Author — Ollie Neas

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Ollie served dutifully alongside Asher Emanuel as Co-editor of Salient throughout the tumult of 2012. He has contributed to Salient since 2011 and intends to do so for the rest of his waking life.

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It was as though we felt that if we just banned synthetics we could make not just the joint disappear, but the whole ugly scene. We wanted to wave the magic wand and make it all go away.


1. Whether conspiracy theorists are ever right.


Why has one of New Zealand’s two major political parties spent five years in the political doldrums?


Right now, the paranoid can hardly be blamed for feeling that they’re being watched.


Salient’s in-house correspondent-in-gloom Ollie Neas sits down with Victoria Postdoctoral Fellow and philosopher Dr Dan Weijers to uncover the simple secrets about that elusive thing called ‘happiness’.


One of the two frontmen, Samuel Flynn Scott, has described Fandango as “test-match music”. Sit down for it, for it takes commitment, but it’s worth it.


Censorship: protecting us from ourselves?


  When Internet addiction stops you logging out Every morning when John wakes up the first thing he does is check his messages. Email. Facebook. Twitter. If he’s got time, he’ll read a New Zealand Herald article or two to see if anything interesting has happened overnight, before heading to uni. John packs a smartphone—3G [...]


Directed by Sacha Gervasi Few directors have left as definitive a mark on the story of cinema as Alfred Hitchcock. It is disappointing then that Hitchcock leaves little to be remembered. The premise of the film is promising, centred on the off-camera love story between Hitchcock and his wife and right-hand lady Alma Reville. Unfortunately [...]