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  • News

    Australian Sexual Assault Report Released

    14 August 2017: Following requests from 39 Australian universities, the Australian Human Rights Commission released a report on sexual assault and sexual harassment in universities on August 1.

  • News

    European Students Association Re-emerges

    14 August 2017: The Auckland University European Students Association (AUESA) has reemerged after a period of inactivity, claiming that University of Auckland (UoA) schemes to promote Māori and Pasifika enrolment are “racist.”

  • News

    Save the Penguins

    14 August 2017: An Official Information Act request to the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has revealed widespread underreporting of penguin deaths in New Zealand.

  • Australian Sexual Assault Report Released

    Following requests from 39 Australian universities, the Australian Human Rights Commission released a report on sexual assault and sexual harassment in universities on August 1.


  • Issue 17, 2017

    Issue 17

  • Cameron

    Aspie on Campus

    It is estimated that one in every 66 New Zealanders has an autistic spectrum disorder, such as the high-functioning Asperger’s syndrome. I have Asperger’s, which directly influences my view of the world. Here’s how a typical day usually goes for me. I arise from my slumber to the squeal of my phone alarm, groggy but […]


  • ataria

    To Name the World

    Pedagogy of the Oppressed was Paolo Freire’s creative response to the suffering of those around him. In this small book (which packs a punch) he discusses those “whose humanity has been stolen” through an unjust social order and how they may reclaim their humanity through education. Freire spent his life educating and transforming the lives […]


  • DANwater

    To Each Their Own: New Models for Water Care

    An Interview with Sam Judd of Sustainable Coastlines   “Nature has introduced great variety into the landscape, but man has displayed a passion for simplifying it. Thus he undoes the built-in checks and balances by which nature holds the species within bounds . . . Have we fallen into a mesmerised state that makes us […]


  • Issue 16, 2017

    Issue 16

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    Stop Telling Your Poor Friends to Try Minimalism

    A month ago, my middle-aged neighbour disappeared, leaving all of his belongings in the house and locking the doors behind him. Yesterday, I watched out the window as the landlord gave up waiting, broke into the flat, and began loading clothes, CDs, furniture, and electronics onto a trailer to take to the dump. All these […]


  • ali


    Apparently there is power in changing your hair, I was told by a friend it was like a magic trick. I stand looking in the mirror considering cutting my hair off as a way of coping with a current sad and stressful situation. It would be nice to feel powerful. It would be nice to […]


  • dan

    When The Past Whispers… Wicked Things

    Black Sheep and the Villains of NZ History   Black Sheep crept up on me…. Not in a field or a dream — but on my phone, in my ears. No, not the weird splatter film of 2006, but a podcast, on “the shady, controversial and sometimes downright villainous characters of New Zealand history.” From […]


  • Issue 15, 2017

    Issue 15

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    Mana Wāhine Exhibition

    Curated by Hannah Amundsen and Victoria University Feminist Organisation   Mana / Commonly used as a marker of tapu or sacredness that takes form in people, places, and objects. A term created by the atua (gods) and associated with metaphysical force and spiritual power. The word itself does not translate adequately into English, but we […]


  • wordsofwisdom

    Real-Life Test

    CW: Discussion of transphobia, transmisogyny, and gendered violence   With the rise in visibility of trans people over the last few years, there is a general sense that things are moving forward for the trans community. Many trans people could tell you that this is not the case. The day-to-day difficulty of moving through the […]


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    Sex Work and Self Care: The Taboo of the Unrepentant Whore

    CW: Sexual violence and rape   There is this meme that goes: “Don’t ever be ashamed of who you are, unless you are a whore.” My name is Min, I am 23-years old, and I am a whore. Before entering into the “Oldest Profession”, my primary knowledge of the industry came through the lens of […]


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    Locked Out


    : The first prisons in New Zealand were established in the 1840s, and there are now 18 prisons nationwide.¹ According to the Department of Corrections, the prison population was 10,035 in March — of which, 50.9% are Māori, 32.0% are Pākehā, 11.0% are Pasifika, and 4.7% are