 1981 and 1984 on [...]

10/10/11

Phew, is it just me, or has everyone else had an intensely busy and crazy last couple of weeks? I hope you have all been looking after yourselves through this full-on time! This last half of the trimester has flown by and it seems bizarre that the end of 2011 is fast approaching. This has [...]

10/10/11

If you were looking for quality cinema in 2011, the multiplexes weren’t the place to look. A smattering of offerings (Source Code, Rango, True Grit, Black Swan) staved off cinephilic starvation during a year of pervasive tentpole flicks (Harry Potter 7.2, Thor, Transformers 3), aggressively ugly American comedies (The Hangover Part 2, The Change-Up) and [...]

10/10/11

Just before his death former Governor General Sir Paul Reeves spoke about the Rule of Law. He said that for an important concept, it was a fragile thing. The Government’s actions over the past week have vindicated Sir Paul. The Rule of Law is inherently fragile, and it is up to us to protect it. [...]

10/10/11

There’s a near-empty bottle of Red Square vodka, an untouched VUWSA diary, some dark green skinnies, an unauthorised Justin Bieber biography ($2.00 HOT PRICE sticker still attached), an unopened Bounty Bar, Beyoncé’s 4 album, and the Skins seasons 1-4 box set sitting on my desk. Yeah, I’m a hedonistic alcoholic with a penchant for vicariously [...]

10/10/11

Two weeks ago, the article ‘Blame the Jews’ written by the self-proclaimed ‘Hawk of Liberty’ ruined my Tuesday. Were Students for Palestine being simultaneously derided as self-righteous-social-justice-pricks and Hamas-terrorist-sympathisers? Yes, and in the kind of paradoxical label combination that would have the likes of Glenn Beck and his ilk frothing in neo-con[sensus]. Ultimately, the most [...]

10/10/11

There was a time when everything was simple. The sun was out everyday. There was glue and popsicle sticks on every table—it was impossible to figure out exactly what they were for, but someone had the revolutionary idea to turn them into stick figures. Some benevolent overlord would cut apples into quarters and dispense them [...]