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Opinion

April 9, 2019

Before leaving home to begin my first year as any Arts and Law student would—at Weir House—I was shit scared. It didn’t help that everyone kept telling me that everyone was in “the same boat”. Because, as I saw it, unless everyone else’s boat had holes in the sail, sharks circling with a particular thirst […]

April 9, 2019

DREAM: I was returning from an unknown location when I was confronted by a series of intense fires burning around Wellington’s surrounding hills. Inexplicably I felt these were related to the Christchurch shooting: a kind of terrorist arson. Yet the people I was surrounded by in town were relaxed, while I was anxious. My dream […]

April 9, 2019

This week, my column doubles as an apology to my flatmate Isobel. When she swore off animal products “for the planet”, I could barely contain my sardonic banter. After four months of what I termed ‘performative veganism’, I came back from a holiday to find her cooking chicken. She had violently swung from one end […]

April 9, 2019

If I could, I would say to them: To the large corporations with destructive practices. I see you making money. I see you depleting resources. I see you infecting our common home. My ancestors chose to live in harmony with the land, using only what was needed; moving from space to space to allow for […]

April 9, 2019

While the Council Chamber is being repaired, the council meetings are taking place at various other locations around Victoria’s campus. Last Monday (March 25), the council had its second meeting of the year on the 12th floor of Rutherford House. Perhaps most notably in the public part of the meeting, the council approved a new […]

April 9, 2019

Sometimes life seems like one compromise after another, especially when it comes to efforts around conservation.   For instance: Every weekend, Grant Guilford flies to plant and care for native trees in his tracts of bush in Waikato and Nelson Lakes. The paradox is that in doing so, he’s contributing to air pollution.   Grant’s […]

April 8, 2019

  I wanted to write this piece, in order to connect to all tauira within the University, with the hope that we can all remind ourselves that we are a part of an environment which is valuable, no matter our culture, our beliefs or our skin colour. The ultimate purpose of this kōrero, is to […]

April 1, 2019

I’m having a difficult time making friends at Vic. I’ve been having a hard time breaking into any friend groups or making any substantial friendships and feeling very isolated here.   I have tried to join clubs, talk to people at different events, and reach out to those in close proximity. People are friendly and […]

April 1, 2019

Without speaking in absolutes or signing a contract that binds me henceforth, at this point in life, I’ve realised I’m not that fussed on sex. I don’t need or even really want it. I’ve realised that I often have sex with people because I feel like if I don’t, they’ll get bored and find it […]