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Opinion

April 9, 2019

  For those who suffer from mental illnesses, so much of our attention can be placed onto trying to just get rid of it. And that totally makes sense. Mental illness is an immensely difficult thing and I’ll always support people trying to find an approach to recovery that works for them. Still, I want […]

April 9, 2019

It doesn’t look like The Bachelor NZ will be gracing our screens with a fourth season any time soon. The New Zealand chapter of The Bachelor was much like your latest Tinder hook-up: the hype was red-hot, the anticipation was intoxicating, the execution was immensely underwhelming. TVNZ’s abandonment of The Bachelor franchise was perhaps a predictable eventuation, considering […]

April 9, 2019

Living in Wellington, we are conscious of the environment. There is a large vegetarian/vegan influence in the city and we can’t escape it. We are constantly reminded that if everyone we knew became a vegan, the environment wouldn’t be in such a bad state.   In the past, ^Salient has published pieces about the use […]

April 9, 2019

Staying well over the winter months is a challenge when your living conditions are less than salubrious (healthy). A cold, damp flat that lacks ventilation and is mouldy can contribute to respiratory diseases and become a haven for dust mites, which make medical conditions like asthma worse. The bottom line is: You can’t study when […]

April 9, 2019

Before leaving home to begin my first year as any Arts and Law student would—at Weir House—I was shit scared. It didn’t help that everyone kept telling me that everyone was in “the same boat”. Because, as I saw it, unless everyone else’s boat had holes in the sail, sharks circling with a particular thirst […]

April 9, 2019

DREAM: I was returning from an unknown location when I was confronted by a series of intense fires burning around Wellington’s surrounding hills. Inexplicably I felt these were related to the Christchurch shooting: a kind of terrorist arson. Yet the people I was surrounded by in town were relaxed, while I was anxious. My dream […]

April 9, 2019

This week, my column doubles as an apology to my flatmate Isobel. When she swore off animal products “for the planet”, I could barely contain my sardonic banter. After four months of what I termed ‘performative veganism’, I came back from a holiday to find her cooking chicken. She had violently swung from one end […]

April 9, 2019

If I could, I would say to them: To the large corporations with destructive practices. I see you making money. I see you depleting resources. I see you infecting our common home. My ancestors chose to live in harmony with the land, using only what was needed; moving from space to space to allow for […]

April 9, 2019

While the Council Chamber is being repaired, the council meetings are taking place at various other locations around Victoria’s campus. Last Monday (March 25), the council had its second meeting of the year on the 12th floor of Rutherford House. Perhaps most notably in the public part of the meeting, the council approved a new […]