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    Te Namo Te Lumanaki

    5 August 2019: Malo ni, ulutonu mai, and welcome! We are privileged and honored to have the opportunity to share our Tokelau cultural heritage with the wider community. It is our aim to create a sustainable pathway for future generations of Tokelau students to come. Newly established in August

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    VUW’s Women are Fucking Good at Sport

    22 July 2019: It’s a simple message: Sport helps you keep active, make friends, and gives you the opportunity to achieve to a high level.  VUW is cementing the place of women in sport, with over half of the athletes in Te Puni Village’s Athlete Living space being women, and full-time Spor

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    KJ Contract Renewal

    8 July 2019: As the curtain rises on another trimester, Victoria University of Wellington has renewed their contract with the organisation responsible for catering all Vic uni halls.   Since signing with caterers Compass Group New Zealand Ltd and its subsidiary Eurest’ there have been

  • VUW’s Women are Fucking Good at Sport

    It’s a simple message: Sport helps you keep active, make friends, and gives you the opportunity to achieve to a high level.  VUW is cementing the place of women in sport, with over half of the athletes in Te Puni Village’s Athlete Living space being women, and full-time Sports Manager *Josie Fitzsimons* overseeing a new […]

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  • The Vines of Nostalgia

    It was a Thursday evening and I was an Oriental Kingdom virgin. The warm and familiar smell of a kitchen at work hung in the air. With its relatively cheap prices, and food that never fails to taste like home, Oriental Kingdom has since become one of my favourite food spots. This particular Thursday was […]

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  • Drawn In

    I watch her dark eyes, her pale face. She wears a dark blue shirt studded with silver marks. Across her chest, a leather strip with bells of different sizes. She could have walked out of my imagination, out of the pages of my favourite book and onto my wall. Next to her, held also by […]

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  • The Ugly Sneaker

    When I was young, I wanted a pair of And1s. Specifically, I was 12, and I wanted a pair of “And1 Streetball Mids”; by all accounts a functional basketball sneaker, but a shoe with all the ugly elements of your dad’s New Balances yet none of the paternal charm. As if a shoe designer in […]

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  • Grandma’s Panipopos

    My grandma had hands that could knead love into Panipopos Sew consideration into pe’as for white sunday And slap sense into the back of my head because I’d giggle at how she said “Luisa aua ke fiaboko” I could see her pride in the way she’d curl ribbons on the ula loles, waddle up to […]

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  • Advice from my dad:

    “It’s not always what you say, it’s how you say it”   When you ask me if I’m algood, the tone in which it is asked will dictate my response.    I watch to see if the curves of your mouth betray a sly smile, or if your eyes stay hardened as they look back […]

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  • Without the Ocean, what are we?

    School Strike 4 Climate 15/03/2019   Papatūānuku and Tangaroa transcend time, lives & worlds. They interlock and intertwine as one – with deep rooted whakapapa to all worlds. As protectors of the earth & seas, our guardianship has failed. The human race have polluted & destroyed this earth and its oceans. Now, climate change is […]

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  • I would like to preface that I’m no psychology expert

    CW: Emotional Abuse, Physical Violence   The fact that he had an Huawei phone should have tipped me off, but he had such a presence about him. He oozed with this kind of charm that I had never encountered before. The intensity of Edward Cullen and the sarcasm of Chandler Bing. He shook everyone’s hand, […]

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  • Fit the Pumps I Walk In

    Freaky Friday (2003) is one of those Disney Channel Originals you’re absolutely sure you saw as a kid. The culmination of Disney cashing in on the death of the ’90s, and Lindsay Lohan cashing in on raw talent. Remove the classic “minorities as mystical plot devices” tropes, and you’ve got a middle-of-the-road teen comedy.    […]

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  • DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE KOOL-AID

      Looking back over my encounters with cults, I like to imagine myself as the main character in a cringe comedy.   Meet Fielden (early twenties, naïve, spineless). She’s just moved to Wellington for university. On campus, a random girl invites her to bible study, and Fielden’s weirdo senses tingle, but she’s too shy and […]

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