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    Marlon the MVP Brings Back the Number 18!

    13 August 2018: The No. 18e “Campus Connection” will soon start operating during off peak hours, after a decision made by the Greater Wellington Regional Council. On 8 August, members of the public along with city councillors filed into the Sustainable Transport Committee meeting to air thei

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    Mould and Roaches in University Hall

    13 August 2018: Cockroaches, mould, and broken heaters are just some of the things international students have been welcomed with upon moving into their University Hall residences. Nick Rosenberg, an exchange student from Hawai’i, said when he arrived to his new home, “it didn’t seem it wa

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    The Lifsticle (Lift Listicle)

    13 August 2018: When the library lifts first broke: • John Key was PM • Jacinda Ardern was just a popular backbencher with great teeth • Barack Obama was President of the United States • Brexit was new, but going nowhere fast • The ACT Party was floundering in the polls • The Univers

  • Marlon the MVP Brings Back the Number 18!

    The No. 18e “Campus Connection” will soon start operating during off peak hours, after a decision made by the Greater Wellington Regional Council. On 8 August, members of the public along with city councillors filed into the Sustainable Transport Committee meeting to air their grievances. VUWSA president Marlon Drake went and presented to the GWRC […]

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  • To Gram or not to Gram?

    It was a travel journal written by my dad in 1985, recording the journey he and my mum took in a Ford Escort van around continental Europe, that made me wonder about the ways in which we now use Instagram to capture and share our life adventures. During their travels, methods to get in touch […]

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  • Blue Cod Journeys

    My family and I did a roadtrip of the South Island in memory of my grandad when he passed. We called it the “blue cod trip.” You see, Grandad always waxed lyrical about the taste of blue cod, obtainable only in certain parts of New Zealand. The blue cod trip went from Invercargill to Christchurch to […]

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  • Two Serious Head Injuries in the U.S. of A

    I was in Las Vegas, Nevada, when I got the second serious head injury of the tour I was on. The first had happened in some concrete hole in the ground DIY venue at the wrong end of Echo Park, Los Angeles. We were playing our set like we would back home; as raucous and […]

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  • Lords of the Ring

    Pro Wrestling: “It’s all fake”. I detest this statement and the people that make it. Not only is it reductive, it’s a downright insult to the individuals who intermix literal blood, sweat, and tears in the name of their passion and the entertainment of the public. Is it pretentious to tackle the idea of pro […]

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  • Rising to the Challenge

    Maxine Schecter cuts a pretty impressive figure on paper. As a child, she was baking constantly at home, and had dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Her mum wasn’t so convinced about the financial viability of that career path, and would continually try to convince Maxine every day on the way to school that she […]

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  • Matters of Illumination

    It is night. The waterfront, as always, is glittering. This evening, though, there’s an intentionality to the sparkle. It is the first night of Wellington’s Lux Light Festival, a ten day annual event that gathers light-based art and displays it on the waterfront. Children dash around me, licking glowing electric sticks (I will later discover […]

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  • In The Room With Greg Sestero

    If you haven’t seen The Room, you have surely heard of it. It is lovingly called “the best worst movie of all time” by its legions of fans around the world, who know every word of its script and who, in a time of Netflix and torrenting, still pay money to see it on screen at cinemas, […]

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  • Fever Hospital

    We drive up a dark road. It is flanked by trees that whip back and forth as if possessed by some evil force. The rain belts on the windshield, but through it, we can make out the grim shape of the Fever Hospital. It hunkers down on the side of Mt. Victoria like a beast lying […]

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    : Interior – Industrial Soviet Beerhall – Night It was late November and cold as hell when I stumbled into the Zhiguli Beer Hall. I was in Moscow, about to take the trans-Mongolian rail line to Beijing, and after finding someone in my hostel who could speak English, had decided