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August 6, 2018

Gang Patches & Boxing Gloves in Newtown, New Zealand. The year is 1985. Oscar Partsch is 3. Of Tokelau and German descent, his family has just immigrated to New Zealand from Hawaii. They come to Wellington, and settle in the suburb of Mount Cook, in the Arlington flats. Oscar described it as the “concrete jungle”. […]

July 30, 2018

A Facebook message from a stranger asking you for something at 1:42 am is never worth replying to. I should have known this at the time, but thanks to a less-than-a-week-before-my-contract-exam mix of insomnia, apathy, and cheerful nihilism, I happily agreed to help build what could have been the largest temporary hockey rink in the […]

July 30, 2018

If you haven’t seen The Room, you have surely heard of it. It is lovingly called “the best worst movie of all time” by its legions of fans around the world, who know every word of its script and who, in a time of Netflix and torrenting, still pay money to see it on screen at cinemas, […]

July 30, 2018

We drive up a dark road. It is flanked by trees that whip back and forth as if possessed by some evil force. The rain belts on the windshield, but through it, we can make out the grim shape of the Fever Hospital. It hunkers down on the side of Mt. Victoria like a beast lying […]

July 23, 2018

CW: sex, genitals, talk of misgendering Andrew: So when did you become a vegan? Ben: When I met my wife. You? Andrew: Oh, when I met my partner. He’s vegan, too. Even though neither of them said so explicitly, both Andrew and Ben have revealed their sexualities to each other. Language allows us to paint […]

July 23, 2018

Aunty Dana’s is an op shop the sits in 128 the Radical Social Centre. The shop raises money and provides a community for takatāpui, trans, and intersex people. Salient News Editor sat down with Kerry Donovan Brown, the manager, and Lola Elle Bellamy-Hill, a devoted volunteer. Taylor: First of all I’m just curious about the organisation as a whole. How did […]

July 23, 2018

“Our life is a story,” I remember being told, while engaging in the extensive oral tradition of my hometown, “a series of stories”. It is no coincidence that the word historia applies to both documented history and fairytales, as they both involve a level of curating events and experiences to create a coherent narrative. Of […]

July 23, 2018

As many as 2% of the population may be considered intersex. You have lectures with intersex people, you’ve sat next to intersex people on the bus, hell, you probably have three or four people who could identify as intersex among your facebook friends. But if it’s that common to be intersex, why aren’t we aware […]

July 16, 2018

When I first met Lucie, she was making plaster castings of people’s nipples. She used the stuff that dentists use to mould people’s teeth, because it held its shape the best. She told me it was for her art. The castings came out white, and very delicate at the edges. You could see every little crevice […]