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  • An (im)possible dream: Living Wage for Vic Books

    A collective agreement ratified on August 1 has resulted in increased wages for Vic Books employees, although staff are concerned that the agreement does not go far enough to provide livable wages.


  • Issue 24, 2017

    Issue 24

  • bye

    little ghosts

    My body is filled with little ghosts and memories. It is strange to think about these little ghosts decomposing into the earth. Amy Cunningham, a “green” funeral director, says in an article for The Atlantic that people “really don’t like the idea of the body disappearing into the soil and they’re fighting it in every […]


  • ANON (1)

    Writing (Our) Stories

    Praise for Pasifika art and writing is often connected to its authenticity. Nothing plastic, a real island guy. Who exactly we’re supposed to check this authenticity against, no one knows, but people are still adamant on some sense of realness. I used to be too, giving my judgemental side-eye at an afakasi taupou during a […]


  • redalert1

    I Hate Myself and I Want to Die: Borderline Personality Disorder & Misrepresentation in Film

    CW: Self-harm, suicide, abuse     Susanna: I didn’t try to kill myself. Dr Potts: What were you trying to do? Susanna: I was trying to make the shit stop. — Girl, Interrupted (1999)   Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is an illness marked by extreme emotional irregularity, impulsivity, an unstable sense of identity, self-harm, a […]


  • Issue 23, 2017

    Issue 23

  • who


    A learned man’s utopia is a desolate place. He creates a replica of himself to populate a land that hides the secret of perfect happiness and harmony, because he must play the role of the seeker of the truth, and what is true is what he perceives to be true. He both enquires and answers, […]


  • why

    utopia is now, today, this moment

    I.   When asked by his mokopuna to describe the “future”, Moana Jackson replied: “when we take our yesterdays and todays into all of our tomorrows.”1   The health of the land could be known by the clarity of the pool’s reflection2 —   what did the showing was the land; what did the looking was […]


  • yes

    We Tell Ourselves Stories: Hierarchy, the Network, and Where We Might Go

    “The reigning economic system is a vicious circle of isolation. Its technologies are based on isolation, and they contribute to that same isolation. From automobiles to television, the goods that the spectacular system chooses to produce also serve it as weapons for constantly reinforcing the conditions that engender ‘lonely crowds.’”  — Guy Debord   “…survival […]


  • Issue 22, 2017

    Issue 22

  • ALI

    Dabbling in Magic: Independent Radio in New Zealand

    Radio has played a big part in nurturing New Zealand’s cultural identity; it is part of our history — politically, socially, and musically. Alternative and independent radio stations in particular have acted like little greenhouses of New Zealand talent. They have been built with a sense of excitement, and are entrenched within the DIY culture […]


  • jasmin

    Can I say that…?

    “The flower-garnering, glowing men and maids of Polynesia (are) half child and half god…” — J. W. Collier (1853-1932), New Zealand-Australian Wesleyan Missionary to Samoa   I was in a taxi on my way to Willis Street a few months ago, when I first realised that I didn’t know what the word “representation” actually meant… […]


  • riot-girl

    Retracing Riot Grrrl

      CW: Sexual violence   I’ve spent a fairly large chunk of my youth steeping myself in the music and culture of Riot Grrrl, which represented a vital beacon for me in a world of commercialised boredom. So when the suggestion came to write about it, I of course jumped. I then found myself in […]


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    In Which a Boy Leaves


    : I’ve always been a fairly lucky kid. I essentially lucked out at birth, being born white, male, heterosexual, to a well off family. My life was never going to be particularly hard. And so my tale begins, with another stroke of sheer luck. After my girlfriend suggested I take up