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Opinion

August 14, 2016

VUWSA is here to get the best deal for students. This is why we exist. I was really pleased to have our Strategic Plan 2017-2021 formally adopted by our members at last week’s Annual General Meeting. It has been a process of rediscovery for the executive this year, asking the question, what does a students’ […]

August 14, 2016

Art: “What the fuck.” “I hate art.” “I don’t get it.” “What does this mean.” “You just touched it!” “Fuck!” “Keep your voice down.” “God I can’t take you anywhere.” “Sorry Mum.” Art is instinctive; it’s an expression, it reflects something, or tells you something. Art is context bound, but also transferrable—the same piece of […]

August 14, 2016

A friend of mine keeps joking that I need to take the path of least resistance and just become professionally disabled. The way things are heading, she is probably right. Disability is an element of what I live, study, and talk about every day. This column is hardly helping my case. I used to swear […]

August 14, 2016

Art history was my favourite subject at high school. I greedily lapped up Delacroix, Monet, and van Gogh thinking: this was it! I’d found my calling. Until one day I had a revolutionary realisation (and I don’t say this with sarcasm because, at the time, it felt like I’d discovered the law of gravity). There […]

August 14, 2016

Over the last two weeks, VUWSA International Students’ Association has been campaigning for fair fees and equitable access to scholarships for international students. Not only do international students pay four or five times more than domestic students, our fees increase four to five per cent on average per year. This is in contrast to the […]

August 14, 2016

Dating app Bumble came through with a boy at my door, who looked much younger than the photos on his profile. It wasn’t until he was stroking my arm and leaning in for a kiss that I asked him how old he was. 19!!!! He was practically a baby!!! I am soon to be 23 […]

August 14, 2016

Do you know how hot you are? Maybe it’s clear—you’re one of the lucky ones born looking like Kiko Mizuhara and you know you’re a 10. But does Kiko know she’s a 10? Would she consider herself a 10? Though physical attractiveness is at least partially subjective, a consensus can usually be reached on how […]

August 14, 2016

Muia katoa te ao Māori ki ngā whakanikonikotanga o te toi Māori, te whakairo, te raranga, te tāmoko, te aha atu, te aha atu.  Katoa ēnei ariā he mea whakatairanga i te ao Māori me ōna katoa.  He mea nui anō hoki ngā momo toi ki te tuakiri o te iwi Māori me te tangata […]

August 14, 2016

How to not be that guy (or, Brodie helps you figure out how to not be a raging misogynist).   You know what’s exhausting? Having to constantly negotiate a world where you’re hyper aware of how oppressive systems work against you, and whether or not you have the energy to battle with every iffy thing […]

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