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August 6, 2018

Fairer fares may have arrived at last, but students are experiencing frustration with inconsistent fare charges. Affected students said that despite having activated their Snapper tertiary concession, they were sometimes still charged the full adult fare on Wellington buses. “It’s happened three times,” Victoria student Ananya Shamihoke said. “It has happened on a 21, a […]

July 23, 2018

Evidence uncovered by Māori scholars and activists is shedding new light on early Māori views of sexuality. The dominant narrative throughout history has been that diverse genders and sexualities did not exist in pre-colonial Māori society, and were introduced by European settlers. However, a closer look at Māori art, waiata, and language suggests a different […]

May 14, 2018

Grant Guilford, Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington, spoke with students and staff in The Hub on Monday 7 May to discuss the potential renaming of the University. Guilford said that confusion with other universities was the primary reason for the proposed name change. As one of a number of Victoria Universities around the world, […]

April 30, 2018

A new multi-platform sexual harm service has been rolled out nationwide, following a successful trial period in Canterbury. Safe to Talk/He Pai Ki Te Kōrero, launched on the 16th of April, was established by the Ministry of Social Development in collaboration with Wellington charity Eva’s Wish. The need for a sexual harm helpline has been […]

March 5, 2018

Wellington’s annual Pride Festival kicked off at Waitangi Park on Saturday 24 February with Out in the Park. The much-loved “queer fair” was first celebrated in 1986 to rally support for the Homosexual Law Reform Act, and has since expanded into the two-week Wellington Pride Festival. Now in its thirty-second year, Out in the Park […]

February 26, 2018

Welcome to the week-long, booze-fuelled party with near-strangers that is O-Week. It’s the best of times, it’s the worst of times, it’s everything in between. Chances are, you’ll find yourself at an O-Week party, bar, or nightclub, so if you’re new to Wellington (welcome!), or generally new to the night life, here’s the Salient guide […]

August 7, 2017

The decision-making body we call parliament is rarely referred to by its more precise name, the House of Representatives. This could be because it’s a mouthful, or because it sounds admittedly colonial and stuffy. But I like to think that it has something to with our House of Representatives not really doing what the name […]

July 31, 2017

Since the publication of doomsday novels such as Brave New World and 1984, we’ve devoured dystopian fiction with a somewhat sadistic curiosity. We gasp in horror as our characters suffer under morally corrupt regimes, subjected to the unspeakable evil of totalitarianism. Imagine! But then we close the book with a self-congratulatory smirk, because such a […]

May 8, 2017

Rape culture is so persistent in the spaces I inhabit that few incidents come as a shock to me. I’ve been spoken over, cat-called, followed, and grabbed to the point where hearing about these behaviours no longer comes as a surprise. However, occasional cases come to light that leave me lost for words, and sickened […]

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