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Opinion

May 22, 2017

What does it mean to possess true freedom? Although we traditionally believe that freedom consists in protection from direct restrictions on our actions, some philosophers believe that this conception does not adequately capture what we mean by “freedom.” Elizabeth Anderson provides an illuminating example: consider two alternative societies, one that lacks traffic lights and traffic […]

May 22, 2017

Dear Janices Everywhere “I’m sick of hearing that Māori need different treatment, if they don’t want to live in our society then how about we put them all on an island and leave them to it.” — Janice This statement would be easier to dismiss if our tamariki weren’t the ones suffering. It’s problematic — […]

May 22, 2017

There’s an old writing adage that a good sci-fi writer imagines the car, but the great sci-fi writer imagines the traffic jam. And now that we’re beginning to make science fiction into science reality, we have to start working out how to prevent those traffic jams before they happen. When it comes to self-driving cars […]

May 22, 2017

According to the NZ History website, “Wellington’s café culture is today an integral part of its identity as a city.” It’s true, everyone in this city seems to love coffee and we have an ample amount of cafes to keep the love brewing. I have been aware of this for as long as I have […]

May 22, 2017

“I ain’t never seen @MarlonCDrake at a club, or doing activities!” — @markyman90. Well shit, @markyman90, that’s quite a twitter beef you’re starting there. But seeing as I haven’t exactly publicised what I’m up to, and I haven’t been in town for a while, I figured this is a good opportunity to give you an […]

May 22, 2017

It’s a classic wet, windy Wellington day; your face is numb from the ferocious wind and your spirits are only slightly heightened by your toasty hands from your gloves nana made you last Christmas. Your “trash music” Spotify playlist is booming in your ears as you forget the readings you have to do. As you […]

May 22, 2017

How to cope with homesickness: a beginner’s guide   1) Virtual tours via Whatsapp, Messenger, Viber, or Wechat Alone in a strange new country and want to explore but no friends or family to do it with? Take them with you, virtually, by spamming them with messages, pictures, and videos. Example: Me: Hey bro what […]

May 15, 2017

Asking for help can be extremely hard for most people. Whether it’s assignment stress, something gone wrong in your personal life, or you just aren’t feeling like yourself, we often assume these emotions will pass. However when they don’t, it is common for people to feel lost and isolated, with no clue what step to […]

May 15, 2017

“Disabled person” or “person with a disability”? This is the question of Identity First language versus Person First language. Some people feel that using “disabled” (or a more specific disability) as an adjective before “person” (or a more specific noun like “student” or “New Zealander”) can be dehumanising and disrespectful. Person First language became very […]