Features

12/07/10

Fiddy once said: “In the hood they say there’s no business like ho business.” So what is the sitch in Wellywood’s hood? What is the morse code thumping of Wellington’s sexy pulse spelling out? What does it take to be the best in a tough game? It’s hard to be a hooker with a heart [...]

12/07/10

In February a 19-year old virgin from Northland put her virginity up for auction. She claimed it was to help pay for her university fees. In the end, after many bids, she sold it for $45,000. The story was reported in newspapers around the world. There was outrage, moral condemnation and copycat auctions. But one [...]

12/07/10

“For most women,” wrote American Democratic politician Louise Slaughter, “contraception is not an option: it is basic healthcare necessity.” Certainly, for many, taking the pill every day is as elementary—and as effective—as remedying a headache with aspirin. Yet just half a century ago, such measures were not available. The contraceptive pill was first approved in [...]

31/05/10

Salient writer Paul Comrie-Thomson takes a closer look at the recently announced Budget, and some of the meanings behind all the jargon used by politicians and what effect of the much-lauded tax cuts may have on Kiwis. The actual contents and impact of the government’s annual Budget are often difficult for the average Joe to [...]

31/05/10

You’re a student. You’re poor. Want to tell me about it? Oh yes, things are hard. Your power bill is so high, and you’re so cold. You can’t afford to eat properly, food is so expensive these days with the GST or something. You need to study so much you don’t have time for a [...]

31/05/10

“We were only young. We had no examples, but we knew we had a right to be here.” To clarify, in keeping with the views of the Polynesian Panthers themselves, Maori are included under the term ‘Pacific Islanders’. Unless stated otherwise, all references to Pacific Islanders in this text includes Maori. In the words of [...]

31/05/10

Last year I volunteered for four months in Chile after finishing university. I spent four months teaching Chilean kids on the edge of the Atacama Desert. I experienced a bit of everything, from living in a Chilean version of a ghetto, being followed everywhere by dogs, singing Jonny Cash on national television, and being honoured [...]

31/05/10

New Zealand universities are trying to juggle the competing demands of catering for increased student numbers, while maintaining a high quality of teaching and research. Adequately funding tertiary education is a challenge that must be tackled by universities and the government hand-in-hand. Elle Hunt and Sarah Robson investigate the current state of tertiary education funding [...]

24/05/10

It’s Tuesday night, and I’m watching an episode of the British sitcom Peep Show on YouTube. In the next room, my flatmate Joy is catching up with her friend on Skype. Tim and Tom are reading The Independent online, while Jesse is listening to an album streamed directly from its artist’s website. In other words, [...]