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April 16, 2018

DISCLAIMER: If this hits home for you, or if you disagree, I’m keen to hear from you! We only grow by learning, and we only learn by talking to each other. How do you take a topic like “taboo”, and accurately explain yourself in 300 words? I don’t know, but let’s give it a go. […]

April 9, 2018

Kia ora e te whānau, two bits of good news this week. Back home in Auckland I have two cats, Tim and Duncan (named after my favourite basketball player and the GOAT Tim Duncan). They’re twin brothers, a lovely pair of tabby cats. About four and a bit months ago, Duncan disappeared. This hit the […]

March 26, 2018

CW: Sexual violence. We’ve done a lot of work around sexual assault and harassment lately. We’ve launched the Don’t Guess The Yes campaign, brought Thursdays in Black to our campus in a really creative way, and last week we fully did a march from Law School to Midland Park, outside the Russell McVeagh offices. If […]

March 19, 2018

Kia ora! Week three and we be living it up. As I’m writing this I have the flu really bad, but the tyrannical Salient editor Louise Lin is forcing me to get something in before last minute. Where has the kindness in this world gone? Anyway here’s a message straight from me, for your eyes […]

March 12, 2018

We’re going full force into week two, yes boi. My last two columns were fun and informative, but would like to take a moment to talk some real shit. I’m talking about your wellbeing! Yes, you. And the reason I’m going to bring it up in week two is because otherwise the first you might […]

March 5, 2018

Week one ay? Feeling good? Feeling fresh? Ready to learn? That’s grand! O-Week has been a hoot this year. I’m writing this on Thursday, so maybe there’s going to be a horrible jinx after I’ve sent it off, but so far there’s been a perfect balance of partying really hard but still looking after yourself. […]

February 26, 2018

Kia ora e te whānau! Ko Marlon Drake tōku ingoa. It’s ya boy, the VUWSA President for 2018. Whether you’re a first year or a returning student, welcome home. I remember my first week of uni. I didn’t attend any of the O’Week events, and didn’t really meet any new people. I went out a […]

August 7, 2017

Well Re-O-Week is over, so we must be getting dragged, kicking and screaming, straight into the second trimester. Money is short, and so is patience. After the blur that was the first trimester there’s a good chance you’re looking for a way to spend your time that is less expensive and less intensive than the […]

June 6, 2017

Politics, at it’s core, should be about people. There’s always a risk of over-politicising an issue, a chance that you may take all heart and perspective out of it. When this happens, problem solving becomes sideshow to ideology and fanaticism. Personally, I think it’s important to put perspective into politics. With this in mind, you […]