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AuthorShanti Mathias

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June 3, 2019

I’ve known my best friend for 20 years. It’s like we were made for each other. We both love talking and reading and running. We can be quiet together. When she starts crying, sometimes I can’t stop. We’ve shared so much that sometimes I look into her eyes and know exactly what she’s thinking, because […]

May 21, 2019

A perky young woman waves to the camera. She has long shiny hair—maybe there is a hint of exhaustion in her eyes, but who can tell? The refrain comes: “Hi guys, and welcome back to my channel!” She tells us her name, and the name of her child; perhaps the child is just out of […]

May 20, 2019

Te Taiao Nature, a brand-new Te Papa exhibition focused on natural history, opened on Saturday, 11 May.   The exhibition has “everything from collection items, to hands-on interactive exhibits, to deep-level content and digital labels,” according to Frith Williams, Te Papa’s Head of Experience Design + Content.   The themes sections incorporate New Zealand’s unique […]

May 20, 2019

“It felt like spaghetti and meatballs—as if my insides were spaghetti and meatballs, and someone was eating it up.” Cara Adler was experiencing this level of pain almost constantly throughout last year. She has endometriosis, a condition of the uterus which causes huge amounts of pain, amongst other symptoms. I barely knew what endometriosis was […]

May 13, 2019

VUWSA’s new Sustainability Committee met for the second time ever this year. This “supergroup” of clubs on campus, formed to work together for a more sustainable university, met on May 6.     VUWSA Wellbeing and Sustainability Officer Michael Turnbull told Salient, “the idea behind this is not so much to have VUWSA control the […]

May 13, 2019

Three public hearings are an insufficient response to allegations that the New Zealand SAS killed Afghan civilians, members of the Hit and Run inquiry campaign say.   The inquiry in question is investigating the claims that the New Zealand Special Air Service (SAS) killed civilians during the Operation Burnham raid in Afghanistan in August 2010. […]

May 7, 2019

“Sometimes I’d look at a monkey or something and be like ‘hey, they do kind of look like humans’”   “Then I’d think… I’ve learned all these other things, which mean that for me, that can’t be true.”   Alex is a creationist. He believes in a young earth—that is, that the Bible encompasses all […]

March 18, 2019

There is only one dream which has ever truly frightened me. I cannot tell you how frequently I have this dream, only that it is often enough that if I think of it while I am trying to sleep, I feel sickened and unsettled. I am alone in a desert. The sand goes on, and […]

March 12, 2019

There is a football competition for “people who are unlucky”, Jaka Arisandy told me, his hair perfectly coiffed and swished to the side. It was September 2018 and I was in Indonesia, as an assistant for an external evaluation of Rumah Cemara, the Homeless World Cup’s National Partner there.   Jaka’s parents were separated, an […]