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Interview

September 24, 2018

This week Salient reporter Jess Potter talks to Simon about sexism, drugs, and rock&roll. Jacinda and the Labour party seemed to have created a decent youth following, with what the media called a “youth quake” and an increase in voter turnout during the 2017 election, possibly having an impact on the Labour party’s rapid rise […]

September 24, 2018

Tamatha Paul (21): 3rd year – BA in pols and IR; graduating at the end of this tri; From Tokoroa – south Waikato; No political affiliations VS Bethany Paterson (22): 5 year of law degree – ecology and biology BSc; Christchurch; No political affiliations The two candidates for the VUWSA presidency in 2019 – Beth […]

August 20, 2018

Womb are a trio of siblings that make deeply emotional, textural music that might just allow you to transcend to a new emotional plane. You really have to experience Haz’ synth alchemy, Georgette’s flair-filled drumming, and Charlotte’s pained melodic howls live and in person to be able to fully absorb their brilliance, but they also have […]

May 28, 2018

Bill McKibben lays claim to a number of accolades: he founded 350.org, the first global grassroots climate movement, he won a Gandhi Peace Award for his work in environmentalism, he wrote The End of Nature, the seminal book on climate change, and he was once arrested for protesting outside a gas station, so girls are […]

May 14, 2018

I spoke to Golriz Ghahraman, Green Party MP and New Zealand’s only refugee politician, about how she deals with tokenism, why Parliament is more challenging than a criminal trial, and her take on denim overalls. This interview has been condensed and edited. Could you catch me up on your background up to this point? I […]

March 5, 2018

At 12:20pm last Wednesday, I finished a short but revealing interview with Minister for Women, Associate Health and Associate Transport Minister, and Green Party Co-Leadership contender, Julie Anne Genter. I was stoked. At 12:25pm, I realised I had not recorded any of the interview. There’s something especially dire about failing to press two buttons less than […]

October 2, 2017

“Every now and again you’ll hear a plink; that is the hole in my ceiling which is steadily dripping into the bucket at the back — the university has run to three buckets for me which is quite nice,” Dr James Meffan told us as we sat down for an interview with him. He is […]

August 22, 2017

Dr Rebecca Kiddle, Ngāti Porou and Ngā Puhi, is a lecturer for the School of Geography, Environment, and Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington. She is one of the founders of Imagining Decolonised Cities (IDC). Salient spoke to Kiddle to ask how we, all of us, could get involved in thinking about our urban […]

August 14, 2017

Geoff Simmons is an economist at the Morgan Foundation, the Deputy Leader of the Opportunities Party, and a candidate in the Wellington Central electorate. According to the Opportunities Party website he enjoys playing in a samba band, something we didn’t ask him about, but we did talk about his background, radical centrism, housing, and transport. […]