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Opinion

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 16, 2017

While I was interested in the return of the Special Votes I was disappointed by the result. And while openly left wing and a Green Party member, my disappointment was not so much partisan as it was to do with being disabled. The final vote count saw Mojo Mathers lose her seat in Parliament. Mojo […]

October 9, 2017

CW: Depression, suicidal thoughts This piece showcases a little part of how I experience depression. I wanted this to come out on Mental Health Awareness Week, as it deals with my own mental health and a glimpse at my thought processes. I think others may feel a similar way and I want to them know […]

October 9, 2017

Are all Pasifika people super, extra, religious? Well, a lot of non-Pasifika people who give out religious magazines and promote church events seem to think so. It’s come to be expected of us, as if we should be religious, as a part of being Pasifika. For real, though. I’ve seen it here in Wellington, up […]

October 9, 2017

All executive members are required to: Be a part of the overall strategic thinking and leadership of VUWSA. Represent the values and principles of VUWSA as an organisation. Complete fortnightly work reports alongside more extensive half-year and annual reports detailing their work and achievements over the period.   President   40 hours per week. The […]

October 9, 2017

The research journey can be a tumultuous one. As I was sitting alone on the couch for four and a half hours on election night, I wondered how many other postgrads were also sitting, laptops in hand, contemplating what the results would mean for their research. Regardless of how you happen to feel about those […]

October 9, 2017

The life of a student can be a tough one — we’re constantly juggling so many things, which can often be overwhelming. New Zealand has damning statistics when it comes to youth suicide, and there is still so much stigma around the topic of mental health, which doesn’t get as much honest, open discourse as […]

October 9, 2017

Last week’s Candidates Forum for the VUWSA election was yet another reminder of the huge dark cloud that continues to hang over students and other young people — the mental health crisis. I don’t think there was one candidate that didn’t mention it in some shape or form, and this ain’t new. Every VUWSA election […]

October 9, 2017

Our final column for Salient 2017 has got me thinking: what is UniQ’s queer agenda? Recently we updated our constitution and got new exec members, but what are we standing for? Why are we standing at all? The majority of UniQ groups in the country are doing their damn best, but aren’t thriving in all […]