Features

29/03/10

Salient Editor Sarah Robson investigates the origins of the latest craze to sweep Wellington’s indie population—basketball. It was the part where one indie kid basketball player mistakenly referred to Michael Jordan as Michael Jackson that I started to have my doubts. These guys don’t follow the rules of basketball, because they don’t actually know the [...]

29/03/10

There is an African proverb that says: It takes a village to raise a child. Now the provenance of this proverb is under debate but this isn’t the important thing about it. The important thing is it’s somewhat trite meaning. To digress a little, it takes a wide variety of people and experiences to make [...]

29/03/10

Wannabe rollergirl and Salient feature writer Elle Hunt takes on some of New Zealand’s finest derbyists. “Alternative to what?” asks Ellen Page’s character in the 2009 film Whip It, when a friend asks her if she’s gone all, like, alternative now that she’s into roller derby. And it’s true: the definition of alternative sport isn’t [...]

22/03/10

While not quite so prominent as it is across the ditch, the question of whether or not New Zealand should retain a constitutional monarchy or become a republic is a key issue in New Zealand’s future. Salient feature writer Matthew Cunningham interviews Noel Cox, Chairperson for Monarchy New Zealand and Lewis Holden, Chair of the [...]

22/03/10

I know what you’re all thinking, “these all sound so fun, as I love hearing about the nuances of the electoral system and really want to have YET ANOTHER debate about it”. Your sarcastic tone isn’t going to you get a real job, and besides, this seemingly pointless tinkering with political minutia can, and will, [...]

22/03/10

Is the use of urgency undermining New Zealand’s democratic ideals? It is a relatively lengthy process for a bill to become law. Once a piece of proposed legislation is dreamed up and drafted, it must pass through a number of stages before it becomes part of New Zealand’s law. There are a number of reasons [...]

22/03/10

Tony Schirato, an Associate Professor in the School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies at Victoria, talks to Salient Editor Sarah Robson about his upcoming lecture entitled ‘Foucault, Ethics and Fearless Speech’. What are you going to be talking about at the lecture on Tuesday? It’s tied up with two books I’m doing. One [...]

22/03/10

Robbie Shilliam is a senior lecturer at Victoria in the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations. He will be presenting a lecture as part of Victoria Student Media’s lecture series ‘How do we make ourselves a student body without organs?’ VBC 88.3FM’s Jonathan King asks Robbie about his ideas on the subject. [...]

22/03/10

This article is to address the issues raised by the comic printed in the Orientation Issue of Salient. The comic depicts a first year female student’s progress through her first year at university. And the main concerns have been sparked by the third panel of the column, captioned “Contraception: Narrowly avoids impregnation by rugby team [...]