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May 22, 2017

SOUTH COAST, Wellington — Hot as all hell. A 4WD roars by and the plume of dust stings in the light wind. We’ve been dropped just short of the Devil’s Gate, a kilometre or so from the Red Rocks carpark, and our packs are lined up at the base of the cliffs that were quarried […]

May 15, 2017

The astronaut learns to breathe at a certain pace. If you breathe too quickly, they say, you will use up too much air and all the oxygen will thin out around you. Your helmet will fog up and then all the stars will disappear into clouds. He learns not to cry, too. If you cry, […]

May 15, 2017

On the day I contacted David about this interview he was attacked. A woman he knew from his time in Auckland, a semi-regular visitor to the bench on K’ Road where he had plied his trade for five years, had appeared in Nelson. She was unwell, seemed troubled. David gave her cigarettes and money for […]

May 15, 2017

Say a word enough times and it starts to lose its meaning, and just becomes sound. The word “constitution” is the opposite, where it’s hardly heard and is so alien that it too is just sound. In an attempt to give meaning to this word, we ask — what is a constitution? Two esteemed constitutional […]

May 15, 2017

*I have been told by a Sri Lankan acquaintance of mine that this gets confusing: “Do you mean Pacific brown, South Asian brown, what?” — fair point. Thus, I state here that this refers specifically to Māori and Pasifika brown. In this country. At this time. And place?   Dedicated to the first person who […]

May 8, 2017

There is something symbolic, perhaps poetic, about comedy shows. A place people come to for no other point than to laugh. And in these trying times, perhaps a bit of comedy would be just the ticket. But I am not a person who goes to specific places to laugh. I find humour in the small […]

May 8, 2017

“There isn’t like… oh honey I would love to live with you but I make more money than you right now so it won’t create a good situation… like there’s none of that adult taxes shit.” — Mitski on young adult romance novels   My uncle once bought me Twilight as a Christmas gift. I […]

May 8, 2017

“I understand nothing,” Ivan Karamazov says to the angelic Alyosha, “and I don’t want to understand anything now. I want to stick to facts. I made up my mind long ago not to understand, for if I should want to understand something, I’d instantly alter the facts….” This moment in The Brothers Karamazov was jarringly […]

May 8, 2017

(Ordering a coffee in Whanganui-a-tara, Aotearoa) Can I please have a mochaccino please? Sure, what is your name? Ataria. Natalia? Atalia? No, A-ta-ri-a. Oh okay… uhh… how do you spell that? A-T-A-R-I-A. Thanks! Your coffee will be ready soon.   A number of political parties have recently commented on compulsory te reo Māori in schools. […]