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Opinion

June 3, 2019

Friendship! For many, university is the time we form life-long friendships and relationships with those around us. In fact, the whole concept is promoted pretty hard when you first get to halls or lectures, as everyone is telling you that this is the chance to meet new people and form new bonds. But this can […]

June 3, 2019

At university we are surrounded by new people all the time. Although the potential to meet new people is very exciting, it can also feel overwhelming and heighten existing feelings of loneliness. Don’t be hard on yourself if you are finding it hard to reach out. Many people feel the same—research shows that young people […]

June 3, 2019

In a recent Dr Phil episode, our favourite pseudo-intellectual asked his audience members if they would ever enter into a relationship with someone who is disabled. 58% said they would date a wheelchair user, and 29% said they would date a person requiring full-time care. He then told his guest, a young woman in a […]

May 27, 2019

We all know someone who’s been on a benefit. Maybe you were on one over the summer break, or a mate back home is living off one. More and more young people are enrolling with Work and Income New Zealand. As of March 2019, over 854,000 New Zealanders were on a WINZ benefit. I’m one […]

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 […]

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