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June 3, 2019

I’ve known my best friend for 20 years. It’s like we were made for each other. We both love talking and reading and running. We can be quiet together. When she starts crying, sometimes I can’t stop. We’ve shared so much that sometimes I look into her eyes and know exactly what she’s thinking, because […]

June 3, 2019

CW: Depression, Suicidality   “Please tell me you are doing really well and are fantastically happy.”   The message popped up on my phone with all the gravitas of an emoticon, but the content had my heart sinking. It had been a few days since I last heard from him, and I’d hoped in the […]

June 3, 2019

Let’s go back to the not-so-distant past of 2018. The main character of this story, yours truly, was sitting in a bar with her good friend, lamenting the lack of suitable one-night companions. How did I get there? Well, my boyfriend of one-and-a-half years had broken up with me two months earlier and I was […]

May 7, 2019

“Sometimes I’d look at a monkey or something and be like ‘hey, they do kind of look like humans’”   “Then I’d think… I’ve learned all these other things, which mean that for me, that can’t be true.”   Alex is a creationist. He believes in a young earth—that is, that the Bible encompasses all […]

April 29, 2019

A live stream of the IGM can be found on the VUWSA Facebook page. With nearly 600 votes cast for each position, the by-election results for VUWSA’s Welfare and Sustainability Officer (WSO) and Engagement Vice President (EVP) roles were announced. Previously filling the position as an interim member, Te Puawai o te Atua Waller was […]

April 9, 2019

Sometimes life seems like one compromise after another, especially when it comes to efforts around conservation.   For instance: Every weekend, Grant Guilford flies to plant and care for native trees in his tracts of bush in Waikato and Nelson Lakes. The paradox is that in doing so, he’s contributing to air pollution.   Grant’s […]

April 8, 2019

  I wanted to write this piece, in order to connect to all tauira within the University, with the hope that we can all remind ourselves that we are a part of an environment which is valuable, no matter our culture, our beliefs or our skin colour. The ultimate purpose of this kōrero, is to […]

March 26, 2019

When my mother gave me my name, it was a name she couldn’t pronounce. The harsh accents of the Arabic language eluded the Pākehā tongue. Growing up, I always felt more comfortable introducing myself as she knew me—Mah-dee or Ma-ha-dee—just about anything that made me feel like I belonged to this country more than my […]

March 25, 2019

Late law results have affected students’ academic and professional lives, and may have even breached university assessment guidelines.   LAWS 358, an insurance law course in the first half of summer school, failed to return results to some students until the beginning of March. The VUW Assessment Handbook sets out that Trimester Three (Summer School) […]

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