Features

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, [...]

24/05/10

Internet censorship in the 21st century On 13 January this year, a group of Chinese internet users converged on Google’s Beijing headquarters bearing flowers and candles. Google had announced the day before that it would no longer comply with Chinese internet censorship laws—a decision which, the group suspected, would result in a ban on the [...]

24/05/10

The producers of the Academy Award winning film The Hurt Locker, Voltage Pictures, recently announced they intend to sue “tens of thousands” of file-sharers for unlawfully downloading the copyrighted film. To do this, Voltage Pictures have enlisted the help of the US Copyright Group; a company run by intellectual property lawyers aimed at “recovering reasonable [...]

24/05/10

The internet is mindbogglingly massive. It literally contains the distilled dearth of information from the top two per cent of the privileged masses worldwide. You could quite easily compare it to the fabled library of Alexandria. You would, of course, be making a fallacious comparison. So what does the internet mean? What does it symbolise? [...]

17/05/10

Salient writer Jessy Edwards explores the reasons why some young people are deciding to tie the knot—some would say—much too young. “You’ve done too much, much too young, You’re married with a kid when you could be having fun with me, You done too much, much too young, Now you’re married with a son when [...]

17/05/10

Risking excessive cheesiness and double entendres alike, Salient feature writer Matthew Cunningham examines the small town phenomenon of ‘Big Things’. When I was about six or seven years old, I remember going on a road trip with my dad around New South Wales. As we headed north from Newcastle, he suggested that I might want [...]

17/05/10

Incorrect perceptions of what the agriculture industry in New Zealand entails may be turning young people off a career in the sector. Salient Editor Sarah Robson investigates why there is a demand for graduates in New Zealand’s biggest export industry. I’m from a family with a background in farming. Although I lived in town, and [...]