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October 9, 2017

CW: Strong warning that this piece contains comprehensive discussion of child sexual abuse, rape, and incest. If you do read this article, and find yourself distressed, we’ve placed direction to support services at the end.

October 9, 2017

It is very sunny and we hold the interview on the wooden tables outside Milk and Honey. There’s a light wind and the occasional tui — Rory wonders if they might be kererū; “not heavy enough” — floats down into the trees on the courtyard. He gets an earl grey tea and drinks it with […]

October 2, 2017

Radio has played a big part in nurturing New Zealand’s cultural identity; it is part of our history — politically, socially, and musically. Alternative and independent radio stations in particular have acted like little greenhouses of New Zealand talent. They have been built with a sense of excitement, and are entrenched within the DIY culture […]

October 2, 2017

“The flower-garnering, glowing men and maids of Polynesia (are) half child and half god…” — J. W. Collier (1853-1932), New Zealand-Australian Wesleyan Missionary to Samoa   I was in a taxi on my way to Willis Street a few months ago, when I first realised that I didn’t know what the word “representation” actually meant… […]

October 2, 2017

  CW: Sexual violence   I’ve spent a fairly large chunk of my youth steeping myself in the music and culture of Riot Grrrl, which represented a vital beacon for me in a world of commercialised boredom. So when the suggestion came to write about it, I of course jumped. I then found myself in […]

October 2, 2017

Anaphylaxis is like one of those remorseless slowpokes holding up foot traffic along Lambton Quay; no matter how hard you try to avoid them, they will always strike at the most inconvenient of times. One such occasion that anaphylaxis decided to pay me a visit began like any other. It was a weekday evening. I […]

September 25, 2017

Voter turnout has been declining steadily in Aotearoa since the mid-1950s. Turnout spiked in 1984; this was to be the high-water mark for voter participation, with 93.7 per cent of those enrolled to vote turning out at the polls. The 2011 and 2014 elections saw official turnout — the per cent of those enrolled who […]

September 25, 2017

“Hope was for me the belief in the unknowability of the future, the sense that its outcome was not fixed (and that we might intervene in it)… an argument for the wildness of the world, for its unpredictability.” — Rebecca Solnit   Third picture of a series of the Licorne thermonuclear test in French Polynesia. […]

September 25, 2017

Cities are ripe with the promise of equality and inclusion. As the postcolonial theorist Paul Gilroy puts it, they have the potential to become places “in which cultures, histories, and structures of feeling previously separated by enormous distances could be found in the same place, the same time: school, bus, café, cell, waiting room, or […]