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May 29, 2017

Gayaal Iddamalgoda is a Legal Organiser for First Union and the candidate for the Migrant and Refugee Rights Campaign in Wellington Central. The campaign envisions “a socially just Aotearoa/New Zealand” and pushes for increased rights for migrants and refugees. We spoke to Gayaal about the aims of his candidacy, migrant worker exploitation, and immigration policy. […]

May 22, 2017

Grant Robertson is a Labour electorate MP and has held the Wellington Central seat since the 2008 election, in 2014 he won by a majority of 8,267. Salient talked with him about local body politics, housing, immigration, and mental health. Read full or listen to the audio below.   Electoral Politics   The Wellington Central […]

May 19, 2017

Moana Jackson is an esteemed constitutional lawyer and he convened the working group Matike Mai Aotearoa, which released its report He Whakaaro Here Whakaumu Mo Aotearoa in 2016. The group travelled the country for four years, had 252 hui, and collected hundreds of hours of transcripts and submissions. These were synthesised into the report which calls for constitutional transformation — […]

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 […]