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Opinion

June 6, 2017

This is an updated version of the opinion piece “Damned if you do. Damned if you Don’t.” that appeared in print (Issue 12) on June 05.   My best mentors and teachers have always been men. Why? Because I have great legs, great tits, and a huge smile that God gave to me. Because I […]

June 6, 2017

Love feels like a damp stick clutched in my grubby hand, And the brittle quality of a woven flax mat. It feels like my feet graunching against the dirt as I slip down the bank. Love sounds like, “welcome to the clubhouse!” in hushed tones through the undergrowth; This is a privilege we have created […]

June 6, 2017

Many might know tom yum paste as the basis for an easy tom yum soup. It is made from an aggregation of spices and herbs — lemongrass, shallots, galangal, chili, dried shrimp, lime juice, kaffir lime leaves, and garlic — that commonly define Thai cuisine. With paste in hand, you can create rich flavours while […]

June 6, 2017

Anyone patiently awaiting the next season of Mr. Robot (gestures wildly at self) should have found the news as entertainment enough this month, as the world’s technological infrastructure was hacked as part of the Wannacry attack. First detected on Friday, May 12, the attack sent governments scrambling to recover and patch their outdated software systems […]

June 6, 2017

Politics, at it’s core, should be about people. There’s always a risk of over-politicising an issue, a chance that you may take all heart and perspective out of it. When this happens, problem solving becomes sideshow to ideology and fanaticism. Personally, I think it’s important to put perspective into politics. With this in mind, you […]

June 6, 2017

Last week was Samoan Language Week and I feel that language weeks can be good and bad (this is just my own fiapoko* opinion, k?) O itū lelei (the good): They emphasise the fact that our languages are legitimate, learnable, even lyrical (Samoan metaphors, uce, gotta love those!) They raise national, even regional awareness that […]

June 6, 2017

Woah, Issue 12 — we made it! This week is the Opinion Issue. As an opener, we have a piece on the first ever editor of Salient, A. H. (Bonk) Scotney. A massive thank you to the Scotney family who were generous with their stories and memories about Bonk that were the basis of the […]

June 6, 2017

Writers and critics have praised Rick and Morty for its sharp character writing and absurdist take on sci-fi tropes, and I count myself in that number. But there is a mounting backlash against it that I can’t help but pick a bone with. On one of the many, many pop culture podcasts I listen to, […]

June 6, 2017

To me at four Hey there kid, You know that girl that you don’t like? The one that sits at the edge of the swimming pool when you’re having your lesson? Yeah, she’s gonna be your best friend at school. Smile at her once in a while — it’ll be worth it. Also, the painting […]