Features

February 28, 2011

A few years ago, I discovered my boyfriend of the time had cheated on me and pelted him with his belongings, telling him to take them all and leave. Blinded by anger, I hadn’t realised I was standing in front of the one exit to the room. “I’ll go,” he cried, desperation in his eyes, [...]

February 21, 2011

De La Soul, the hip-hop group who have been around for almost 25 years and inspired generations of rappers, are in town for Orientation on the 20th anniversary tour of their second album, De La Soul is Dead. Salient caught up with Vincent Mason (a.k.a. P.A., Pasemaster Mase, Maseo, Plug Three). You’d think that after [...]

February 21, 2011

If you haven’t heard of Campus A Low Hum, it’s a five-year-old music festival, held at a campsite in February, filled with hipsters from the Mighty Mighty. If you have heard of Campus A Low Hum, you either went, or you didn’t, in which case you’re upset because your friends keep telling you how great [...]

February 21, 2011

Esme Eastment “If you’re not enjoying what you’re studying, or if you’re finding it really hard to get Ds, let alone anything higher, it’s OK (and much better for your mental health) to switch to something you find more interesting or easier. It took me two-and-a-half years of studying BioMed before I accepted that the [...]

February 21, 2011

Hailing from Xinjiang, an autonomous region in north-western China, Askar Grey Wolf is a pioneering rock band with a distinctive sound. The group is a mix of Uighurs and Han Chinese and their unique sound is created through the combination of traditional Uyghur instruments such as the Rawap, the long-necked stringed Tambur and the round [...]

February 21, 2011

The Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) is the official representative body for students at Vic. Since 1899, it’s been defending our interests as students and ensuring we get the most out of our time at university. VUWSA’s goals are: quality, student-focused education; an outstanding student experience; adequate student support; accountable use of student [...]

February 21, 2011

There’s nothing quite so rock’n’roll as an alter-ego as Ziggy, Sasha or any of Sgt. Pepper’s will testify to. But what happens when one theatrical persona evolves into another? Auckland’s Zoe Fleury has just found out. You might know Fleury better as Bionic Pixie, a one-woman electro-pop/robo-funk outfit who has supported the likes of Peaches [...]

February 21, 2011

There are two universities trapped inside Victoria University. One wants to free your mind. One wants to free your wallet. Salient discusses the implications of both. “Oh wow, that’s really interesting. What career track is that?” This is the question faced by Joel, a Nietzsche-reading, Russian Lit/Slavic Languages double major in the film Adventureland. He [...]

February 21, 2011

Salient’s Haimona Gray interviews the Binge Culture Collective’s Rachel Baker and Ralph Upton about their latest production This Rugged Beauty. It’s a play about Kiwiana, childhood, nostalgia, longing, and how these things are tied up with our national myths of golden days and golden weather. On another level, it’s a huge, doomed ad for New [...]