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May 7, 2019

Enigmatic, commanding, and present, Wellington three-piece Mermaidens are in their seventh year of leaving audiences lost for words and begging for more. The band consists of Abe Hollingsworth (Drums), Lily West (Bass/Vocals), and Gussie Larkin (Guitar/Vocals), who all met during high school. As a young Aucklander, my idea of a music scene was going to […]

May 7, 2019

In 2016, the ankle bracelet had its day in the sun when the news outlet The Story NZ ran a feature on the supposedly “uncuttable” ankle bracelets developed by the Department of Corrections. Billy Weepu, cameraman and cousin of Wainuiomata powerhouse Piri Weepu, promptly sliced through a bracelet to the chagrin of Judith Collins.   […]

April 29, 2019

I hate introductions. It’s cliché, I know, but I would rather stick a pin under my toenail and kick a wall than engage in yet another icebreaker or ‘talk to the person next to you’. Arriving at the halls last year and being thrown into a week of ‘speed dating’ and ‘getting to know your […]

April 29, 2019

  When I was born, my father vowed that, unlike his own father, he would never hit his children. So instead, he invented the naughty girl’s chair.   It was a small wicker chair, the perfect size for a four-year-old’s body, that sat in the corner of our living room. Whenever I’d been naughty, my […]

April 29, 2019

  You know the iconic Little Mermaid power pose? Effortlessly perched atop a boulder, a luscious mane of red hair whipping around in the wind but somehow never whipping her in the face, classic Disney features—plump lips, eyelashes reaching for the gods, complexion fit for a Fenty commercial—sea spray framing her like a halo, a […]

April 29, 2019

First tutorial of the year. When I open the door, I underestimate my strength, thinking it to be all used up in my journey here. It swings open violently and I trip into the room where awkward gazes greet me. Frozen, my legs are lead and I’m stuck on display for too long. My overpacked […]

April 8, 2019

A lecturer once said to the students in my course that “you don’t have to be feeling the grass” in order to start caring about the environment. I think what they were implying was that you don’t have to be free-spirited, bush-oriented, or embody the life of a ‘hippie’ in order to start caring about […]

April 8, 2019

  Māui, Bottlenose, Hector’s, Dusky: these are some of New Zealand’s nine species of dolphins. In New Zealand, we like to think we’re all clean and green; we set an example for the world to see. But the land of the long white cloud has its share of environmental issues—specifically, with conservation. A 2016 study […]

April 8, 2019

On November 8, 2018, the government banned oil exploration in Taranaki, spelling the end for the oil and gas industry in the region as we know it. The writing has been on the wall for a while; our joint love of oil and dairy simply isn’t reconcilable with sustainability and a government that is determined […]