Author Archive: Michael Oliver

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News story written solely for getting Mum’s cat into news section

News story written solely for getting Mum’s cat into news section

by / 12/10/09 / [ 6 Comments ]

A 24-year-old soon-to-be-former news editor of an award-winning student magazine has strategically placed a photo of his mother’s cat in his news section for the sole purpose of strategically placing a photo of his mother’s cat in his news section. Michael Oliver, the News Editor of Salient, quantifiably the best student magazine in New Zealand, [...]

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Personally, I think it’d be hilarious if we lost the Rugby World Cup again

Personally, I think it’d be hilarious if we lost the Rugby World Cup again

by / 12/10/09 / 1 Comment

Chris Rattue is a journalistic dynamo. He arrives at the New Zealand Herald every morning by swinging through a window dressed in a mask and chevalier, a cutlass between his teeth, and a pistol spraying bullets left, right and centre. Every morning. At first it was kind of annoying, but now, nobody even notices. “Oh, [...]

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See, that just makes me like Kayne West more.

See, that just makes me like Kayne West more.

by / 12/10/09 / No Comments

“Imma let you finish…” Powerful words that will live in infamy, spoken by a powerful man who lives in a condo just south of Santa Barbara. Much has been written and spoken about Kayne West’s infamous interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Awards. Many people have criticised West, lambasted him, nailed [...]

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They’re calling themselves “The VUWSA” because it reminds students of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

They’re calling themselves “The VUWSA” because it reminds students of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

by / 12/10/09 / No Comments

Since 94% of you didn’t bother to cast a vote in this year’s VUWSA General Election, the only conclusion left to make is that you quite simply don’t care. It’s perfectly understandable—I was once like you. I was far too interested in banalities like ‘assignments’ and ‘degrees’ to care what Workers’ Party Nobody #453 was [...]

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Student arrested for hacking “just about everything”

Student arrested for hacking “just about everything”

by / 12/10/09 / [ 3 Comments ]

A Victoria University of Wellington Computer Science major was arrested on Friday in relation to a string of online crime described as the worst in New Zealand’s history. Neil Edgeimon, who went by the moniker “goku_karori_28,” was arrested in his Karori flat after police were tipped off by a post on the semi-popular Vegetafighter/Forum. Edgeimon [...]

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Tertiary Education Commission investigating Victoria’s research policy

Tertiary Education Commission investigating Victoria’s research policy

by / 12/10/09 / 1 Comment

The Tertiary Education Commission has appointed an independent arbiter to determine whether Victoria University’s research grants are being spent appropriately. Former High Court Judge Miles Wimbleton will head an investigation into accusations Victoria has no idea what it’s doing. Concerns have been raised in recent times that the Wellington university has frittered away millions of [...]

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No good will ever come from reading news in Salient

No good will ever come from reading news in Salient

by / 12/10/09 / [ 2 Comments ]

“Oh, people read news,” man about town BK Drinkwater reassured me. “People read news.” I have been lied to by BK Drinkwater before. In 2003, the man who lived E34 at Weir House told me that Radiohead’s ‘We Suck Young Blood’ had “killed” his clown. He later recanted saying he never had a clown and [...]

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VUWSAAR installs RADICAL coin-operated surfboard ride to woo back Sam Oldman

VUWSAAR installs RADICAL coin-operated surfboard ride to woo back Sam Oldman

by / 12/10/09 / [ 8 Comments ]

In what’s being described as a masterstroke of ingenuity not seen from a student association since… well… ever, VUWSAAR has invested in a $20,000 coin-operated surfboard ride in a bid to bring back one of its most strident of critics. Former VUSWAAR Camping Officer Sam Oldman resigned his post in a fit of blossom-cheeked rage [...]

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Salient 00s Dream Team

Salient 00s Dream Team

by / 09/10/09 / [ 26 Comments ]

Sitting around the ‘ol Salient campfire at 4:04am this morning, Editor-in-Waiting Sarah Robson and I got talking about the history of this little publication—in particular, the last decade. We like to think 2009 has been a great year, but has it been the best year? And if you were to make an all-star Salient team [...]

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That Hardy boy wins

That Hardy boy wins

by / 05/10/09 / [ 6 Comments ]

Nancy Drew to solve mystery of haunted Student Union Building and the ghost of Joel Cosgrove Former VUWSA Vice-President (Administration) Max Hardy has comfortably won election to the office of VUWSA President for 2010. Hardy beat opponent Alan Young by 807 votes to 205. Guy Williams, who was unable to remove his name from the [...]

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