Features

04/10/10

Last summer Salient writer David Smith spent two months working and travelling throughout India. He describes the highlights, conundrums and idiosyncrasies of the vast subcontinent. Whenever a person asks me to describe India, I invariably tell them the same thing—it is the worst and best place, in every sense. India is noisy, smelly, chaotic, idiosyncratic, [...]

04/10/10

“The thing you’ve gotta remember is this—first the worst, second the best. And Critic is obviously the worst”—an unnamed member of the Salient staff sums up the office mood in the wake of the ASPA Awards. The ASPA Awards are, without doubt, the biggest event on the student media calendar. This year the awards were [...]

04/10/10

In February 2009, Gold Coast by-way-of Nelson punk band Not OK headed to South East Asia for a month-long, fourteen-date tour of the region. Taking in four countries—Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia (both Borneo, and Peninsula)—this wasn’t your average trip to Bali to get on the waste in the sun. The experiences of that [...]

04/10/10

There’s an inclination among students to approach their ‘big OE’ in a predictable, almost perfunctory way. Take a year out of education after high school. Move to Melbourne or the Gold Coast or London. Work in hospo or retail and get trashed on the weekends and go to a few music festivals. And end up, [...]

04/10/10

The fact that tourism is one of our largest industries means it is inevitable that we often cross paths with some of its less attractive side-effects. On a sunny day in Wellington it often feels as though we can’t move for the throngs of the Kathmandu-clad German couples who inundate the waterfront with their unremitting [...]

27/09/10

Salient writer Nigel Smith looks into the legal and constitutional implications of Parliament’s recent passing of the Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Act. A fortnight ago the Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Act was passed and New Zealand became, in theory, a dictatorship. While it’s unlikely anyone will notice, the Act has had academics in [...]

27/09/10

I’m stanky rich, I’ma die tryna spend this shit Southside’s up in in this bitch, Yeah I smell like the vault, I used to sell dope, I did play the block, Now I play on boats In the south of France baby, St. Tropez Get a tan? I’m already black Rich? I’m already that 50 [...]

27/09/10

Salient feature writer Paul Comrie-Thomson investigates some of the issues facing music funding in New Zealand, and the steps being taken to rectify the dire situation facing New Zealand musicians. At the end of last month, Simon Sweetman, a writer and reviewer for the Dominion Post, North & South and TV One’s Good Morning, attacked [...]

27/09/10

Demand for tertiary education is increasing, but the government is refusing to fund places for more students. Something’s got to give, and increasingly, New Zealand universities are being forced to manage enrolments. Victoria has introduced new enrolment criteria with which to vet 2011’s influx of first-year students. Salient feature writer Elle Hunt investigates what repercussions [...]