Features

May 23, 2011

Everybody loves a good portmanteau. You know, when two words are spliced together to make a brand new word? Some portmanteaus are useful, like brunch and smog and sexting. Some are annoying, like jeggings and some of them are just completely brilliant, like vagenda, aka THE AGENDA OF MY VAGINA. Sometimes portmanteaus reach a level […]

May 23, 2011

Ah, Neopets, the great juvenile timewaster. If you’re between the ages of 17 and 25, the odds are that you remember the site, as hard as you try not to. Restrain the inevitable embarrassed wince for now – we were young, foolish, and hadn’t yet learned how not to have fun. If you’ve never heard […]

May 23, 2011

So the Internet has exploded, and new technologies and social mediums have been unleashed. These new tools, such as blogs, online magazines, and e-boutiques are changing the already highly dynamic fashion industry with viral fashion expression, inspiration, and opportunities. But what does this technology trend mean for the bigwigs who are the foundation of the […]

May 16, 2011

Credit cards, hire purchase, and personal loans. These types of debt have become more commonplace and acceptable in the last 20 years. Stuff.co.nz reported in 2010 that Kiwis owe more than $12.7 billion in personal debt: $5.2 billion in credit card debt, $3.8 billion in hire purchase schemes and store cards, and $3.6 billion in […]

May 16, 2011

Welfare has existed in New Zealand since the beginning of the 20th century. Old age pensions were provided from as early as 1898, and provision has been made to assist the unemployed since 1930. So it’s understandable that some New Zealanders see welfare as a way of life—it’s all some people know. The Department of […]

May 16, 2011

As university students, we know how it feels to have to forego luxuries. Living on noodles and toast are the epitome of the ‘student lifestyle’. We often complain that we have too much month left at the end of our money. But imagine having just $2.25 a day for food. Live Below The Line, an […]

May 16, 2011

Despite my best efforts at being sensible with money, I do a damn good job at buying everything from X to Y and sometimes even Z. All of you casual spenders out there—I feel your agony, so I’m going to share a few tips that are easy enough for anyone to get in the habit […]

May 16, 2011

Money: some people have it, some people don’t. For those who don’t, there’s the welfare system. Since the early 20th century, the New Zealand Government has provided a ‘safety net’ for those who need it—but how is this affecting our economy? And is it the best use of our resources? Salient asked two members of […]

May 16, 2011

In a television interview last on month, John Key expressed his view that Labour’s decision to remove interest from student loans in 2006 was poor economic policy. Tertiary Education Minister Stephen Joyce noted in a Q+A discussion with Paul Holmes in April that for every dollar lent under the scheme, the Government loses 45 cents. […]