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Opinion

April 3, 2017

Let’s talk about that one word university students have a love/hate relationship with: grades. We are now in week five of the trimester, meaning that you are either starting to receive some grades back or you’ve been up until the wee hours of the morning studying for a test or submitting an assignment. Unfortunately, there […]

March 27, 2017

Shy admission: more than once I caught my breath, with how much there was to admire. Diplomat: representing us overseas with your not-missing-a-beat articulate Truth teller: revealing and peeling off your skin in front of students unaccustomed to real, in school assemblies when in uniform. Activist: in front of everyone that little bit braver, than […]

March 27, 2017

Here are a few of the things said by my family when I told them I needed to write the Vic UFO column for Salient: – Let me volunteer! I want to say something! – That’s lame. – Oh man, this is going to cause arguments… – All I have to say is that feminism […]

March 27, 2017

From Mountains to Sea The other day, my kaumātua and I went for a hikoi along the Wharemauku stream on the Kapiti Coast. We walked from maunga to moana — and saw nature’s struggle with human intervention. This stream once flowed, clean and to its own accord. But now, it has quickly diminished into a […]

March 27, 2017

Cleaning up cups and discarded togas at 2am; reading stacks of papers for an academic committee meeting; spending a whole weekend building a website for a student campaign. And the meetings, oh the meetings. This column is dedicated to my incredible, tireless, executive. It’s about them being under-recognised and what I hope to do about […]

March 27, 2017

Konnichiwa! Halo! Bonjour! Salaam! Hi! By now I’m sure you’ve all gotten into the full swing of university life, having supposedly adjusted to unrealistic 8:30am lectures and navigated the minefield of myAllocator. Maybe you’ve gone a step further in settling yourself here and made contact with the locals. If you have, a few cultural differences […]

March 27, 2017

HOME x ON THE RANGE Fish can be quite expensive, and it is certainly not advisable to try catching it in our incredibly polluted harbour, but really, a little goes a long way and it is so good for you. They have lots of protein, minerals and vitamins, and are low in fat and kilojoules. […]

March 27, 2017

Thanks to a friend of mine I now have a business card. I keep a handful of them in the pocket of a green tweed jacket and it makes me feel a bit smug knowing they are there. It also helps me take on the world. They inform people that I am an ordinary human […]

March 27, 2017

How do I write about you in the office without breaking down and making everyone in the room feel awkward? How useless are my philosophical ponderings on the concept of death, when this very regular and inevitable result of mortality happens and it just fucking hurts.   How could I not think I had a […]