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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 […]

August 7, 2017

For my whole childhood I had one person who cut my hair. Then I left my home town and now have a complicated relationship with hairdressers where I never quite feel comfortable and often just put off getting my hair cut. Last Tuesday my girlfriend cut my hair in our freezing bathroom. I swept up […]

July 17, 2017

ChangeMakers Refugee Forum hosted an event on July 6 to educate and empower women from a refugee background about civic engagement. The Women’s Election Hui was attended by over 40 women from the local refugee community, and included a speech from Vice President of New Zealand National Refugee Youth Council, Nasra Abdi; a question and […]

July 17, 2017

Welcome back (though the break went so quickly it hasn’t really felt like a break at all)! Something that’s as obvious as it is complicated is that there is no one “New Zealand” identity or experience. We don’t have the same origin stories, and we arrived to these shores at different points in history. Obvious […]

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.