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May 24, 2010

Internet censorship in the 21st century On 13 January this year, a group of Chinese internet users converged on Google’s Beijing headquarters bearing flowers and candles. Google had announced the day before that it would no longer comply with Chinese internet censorship laws—a decision which, the group suspected, would result in a ban on the […]

May 17, 2010

Risking excessive cheesiness and double entendres alike, Salient feature writer Matthew Cunningham examines the small town phenomenon of ‘Big Things’. When I was about six or seven years old, I remember going on a road trip with my dad around New South Wales. As we headed north from Newcastle, he suggested that I might want […]

April 26, 2010

The idea that life might exist elsewhere in the universe has fascinated humanity for thousands of years. Salient feature writer Matthew Cunningham explores an obscure underwater world in our neighbourhood where life might very well exist today—and may be discovered within our lifetimes. In case you haven’t heard, Avatar is awesome. An alien moon circling […]

April 19, 2010

Salient feature writer Matthew Cunningham investigates the history of conscientious objection and the part it plays in the narrative of Anzac Day in New Zealand. “He took me over to the poles, which were willow stumps, six to eight inches in diameter and twice the height of a man, and placed me against one of […]

March 29, 2010

Fed up with football? Reluctant to rally around rugby? Think netball is for ninnies? Well, does Salient have some sports for you! Feature writer Matthew Cunningham looks at four of the weirdest and wackiest alternative sports that New Zealand has to offer. When I was a wee lad, I did the typical thing and joined […]

March 22, 2010

While not quite so prominent as it is across the ditch, the question of whether or not New Zealand should retain a constitutional monarchy or become a republic is a key issue in New Zealand’s future. Salient feature writer Matthew Cunningham interviews Noel Cox, Chairperson for Monarchy New Zealand and Lewis Holden, Chair of the […]

March 15, 2010

Salient feature writer Matthew Cunningham chats to Bill Logan, Salient’s Editor in 1968. Matthew: 1968 in particular is an interesting year because it coincided with a wave of student protests overseas, especially in France and the United States. How do you think that reflected on the tone of the mag? Bill: It was an interesting […]

March 15, 2010

Salient has got to be the raddest septuagenarian this side of awesometown. To celebrate its 72nd birthday, feature writer Matthew Cunningham looks back over the first three decades of Salienty goodness and plucks out a few memorable gems. So here it is, in all its glory—the first thirty years of Salient! 1938 Salient was born […]

March 8, 2010

Interview with David Do, NZUSA Co-President—1pm Tuesday 23 February 2010. Matthew: I’m here talking with David Do, Co-President of NZUSA, about the issue of student membership—and specifically, Roger Douglas’ bill. David, firstly, why do you and NZUSA support compulsory student membership in student unions? David: Well, the current model is universal membership, not compulsory, since […]

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