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February 26, 2017

For the local, Wellington is a city of few surprises. At 500 feet, a larger, more formidable metropolis, like the sprawling small print of terms and conditions, enfeebles any sense of total comprehension. In contrast, the familiar Wellington harbour lined by a city and cradled by hills is as immediately explicable and loaded with the […]

February 26, 2017

Your first year at university can be daunting when you don’t know what to expect. The extensive number of people enrolled makes it near impossible for cliques to form, but it won’t stop you from encountering a few select personalities. To help you navigate your first couple of weeks, I have compiled a list of […]

February 26, 2017

Here is Salient‘s guide to the city’s coffee, vegan food, cinema, craft beer, quiet bars, walks, things to get involved with, community gardens, and bookshops.   Coffee Lamason Brew Bar Corner of Lombard and Bond Street, Wellington Central Lamason Brew Bar has been at the forefront of alternative coffee brewing, broadening Wellingtonians’ horizons past the […]

October 9, 2016

There are a lot of contradictions and tensions to navigate in our lives. Part of being human is to have different parts of ourselves and our worlds at odds with each other. And so, part of being human is to also learn how to explore and accept these feelings. Earlier in the year I took […]

October 9, 2016

We are not equally oppressed. There is no joy in this. We must speak from within us, our own experiences, our own oppressions—taking someone else’s oppression is nothing to feel proud of. We should never speak for that which we have not felt. — bell hooks (but I actually first encountered this as my friend […]

October 9, 2016

On December 26, 1996, six year old JonBenét Ramsey was found brutally slain in the cellar of her parent’s lavish home. For many the case is infamous and has become synonymous with unsolved crimes, in particular because JonBenét’s murder had enough salacious detail to hold mainstream interest in a post-OJ America that lusted for a […]

October 9, 2016

1). I wish my friends knew that when they ask me what “percentage” of Māori I am—half, quarter, or eighth—they make me feel like a human pie chart. I don’t know how people can ask this so nonchalantly, but they do. So I want to let you know: this is a very threatening question to […]

October 2, 2016

A little while ago I was in New York, trying really hard to not be a tourist. I didn’t go up the Empire State Building, I didn’t go on that free commuter ferry that goes kind of near the Statue of Liberty, I didn’t go to One World Trade Centre or even the Brooklyn Bridge. […]

October 2, 2016

Voting is the most essential component to a democracy, yet there is a common perception that students do not vote and do not care about politics. As a political science student, understanding this stuff is kind of my jam. We are around 15 months out from another election and I already know who I am […]