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October 16, 2017

This is the end and there are few words coming to mind other than cheesy late ’90s early ’00s pop lyrics that mourn the end of high school and romantic relationships. The end of Salient is and isn’t that monumental. I hate goodbyes, they’re so sad, and final. But every new beginning comes from some […]

October 9, 2017

This issue is divided, the content split between VUWSA election coverage and our loose theme of utopia. Are the two incompatible? Is VUWSA, as the key organisational body for students at VUW, committed to the struggle to wrestle a utopia out of an uncertain future? Though we didn’t explicitly talk about it, current VUWSA President […]

October 2, 2017

What does it mean to represent? This is the question we put to lecturer James Meffan, and the long and, at times, complicated interview we had with him attempts to answer this question — as well as some of the ethical problems it contains. In thinking about representation in pop culture and literature, Jasmine reflects […]

September 25, 2017

The spectacle looms | simultaneously recedes into the thankful distance of the rearview mirror pre- | post- Writing a conjuncture, that’s where we are with this issue. We’re not going to make any predictions, prophesise beyond the veil, yet there’s an encounter here between a pre-election subjectivity with the state of reading post- …all we […]

September 18, 2017

Vote. Don’t vote. Fuck them all. Is the (possibly) unhelpful sentiment I keep coming back to whenever I try to “engage” with or “get informed” about a system that is the legacy of shitty colonial violence/administration, and am left feeling exhausted from trying to understand. It’s difficult to know if my participation reinforces those foundations, […]

September 11, 2017

E rere e taku manu i te hā ō Ranginui Ki ngā maunga kārangaranga o tōku papakāinga Ki ngā wai kaukau ō tōku iwi, ngā wai tuku oranga mō te iwi Hai tōku whakapapa, tōku here ki ōku tīpuna mai rā anō Ko tēnei te reo hai whakaahua i ōku whakaaro   He reo whakapuaki […]

August 21, 2017

For context, each issue of Salient has had a colour running through it. Blues, greens, yellows, but not yet a red — a pink, but not a red. We thought it would be interesting to ask people to write toward a colour. Some did, some didn’t, but the presence of the pieces together with red […]

August 14, 2017

A lot has happened over the last week. Both of us are tired, stressed, and on edge. But we’ve made it to another print day, and the sun isn’t completely hidden behind the clouds. In planning this issue we thought about participation — what is needed to participate, who is allowed to, what barriers there […]

August 7, 2017

For my whole childhood I had one person who cut my hair. Then I left my home town and now have a complicated relationship with hairdressers where I never quite feel comfortable and often just put off getting my hair cut. Last Tuesday my girlfriend cut my hair in our freezing bathroom. I swept up […]