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Opinion

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, […]

April 16, 2018

DISCLAIMER: If this hits home for you, or if you disagree, I’m keen to hear from you! We only grow by learning, and we only learn by talking to each other. How do you take a topic like “taboo”, and accurately explain yourself in 300 words? I don’t know, but let’s give it a go. […]

April 9, 2018

Fresh water today is slippery business. Large amounts of the resource are being siphoned into the pockets of private, overseas bottle companies by virtue of council consents. Farmers pump water for no fee, turning water to milk and rivers to dust. The citizen is watering her lawns and leaving her taps running. It seems that […]

April 9, 2018

Kia ora e te whānau, two bits of good news this week. Back home in Auckland I have two cats, Tim and Duncan (named after my favourite basketball player and the GOAT Tim Duncan). They’re twin brothers, a lovely pair of tabby cats. About four and a bit months ago, Duncan disappeared. This hit the […]

April 9, 2018

I’m not sure about anyone else, but my number one after school snack was a mince pie. It fired off a filling hit of carbs and protein that refuelled the brain drain of a day spent studying. Recently however, dumplings have replaced mince pies as my preferred afternoon tea. They take half the time to […]

April 9, 2018

25 Wellington cyclists have come together in a courageous plea for liberty, demanding the freedom to not wear a helmet while cycling. The Ride for Choice began in Civic Square on Saturday 17 March. Protesters rode fearlessly through Lambton Quay, to the waterfront, and back to Civic Square. Organiser of Ride for Choice Jeremy Teague […]

April 9, 2018

Minor spoilers for Annihilation follow. As a biology graduate and a fan of psychological horror flicks, Annihilation could only be more my jam if they sold it in jars. Despite a few missteps in execution (why doesn’t anyone in the film wear gloves?!?), director Alex Garland has made one of the most scientist-friendly films since […]

April 9, 2018

31 March was International Transgender Day of Visibility. Why is this day necessary? Recent years have led to a heightened awareness of trans people and our issues, so it may seem as though visibility has already been attained. However, it is important to consider the danger many trans people still live under. Trans Day of […]

April 9, 2018

No, New Zealand society is not one that outwardly promotes rape. We don’t commonly engage in sexual violence together as a society. Unfortunately, despite common misconception, this does not mean that rape culture is absent from our society. Rape culture is far more implicit than that, and it isn’t about our collective engagement in, but […]