Features

17/05/10

Blenheim, with its population of somewhere near 30,000, mild tectonic activity, and high sunshine hours, never really lived up to any of the hype that my parents promised me when we moved there—on my 7th birthday. I was promised bountiful countryside, a great school, and a place I’d want to come back to over and [...]

17/05/10

In writing this article, I am facing a past that I have spent the last five years trying to escape. I am finally admitting a shameful secret, an experience so terrifying that small children shudder in terror. Or laughter. (I’ve found that, in this case, there’s a fine line between the two.) My initial response, [...]

10/05/10

For decades, Disney’s canonical animated films have delighted millions. As children, and then again as adults, we experience these films several times over, often in one home-video sitting. But children, as you know, are impressionable wee things. If they see a kid smacking another kid on the face before grabbing their lollipop with their greedy [...]

10/05/10

I learned of my vagina long before I knew it had a name. It wasn’t through inquisition or sexual awakening; I simply became conscious of it pressing against itself as I stood, sat, moved. I didn’t dwell on what it meant, but enjoyed its existence as I enjoyed all the bodily faculties available to me. [...]

10/05/10

Salient feature writer Elle Hunt talks to fashion designer Alexandra Owen, whose elegance belies her age. Wellington-based designer Alexandra Owen makes succeeding in the cut-throat fashion industry look easy. Upon graduating in Fashion Design from Massey University in 2005, she launched her namesake label in 2006. She made her public debut at Air New Zealand [...]

10/05/10

Jacinda Ardern is one of the youngest MPs in Parliament, at just 29. She has recently been selected as Labour’s candidate for Auckland Central, a seat Labour lost in the 2008 election to National’s Nikki Kaye. Salient Editor Sarah Robson talked to Jacinda about what it’s like to be a young woman in Parliament. How [...]

10/05/10

While you’re at university, the editor of Coup De Main is interviewing that band you like. Salient feature writer Elle Hunt talks to Shahlin Graves. This week, in online magazine Coup De Main (www.coupdemainmagazine.com): a feature on Vampire Weekend’s gig in Auckland; a glowing review of the new Kate Nash album; and a guest blog [...]

10/05/10

Salient Editor Sarah Robson talks to Morgan Healey, a member of the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ) about the debate surrounding abortion law and reproductive rights both in New Zealand and overseas. What has your involvement been, broadly speaking, in the wider debate about abortion and reproductive rights? I think my full [...]

10/05/10

Those two blue lines at 3am left me with one word—“fuck”. After lying awake for half the night, I had finally grabbed my Clear Blue and headed to the bathroom. Those lines were the last thing I wanted to see, but they finally confirmed the fears I had been blocking out of my mind. What [...]