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Opinion

October 9, 2017

The life of a student can be a tough one — we’re constantly juggling so many things, which can often be overwhelming. New Zealand has damning statistics when it comes to youth suicide, and there is still so much stigma around the topic of mental health, which doesn’t get as much honest, open discourse as […]

October 9, 2017

Last week’s Candidates Forum for the VUWSA election was yet another reminder of the huge dark cloud that continues to hang over students and other young people — the mental health crisis. I don’t think there was one candidate that didn’t mention it in some shape or form, and this ain’t new. Every VUWSA election […]

October 9, 2017

Our final column for Salient 2017 has got me thinking: what is UniQ’s queer agenda? Recently we updated our constitution and got new exec members, but what are we standing for? Why are we standing at all? The majority of UniQ groups in the country are doing their damn best, but aren’t thriving in all […]

October 9, 2017

An uncontroversial charge would be that fish ‘n’ chips are the best result of British colonialism to date. Enduringly, according to Nielson research, it remains New Zealand’s most popular fast food, starving off competition from Dominos and sushi shops, and has affirmed its place in Kiwi culture and consciousness. Introduced to Britain by Jewish people […]

October 9, 2017

Autumn is here, and with it the parks are under a technicolour blanket of leaves, the canal is covered in smog, and I’m wrapped up in a sweaty scarf biking through it all. I imagine a different scene in Wellington, where the spring tide is trying to swallow cyclists off Lambton Quay, succeeding every so […]

October 9, 2017

This issue is divided, the content split between VUWSA election coverage and our loose theme of utopia. Are the two incompatible? Is VUWSA, as the key organisational body for students at VUW, committed to the struggle to wrestle a utopia out of an uncertain future? Though we didn’t explicitly talk about it, current VUWSA President […]

October 9, 2017

The event name Tatai Hono represents the ties that bind Māori together, and the strengthening of these ties through the practice and celebration of our culture and reo in all aspects of life. Tatai Hono is hosted by Ngā Taura Umanga — VUW Māori Commerce Students’ Association, and its purpose is to provoke, inspire, and […]

October 9, 2017

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our readers for trusting us with their lives and futures. Our final horoscopes offer advice for you star babies to embrace as you travel through the rest of your time on beautiful planet Earth. Maybe not much longer… @DPRK @DonaldTrump — Aubergine and Celeste   Libra […]

October 2, 2017

Tired/Wired With exams coming up, I decided to look into the recent science around sleep and stimulants. Sleep as an area of study gets increasingly more complicated the more we look at it. While the current consensus is that sleep helps to form memories and gives the body time to recharge after exerting itself, there […]