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August 20, 2018

I’m somewhere around 2 metres tall and I absolutely love basketball. That makes me a bit of a cliche, but it also gives me an advantage in a game I really love. I’ve been shooting hoops since I was a kid, and I played in high school for a couple of years. I wanted to […]

August 13, 2018

This week’s theme is travel. Travel is a cool word, it’s something that everybody wants to do in some way. It’s the most natural instinct we have. We can travel to the movies for that feeling like we’re going to an event, or we can travel to Europe and chill in a new city. I […]

August 6, 2018

Last Tuesday eight students, including myself, sat down around a table and had a chat about our mental health. It wasn’t a group counselling session, but rather a discussion and then decision to finally do something about this issue. You probably hear about “mental health” a lot. One of the things I can’t stand is […]

July 30, 2018

We’re absolutely whizzing into semester 2, and what a semester it’s proving to be. The exec has put many hours into planning the next couple of months, and we’re excited to be getting started. Here’s a very narrow update of the mahi. After the March on Midland, we established a working group of five law […]

July 23, 2018

I have an interesting problem that pops up quite a bit in my job — I’m not fully comfortable speaking on issues that don’t reflect my experience. A big focus of mine is trying to get people who want change into the room themselves, but this is not always possible. When it comes to issues […]

June 5, 2018

Last week I forgot to do a column because I was so busy getting the best deal for students. This week is the opinion issue. I have lots of opinions on lots of things. Now that really comes in handy for small talk at cocktail functions, but also means there are occasions where I talk […]

May 14, 2018

What the fuck are letting fees? You may have seen this question around the university and it’s a darn good one. I’ve got an answer — letting fees are an absolute rip off. If you’re renting, chances are you’ve had to pay a letting fee whenever you’ve signed a new flat. A letting fee will […]

May 7, 2018

My friend Cole is a good pal. We’ve known each other since year 9 in high school. Instead of going straight to uni, he decided to take a gap year. We stayed in touch a little, but really left each other very much to our own plans. At the end of that first year, we […]

April 30, 2018

Kia ora mate, it’s the mental health column and I’ve got 300 words to talk about it. Let’s get through it as quickly yet meaningfully as we can! I went through somes serious bouts of depression, anxiety, and self destructive behaviour over quite a few years. I did counselling for three of those years with […]