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May 19, 2017

Sir Geoffrey Palmer is an esteemed constitutional lawyer and was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1989 until September 1990. He also studied at VUW a little while ago. Palmer released A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand, co-authored with Andrew Butler, in 2016 which aims to “set out in an accessible form and a single document the fundamental […]

May 15, 2017

Lyndy McIntyre is the Living Wage Movement’s coordinator at VUW. On the eve of the Living Wage Day that took place on May 10 in the Hub, Lyndy sat down with Salient and discussed why the university should implement the wage and what it would mean for low-paid staff and students.   To start off, […]

May 8, 2017

Nicola Willis is the National Party candidate for Wellington Central, and will be fighting a tough race against incumbent MP Grant Robertson and Green Party Leader James Shaw. She’s new to electoral politics, but by no means inexperienced. Salient spoke to her about her background before entering politics, the dynamics of the Wellington Central race, […]

May 1, 2017

James Shaw is a co-leader of the Green party. Salient sat down with him for nearly an hour to chat about policies, The Opportunities Party, and pie. You can listen to the full interview on Salient FM.   The Labour Party and the Green Party have agreed to Budget Responsibility Rules which will provide the […]

April 3, 2017

Samantha Keene is a PhD student at VUW’s Institute of Criminology. Her PhD research focuses on the meanings and impacts of pornography for emerging adults. Her research interests are in pornography, violence against women, student populations, and sex work.   You have done a lot of work on rape culture and sexual violence in your […]

March 28, 2017

JustSpeak is a group that aims to reorient conversations surrounding our criminal justice system and in the process empower young people to think independently and speak out about justice issues. We spoke to Katie Bruce, the Director of JustSpeak’s Operational Board, in a free moment after she had spent a long day at the International […]

March 20, 2017

Chris Eichbaum is the Acting Vice-Provost (Academic and Equity) at Victoria University. Salient sat down with him to discuss student representation, accountability, and what to do when your lecturer is a bit shit. *** We are interested in the idea of co-creation of learning, which — in our understanding — is the partnership and collaboration […]

March 13, 2017

Mike Joy is a Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Zoology at Massey University. He has extensively researched New Zealand’s freshwater ecosystems and has been outspoken about the impacts they face from agriculture. Salient spoke to him about the dairy industry, freshwater quality, and the role of the scientist as an advocate.   Freshwater and the […]

March 7, 2017

The Salient editors sat down with Andrew Little, Leader of the Opposition, to chat about recent events, Labour’s intended policies if elected, and stuff that affects students. Below are the juicy parts of the second half of the 45 minute interview, including commentary on Labour’s policies regarding corrections, prisons, and tertiary education. The first part […]