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October 2, 2011

Let’s face it: very few, if any, university students will be casting their vote for the United Future party this November. Often regarded as simply consisting of Peter Dunne and social conservatives, United Future has never really been a student-orientated organisation. However there is no denying that Peter Dunne is a politician with a long […]

October 2, 2011

New Zealand’s second-biggest political party, Labour has traditionally been popular with student voters due to its support of a universal student allowance and interest-free loans. But its recent poor performance in the polls suggests that Labour’s left-leaning social policies are failing to make enough of an impact to challenge National in the upcoming election. Salient […]

October 2, 2011

In 1993 Kiwis voted by a slim 53.9 per cent majority to radically transform our voting system. Instead of a system based on the most votes winning individual constituency seats (first past the post—FPP) we adopted a German style mixed member proportional (MMP) system. Overnight our politics changed from parties needing to win the most […]

September 26, 2011

Our Opinion Issue (‘We Have Something We Want to Salient’) is online in a flashy Flash reader from issue.com for your reading joy.

September 25, 2011

Oh, you wanna hear my opinion? Well okay, here it is: The economy is broken. Actually no it’s worse than broken, it’s completely fucked. Not exactly a unique opinion, to be sure. But whenever I hear people talking about it they always have the wrong idea. It’s investor confidence this or debt that or taxation […]

September 25, 2011

One of the greatest tragedies of the recent scandal at Hutt Valley High School was not that it took four years for the indecent assaults to be made public. Rather, it was that if those boys wanted to flee from the disgusting abuse, their capacity to go to another school was severely restricted. New Zealand’s […]

September 25, 2011

With trends going in and out like an indecisive leper at a no-shoes-no-service buffet, it’s hard to keep a track on which the sane ones are and which need an urgent chopstick lobotomy. For the record, I can accept most of these. Not that I’d do them, mind. But I can look at them and […]

September 25, 2011

Meat is Murder, so says Morrissey; and he’s right too, you know. Besides considering the morality of breeding animals for human consumption alone, meat production is among the top contributors to climate change, which seriously jeopardises the lives of people in island states like Kiribati who have already experienced rising sea levels. Even on a […]

September 25, 2011

Weirdness is such an underappreciated quality. Now, now, calm down and don’t give me that look. I can see you, narrowing your eyes and getting ready to turn the page because you think this is an ode-to-freaks sermon. You’ve probably already glimpsed your course’s resident weirdo this morning and wondered how anyone in a pink […]