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Interview

July 24, 2019

   “Politics is about identity. Because your identity has defined everything, that is identity politics. You design the world to suit your identity.” – Golriz Ghahraman  As the first refugee to be sworn in as an MP in New Zealand, Golriz Ghahraman has made history. Having studied at Oxford and then worked as a lawyer […]

July 13, 2019

Digital platform-au fait musician and poet Claudia Jardine talks about her new EP, ^North, and her sister’s pug, Frank the Tongue.   taylor: Tell me a little bit about your journey.   claudia: . I grew up in Christchurch. I taught myself guitar when I was 11. I came from a really musical family. I’ve […]

May 13, 2019

I arrived a little too early and decided to have a hot chocolate while I waited. As a man, I was nervous and intimidated to have a conversation with Olie. Sitting somewhere in between, ‘tampons and pads don’t make me queasy’ and ‘I have not the slightest clue what period poverty is’, I was ready […]

September 24, 2018

This week Salient reporter Jess Potter talks to Simon about sexism, drugs, and rock&roll. Jacinda and the Labour party seemed to have created a decent youth following, with what the media called a “youth quake” and an increase in voter turnout during the 2017 election, possibly having an impact on the Labour party’s rapid rise […]

September 24, 2018

Tamatha Paul (21): 3rd year – BA in pols and IR; graduating at the end of this tri; From Tokoroa – south Waikato; No political affiliations VS Bethany Paterson (22): 5 year of law degree – ecology and biology BSc; Christchurch; No political affiliations The two candidates for the VUWSA presidency in 2019 – Beth […]

August 20, 2018

Womb are a trio of siblings that make deeply emotional, textural music that might just allow you to transcend to a new emotional plane. You really have to experience Haz’ synth alchemy, Georgette’s flair-filled drumming, and Charlotte’s pained melodic howls live and in person to be able to fully absorb their brilliance, but they also have […]

May 28, 2018

Bill McKibben lays claim to a number of accolades: he founded 350.org, 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 […]

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