Features

October 11, 2010

Say the words ‘Frank Kitts Underground Market’ to the typical uncultured, lazy student (so, most of us), and the reply you generally get is “Huh? Is that like a veggie market?” But for the fair few brave enough to get out of bed on a Saturday morning, the Underground Market is a well-kept secret and [...]

October 11, 2010

As per most internet memes, this one was first brought to my attention on Facebook. By a number of my friends tinting their profile pics, I was reminded of that upcoming liberal-guilt assuager—Breast Cancer Awareness month. This irked me some, and not just because of the horrendous shade of pink. My friends were subscribing to [...]

October 11, 2010

In Japan, a country with a land size comparable to that of New Zealand and a population some forty times greater, space is certainly at a premium. Land values are incredibly high and property owners have to work to wring the most value they can out of impossibly small plots. The Tokyo-based architecture practice Atelier [...]

October 11, 2010

2010 has been a year of significant change in the tertiary education sector. In January, Anne Tolley was replaced as Tertiary Education Minister by Steven Joyce. Many suspected that this signalled that things were in for a shake-up, and the National government’s budget this year confirmed this. Joyce has reiterated that there is no more [...]

October 4, 2010

It comes down to a choice between the dude with all the experience, and the dude who has none, but has a fresh perspective. Salient Editor Sarah Robson talks to the two people who want to be your VUWSA President next year—Seamus Brady and Paul Smith. Seamus Brady, 22 Studying: History, Politics, and a brief [...]

October 4, 2010

Sweat beaded off my nose onto a grassy plain in the midday sun. I am flanked in the distance by medium-to-tall palms and other unrecognisable but distinctly twisted trees in various stages of vine-induced suffocation. A river is also in the picture, as is the occasional flash of colour and feather as one of the [...]

October 4, 2010

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, [...]

October 4, 2010

“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 [...]

October 4, 2010

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 [...]