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Opinion

August 21, 2017

Last week, you might have seen that the Mayor Justin Lester announced the launch of a Rental Warrant of Fitness (WOF) for Wellington. The WOF is the second of the two big things, alongside student fares on public transport, that will make Wellington a more student friendly city. However, the scheme just announced has a […]

August 21, 2017

One way we can protect and enhance our health is through regular physical activity. Not only can regular physical activity make you feel better and reduce your stress levels, it will also: Increase your strength, movement, balance, and flexibility Help to your control blood pressure and blood sugar Help to build healthy bones, muscles, and […]

August 21, 2017

For context, each issue of Salient has had a colour running through it. Blues, greens, yellows, but not yet a red — a pink, but not a red. We thought it would be interesting to ask people to write toward a colour. Some did, some didn’t, but the presence of the pieces together with red […]

August 21, 2017

Unlike most lucrative career paths, say, for example, lawyering, athletes are often restricted as to where and who they work for. In New Zealand, a rugby player cannot play in another country (on a contract that is likely more lucrative) and be eligible for the All Blacks. In the United States there are a number […]

August 21, 2017

As one ambles through the instant noodle aisle of a supermarket, what can we make of industrial food’s best effort yet? Attempting to form distinctions between glossy laminated packagings of processed food can be an abstract and frustrating exercise, especially when it is in languages we don’t understand and flavours we aren’t accustomed to. In […]

August 21, 2017

It’s not often that a large majority of philosophers come to agree on controversial topics. And when it does happen, it’s usually a case of “negative progress” — agreement that a particular philosophical position is bad, and should be rejected. This sort of progress typically creates a great deal more disagreement, rather than solving anything. […]

August 21, 2017

First synthesised in 1938, LSD has had an interesting experimental history, depending on your definition of “experiment”. While the ’70s counterculture took it to expand their minds, the CIA was using it to control them, exploiting LSD’s believed capacity to put people in a highly suggestible state to start an arms race of psychological warfare. […]

August 14, 2017

“godDAMN this stupid milkloving piece of shit dumbass mean spirited sale at briscoes racist sexist 40% off deck furniture piss country” — Hera Lindsay Bird   There’s something inherently lonely about politics. For so many New Zealanders, talking about tax or climate change is inaccessible. Representative democracy seems foreign. Even as a fifth year, nearly-university-educated, […]

August 14, 2017

I was iffy about sexting, and about sending, er, provocative Snapchats for a long time, because there’s this stigma around it, right? Only sluts/hos/thots send filthy exchanges and nudie snaps over the internet! And to people they hardly know nonetheless!! Well, smack my ass and call me a thot. Wouldn’t be the first time this […]