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May 20, 2019

He mea rongonui a Te Wharehuia ki ngā kaupapa o te reo Māori, tana panekiretanga, tana whakarauora. I tipu ake a Wharehuia, he uri nō Tūhoe me Te Arawa ki roto o Ruātoki, hei tāna “nā Tūhoe au i poipoi, nā Tūhoe aku whakaaro i whāngai mai ki ahau.” I whakapau kaha tēnei tētēkura mō […]

May 13, 2019

  A prominent Auckland-based anti-vaxxer has died of measles, after contracting it from her unvaccinated child. Karen Smith, 42, had been an anti-vaxxer for the entirety of her life. Talking to Salient through a ouija board, Smith said, “I took my son James to a measles party in my leafy suburb. He got measles, and […]

May 13, 2019

Last Wednesday, the government set a global precedent with its Climate Change Response Bill, also referred to as the Zero Carbon bill, which aims to help limit the global average temperature increase to 1.5° Celsius over the next 30 years.   This goal, set out in the bill, seeks to “strike a balance between flexibility […]

May 13, 2019

The Government has announced three changes to New Zealand’s welfare system, following the release of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group (WEAG) report.   Minister of Social Development Carmel Sepuloni only announced three recommendations from the report to be addressed this year. They were the ending of sanctions on solo mothers, raising the amount a beneficiary […]

May 7, 2019

In 2016, the ankle bracelet had its day in the sun when the news outlet The Story NZ ran a feature on the supposedly “uncuttable” ankle bracelets developed by the Department of Corrections. Billy Weepu, cameraman and cousin of Wainuiomata powerhouse Piri Weepu, promptly sliced through a bracelet to the chagrin of Judith Collins.   […]

May 6, 2019

What is Piki, in your words? It is a pilot project for 18- to 25-year-olds in providing a range of different ways they can access mental health services. It ranges from peer support programs, through to an app, through to higher-level counselling. It’s currently in Porirua, but it will be rolled out through the Greater […]

May 6, 2019

  Junior doctors have just finished a five-day strike which lasted from Monday, 29 April to Saturday, 4 May and took place across New Zealand, excluding Christchurch.   This was the fourth and longest strike this year for the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA), which represents over 3000 junior and resident doctors.   To […]

April 29, 2019

I hate introductions. It’s cliché, I know, but I would rather stick a pin under my toenail and kick a wall than engage in yet another icebreaker or ‘talk to the person next to you’. Arriving at the halls last year and being thrown into a week of ‘speed dating’ and ‘getting to know your […]

April 29, 2019

A recent Official Information Act request has shown a proportionate increase in Māori law students over Aotearoa in the last few years. The Māori population of Wellington has increased by 8% since 2001. Now 10% of the Māori population reside here, in the capital.   Victoria University of Wellington states that it is “one of […]