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May 28, 2018

Bill McKibben lays claim to a number of accolades: he founded, the first global grassroots climate movement, he won a Gandhi Peace Award for his work in environmentalism, he wrote The End of Nature, the seminal book on climate change, and he was once arrested for protesting outside a gas station, so girls are […]

May 14, 2018

I spoke to Golriz Ghahraman, Green Party MP and New Zealand’s only refugee politician, about how she deals with tokenism, why Parliament is more challenging than a criminal trial, and her take on denim overalls. This interview has been condensed and edited. Could you catch me up on your background up to this point? I […]

March 5, 2018

At 12:20pm last Wednesday, I finished a short but revealing interview with Minister for Women, Associate Health and Associate Transport Minister, and Green Party Co-Leadership contender, Julie Anne Genter. I was stoked. At 12:25pm, I realised I had not recorded any of the interview. There’s something especially dire about failing to press two buttons less than […]

October 2, 2017

“Every now and again you’ll hear a plink; that is the hole in my ceiling which is steadily dripping into the bucket at the back — the university has run to three buckets for me which is quite nice,” Dr James Meffan told us as we sat down for an interview with him. He is […]

August 22, 2017

Dr Rebecca Kiddle, Ngāti Porou and Ngā Puhi, is a lecturer for the School of Geography, Environment, and Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington. She is one of the founders of Imagining Decolonised Cities (IDC). Salient spoke to Kiddle to ask how we, all of us, could get involved in thinking about our urban […]

August 14, 2017

Geoff Simmons is an economist at the Morgan Foundation, the Deputy Leader of the Opportunities Party, and a candidate in the Wellington Central electorate. According to the Opportunities Party website he enjoys playing in a samba band, something we didn’t ask him about, but we did talk about his background, radical centrism, housing, and transport. […]

August 7, 2017

Chlöe Swarbrick is a candidate for the Green Party. She is 22-years old (as everyone keeps telling her), and owns a doughnut shop in Mount Eden in Auckland. Salient sat down with Chlöe to discuss Green Party policy, smashed avocado, and moving past capitalism.   Given your position at number nine on the Green Party […]

July 24, 2017

Gloria Fraser is a researcher at VUW whose PhD is focused on rainbow community members’ experiences of accessing mental health support in Aotearoa. Last year, she came to us at UniQ for help with contextualising her planned research and gathering participants. Today, she has had more people volunteer to participate than could be funded, which […]

June 6, 2017

Gareth Morgan is the leader of The Opportunities Party and spoke at VUW on May 23. Following his talk, Salient sat down to speak to Gareth about ideology, media, unconditional basic income, drug reform, and immigration. The full audio can be found below and will be streamed on SalientFM.   *** We asked James Shaw […]