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Opinion

May 6, 2019

  It was two hours before my flight and already I was an emotional wreck. My reality was that I was leaving home, leaving my family and friends and the life I had known for the past 17 years, to live and study in New Zealand. Eventually, it was time for me to say goodbye […]

May 6, 2019

DREAMER: I was in my late great-grandmother’s room. I sat on her bed with a dark blue, 15 cm horse. The horse was locked in a translucent box; I let it out. Minutes later, the horse was nowhere to be found. Searching all around, I started to panic. I found the horse just outside of the […]

May 6, 2019

When Michael Hill Jeweller rocked up with their latest Mothers Day ad, the feminist community breathed a collective sigh of frustration. There, emblazoned on the back of a consistently-late bus, was a beaming man with his arms around two women. He was anonymous, but his acquaintances’ titles were displayed big and bright: Mum, and ‘Work […]

May 6, 2019

Hi Sissy, So I have recently had a small piece of drama in my life. One of my hard-to-read flatmates said that he had something to talk with me about, and told me that he had feelings for me. This totally blindsided me. I do not have any feelings for this flatmate and we’ve never […]

April 20, 2019

“You’re so lucky you have other stuff going for you.” In other words, you’re so lucky because I don’t see you as just disabled. Not too long ago, hearing this would have filled me with pride. It would have confirmed that, yes, I’ve finally achieved my goal of making my disability invisible and irrelevant by ignoring […]

April 9, 2019

  For those who suffer from mental illnesses, so much of our attention can be placed onto trying to just get rid of it. And that totally makes sense. Mental illness is an immensely difficult thing and I’ll always support people trying to find an approach to recovery that works for them. Still, I want […]

April 9, 2019

It doesn’t look like The Bachelor NZ will be gracing our screens with a fourth season any time soon. The New Zealand chapter of The Bachelor was much like your latest Tinder hook-up: the hype was red-hot, the anticipation was intoxicating, the execution was immensely underwhelming. TVNZ’s abandonment of The Bachelor franchise was perhaps a predictable eventuation, considering […]

April 9, 2019

Living in Wellington, we are conscious of the environment. There is a large vegetarian/vegan influence in the city and we can’t escape it. We are constantly reminded that if everyone we knew became a vegan, the environment wouldn’t be in such a bad state.   In the past, ^Salient has published pieces about the use […]

April 9, 2019

Staying well over the winter months is a challenge when your living conditions are less than salubrious (healthy). A cold, damp flat that lacks ventilation and is mouldy can contribute to respiratory diseases and become a haven for dust mites, which make medical conditions like asthma worse. The bottom line is: You can’t study when […]