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August 20, 2018

Students operate within an extremely dumb and arbitrary hierarchy. When you first get to university, you immediately feel you’ve left behind the youthful trappings of high school students, no longer a child but a cosmopolitan young adult. In second and third year you talk derisively about the naiveté of first years, while doing all the […]

August 6, 2018

Bill Pearson’s essay Fretful Sleepers: A Sketch of New Zealand Behaviour and its Implications for the Artist, first published in 1952, depicts in detail the stifling conservatism of post-war New Zealand society. When I first read it as a sensitive first-year student, it seemed to illuminate some deep, murky truth about the New Zealand condition. […]

July 23, 2018

Pachali Brewster wrote the UniQ Queer column for Salient in 2007. I asked her some questions about her column, and changes in the discourse around Queer identities that have occurred in the last decade. How did you come to be the writer of the Queer column in 2007? I became the President of UniQ for […]

June 5, 2018

I don’t have the ski-bum clout to say some dumb shit like “frothing to get steezy up the maunga” (shaka), but the ski season is right around the corner and I am hyped. Snow sports is an industry worth millions of dollars in New Zealand, and it’s been streamlined to cater for the thousands of […]

May 21, 2018

A conversation no one asked for, which everyone will nevertheless have a blast furnace of a hot take on – the spirit of the flag referendum lives on at Victoria University of Wellington. The university administration has announced that after sixty-three years, it’s time once again to think about the name of this institution. I’ve […]

May 7, 2018

Salient gets a lot of its funding through VUWSA, but the rest is made up in ads – creating and printing a magazine isn’t cheap. Given the demographic, it’s unsurprising some of that ad space would go to advertising alcohol in the past. I find the artwork of old beer ads incredibly charming, and I […]

April 16, 2018

Growing up, hearing or seeing a swear word felt like a rare and slightly dangerous treat. Occasionally the humble “shit” might infiltrate the six o’clock news, injecting some unexpected excitement into current affairs. The more brutish “fuck” was seldom heard before 8.30pm, but all bets were off during Saturday night features. According to schoolyard chat, […]

March 26, 2018

Students, for better or worse, are known for their propensity to get stupidly plastered on the cheapest shit possible. This is usually the assumption upon which any discussion of alcohol in Salient takes place. However, CB Black’s seminal “Wine: to be drunk intelligently”, published in Salient in March 31, 1965, stands apart from this debauchery. […]

March 12, 2018

Students are always looking for a chance to suss a bit of extra coin wherever they can. Popular methods include maintaining gainful employment (low-risk, low-reward), cashing out course-related costs for “travel” (medium-risk, medium-reward), and getting money from wealthy relatives (low-risk, high-reward). But for the real high rollers among us who are looking to make their […]