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Opinion

April 30, 2018

As the sun starts setting at 5:45 and the mornings start off frostier than usual, my diet begins to look like a bear getting ready for hibernation. Lots of sugar, fats and carbs are going to pop up in the next few recipes, and this one isn’t an exception. Desserts have always been a winter […]

April 30, 2018

Your Homo sapiens sapiens body is part of a feedback loop responding to all kinds of biological, psychological, and cultural processes. These all have to be taken into account when trying to produce a better picture of how we work, both physically and mentally. But sometimes you just want an easy answer. We thought we […]

April 30, 2018

When most of us think about sexism, we bring to mind the overt, grab-her-by-the-pussy rhetoric of figures like Donald Trump. This is understandable given that these examples have significant “shock value”, made more salient by prolific media coverage. However, we need to realise that subtler sexism occurs every day closer to home. Benevolent sexism refers […]

April 30, 2018

Throughout my ordeal with an eating disorder and recovery, I longed to be “normal”. I wished I could go through my day and not be preoccupied with the thought of food. I wished I could wipe all my knowledge of calories and eat without a care in the world. I was envious of my friends […]

April 30, 2018

I’m watching bees collect nectar from the teeth of dandelions in my neglected garden. Swift as tigers, the bees hum with clumps of pollen cradled behind their knees. There is something mystical about bees. In Celtic law, they are messengers of the dead. Karl Marx propounded bees as a perfect model for human society. My […]

April 30, 2018

Supporting someone going through a difficult time is hard. Often it can feel like you don’t have the right to speak out, that you don’t deserve to feel sad because “at least I’m not going through _____”. We give no thought to our own wellbeing when a friend calls us in the middle of the […]

April 30, 2018

“He kokonga whare e kitea, he kokonga ngākau e kore e kitea.” “A corner of a house may be seen and examined but not so the corners of the heart.” This whakataukī supports our kaupapa of mental health, as it can relate to the current struggle of knowing someone who is suffering from mental illness. […]

April 30, 2018

It’s that time of year again — the Blues have capitulated within the first seven games of the season and have almost certainly written off their playoff chances. So Auckland fans switch codes and try their luck once more, with what seems like the most erratic and frustrating team to back: the Warriors. This time, […]

April 30, 2018

I hope your mid-tri break was relaxing, full of sleep, and gave you time to catch your breath! As some of you may have seen, a few weeks ago, myself and Bethany (VUWSA’s awesome Welfare Vice President) presented an oral submission to the select committee on the Births, Deaths and Marriages Amendment Bill. Our submission […]