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Opinion

May 22, 2017

It’s approaching that time of semester when the pressure of assignments builds up and everything can seem overwhelming and too much. It is important in these moments to attempt to gain perspective, though this can seem impossible when you’re in the thick of it. It can help to physically change your setting. Going for a […]

May 22, 2017

I thought this week I would write about something that all of us could relate to (well most of us, unless you’re super lucky and can afford laser hair removal): pubes. No teacher in health class told us that hair grows not only on our pubic mound… but all around the back too?! Who cares […]

May 22, 2017

The political zeitgeist of the Western world today is undoubtedly populism, the ideology which favours a “pure people” over a “corrupt elite,” according to Political Scientist Cas Mudde. Populists have gained a number of victories recently. In the Brexit referendum in June last year Britain voted to “take back control” from what many saw as […]

May 22, 2017

“Tea tempers the spirits and harmonises the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought, lightens the body, and clears the perceptive faculties.” —  Lu Yu, Classic of Tea: Origins and Rituals.   I remember my first cup, it was with Nana. She had always made the best tea and I had always just attributed […]

May 22, 2017

Winning does strange things to a fandom. Since their first test match in 1903 the All Blacks have maintained a winning percentage in the high 70s and have only lost to seven of the 19 test playing nations, with Ireland securing their first win over the All Blacks in 30 matches just the other year. […]

May 22, 2017

CW: sexual harassment, sexual assault   I have been scared for most of my life. I am scared of the boy on the bus who sits down next to me even though there are plenty of free seats. His hand is on my leg and I try to convince myself it’s an accident. I am […]

May 22, 2017

I am fourteen or so lying on a table for an x-ray. This is a familiar prone position, I lie and look up at the machine and breathe out, wait for the gentle click, the light that makes me feel like I am being photocopied. I notice the body of the machine has been decorated […]

May 22, 2017

Last week I had the pleasure of watching more than 2200 VUW students walk across the stage at the Michael Fowler Centre at graduation. If you were one of them, congratulations! You did it. Graduating is no mean feat. Although, if you graduated and are reading this it probably means you are still on campus […]

May 22, 2017

At busy times everyone is stressed, lecturers and students alike. In times like this, the Serenity Prayer is my go-to:  “…Grant me the serenity to accept what I cannot change, the courage to change what I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”  I’ve always struggled with the wisdom bit myself, but find the […]