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Opinion

August 15, 2019

Nostalgia. We’ve all experienced it before. Whether it be reminiscing about trading Pokémon cards in primary school, or gazing at photos of old friends who have since spread across the globe, nostalgia is how we fondly look back on times that have passed. Every time I bite into an iced animal biscuit (which is less […]

August 12, 2019

For me, it’s Nana’s pancakes, thin and oiled well. That distinct moth-y smell of her closet and scary wallpaper. Movies from DVD cases after careful selection made on a heavily stained carpet video store. The “All That” Nick. The tingling between my shoulders from being wrapped in a tight cocoon of cheap Chinese mink blankets. […]

August 5, 2019

“Mmmm reminds me that I’m brown. A little bit dry until you take your second bite. I would smash five.” – G Vaeau    You know that saying ‘if you know, you know’? Mama Rere’s Island Doughnuts is the epitome of that saying. They can be found at the Porirua Markets in Waitangirua. Find the […]

August 5, 2019

There is a common myth that you can just “engage” with young people and get them to engage in local body politics. But who is the local government trying to engage? I know it’s not me, or people like me. How am I supposed to see an orange stick man and be inspired to go […]

August 5, 2019

“We sweat and cry salt water so that we know the ocean is really in our blood.” – Teresia Teaiwa.    We dedicate this issue to our fiery canoe, the late Dr Teresia Teaiwa.    A champion for our peoples.    Wan Solwara—the name of this edition is pidgin for ‘one salt water’, meaning one […]

July 29, 2019

MANAWATAKI  Nā Fin Johnson   Emotional literacy is something that is not taught in schools. We are taught when to use a comma, but not when to stop and breathe. A question mark at the end of a sentence, but never to question how we are really feeling deep down underneath. An exclamation mark to […]

July 29, 2019

DREAM: My dream is that I buried an old woman in my school rugby fields and the police helped me after they saw the hole. Please help   Dear dreamer,  On first glance, for all intents and purposes, I’m going to presume you’re a lousy bastard. But the sheer broadness of the dream is intriguing. […]

July 23, 2019

  I don’t know how to convince anyone to be okay with abortion. If someone fundamentally believes that a foetus is a valuable, valid human life, I don’t know if my feminist rhetoric will change their mind. For my feminism to be truly intersectional, I have to understand that many cultures and belief systems view […]

July 9, 2019

You’re now in the hardest part of this Victorian holiday. Part Two. Part One had us feeling lost after orientation. Understanding what the hustle is, followed by choosing between sex and study.    Now here’s the second part of this nightmare. Your favourite café is the only place you can’t see your breath. If you […]

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