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    Canta Wins Bid for Editorial Independence

    7 October 2019: Canta Editor Samantha Mythen said she is “super stoked” that her bid for editorial independence has been formally backed by the University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) Executive.   In last Monday’s meeting, the UCSA Exec instructed management to “prep

  • Features

    Forbidden Fruit

    24 September 2019: “There is no such thing as free will,” a friend told me not too long ago. His words made me wonder whether or not Eve and Adam had any say in being brought into this world. I also ended up pondering questions like: Did Eve pick and eat that juicy fruit of her own volition? [&

  • Features

    Skeletons In Your Closet

    24 September 2019: CW: Sexual Assault, Spiked Substances   Dusk possesses an indiscernible allure. Wallflowers transform into live wires—like werewolves, except with more charm and less fur. It’s then that I see my firecracker of a friend let loose, hair down, volume up. She calls it liber

  • Canta Wins Bid for Editorial Independence

    Canta Editor Samantha Mythen said she is “super stoked” that her bid for editorial independence has been formally backed by the University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) Executive.   In last Monday’s meeting, the UCSA Exec instructed management to “prepare a paper incorporating student feedback for CANTA to become editorially independent and to report back […]

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  • Issue 25, 2019

    Issue 25 – Legacy

  • New Normal

    There is nothing ‘normal’ about normality. To quote the Addams family, “What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.” A seemingly normal life can be thrown out of order in a split second, as was the case for Edmund Huang in June of 2008.   After a brief outing at the Manukau […]

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  • Come In, The Door’s Open.

      Imagine having two front doors to your house.   The first front door operates like normal. You control when to leave it open or closed, and who or what comes in. The second door, well, not so much. The second door is a door which you don’t have any control over; it stays open […]

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  • Love in the Time of Face Tattoos

    CW: Mental Illness, Suicide, Sexual and Physical Abuse, ECT   My girlfriend gets frustrated with me because I don’t open up.   There’s heaps to unpack here: One; I don’t want to put my baggage on someone else. Two; for so long I’ve known that I can’t change anything, so the best I can do […]

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  • Issue 22, 2019

    Issue 22 – Eve

  • Forbidden Fruit

    “There is no such thing as free will,” a friend told me not too long ago. His words made me wonder whether or not Eve and Adam had any say in being brought into this world. I also ended up pondering questions like: Did Eve pick and eat that juicy fruit of her own volition? […]

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  • Skeletons In Your Closet

    CW: Sexual Assault, Spiked Substances   Dusk possesses an indiscernible allure. Wallflowers transform into live wires—like werewolves, except with more charm and less fur. It’s then that I see my firecracker of a friend let loose, hair down, volume up. She calls it liberation. Light means scrutiny. At night, no one can see how large […]

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  • Past Bones, Present Realities

      Once, dinosaurs walked the earth. They had claws and teeth, they dug burrows, nurtured their young, ate each other. For 80 million years, this was a planet of large and small, fast and slow reptilians; strange and dangerous to mammalian flesh. Then that world ended, and life kept changing to fill the spaces the […]

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