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March 26, 2018

As all former emos do, I have a habit of reading creepy Wikipedia pages and watching true crime documentaries at 4am. Cults have always fascinated and terrified me; as functional entities presenting themselves as legitimate religions, and as horrific examples of human cruelty and psychological manipulation. The increase of internet users, and the spread and […]

March 26, 2018

Banana and condom demonstrations, cringy 80s abstinence videos, and horrific STI photos forever burnt into our retinas — sex ed is memorable to say the least. However, for a lot of New Zealanders, sex ed can be memorable in all the wrong ways. Students walk away having learnt about STIs and pregnancy, but still ignorant […]

March 19, 2018

New Zealand in 1976 is an interesting time. Men are sporting awful moustaches. Women are wearing blue eyeshadow. The first McDonald’s outlet is opened in Porirua. Robert Muldoon is Prime Minister. The All Blacks are touring South Africa, an apartheid regime. In response, 28 African nations boycott the Montreal Olympics. New Zealand’s reputation is in […]

March 19, 2018

Interior – Industrial Soviet Beerhall – Night It was late November and cold as hell when I stumbled into the Zhiguli Beer Hall. I was in Moscow, about to take the trans-Mongolian rail line to Beijing, and after finding someone in my hostel who could speak English, had decided to go out for a beer. […]

March 19, 2018

I decided to rewatch all 10 seasons of Friends recently, just for the heck of it. I was trying to knit three large and complicated teddy bears for my three tiny and uncomplicated new nieces, and I needed something to play in the background to soothe me, so I didn’t end up rage quitting and […]

March 12, 2018

“You’re the worst Asian I’ve ever met. What are you going to tell your parents?” Tom said, laughing. It shouldn’t have come as any surprise when I received my year 12 report card. All through high school, my fears lived in a square, dimly lit classroom, filled with poorly aligned posters. Algebra, calculus, geometry: I […]

March 12, 2018

A few Fridays ago, I asked around the office, “anyone got dirt on Grant Guilford? I’m about to do an interview with him.” Kii, the Station Co-Manager, says, “I’ve heard he can be a bit of a…” he trails off. “I’ll go and see what I can find.” Ruby, our designer, says, “ask him if […]

March 12, 2018

It’s pretty cool being black. I mean most of the time apart from the stereotypes about fried chicken, ice cold grape soda, my baguettelong-schlong and my eight girlfriends who I can’t pay child support to. Other than that it’s pretty smooth sailing, right? Haha. Fuck no. Take an average Friday night for example. I get […]

March 12, 2018

I was 10 when I fell in love with materialism. Specifically: a pair of Nikes. Rebel Sport had just set up in New Plymouth and it was, literally, the talk of the town. This was the first sports store that didn’t sell guns and ammunition next to their running shoes. No, Rebel Sport had all […]