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AuthorLaura Toailoa and Tim Manktelow

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October 16, 2017

This is the end and there are few words coming to mind other than cheesy late ’90s early ’00s pop lyrics that mourn the end of high school and romantic relationships. The end of Salient is and isn’t that monumental. I hate goodbyes, they’re so sad, and final. But every new beginning comes from some […]

October 9, 2017

This issue is divided, the content split between VUWSA election coverage and our loose theme of utopia. Are the two incompatible? Is VUWSA, as the key organisational body for students at VUW, committed to the struggle to wrestle a utopia out of an uncertain future? Though we didn’t explicitly talk about it, current VUWSA President […]

October 9, 2017

On another hot afternoon, this time at the Hunter Lounge, we sat down with the candidates running for VUWSA President in 2018. Marlon was wearing a crisp white t-shirt under an open purple shirt; Larson had a black t-shirt on with his slogan, No Snakes, Just Ladders, embroidered in orange thread on the front — […]

October 9, 2017

It is very sunny and we hold the interview on the wooden tables outside Milk and Honey. There’s a light wind and the occasional tui — Rory wonders if they might be kererū; “not heavy enough” — floats down into the trees on the courtyard. He gets an earl grey tea and drinks it with […]

October 2, 2017

What does it mean to represent? This is the question we put to lecturer James Meffan, and the long and, at times, complicated interview we had with him attempts to answer this question — as well as some of the ethical problems it contains. In thinking about representation in pop culture and literature, Jasmine reflects […]

October 2, 2017

“Every now and again you’ll hear a plink; that is the hole in my ceiling which is steadily dripping into the bucket at the back — the university has run to three buckets for me which is quite nice,” Dr James Meffan told us as we sat down for an interview with him. He is […]

September 25, 2017

The spectacle looms | simultaneously recedes into the thankful distance of the rearview mirror pre- | post- Writing a conjuncture, that’s where we are with this issue. We’re not going to make any predictions, prophesise beyond the veil, yet there’s an encounter here between a pre-election subjectivity with the state of reading post- …all we […]

August 21, 2017

For context, each issue of Salient has had a colour running through it. Blues, greens, yellows, but not yet a red — a pink, but not a red. We thought it would be interesting to ask people to write toward a colour. Some did, some didn’t, but the presence of the pieces together with red […]

August 14, 2017

A lot has happened over the last week. Both of us are tired, stressed, and on edge. But we’ve made it to another print day, and the sun isn’t completely hidden behind the clouds. In planning this issue we thought about participation — what is needed to participate, who is allowed to, what barriers there […]