Opinion

April 10, 2016

Earth. When we’re alone in our darkest hours it always pulls through. It feeds us, keeps us warm, gives us shelter, keeps us breathing, and provides our minds with endless wonder. It is without question, our oldest and best mate and it’s in serious trouble. Sadly this time not even Clark Kent can save it. […]

April 10, 2016

“Our economic system and our planetary system are now at war. Or, more accurately, our economy is at war with many forms of life on earth, including human life. What the climate needs to avoid collapse is a contraction in humanity’s use of resources; what our economic model demands to avoid collapse is unfettered expansion. […]

April 10, 2016

I love bees. There’s something wonderful about the way they organise themselves. The queen bee is raised from a larvae that is fed protein rich royal jelly. A surviving queen flies out in search of a congregation of drone bees with whom she will mate, often for several days, so that she can spend the […]

April 10, 2016

Queer people risk legal prosecution in 81 countries. In six of these countries (as well as parts of Nigeria and Somalia), the punishment is death. Imprisonment length in the remaining 75 countries ranges from indeterminate to life. Only 34 countries have legal recognition of some form of same-sex union (ranging from basic partnership rights to […]

April 10, 2016

Thesis year—the final hurrah. Not since Year 13 has there been the feeling of being the respected senior around campus. So many perks—your own cute little desk, no timetable, no lectures, no exams. A year to really hone your interests, to study largely for yourself, about something you truly care about. Or so they say. […]

April 10, 2016

  There is nothing worse than the heightened self awareness and low-key embarrassment that accompany being abrasively and inappropriately dressed for whatever social situation you find yourself in. Here is a short field guide to maintaining appropriate attire in any scenario:   Accidental encounter with man-friend’s parents/siblings/entire extended family who happen to be drunk at […]

April 10, 2016

Commerce PhD students may have to research in one room that seats 54 people. Instead of having a space that generally sits 12-15 academics in individual offices, the room will have a strong resemblance to that of a call-centre. A search involving “Call Centre” on any rated employment site in New Zealand yields hundreds of […]

April 10, 2016

During my ‘experimental’ first-year of university, I took a lot of papers that didn’t end up counting towards my degree. I scroll down myQual and look with sadness at the thousands of dollars of “Additional Courses” I have to repay in my not-too-distant ‘real-world’ adult life due to my indecisiveness. However, almost all of these […]

April 10, 2016

Kaitiakitanga can be loosely translated to mean guardianship. As Māori, we often use this term to describe environmental protectors, whether that be interpreted as human or animal guardians. Kaitiakitanga, in a historic context, referred to care and protection of the land, which, we as Māori respect and affiliate very strongly with. We used the guiding […]

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