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September 18, 2017

Max Harris is the author of The New Zealand Project, which argues for a values-centred approach to politics in New Zealand. Max is a recipient of the All Souls Fellowship and is currently completing his PhD at Oxford University. We spoke with Max over Skype as he ate his dinner in a café in New […]

September 18, 2017

Katie Meadows, in conversation with Kate Baxter In case you hadn’t noticed we’re in the midst of a general election that’s been kind of stressful so far, and it’s become pretty difficult to separate the personal from the political; reading through pages of policies from each party isn’t high on my list when I’m in […]

September 18, 2017

  What (is all this election nonsense)? So, after being harassed by massive multi-media campaigns featuring bright orange blobs, politicians’ shit-eating grins, and enough billboards to cover the outside of the Majestic Centre, it’s finally time for us New Zealanders to go to the polls for the general election. Over the last two months we’ve […]

September 18, 2017

CW: Suicide   Suicide is a much bigger issue than many people realise. New Zealand’s youth suicide rate (20–25 year olds) is the second worst in the developed world. New Zealand’s teen suicide rate (15–19 year olds) is the worst in the developed world. The number of suicides in New Zealand has risen over the […]

September 18, 2017

The influential Prussian strategist Carl von Clausewitz famously observed that war is “a continuation of politics by any other means.” It is an equally compelling idea that competitive sport is a form of substitute warfare which allows groups to compete and savour victory without any meaningful risk. This creates a syllogism: if politics is a […]

September 18, 2017

CW: Suicide   I want to say something that may be uncomfortable to read and acknowledge. Talking about mental illness and suicide is hard and painful, but we need to be having this conversation and keep pushing for change. We all need to play our part. Four months ago, I lost my cousin and dear […]

September 18, 2017

The words of “Auld Lang Syne”, written by Scottish poet Robert Burns and traditionally sung at midnight on New Year’s Eve to farewell the old year, rang out through the modestly sized Legislative Council Chamber, echoing off of its grand Italian marble pillars and out into the wooden halls of Parliament. The 53 people singing […]

September 11, 2017

Nā Monika Maxwell, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Aerana   I am awful when it comes to starting a project, notoriously so. I’m the person you tag in memes about procrastinating, the person who smiles blankly when you ask how their essays going, and the person who eases your anxiety by ensuring you that you’re not the only […]

September 11, 2017

Nā Te Nia Matthews, Ngāi Tūhoe   In beginning this piece, I had two questions put forward to me. The first was whether I saw myself as Māori first or as a New Zealander. 1000 per cent I see myself as being Māori first. However, my personal view does not nullify any other Māori view on […]