TEU vs. VUW

This article was originally written for and published by Salient, Issue 21 2016 On September 14 strike action was announced by the Victoria University branch of the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) over disagreements with the university regarding employment negotiations. On September 15 those protesting wore red, played the Split Enz song “I See Red”each hour while … Continue reading TEU vs. VUW

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Orphanage voluntoursim a harmful exercise

This article was originally written for and published by Salient, Issue 24 2017 Worth an estimated $173 billion dollars globally, the “voluntourism” industry attracts well-intentioned volunteers to residential care institutions such as orphanages in Cambodia, but may be doing more harm than good. Recent research conducted by Cambodia’s Ministry for Social Affairs, Veterans, and Youth … Continue reading Orphanage voluntoursim a harmful exercise

Apparently our ‘special votes’ aren’t so special

Special votes are set to make up around 15% of the overall vote count of New Zealand's recent election, but they haven't been counted yet. If you enrolled after the 25th of August, voted from outside your electorate (including from overseas),  enrolled and voted at the same time,  or placed a dictation vote because of a … Continue reading Apparently our ‘special votes’ aren’t so special

If you’re not going to vote, don’t (but read this first)

Can we excuse the pre-election media hype for a second? Don’t care about politics? I don’t either, but I do care about people and I do care about the future of our country. While, let’s be honest here, most of you probably think politics is some elaborate game men in suits and women in heels … Continue reading If you’re not going to vote, don’t (but read this first)

We aren’t wired for these statistics

This is an opinion piece on an issue very close to my, and many others' hearts.  I acknowledge there are varying opinions, perspectives and understandings of suicide. This post is my way of sharing my own, which has been moulded from my personal experiences and knowledge.  Suddenly, as the world so ignorantly continues, a family is … Continue reading We aren’t wired for these statistics

Why you should be pro-choice even if you’re not pro-abortion

I’m currently writing this because I just walked past a lone, old, white male protesting against abortion outside Wellington Woman's hospital, where he is often joined by others. I'm writing this because we need to tangibly prove that New Zealand is committed to creating a fair and just society by liberalising and decriminalising abortion. Let me … Continue reading Why you should be pro-choice even if you’re not pro-abortion

Extremism Breeds Extremism

Michael Wood, Labour’s newly elected MP, quoted his socialist grandmother at annual conference last year and her phrase "extremism breeds extremism" has stuck with me ever since. Although it was used in a political context, It is relevant to so many other aspects of modern society: a society where the polarisation of people based on their … Continue reading Extremism Breeds Extremism