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March 18, 2019
March 18, 2019

One day, I asked my Te Reo tutor what the difference was between a mihimihi and a pepeha. Thus began the biggest existential crisis of my life. A mihimihi is a short speech given to introduce yourself at a hui, a meeting. Basically what your name is, where you’re from, what you do, that sort […]

March 18, 2019

“Where are you from?” has always been a loaded question for me. If the people who knew me in high school (yikes) are reading this, they’ll definitely think that I’m back on my bullshit. Truth is, I never got off my bullshit—at least not this specific strand. I just internalised it because of the fear […]

March 18, 2019

A pilot government programme could see a significant boost to counselling services at Wellington universities, adding capacity for an extra 1000 students to access mental health care on Victoria University’s campus. Salient understands that the programme—called Piki (“to support” or “to ascend”)—will see $10.5 million spent in the Wellington region over the next 2.5 years, starting […]

March 18, 2019

Victoria University is due to release a stand-alone sexual harassment policy for staff and student consultation this week. VUW’s Student Code of Conduct currently defines misconduct as “conduct that is detrimental to the safety or well-being of other people, the effective functioning of the University or to the reputation of the University.” There is no […]

March 12, 2019

There is a football competition for “people who are unlucky”, Jaka Arisandy told me, his hair perfectly coiffed and swished to the side. It was September 2018 and I was in Indonesia, as an assistant for an external evaluation of Rumah Cemara, the Homeless World Cup’s National Partner there.   Jaka’s parents were separated, an […]

March 11, 2019

It’s our time, kia ora! Talofa! It’s our time, a special time of day. It’s our time, just you and me together, it’s our time—time to delineate exactly how to spot a Softboi™. We’re all likely familiar with the Fuckboy archetype: a womanizer; a “Chad”; an often-times conventionally attractive bro-type who’s hornier than Hugh Hefner. […]

March 4, 2019

CW: Rape, Sexual Assault, Murder   Stories of home invasions, violent sexual assaults, and brutal murders are best associated with notorious criminals such as Richard Ramirez, John Wayne Gacy or Ted Bundy—but the stalking grounds for these predators were far from the streets of Papatoetoe. So as Crown Prosecutor Gareth Kayes addressed the jury, it […]

March 4, 2019

It’s a well-known fact that New Zealand is in the middle of a housing crisis. Rent goes up year  after year, there are never enough rental properties for the general population, and the ones that do exist are often pretty subpar. But renting, for many students, is the only option. Come January/February each year, hundreds […]

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