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May 21, 2018

I recently got an outdoor job that didn’t have a loo. “Why?” I asked a coworker. He shrugged, and told me that they’d been trying to get a port-a-potty sorted for years, but the port-o-potty industry were dragging their feet about it. “Ok, but, then, how do I… you know, go?” “We have bushes outside.” […]

May 21, 2018

CW: Descriptions of sexual assault We’ve got a great team here at VUWSA, including some strong women that I look up to and often turn to for advice and counsel. They asked me to write a lil something to make sure they know I back them, and I do. They’ve decided to share some pretty […]

May 21, 2018

There are two centres of vulnerability in New Zealand. One is our public hospitals, the other is our District Courts. It’s 8:30 in the morning in Wellington District Court, and bedlam is slowly unfolding. A visibly homeless man shakes his leg restlessly while picking at a sore on his face. A father with a Black […]

May 14, 2018

As 2018 rolled around, I settled on three New Year’s resolutions. To get fit, be more sane, and less broke. I concocted a plan to combine all these goals in one: by signing up to free trial memberships for each yoga studio in Central Wellington. I was excited at the thought of becoming a leaner, […]

May 14, 2018

In 2015, Wellington lawyer Lecretia Seales made news by petitioning for the right to a physician-assisted death. She was 41 years of age, with an inoperable brain tumor, and several months left to live. Shortly before she passed away, Lecretia’s husband, Matt Vickers, relayed to his wife that the High Court had ruled against them. Lecretia […]

May 14, 2018

There are probably some people in this world who breeze through the end of high school and into university; people who seamlessly transition from living at home to sharing a home with hundreds of strangers. I’m going to hazard a guess and say that these people make up, at most, about 3% of your hall population. […]

May 14, 2018

CW: discussion of suicide It’s a winter’s night in Auckland, and three men are talking about their feelings in a spa. The air is full of words I never thought I’d hear. “I’m scared of failure.” “I’m unhappy with being myself.” “I don’t think what I do is good enough.” As the quiet conversation continued, […]

May 7, 2018

Some 800 years ago, Tainui people navigated the waterways from Kawhia to Te Awamutu and made homes in the region known as Waikeria. This land, in the northern King Country, is now filled with dairy farms — and a prison. About 56% of New Zealand’s total prison population is Māori, even though Māori people only […]

May 7, 2018

CW: nauseating content, don’t read post-meal if you have a sensitive stomach Two hours and 10 km away from the Moa Point Wastewater Treatment Plant and I keep getting whiffs of that smell. I’ve washed my hands twice, given my clothes a thorough sniffing, checked my notebook and backpack for rogue splatterings, and have come […]