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AuthorLaura Toailoa and Tim Manktelow

Author Archive: Laura Toailoa and Tim Manktelow

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June 6, 2017

Woah, Issue 12 — we made it! This week is the Opinion Issue. As an opener, we have a piece on the first ever editor of Salient, A. H. (Bonk) Scotney. A massive thank you to the Scotney family who were generous with their stories and memories about Bonk that were the basis of the […]

May 29, 2017

Gayaal Iddamalgoda is a Legal Organiser for First Union and the candidate for the Migrant and Refugee Rights Campaign in Wellington Central. The campaign envisions “a socially just Aotearoa/New Zealand” and pushes for increased rights for migrants and refugees. We spoke to Gayaal about the aims of his candidacy, migrant worker exploitation, and immigration policy. […]

May 29, 2017

Samoan Language Week officially began yesterday, and on Thursday Samoa commemorates 55 years of independence from New Zealand. New Zealand’s administration of Samoa was, according to the NZHistory website, “an uncomfortable chapter of this country’s history.” It is unclear whose discomfort they are referring to. One of the casualties in the fight for independence was […]

May 22, 2017

It’s approaching that time of semester when the pressure of assignments builds up and everything can seem overwhelming and too much. It is important in these moments to attempt to gain perspective, though this can seem impossible when you’re in the thick of it. It can help to physically change your setting. Going for a […]

May 22, 2017

The campaign for West Papuan independence has built up momentum in New Zealand following a visit by Benny Wenda, International Spokesman for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.

May 22, 2017

Grant Robertson is a Labour electorate MP and has held the Wellington Central seat since the 2008 election, in 2014 he won by a majority of 8,267. Salient talked with him about local body politics, housing, immigration, and mental health. Read full or listen to the audio below.   Electoral Politics   The Wellington Central […]

May 15, 2017

Who are we to talk about the constitution? We’re not legal experts, we’re not history buffs, we have limited knowledge of legislation, and of kawa and tikanga. We are also four tauiwi and thus unsure of the authority we have to speak on some issues. But we were fortunate enough to speak to two people […]

May 8, 2017

Everyone seems sure of what they know, what they believe, and who has got it so obviously wrong. When I read articles, think-pieces, tweets, people just sound so certain. I’ve often come across pieces that don’t provide context or definitions and it feels like I’m entering in the middle of the conversation. I’m constantly worried […]

May 1, 2017

ANZAC day was observed last Tuesday. It’s a commemoration I (Tim) am unsure how to approach. Distant family, brothers of grandparents, passed in WW2. Even more distant, unknown members passed in WW1. I never met them, they’re ghosts, absences in the family photos, the lack of a rub on the head when we rarely gathered […]