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ngā manu tātarariki, ngā manu taupua e whakapeto ngoi, kia tū rangatira ai te reo
The Treaty has increased in importance, but at the same time, what it stands for has been diluted to be palatable for middle New Zealand TREATY VALUE: A CONVERSATION LACKING, PAGE 18
"Ahakoa ngā piki me ngā heke e hoa mā, ōkea ururoatia!"
Weekly Content: VUWSA
Features: Treaty Values: A
TE REO MAORI: HE
REO WHAKAITI TANGATA? PAKEHA MAI,
HAPANIHI MAI, MAORI MAI
Kotahi tonu te hiringa i kake ai Tāne ki Tikitiki-oRangi; ko te hiringa i te mahara. Tērā te kōrero e mōhiotia whānuiti e te tini ngerongero, e te tini ngiangia. Kei tēna, kei tēna ā rātou ake huarahi, ā rātou ake kakenga, ā tīnana, ā hinengaro, ā wairua, me te mea nei, kite atu ai i te hononga o ō tātou ake whainga e whaia ana, ki te kakenga o Tane ki Tikitiki-o-Rangi. Ko tēnei mea te haerenga, te kaupapa matua kua whakairotia ki ngā whārangi nei o Te Ao Mārama. Nō reira e hoa mā, rukuhia ngā whārangi o tēnei puna mātauranga, whāngaihia ngā taonga ō roto ki te hinengaro, hika ana i te ahi o te reo i roto i te whatumanawa, kia mau ki te reo, kia tangata whenua ai. Kei ngā ringa tango parahia, ngā ringa tōhau nui, e whakatangetange riaka ana, e whakapau kaha ana, kia ekengia ai te moana pukepuke e tēnei waka whakanui reo, tēnei ka mihi ake ki a koutou. Ahakoa nā mātou o Ngāi Tauira tēnei waka o Te Ao Marama i whakatere, nā koutou tēnei waka i hoe ki uta, kia whakatutuki i tā tātou i wawata ai. Nō reira, he mutunga kore aku mihi ki a koutou katoa. I tua atu i ngā kaituhi, me mihi ka tika hoki ki ōku hoa a Pauly, rātou ko Jojo, ko Tanj, aku mānu tātarariki e para nei i tēnei huarahi mōku kia māmā ake ai tēnei tutukinga. Waihoki ki te peka Ngākau Kotahi, koutou i tautoko mai i a mātou kia pupuri i ngā taonga a kui mā, a koro mā, tēnei te mihi ki a koutou hoki. Ki
ō tātou nei māngai o te rōpū Ngāi Tauira, koutou e whakarongo ana ki aku amuamu, koutou i ū tonu ki te kaupapa ahakoa taku whakahoha i a koutou, koutou i āwhina mai i a au ahakoa te aha, ka kore e mimiti aku mihi ki a koutou.
MAMARI STEPHENS HE KOHINGA WHEAKO 25 TRAVELLING
Mōku ake nei, ko taku haerenga mai i tōku kainga ki te whare wānanga o Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui, he wheako ka kore e warewaretia. Ina noa ake ngā hua kua puawaitia i tōku ao i te wehenga atu i te kāinga. Ko Te Herenga Waka tētahi, ko ōku hoa tētahi, ko euchre tētahi anō. Heoi, ko te mea nui kua whakatōkia ki roto i te whatumanawa, ko te reo Māori. Ko te ātaahua o te kupu, ko te hohonu o te whakaaro, ko te miharotanga o te ao Māori, ngā mea e tākirikiri ana i ngā tauwharewhare o te whatumanawa. Nō reira e hoa mā, hei tautokona tēnei kaupapa, tukuna tō reo ki te ao, tukuna ki te rangi, tukuna ki ngā iwi katoa, kia kaua e noho pērā i te moa. Kia mōhio mai koutou, he paku were ki muri i te pukapuka nei. Whakautua ngā pātai, ā, whakahokia ki te tari o Ngāi Tauira ki 42 Kelburn Parade, ākene pea ka whiwhi i a koe tētahi taonga mena ka kōwhiritia e tētahi o ngā māngai o Ngāi Tauira i tō pepa whakautu. Karawhiua rā!
HE REO WHANAU
HE WAKA EKE NOA
SAILING THE SHIP FOR WORLD YOUTH HE TUTAKI TIPUNA
TE MATATINI 2013
NGA RANGAHAUTIRA 34 TE MANA AKONGA
LAYING DOWN THE
LAW HOOPIN' & HOLLERIN' Things That Go
Bump in the Night Fixing Your Life
(Because Ours Are written Off)
Ngā mihi anō ki a koutou, otirā ki a tātou katoa,
the poor and studious
THE McCOURT REPORT VUWSA President Rory McCourt I’m a believer that the way to change lives is through high-quality, accessible public education. It’s also one of the ways we can improve the opportunities and outcomes for Māori families and communities. Credit where it’s due: the Key National Government is to be commended for making Māori education a priority in tertiary education. Aligning the Tertiary Education Strategy and Tertiary Education Commission funding to outcomes from institutions (however imperfect the measuring) has produced a real culture shift in a lot of universities towards supporting enrolment, retention and completion of Māori students. However, the Government’s policies restricting allowances have also led to a massive 19.7-per-cent drop in over-40 Māori students since 2007. We know that lifetime learning and reskilling can be pivotal for enrolment rates in the children of graduates. And it makes sense: if Mum or Dad has been to Uni, they can talk to you about what it might be like. It becomes less distant, less terrifying. Here at Vic, we’ve been steadily improving our enrolment and completion rates among all-aged Māori students year-on-year. Our course-completion rate was 79.3 per cent for Māori students, two-percent up on the previous year. This is good progress, but the glaring gap between that figure and the 85.6-per-cent course-completion rate at Vic generally should be of concern. In order to close that gap, and get the egalitarian outcomes any decent society should aspire to, we need to continue our investment in programmes like Te Pūtahi Atawhai, the on-campus Māori and Pasifika tutoring and support service, as well as backing the voice of Māori students at Vic. Ngāi Tauira, the Māori Students’ Association, Ngā Taura Umanga, the Māori Commerce Students’ Association, and Ngā Rangahautira, the Māori Law Students’ Association, all work really hard to represent the views of Māori students at Vic, through events, partnerships, and the University’s Faculty Boards and other committees. We know that improving educational quality and student outcomes requires empowering students to have an authentic, connected and accountable voice through the ways they think fit their community and culture best. That best practice also happens to support rangatiratanga and honouring these groups as Treaty partners when the University needs to engage Māori students. Perhaps understandably, the financial discrepancies within our Māori Students’ Association have, in recent times, cooled administrators’ willingness to engage. But at some point, we need to move on and find an accommodation between ensuring financial transparency and accountability, and backing Māori students to determine their own destiny and voice on campus. There is a lot of honouring (of the Treaty) that we need to do as a community, and the excuses to shirk these responsibilities are drawing thin. If achieving better outcomes for Māori students is our shared goal, then surely empowering the authentic representatives of Māori students is a smart strategy. It’s also the honourable thing to do.
editorial Welcome to the Te Ao Mārama issue of Salient. For a number of years now, Salient has produced an annual issue in conjunction with Ngai Tauira, Victoria’s Māori Students’ Association. This partnership is enshrined in the Salient Charter, and seeks to reflect the partnership embodied in our most important constitutional document: Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Sadly, just as with every Waitangi Day that passes, the Te Ao Mārama issue has traditionally attracted a stream of complaints directed at Salient, Ngai Tauira, and Māori for producing an issue in Te Reo and English. (God forbid that we would have the audacity to print a magazine in not one, but two of New Zealand’s official languages.) As flattering as it may be to fool ourselves that the root of this outrage is simply the fact that you miss us, the sad truth is that most of the vitriol is borne from your RACIST, IGNORANT BELIEFS. Come on Victoria, you’re better than this. For too many years now, race relations in New Zealand have been put in the too hard basket, while unresolved anger bubbles just below the surface, rearing its ugly head on the Pakeha Party Facebook page, or in the Salient Letters section after the Te Ao Mārama issue is produced. This year the Constitutional Advisory Panel has been consulting New Zealanders (that’s us!) on what we think our Aotearoa should look like. In making these decisions, we need to make sure that the conversations that get the most air-time are those that are informed and inclusive, rather than those that are ignorant and exclusive. We all have a responsibility to try a bit harder when it comes to understanding each other; it’s the only way we’re going to move forward. So this year, let’s be a little more mature about the Te Ao Mārama issue. Sure, a lot of you may not understand some of this week’s content, but why not take the opportunity to learn a little more about New Zealand’s first official language—you can take classes for free! Head to korero.maori. nz for more information. Alternatively, there’s a wee Te Reo phrase for you to learn at the bottom of every page.
molly & stella
PASIFIKA STUDENTS' COUNCIL Talofa lava, Kia orana katoatoa, Malo e lelei, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Taloha Ni, Yu orait no moa, Halo olgeta, Helo Ibou mui ai, Kam na mauri, Aloha Kakou, Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa and warm Pacific greetings! LOTO AHO STUDY SESSION When: Wednesdays, 4–6 pm at KK001, Kirk Building Level 0 HULA WITH TE KURA Wednesdays, 7.30 am at Dance Room, VUW Rec Centre FHSS Drop-in Course Advice Fridays, 1 pm at Pasifika Haos TIVAEVAE-MAKING SESSION Wednesdays, 5 pm at Pasifika Haos Te Putahi Atawhai Drop-in Sessions Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1–2 pm at Pasifika Haos “We should not be defined by the smallness of our islands but in the greatness of our oceans.” Epeli Hau’ofa Kia ora
NGAI TAUIRA PRESIDENT
EXEC QUESTIONS: 1. Name. 2. Role on NT. 3. Fave quote
By Hine Parata-Walker
He moana pukepuke e ekengia e te waka He tohunga aku tīpuna ki te whakatere i te ara moana. Mehemea he Māori koe, kāre e kore he pērā hoki ētahi o ōhau ake tīpuna. I tarea e rātou te whakatere i te moana tāpokopoko e kīia nei i ēnei rā ko Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa, mai i Hawaiki ki Aotearoa. He nakawhiti tō rātou māia, me tō rātou pūmanawa kia rauora ai taua ekenga kaitā rawa atu. Koia pea tētahi o ngā tāhuhu kōrero nui whakaharahara e pā ana ki ngā haerenga moana huri noa i te ao whānui. Nā, e mōhio ana ahau ko te hūmārie tētahi o ngā uaratanga nui a tāua te Māori. Koira tētahi whakataukī e mea ana, “Kāore te kūmara e kōrero ana mō tōna reka!”. Kāre pea e tino tika ana kia whakamihia ngā mahi o oku tīpuna. Engari ka whakamīharo ki ngā āhuatanga o ēnei haerenga i whakatutuki ai rātou, me whakahīhī ka tika. Ko te whakahāngaitanga o taku kōrero e pēnei ana; ko tā tātou haerenga hei tauira Māori i te whare wānanga kāre i te tino rerekē ki ērā o ō tātau tīpuna. I ēnei rā me mau tonu ki te mauri hautū i te ara moana. Ahakoa kāre au i te mōhio ki ngā whakataumahatanga i whakapā atu ki ngā tīpuna, kāre e kore ko Mataku rāua ko Mokemoke o rātou hoariri.
1. Ani Eparaima 2. Kaituhi 3. Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takitini taku toa.
1. Mikaia Leach 2. Āpiha Tikanga/Reo 3. Fave Māori Quote: Rukuhia i te ruku o matauaua
1. Elijah Pue 2. Kaitiaki Pūtea 3. "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” -Mahatma Gandhi
I roto i ēnei marama ruarua nei kua rangona ngā kare-a-roto o te mataku me te mokemoke; he āhua rite tonu ki ērā i pīkautia nei e ō tātou tīpuna i tō rātou ake haerenga. Ko te āhua o te waka rā e tere mokemoke ana mai Hawaiki, whakawhiti atu ana ki waho o Te Moana nui a Kiwa, he āhuatanga rite ki te āhua o Ngāi Tauira i ēnei rā. I ētahi wā he rawa kore, i ētahi wā kua pokea e te mahi, ā, ka whakawhirinaki ki runga i ngā karakia ki Hawaki nui, ki Hawaiki Pāmamao hei tautoko!
1. Stace Wirihana
Ko aku pātai ko ēnei: He aha ngā whakaaro o ngā tīpuna i a rātou e titiro whakarunga ana ki ngā whetū? I whai rātou i te ara tika? I te rangirua hoki rātou? I whakataumaha te manawa i ētahi wā? I te harikoa rātou i tō rātou haerenga? I rata ai rātou ki te whakamātautau o ō rātou pūmanawa, mātauranga hoki?
2. Tumuaki Tuarua (Mātauranga)
Mōku tonu, kua akona e au, ā ka whakaaetia hoki pea e aku tīpuna, mā te tohungatanga o te hunga e tautoko i te hoe o te waka te kaupapa e tutuki pai ai. Kua āio te haere o te nuinga o ngā whakahaeretanga mō tēnei tau, ā, i whaihua hoki, nā te pukumahi, te wairua pai, me te māia o te tira kaiarataki o Ngāi Tauira. Nā te karawhiu kotahi o te hoe ka ū tō tātou waka ki tahaki. E kore e mimiti te puna whakamihi ki a koutou.
3 "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” - Dr. Seuss,
He mokopuna tātou ngā tauira Māori o ēnei tohunga whakatere waka, mā tātou e whakatinana i tā rātou tauira hei whakapakari i a tātou e whai nei i te mātauranga. Mehemea ka pērā tātou, kāre e kore ka hāngai te titiro ki Paerangi, ā, ka umere i te whakaharakoa pērā i tērā i waiatatia ai ki runga i tō Kupe waka, “He ao, he aotea, he aotearoa!”. Ka noho ko ngā whakatutukitanga a ō tātou tīpuna hei akoranga whakaako. Mehemea ka whakapuke a rae, ka kite, ka whiwhi i ngā hua pai i ngā tini āheinga i te moana tāpokopoko e kīia nei ko Te Whare Wānanga o te Upoko o te Ika a Māui.
2. Āpiha Pāpāho 3. Kaua mā te waewae tutuki engari mā te upoko pakaru
1. Paul Edwards
3. "We have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty."
1. Te Aue Addison-Te Whare 2. Āpiha Whakangāhau
1. Reuben Radford 2. Undergrad Officer 3. “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths”– Walt Disney 1. Name: Hinemihiata (Pea) Lardelli 2. Āpiha Hākinakina/ Sports Officer 3. "The past is history, the future is a mystery but today is a gift.. That is why it is called the PRESENT" -Bill Keane
Kawe PUrongo Plant a big wet kiss on the infantile head that is the Salient news section. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with tips, goss, leads and confessions.
A-PATH-Y Students consistently left in the dark over dangerous walkway Chris McIntyre
Despite being the scene of at least one assault this year and numerous complaints from students dating back to before 2010, the safety of a key campus walkway is yet to be improved. A Dominion Post story published recently detailed how students catch taxis instead of walking the path linking the Boyd-Wilson Field and The Terrace, due to safety concerns. This is the most recent iteration of a problem which has been identified by the University, Wellington City Council, VUWSA and Te Aro School for at least three years, but has not yet been fixed. The University told the Dominion Post students reported safety concerns each year, and that one assault had occurred in the past few months. Director of Campus Services Jenny Bentley implied the University has been working on improving the safety of the area, without addressing the fact that the path remains completely unlit. “The University works closely with the Council, and also with Te Aro School, on the safety of people using the path, many of whom are Victoria students,” said Bentley, noting the pathway largely sits on land owned by the Wellington City Council. "A number of initiatives have been taken in the past few years. For example, Victoria University and the Wellington City Council have a long-term partnership to work together to improve lighting and improve safety by cutting back trees and bushes. “One current project is to install a camera in the car park at Te Aro School, something Victoria will fund.”
Students at the nearby Te Puni Village have been spoken to by police about avoiding the path, and that new initiatives are “regularly considered”. VUWSA President Rory McCourt reported regular complaints from students about the path connecting the Boyd-Wilson Field and The Terrace, and described the path as a “perfect target” for potential attackers. “The University works hard to ensure campus safety, but paths controlled by the Wellington City Council are consistently poorly lit, unsealed and unsafe. It's time the Council got on to them,” said McCourt. VUWSA undertook Campus Safety Audits in 2011 and 2012, but has not undertaken a Campus Safety Audit so far in 2013. In July 2010, VUWSA pitched a Campus Safety Audit, however this was delayed for over a year. The first stage of this was consultation, and of the more than 4000 students who participated, many highlighted safety on campus as a key issue needing to be addressed. 26 per cent of women felt there was inadequate lighting and a lack of safe pathways on campus.
“The pathway leading from the city to the Boyd-Wilson Field adjacent to Te Aro School is ... narrow and poorly lit, something that is not helped by the overgrowth of foliage around the path,” the Audit read. In the past, VUWSA operated a Campus Angels service, where ‘Campus Angels’ would walk students home, or to public transport, late at night. Campus Angels would be situated at the Kelburn Library, Te Aro atrium, and Law School Library between 7 and 10 pm. The service was discontinued in 2012, due to its high cost and relatively poor usage compared to other services. Te Aro School Principal Sue Clement also expressed concern over the path to VUWSA, regarding the danger to pedestrians and children presented by the path. Students who feel at risk can contact Campus Care 24/7 for any emergency on 463 9999.
In 2012, another Campus Safety Audit found similar issues: over half the respondents reported feeling unsafe when on campus after dark, with 80 per cent stating their primary reason for feeling unsafe was poor lighting in many areas of campus. Students identified the same BoydWilson–Terrace path as a hazard in addition to the Boyd-Wilson–Devon St path, and the accessway between the field and the student carpark on Wai-te-ata Rd. Kei te pēhea
VBC YOU LATER Problems increasing with frequency Sophie Boot
Two-thirds of the way through the year the VBC continues to gather dust, dealing with unpaid tax bills and a lack of external funding as VUWSA continues to track down the legal entity which owns the station. The Victoria Broadcasting Club (VBC) has existed since 2007, and is owned by the inactive VBC Trust, which is managed by VUWSA. Earlier this year, VUWSA was uncertain what had happened to the Trust. Investigations have since found the Trust has been deregistered, but not dissolved. While legal bills of around $1300 were settled with the Trust’s remaining financial assets, unpaid tax bills remain, meaning the station’s equipment is liable to being seized by the IRD. Salient understands this is unlikely to occur, as it would cost more to do so than what the equipment is worth. In addition to the tax woes surrounding the station, the VBC is likely to remain ineligible for any funding external to the University. The VBC is funded by VUWSA through the University’s student-media grant, and does not receive NZ On Air funding—the most recent funding round was split between more than 30 radio stations. Rhys Morgan, part-time Station Manager of the VBC, told Salient he had not applied for the funding as “LPFM [low-power] stations don’t get funding as they are not seen to reach a large-enough audience.”
“Larger stations with a larger broadcast [such as Radio Active] get about 100K per year,” said Morgan. Radio Control, Massey University’s student radio station, received $60,000 in funding from the NZ On Air scheme, while Otago University’s Radio One received $45,000 earlier this year from their students’ association. In contrast, VUWSA gave the VBC $30,000 in funding in 2012, which covered one part-time manager and broadcasting fees. A University spokesperson said that the University contracted student-media funding to VUWSA, who took responsibility for “reporting requirements… [which] reflect those in the Ministerial Directive on Compulsory Student Fees”. University funding for student media comes from the Student Services Levy, which is paid by every student studying 25 points or more at Victoria. The Ministerial Directive on Compulsory Student Service Fees for 2013 allows universities to charge student-services levies—$676 per domestic student at Victoria in 2013—for media on the basis that the University “[supports] the production and dissemination of information by students to students, including newspapers, radio, television and internet-based media.”
Yet according to Morgan, the VBC is “limping” and unable to fulfil its role as a student radio station, as the annual grant does not cover staff training or equipment upgrades. “Apart from me getting paid, nothing is being invested in the station… The receptionist [at VUWSA] won’t even play us.” VUWSA President Rory McCourt has previously said that VUWSA “need[s] a strategic focus first” before investing further in the VBC. “VUWSA is always looking for ways to grow advertising and revenue for student media, while also ensuring a focus on its main purpose: delivering informative, insightful and entertaining media content for Vic students,” said McCourt. “The Executive has no plans to alter the funding of the VBC.” The largest simultaneous online audience the station has achieved in the past year was 33 listeners. Due to the University’s internet restrictions, the station cannot be streamed on campus.
STUDENTS SHELVING AT UNIVERSITY (Shelving books) Catherine Gaffaney
Victoria University students have taken a leaf from Canterbury’s book by forming a Wellington Student Volunteer Army (SVA) to help with postearthquake cleanups. Members of the SVA helped clean up the Law Library in the Old Government Buildings on Friday 26 July, and assisted staff putting books back on the shelves. More than 400 students have joined the group.
How are you?
“Feedback from library staff is that the students were very valuable helpers and did an excellent job,” a University spokesperson told Salient. Only a small number of the Library’s total book collection was dislodged. While all library shelving is seismically balanced, library collections are on open shelves, and there is no cost-effective solution to prevent books from coming off shelves that does not impede ease of access for students and staff.
“At the Law Library, one of the three levels was affected, with books on the top two shelves being dislodged. No books came off library shelves at the Kelburn, Te Aro or Karori campuses,” said University Librarian Noelle Nelson. To join the SVA and help out in other quakeaffected parts of Wellington email wellington@sva. org.nz, or visit facebook.com/svawgtn.
ONE IN FIVE VICTORIA STUDENTS DROP OUT We’re all white, though Chris McIntyre
At Victoria, students don’t come back to study, don’t pass courses, and don’t get qualifications as often as students at the majority of New Zealand universities, new data shows. The Tertiary Education Commission released the data in late July, and it covers all New Zealand universities for 2012. The data show that Victoria ranked at or below average for a number of key indicators: successful completion of courses, completion of qualifications, and students retained in study. 86 per cent of students successfully completed their courses in 2012, while 77 per cent of students completed their qualification. 81 per cent of students were retained in study, meaning one in five students did not return to study at Victoria this year. In comparison to other universities, Victoria does a worse job than Otago, Auckland, Waikato and Canterbury in completion rates for courses and qualifications. However, qualification rates are difficult to compare, as universities with growing enrolments (such as Victoria) possess lower graduation rates as a result of having a lower proportion of students at third-year and above. Otago, Auckland, Waikato, Canterbury, and AUT all had higher student retention rates than Victoria. Despite falling in the middle of the pack, Victoria is improving across the board: in 2010, course completion rates were 83 per cent while
Successful completion of courses This measures the proportion of courses in a given year that are successfully completed, i.e., passed. Victoria’s 86 per cent means that of all the courses taken by all the students, students passed 86 per cent of the time.
qualification completion rates were 7 points lower at 70 per cent.
have gone up year on year, with great progress in Māori and Pasifika course completion rates”
“Victoria has improved overall on three of the four indicators over the past three years—successful course completion, qualification completion and student retention,” said Interim Assistant ViceChancellor (Academic) Professor Peter Thirkell.
“Our continuously improving completion rates reflect a deliberate investment by the university community in supporting students from the day they arrive, till the day they graduate,” McCourt said.
“There are obviously areas for improvement and we remain committed to initiatives that have shown results over the past three years, including changes to the academic progress statute and admission requirements, our review of undergraduate education and the continuing implementation of work relating to our student experience strategy.” Thirkell also defended New Zealand’s completion rates as a whole, noting that they are high by international standards. “In the US for example, the average six year graduation rate for bachelor's degrees is 55 per cent, and Massachusetts, as the best performing state, is 69 per cent,” he said. VUWSA President Rory McCourt supported Thirkell’s view, stating Victoria has been consistent in both its position relative to other universities, and in improving rates each year.
Victoria has 19,029 students, who on average take 81 per cent of a full course-load. This gives Victoria the equivalent of 15,549 full-time students for 2012. Of these students, 88 per cent are doing undergraduate or Honours degrees, with 11 per cent completing Master’s or Doctorate degrees. The figures also cover ethnicity, and show that Victoria has more Europeans and fewer Asians than the national averages. Last year, Victoria was 80-per-cent European compared to 69 per cent nationally, and 12-per-cent Asian compared to 20 per cent nationally. Rates for Māori (10 per cent), Pasifika (5 per cent) and Other students (5 per cent) matched national averages. A third of all students are 18 or 19 years old, while half of all students are between 20 and 24. One in 20 students is over 40.
“Victoria has ranked 5th consistently in recent years in terms of completion rates. Our rates
1. University of Otago
2. University of Auckland
3. University of Canterbury
4. University of Waikato
5. Victoria University of Wellington
6. Auckland University of Technology
7. Massey University
8. Lincoln University
19,029 Student Ethnicity*
students at victoria univeristy
17 Years and Under
Society & Culture
Management & Commerce
Natural & Physical Sciences 11%
Architecture & Building
40 Years and Over
* Total may exceed 100% as some students identify with more than one ethnicity.
Completion of qualifications This measures the proportion of students in a given year who complete a qualification. Victoria’s overall completion rate of 77 per cent combines the completion rate of Bachelor’s degrees (77 per cent) with the completion rate of Master’s and Doctorates (86 per cent).
Students retained in study Students retained in study measures the proportion of students in a given year that complete qualifications, or enrol at the same university in the following year. Victoria’s 81 per cent means that 19 per cent of people (not including those who graduated) didn’t come back in 2012.
1. University of Otago
2. University of Canterbury
3. University of Auckland
4. University of Waikato
5. Victoria University of Wellington
6. Auckland University of Technology
7. Massey University
8. Lincoln University
1. University of Otago
2. University of Auckland
3. University of Canterbury
4. University of Waikato
5. Auckland University of Technology
6. Victoria University of Wellington
7. Massey University
8. Lincoln University
MO’ MONEY LESS STUDENTS Students seeking long term commitment to working relationship Nick Truebridge
There may be fewer jobs, but those lucky enough to get them are making more money, recent figures show. Figures provided to VUWSA by Student Job Search (SJS) for the year to date show fewer students have placements, but those students are making more money than they were at the same time last year. The figures show that as of 30 June, 1978 students had been placed in positions advertised by SJS. This is down from the 2063 students who were employed over the first half of 2012. The number of new enrolments with SJS is also down from 2412 in the first six months of last year to 2195 in the first half of 2013. Over the first half of 2012, students earned a combined $4,225,353, and that amount increased to $5,502,735 between the months of January and June this year. Meanwhile, average earnings per placement increased from $2063 to $2785.
SJS Sales and Marketing Manager Dean Jervis suggested the appetite of students for ongoing employment could be the reason for a drop in placements yet an increase in earnings.
“Student Job Search does a choice job in helping individuals like myself fill their pockets, even if temporarily, and it’s the first place all students after cash should go.”
“SJS has a huge spectrum of roles available on our website from one-hour jobs through to roles that are continually ongoing... students are preferring the ongoing roles and this could explain the similar amount of placements but the growth in earnings,” said Jervis.
VUWSA President Rory McCourt doesn’t believe the numbers are concerning in and of themselves, that doesn’t mean students aren’t facing a hard time in the employment market.
Despite Jervis’ belief that both one-off and ongoing roles were of equal value, one third-year student suggested that the prospect of securing the latter was more attractive. “Students are definitely attracted to the idea of an ongoing income as opposed to one-off work to support their student life,” said the student. Overall, the student felt that SJS provided a reliable and effective source of income.
“While I think the drop in the SJS data is marginal (less than 4 per cent), students are telling us that there's pressure to work more and more hours to pay the rent, buy groceries and pay for power. “Student wages remain stagnant, and I think that's concerning given rent inflation in Wellington. Students should be able to earn enough from one 15 hour-a-week job to pay for the basics, and spend the bulk of their time on their studies,” said McCourt. Students can find SJS at sjs.co.nz, or contact them on 0800 757 562.
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UNIVERSITY COUNCIL BY-ELECTION Can di candidates candi-do the job? Chris McIntyre
If you’ve noticed a strange smell around campus this week, it’s probably just democracy in the air as students have the opportunity to vote for a second representative on University Council. Four candidates are contesting this week’s byelection, which is being held to fill the vacant student seat on Victoria’s highest governing body. The seat was supposed to be filled by the Chair of the Student Forum, but this position is currently vacant as VUWSA and other student representative bodies have withdrawn from the
Forum, leaving it effectively nonexistent. Currently, students have a lone representative on Council, David Alsop, who was elected last year. His term ends at the end of this year, as will the term of the successful by-election candidate. Voting opened last Thursday with mixed success, with some students receiving the email with the link to vote late due to capacity issues, and incorrect pictures being displayed for two of the candidates. In addition, VUWSA President and candidate Rory McCourt’s home address was displayed.
“Two errors were made by the company creating web content and these errors were fixed as soon as they were notified. We apologise unreservedly for these mistakes which were the result of human error,” said Returning Officer Caroline Ward. Voting remains open until 5 pm on Wednesday 7 August, and will close the following week. Students should have been emailed a link to voting; those who haven’t are advised to check their spam or junk folders or contact email@example.com.
1. Have you ever been to a University Council meeting? 2. Why are you standing for the position? 3. Should the University, as it always does, propose to raise course fees for 2014—will you vote in favour? 4. What about for the Student Services Levy? 5. What was the last song you listened to?
First-year Law and Chinese student
Second-year PhD student, former Master’s student
Third-year BA student. VUWSA President
1. Yes, the VUWSA Clubs Council as well as substituting for the Sponsorship panel.Editor’s note: The University Council, for which this election is being held, is completely different to the VUWSA Clubs Council and the Sponsorship panel. 2. Let's be frank here. There is a blatant lack of student representation on the current board. The ratio per se is far from equal. Besides the usual jargon sold to you all regarding the student voice being crucial, not only do I believe this, but I'm going to pull the racial card here. I'm a Chiwi. That's right, a New Zealander bornand-raised, but Asian. This means I do not hold any biased views towards Māori, Pacific Islander, Pākehā or any other culture, thus representing you all to the best of my abilities (the Kiwi open-mindedness combined with my stereotypical hard-working Asian traits) minus the prejudice towards other cultures. 3. No. Living costs, transport fees, loans, why would we want an additional fee to worry about? 4. No. 5. Daft Punk - ‘Get Lucky’.
1. I’ve been to a few Council meetings in the past, sometimes on fee-setting and sometimes to observe other issues under consideration. Other issues include decisions about capital expenditure and the direction of the University in terms of research and teaching. 2. I’m interested in representing the views and interests of students in these decisions, and using my experience of the institution to make that representation effective. I am also interested in the question of who will lead the University as the new ViceChancellor. 3. I think a zero fee-rise is always the goal for students and, failing that, I would be working to gain majority support on council for the lowest achievable fee-rise. 4. The student-services fee should not increase—it is set high at present, and we need to seek relief for parttime students in particular. 5. The last song I listened to was Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Swimming Pools (Drank)’.
1. Yeap. And I think I brought down the median age by about 50… 2. Because the VUWSA President needs to be on Council. It’s how we keep Council accountable and connected to what the average student thinks and needs. It’s pretty important that we have a rep on University Council who isn’t afraid to stand up for all students and advocate for our interests. As VUWSA President, it’s what I do every day. It’s also a pretty big year for Vic—we’re appointing a new Vice-Chancellor and reviewing the unworkable Student Forum. Time for someone with the experience to get shit done. 3. No. I’m not convinced we would gain any additional quality from hiking fees, yet again. But I am concerned the Council isn’t doing more to stand up to the Government’s chronic underfunding of universities and student support. 4. The Levy is too damn high. We also need to look at exemptions and half-levies for part-time students. 5. Patti Smith - 'Birdland'.
It’s a nice day
Second-year Commerce student 1. Yes, two of them last year. One of them was the one where fees were increased. 2. I believe my previous experience from large organisations may prove useful in helping our university to become more student-oriented and financially efficient. 3. Absolutely not! The current use of our money is disgracefully inefficient; we all see it every day, but nobody seems to be doing anything about it. The University has a huge income (total of $350 million with almost $19 million surplus!) and if they want more money, they should look at cutting some of their costs first before making us pay more. 4. Many items on SSL are valid and beneficial—namely clubs, CareerHub, Rec Centre etc. Still, I’d recommend cutting some expenses here as well, for example the Student Forum which costed us $180,000 last year. 5. I shamelessly confess this piece was written while listening to ‘Call Me Maybe’ :-).
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The 14th meeting of the VUWSA Exec proved to be the scene of the inaugural Sonya and Rick show, with the two Vice-Presidents and (the only thus-far announced) 2014 Presidential Election candidates jostling for title of Most Opinionated Executive Member. President McCourt’s stint in the States saw Sonya Clark Vice-President (Academic) gain confidence during her trial-run in the role that she will no doubt be running for. Meanwhile Rick Zwaan, launched from mere Officer to Acting Vice-President (Welfare) overnight, seems likely to throw his hat in the ring for the top position now that he’s one step closer to the Presidential Suite. The minutes passed with the few back tracks that came following their constitutional discovery that they could not co-opt someone onto the Executive as they had intended. First on the agenda was the upcoming office move, which apparently requires as much time to plan as the Christchurch rebuild, with the finishing date being pushed back further and further. The current offices, down in the depths of the Student Union Building, across from the cemetery, and surrounded by a bubble, were only meant to be temporary as part of the Campus Hub redevelopment. As they say in Real Estate, it’s all about Location Location Location, and VUWSA have their sights firmly set on the top—that is, the top floor of the Student Union Building, where VicBooks used to be. Better presence, they tell us. More visible to students, their lifeblood. The cost of such relevancy? About $400,000. The University has agreed to stump up 50 per cent, the VUWSA Trust 25 per cent, with the remainder to be drawn from VUWSA’s (rapidly depleting) reserves. There’s one upside, though—we’ll be getting another coffee shop. Next was the upcoming by-election, which, as detailed in the last Eye on Exec column, the Executive voted to hold one month after deciding not have one. It will now be held just before mid-tri break, two months after Simon Tapp first resigned. Former Presidents Nick Kelly, Amanda Hill and 2012’s Bridie Hood will sit on the election committee which acts as an oversight to make sure the election doesn’t follow in Zimbabwe’s footsteps. 12
The by-election will also include the position of student representative on the Publications Committee, as only one student ran for the two seats last year after VUWSA failed to formally advertise the vacancy during the nomination period. The Committee, which is responsible for the oversight of Salient, appoints next year’s Editor(s). The Committee also consists of the current Salient Editors (yours truly), the VUWSA President, Treasurer, and a representative from Ngai Tauira. Despite our personal involvement, we can attest to the fact that the Committee doesn’t really do much other than Editor appointments, and will require some serious reform if Salient is to enjoy a long and healthy future. Fortunately (or unfortunately if you’re only reading this as you tear it up to throw in your flat’s fireplace), the next item on the Exec’s agenda could see such reform occurring this year. With the Annual General Meeting date finally being set for just before the mid-tri break, the Executive are looking at what possible constitutional changes they want to make, which will in turn be put up for approval at the AGM. Aside from changes to the Publications Committee, VUWSA is also looking to open up their elections to all students—not just those who decide to join VUWSA. Though the President is sure to spin this otherwise, the consideration of this change is solely down to VUWSA wanting to get its seat back on the University Council. Management told the Council that the VSM legislation meant VUWSA could no longer retain that seat because its elections were not open to all students anymore. Cue: Student Forum, the replacement “representative” body which supposedly represented “all students” (read: death knell for VUWSA), whose implementation doesn’t deserve any more objective reporting. With constitutional changes due to the lawyer this Wednesday, it looks like VUWSA have failed to learn from the mistakes made by University Management when it came to the Student Forum. Instead of using the transition to VSM as an opportunity to adapt and evolve—and make a genuine attempt to address the issues that brought about the legislative change in the first place—the Exec will be starting this work the night before and getting a B.
Wayne Eagleson to depart as PM's Chief of Staff by 1 October
Eleanor Catton to win Man Booker Prize
New Zealand to hold a referendum on becoming a republic by 2020
Key to lead National into next election
Larry Summers to be next chair of the Federal Reserve
He aroha mutunga kore
“Road to hell built on great intentions” Road to equality built on panel discussions Chloe Davies
Five influential women in politics spoke to students on the “intersection of gender and politics” at a panel held at Victoria last Tuesday. The panel featured Rae Julian, President of UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand and former Human Rights Commissioner; Helen Kelly, President of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions; Jan Logie, Green MP and spokesperson for the ‘Everyone needs the right help’ sexual-violence campaign; Victoria lecturer Greta Snyder; and Claudette Hauiti, awardwinning Māori broadcaster and the first openly lesbian Māori National MP. The discussion addressed a range of issues relevant in politics and further afield today; including the gender pay-gap, allocations for female seats, the grouping of women in low-paying jobs such as nursing and social work, and systematic discrimination against women in the workforce, including the ‘glass ceiling’ and the ‘invisible barriers’ women face when moving up in their careers. Tension arose during discussion, with Hauiti stating some feminist ideologies ignore other
minorities like wahine Māori. “Sometimes it’s quite patronising, and sometimes in your good intent it’s actually quite kind of racist and sexist. The road to hell was built on great intentions,” said Hauiti. Hauiti later walked out of the panel during a discussion on the glass ceiling. The panel was hosted by Youth for UN Women New Zealand and the VUWSA Women’s Group. Sunshine Prior, the coordinator of Youth for UN Women Aotearoa, told Salient the event was organised to be “pertinent to young students and focused on a diverse range of issues”. Both Prior and Grace Kahukore-Fitzgibbon of the VUWSA Women’s Group were immensely pleased with the turnout and how the event went overall. “The event went fantastically, exceeding all our expectations,” said Kahukore-Fitzgibbon. Women’s Week will be held in Week 5 of this trimester.
Incredibly, Zemdegs’ achievement wasn’t a world record—that belongs to Mats Valk of the Netherlands, who managed 5.55 seconds earlier in 2013.
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As a side note, 7.36 seconds is also the amount of time it takes for a girl to leave if you invite her over and pull out a Rubik’s Cube.
Parisian police have seized over 60 tons of miniature metal Eiffel Towers, which were set to be sold on the black market.
PRISONERS OPT IN TO LITERARY TORTURE
Paris’ Eiffel-Tower area is notorious for hosting up to 400 black-market souvenir vendors during peak tourist season. Vendors, who pay no tax, disappear at the sound of a siren.
Guantanamo Bay has never been sexier, with Fifty Shades of Grey revealed to be the most popular book requested by inmates.
The haul of Eiffel Towers weighs about the same as 12 full-grown elephants, or half a blue whale.
The book is more requested than the Koran, especially amongst “high-value” prisoners.
MAN HOPES FOR CUBE ROOT Australian Feliks Zemdegs has claimed the world title for solving the Rubik's Cube. Zemdegs completed the feat in just 7.36 seconds, and now has seven of the eight fastest times ever.
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"I guess there's not much going on, these guys are going nowhere, so what the hell," said Congressman Jim Moran, who toured the facility. Also popular with prisoners is The Hunger Games, though presumably not with those prisoners who remain on hunger strikes to protest their indefinite detention.
stay classy, world The Pope announced the closest thing to a pro-gay stance yet seen from the Vatican last Monday, while flying back from World Youth Day celebrations in Brazil. “If someone is gay… who am I to judge?” said Pope Francis, who is apparently still happy to judge divorcees and female priests. Bradley Manning, the American soldier charged with leaking classified data to Wikileaks, was acquitted of his most serious charge, aiding the enemy. Still, a military court held last week found the first-class private was anything but private and found him guilty of espionage, with a maximum sentence of 136 years. Talks between Israel and Palestine are to take place in Washington, after US Secretary of State John Kerry brokered a deal. The talks will take around nine months, with all parties bar Israel hoping a Palestinian state will be born by the end. A robbery in Cannes has proved to be a real gem, with the value of the haul of precious stones revised to be worth over NZ$171 million, showing the armed robbers definitely had the stones to pull it off. A local aunt has told her nephew he’s “grown a lot” since she last saw him. Sources said the nephew smiled politely, and mentally reinforced his decision not to go to any more family things.
headlines that weren't Police search-and-seizure squad convulse on ground South Island “still there”, say scientists Man invited to Facebook 21st event three years in advance Latest news from horse parliament: the ayes have it Man takes break from staring at screen at work to stare at other, smaller screen 13
Te Ao Tōrangapu/POLITICS
mauī Why the GCSB is not a GC By Carla Marks According to the Chinese calendar, 2013 is the Year of the Snake; but in the political calendar, it is the Year of the Spy. Our news this year has been dominated by Kim Dotcom, the GCSB, PRISM, the NSA and Edward Snowden. Just in the last week, we have seen dramatic developments that a New Zealand journalist in Afghanistan was spied on by the Defence Force, and that a political reporter had personal phone records and swipe-card details released.
Letters from a young contrarian Dear Victorians,
five different free-trade agreements; this policy is flat-out racist.
Despite these various spy dramas unfolding day by day, I am as guilty as your average New Zealander of being a bit apathetic. I’m no multi-millionaire German internet tycoon, so I when we found out there was a wee bit of phone-tapping of Kim Dotcom, I didn’t really mind. When I found out the GCSB had actually spied on 88 Kiwis, I thought that the chances I was one of them was pretty slim. When I heard that the GCSB laws would be changed so New Zealanders could be spied on, I didn’t really mind. I had joined the apathetic masses.
Kiwis have a love affair with home ownership.
Then came the protests. People took to the streets, and I took a step back and assessed just what was going on. I realised that slowly and insidiously, the role of spying and surveillance in our country had grown, while we watched from the apathetic, unsurveilled sidelines.
Why is this? First, it's getting harder to get a
the basis of race, then it is impossible to argue
mortgage: in response to the Great Recession,
that preventing a Chinese person from entering
Parliament has put in place strict regulations
into a mutually agreeable private agreement
which limit the ability of banks to lend mortgages
with a New Zealander is anything but racist.
hurts your typical young couple keen to move into
Winston Peters complains that 19 of the top 25
Why should you care? Not only will the GCSB and surveillance law-changes allow data about who, when and from where you email, call, text message or (heaven forbid) snapchat people to be collected, but it will seriously alter the course of our country as a place where we value a free press. You might not give a damn about so-called 'metadata' being collated on a huge scale, you might think you have 'nothing to hide and nothing to fear', but the same data can reveal the sources journalists are contacting, something which seriously jeopardises their freedom and ability to report on and check the power of the Government. We might not notice it, and journalists might not either, but a country where whistleblowers know that details about all of their communications are constantly being collected will be a country where stories that we should know about and that should be exposed will be kept in the dark.
their first home and start a family.
real-estate agents in New Zealand are Asian.
Not only will your communications be spied on, but the communications of those who protect our transparency and ensure we have a fair and free country will be spied on too. These law-changes should not pass, and we should give a damn. After all, they may take away our assets, but they will never take our multiple-chinned selfies.
Labour has announced it will restrict overseas
We dream of quarter acres. DIY is in our
The case is clear. Australians, who make up
DNA. Home is where our heart is. Embedded
a majority of overseas buyers, are exempted
in our collective psyche is a yearning to buy
from the ban. This policy therefore specifically
and own a house. The more you move up the
targets the next biggest group of overseas
property ladder, the wealthier you become.
buyers: the Chinese. It is a continuation of
But lately, it seems as if the bottom few rungs
the Yellow Peril narrative New Zealand has
have been removed: it's getting harder and
maintained since its early beginnings: first
harder for first-home buyers to buy that
they’re taking our jobs, then they’re buying our
important first house.
farms, now they’re buying our homes. If you agree that racism is harmful discrimination on
to those with little savings and low incomes. This
Never mind the fact that they are all New It's also getting more expensive to buy a
Zealanders. How dare that race be successful
house, particularly in the larger centres. That's
in our society? For some ugly reason, New
because the population is growing faster
Zealanders would rather make scapegoats out of
than we are building. It’s simple supply and
a marginalised race than look inwards and realise
demand: the more people at the auction, the
the problem stems from our own policy failings.
higher the price when the hammer falls. If we built more houses, they would become more
Which might all be fine, apart from the fact that
affordable. However, legislation such as the
racism also hurts New Zealanders: by preventing
Resource Management Act and local bylaws
Chinese buyers, the Government is literally
preventing residential housing being built in
preventing New Zealanders from selling to the
green belts or on rural land make it impossible
highest bidder. First-home buyers may win, but at
to increase the land supply.
the expense of New Zealand sellers. Decreasing the value of New Zealand homes, which are
But Labour thinks the problem can be blamed
almost always a family’s biggest asset, seems a
on foreigners. As part of its housing policy,
bizarre way to encourage economic growth.
buyers from buying New Zealand houses.
The saddest thing about this policy isn’t that
Leave aside the fact that foreigners make up
it won’t work, or that it is racist, or that it will
only nine per cent of buyers in the market, the
actively hurt New Zealand sellers; it’s that so
fact that there are a million ways of getting
many New Zealanders will support it.
around the law such as putting the house in a New Zealand resident's name, and the fact
that the law breaches our obligations under
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Te Ao Tōrangapu/POLITICS
Matau If the Press is not free, then nothing is. By Freddie Hayek New Zealanders consider our country to be both a free and contested democracy. Since its founding, our nation has been one based upon the principles of English common law and the best of British liberalism. These are, broadly, values of freedom. Freedom to worship whoever you choose, to assemble in political groupings, to vote, and freedom of the press. Freedom of the press is so important because it is the cornerstone of so many other freedoms we take for granted in New Zealand. The Government which I defend so often in this column has committed crimes which, if proven, are very grievous indeed. The Opposition has alleged that the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, Wayne Eagleson, leaned on Parliamentary Services for the phone records of journalist Andrea Vance. It has previously been revealed that Vance’s parliamentary swipe-card logs had been given to the Henry inquiry, which had been investigating the leak of the findings of the Kitteridge inquiry (inquiryception?) The Henry inquiry was trying to find out who might have leaked the Kitteridge inquiry to Vance. As you now know, it is now 99-per-cent likely it was Peter Dunne who leaked the Kitteridge inquiry, as he has resigned as a minister and refuses to surrender his emails to Andrea Vance, to the Henry inquiry. This is beside the point. The point is that Mr Eagleson, who is often acknowledged as speaking with ‘the Prime Minister’s Voice’, requested the phone records of a parliamentary journalist. This greatly worries me. In countries less free than New Zealand, the press is heavily controlled or monitored by the state. China has no free press inside the People’s Republic. Journalists are murdered in Russia. In Venezuela, the government buys or closes down newspapers it disagrees with. We are not there yet, but every journey towards dictatorship begins with a first step. If the Government is directly interfering with or spying on journalists, then journalists are not free to challenge or question them. Journalists keep our politicians accountable. It is no coincidence that in all of the most horrific dictatorships throughout human history, the first thing to go has been the freedom of the press. Nazi Germany, Franco’s Spain and various South American juntas all censored then banned the free press. I am not suggesting that the Government is about to crack down on the free press in New Zealand, but spying on a journalist is a tiny, uncomfortable nudge in that direction.
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Karere o te wā/CAMPUS DIGEST
Karere o te wā “Kia mau ki te reo, kia tangata whenua ai” Wā/Time
Release of Te Ao Mārama
GOING UP Temperatures It’s the last month of winter, the end is nigh!
10 am 11 am 12 pm 1 pm 2 pm
Kauhau: Ben Ngaia—Te Ahumairangi, Room 101, 48 Kelburn Parade
3 pm 4 pm
Kapu tī—Te Herenga Waka Marae Rātū/Tuesday
Te Pūtahi Atawhai BBQ, Kauhau: Dr Ocean Mercier— Te Pūtahi Atawhai—14 Kelburn Parade
12 pm 1 pm 2 pm
Your chances of getting a second date Wellington On a Plate has just started, so impressing that special someone with a meal at Logan Brown won’t require an entire week’s living costs. Your average level of neurosis re earthquake anxiety There were 937 earthquakes in the Wellington region last week.
3 pm 4 pm 4:30 pm
Short Films Session, Student Union Building Room 217, Movie Snacks Rāapa/Wednesday
PASS class—Kapa Haka hour, 42 Kelburn Parade, Room 101
NR & NTU Pipitea Sausage Sizzle
2 pm 3 pm 4 pm 5:30 pm
Quiz Night—The Hunter Lounge, Start 5.30 pm Rāpare/Thursday
Setting up gear at the Rec Centre
Rā Hākinakina—Sports Day Begins
GOING DOWN Life in Wellington So many photos on Facebook; we get it, you’re having fun on your exchange. If your envy is getting unbearable—good news! Vic OE’s 2014-exchange deadline has been extended to 30 August. See www.victoria. ac.nz/exchange for more details. Access to credit Blown all your course-related costs already? Check out Vic’s Financial Services, or get some free food from VUWSA’s Food Bank. It’s way better this year.
Sausage Sizzle—Kelburn Campus
Rā Hākinakina Continues—Prizegiving—Best Team, Fairplay etc.
Pai te tūtaki i a koe
Karere o te wā/CAMPUS DIGEST
get amongst "the best" Overheard at Vic: Joshua Price Overseen in ESCI 304, lecturer couldn't find a proper pointer so brought in his lightsaber to use instead. Bea Cathcart Overseen in the hub: John Campbell looking quite disorientated. OMG VUW CONFESSIONS: #599 The lecturer for SOSC 112, Dylan, is sex on legs. 10/10 would bang. #596 Awkward moment when I hear two chicks talking about my morning fart in the hub. Please keep annon #592 I feel like I wasted money joining VUWSA this year - I'm studying on the Karori campus and it's pretty clear that they don't give a shit about
Answer the questions and bring your answers to Ngāi Tauira’s office to go in the draw to win a prize! You can find us in our new offices, 42 Kelburn Parade! Wero i te hinengaro
us. Everything here is broken crusty, and old as fuck. There's only one food place on campus and it fucking sucks. Where's our free stuff/on campus events/doctors? Also why the fuck don't we have a campus angels service here? Even Pipitea has one and they're right by the train station. Yes I'm mad #589 anon please. have a random patch of dry, red skin on the side of my face...so I went to the vic pharmacy to see if they could give me cream for it. The guy waved a tube of JOCK FUNGUS gunk at me, going on really enthusiastically about how it was so effective etc. He only stopped to look at what he had been pushing towards me when he saw my face...what made it more awkward is that I'm a girl and I don't happen to have a jock for fungus to grow on...
PROBING THE PUNTERS Salient conducted an extensive study of the lunchtime rush at the Hub. (n= 20 margin of error: 21.9%) Have you skipped any classes yet?
YES - 60% NO - 40% Kim Dotcom, hero or villain?
#584 Does anyone go to mitesh's dairy in mount vic? best place to get the munch food. shout out to miteshills #581 I love it when english lecturers and tutors tell you that it's essential to read all of the books on the course to pass. Bitch please, out of the 6 engl papers I've done, I haven't read a single book and have an A- average. See you in honours
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Questions Maori Are Sick of Being Asked 10. Do you know Temuera Morrison?
HERO 100% Will you be voting in the Uni Council by-election?
Have you said anything in your tutorial yet?
9. How do you say 'fuck' in Te Reo? 8. Is Whale Rider real?
1. He aha te ingoa o te pukapuka nei? 2. ko wai i haere ki Tonga? 3. Ko wai te kaiwaiata rongonui i roto i te kiriata White lies? 4. Ko wai etahi o nga kaiwhakahaere i te roopuu Ngai Tauira 5. Kei hea nga tari o Ngai Tauira? Whakhokia tenei pepa (me nga whakautu TIKA) ki te tari o NT
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7. Do you work at Te Puni Kōkiri? 6. Pita or Hone? 5. Can you cook me a hāngi?
Do you know the Maori version of the national anthem?
4 .What are you doing with your part of the foreshore? 3. Can you do the haka like, right now? 2. Did you get into Law School on quota? 1. Aren't you impressed I didn't join The Pakeha Party?
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By Duncan McLachlan 57,382 people support The Pakeha Party on Facebook. Almost overnight, a party which veils its racism behind a human-rights banner became hugely popular. Their rise to stardom suggests something ugly about the bicultural unity of our nation. The Treaty of Waitangi has been an epicentre of tension between Māori and Pākehā for generations. Today is no different. The current approach by the Government to the Treaty of Waitangi has led to the fracturing of New Zealand along racial lines. This year is a chance to deal with that schism. The Constitutional Advisory Panel was set up by the Government to hear submissions by the public as to the constitutional make-up of our country. It seeks answers to fundamental questions: do we want a US-style constitution? And if so, what would we include and what values would it be founded upon? Should the majority be able to pass laws that oppress the few, as long as it is ‘democratic’? Should it be a big deal that some kid in England called George is born? Do we care that the Government has been reading our Facebook Chat for years to stop terrorism in Yemen?
The Treaty of Waitangi is embedded in the New Zealand psyche. It is simultaneously considered our most important constitutional document and also the most boring part of your year of history. It is outdated and omnipresent. In this year of constitutional review, we need to bridge that gap, but where to from here for Te Tiriti?
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A crucial part of this conversation involves New Zealand thinking hard about that fateful document that dominated your study of history: the Treaty of Waitangi. The Treaty is considered by some to be the founding document of our nation; others consider it outdated and riddled with errors. As Professor Claudia Geiringer of Victoria University, a public-law expert, notes, the Treaty is currently a “roadblock” to change in other dimensions of our constitution. In light of that, we need to deepen our understanding of the Treaty: unearth its past and present treatment in New Zealand in order to start tentatively spelling out the future for the Treaty in our modern constitution. DISCLAIMER: I am a white guy. I grew up in England. I am a winner from colonisation. I did Year 13 history. I studied Public Law. But that’s it. Thus, I have deferred to the experts where I can. Before we begin, a note on constitutions: A constitution is merely a set of values that determine the rules that govern the relationship between the government and the people. It may be written
down in one document as in the United States, or unwritten (comprising of many documents and principles), as it is in New Zealand. In 2008, in a deal made between the National Party and Māori Party, the Constitutional Advisory Panel was set up. It has three goals. Firstly, it is supposed to educate the public as to the constitutional structure of New Zealand; secondly, it must garner views from the public as to the constitution that they want for New Zealand; and finally, it must report to the Government recommendations for how our constitution should evolve. Its findings will likely be pivotal in the decision finally made by the Government. Unfortunately, if you’re like me, you will not have heard about it. In fact, had political hacks not dominated my newsfeed by liking its page, I would be wholly ignorant as to its existence.
A history in 420 words The Treaty of Waitangi gave legal validity to the white man governing New Zealand. The British version of the Treaty granted the British sovereignty over New Zealand, whereas the Māori version (that was signed by Māori) only granted governance, and retained for Māori exclusive possession of their Taonga. The confusion led to conflicts: some resulted in bloodshed, others took their fights to the courts— it is those battles that have particularly shaped the way the Treaty is valued today. The first major dispute came before the courts in 1877. Wi Parata, a Māori farmer of Ngati Toa, had made an oral contract to provide land to a church in exchange for a school being built for Ngati Toa close to the church. No school was built. Yet shockingly, the Court rejected Wi Parata’s claim for breach of the Treaty as it was held that the Treaty was a “simple nullity”. The Court found that the Treaty lacked legal force because Māori were simply not civilised enough for their signatures to matter. Instead, Pākehā governance of New Zealand was achieved by discovery. Case dismissed. That view prevailed for an awkwardly long time. Land was grabbed. Teachers beat kids for speaking Māori. Assimilate or die. The next big judicial battle came in 1941. In the case of Te Heu Heu, a Māori chief sought to invalidate a law passed by Parliament because it
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was inconsistent with the Treaty. He failed. The Treaty is not a domestic law, the Court found. It is an international treaty of cession, perhaps, but Parliament did not pass it, so domestic legislation will always trump it. The majority wins. Now we will have your land, thanks. By 1975, that is, 135 years after the Treaty was signed, the white majority began to realise that perhaps their history of oppression, land-grabbing and subjugation of Māori was not exactly ethical by modern standards. We got a law change: the Treaty of Waitangi Act established the Waitangi Tribunal to hear Māori grievances. The general vibe was that Māori would bring a claim to the Tribunal for breaches of the Treaty. The Tribunal, made up of historians, public servants and lawyers, if it wanted, would then recommend to the Government that they should redress the wrong—give money, apologise, give back land, change a place name: in some way compensate for the lost generations and years of embarrassing neglect. This was a breakthrough and still is the primary means of settlement for Māori, but it requires a political will to resolve the dispute. The Government can just as easily turn around and reject the recommendation whenever the majority decides to do so. More was needed. Segue to the Lands case. In 1987, the Government was attempting to sell state companies and turn them into state-owned enterprises. Included in the legislation which was passed to empower the Government to sell the assets was a provision that they must act consistently with the Treaty. The Court held that the constitutional significance of the Treaty required the Government to act consistently with it, when such a provision exists in the legislation. It cannot be ignored. It is a sham that such an obvious finding took until the 1980s to be realised. What was more radical was the Court’s interpretation of the Treaty of Waitangi. The judges determined that although there were substantive differences in meaning between the two translations, certain “principles” could be deduced. The Court revised exactly what “consistent with the Treaty” meant. According to these three judges, it was founded on a principle of partnership between the two parties: Pākehā
have a duty of active protection to Māori; Māori have to allow Pākehā to govern. Academic Moana Jackson, a Māori expert on constitutional matters, weighed in on this issue, criticising the Court’s approach: “It’s rather like taking the Magna Carta and inventing a set of Magna Carta principles rather than looking at what it actually says.” Jackson believes the principles have been “unhelpful” in resolving Treaty grievances. Instead, he heeds the words of Sir James Henare, speaking at the time of the Lands case: “Our ancestors did not sign a set of principles. They signed words. The mana is in the words.” These principles have now effectively replaced the Treaty. They are referred to by the Courts and Parliament alike, and only given effect to when included within the legislation. That is the status of the Treaty in modern New Zealand: it has increased in importance, but at the same time, what it stands for has been diluted in order to be more palatable to middle New Zealand. Any majority can ignore it as they choose. Geiringer elucidates exactly why treatment of the Treaty matters to everyone and not just to Māori: “The Treaty is undoubtedly our most important constitutional document. From a Pākehā perspective, its particular significance is that it provides a claim to legitimacy for our system of government. The alternative is to accept that our society is founded on nothing more than the subjection of one people by another people. That's an ugly proposition that many New Zealanders would be reluctant to accept as the basis for our constitutional system.” Yet it is one which many supporters of The Pakeha Party must at least tacitly hold. So at this juncture in our country’s history, as the Constitutional Advisory Panel discusses the future of New Zealand governance, we must examine the future role we want the Treaty to play in our lives. As the Listener noted in an article last year, the Treaty has always been a barrier to constitutional change. A similar advisory panel was set up in 2000, and discussions “imploded” because of the issue of the Treaty. Here are some views which
prominent academics hold concerning the future of the Treaty. Your perspective on their views will define our constitutional system in the years to come.
Principles “New Zealand's modern constitution reflects, or should reflect, the key elements that make up our society and how we want it to work. I think that means that it should reflect the relationships between the Crown, Māori and other New Zealanders—and that is manifested in the Treaty of Waitangi.” Dr Matthew Palmer, one of the leading authorities on the constitution in New Zealand, provides the starting point. The Treaty embodies the essence of our constitutional system and should be respected for that. Palmer believes that our understanding of Treaty principles and Māori jurisprudence has matured over the last few decades. That maturity allows the Courts to interpret the Treaty principles “as a matter of routine—like any other important set of laws”. That would entail the Treaty being used in the same manner as the Bill of Rights: aiding the courts in their interpretation of legislation, but still not able to be used to strike down a decision of Parliament. The Treaty may still be usurped by majoritarianism.
Political Power Professor Paul McHugh of the University of Cambridge, a New Zealander who has written extensively on this issue, argued that Māori are already successfully using political means to further their lot. McHugh points out that in Canada, where the constitution has a ‘Treaty provision’, the effects have been minimal at best, as political will is still required and often lacking in Canada to give effect to such a provision. Māori fare better in New Zealand. “The situation is different where tribal peoples can pull the levers of power, as in New Zealand under MMP, and with the increased embourgeoisement of their culture that has occurred over the past 30 years, much of it a consequence of Treaty settlements. Given the very real shift in political power that has occurred in NZ over the past 30 years and the emergence
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The Treaty is undoubtedly our most important constitutional document... The alternative is to accept that our society is founded on nothing more than the subjection of one people by another people. That's an ugly proposition of Māori as amongst the most adept players of the highly fluid politics of coalition and interestalignment (and realignment), I doubt whether formal constitutional accommodation of the Treaty would make much difference to very real political changes that are already well in train.” McHugh’s argument is powerful. It is that Māori are already loud enough in politics, and already lobby hard enough that nothing more needs to be done. The failure of the Māori Party to unify itself and oppose National Party policies that hurt its people might suggest otherwise. So too might the way the Government routinely tramples on the rights of Māori—something which McHugh should be aware of given that it was his work on the Foreshore and Seabed that granted Māori rights to the foreshore and was
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accepted by the Courts, but was rejected by the Government. Perhaps though, the true value of McHugh’s argument, as was posited by Tai Ahu, assistant lecturer at Victoria University, is that it suggests that now is a good time to push for bolder protections of the Treaty and Māori rights, given their political voice.
Transformation Jackson seeks a constitutional transformation. He believes the style of the Bolivian constitution, which is values-based, could be useful in New Zealand. “They acknowledge what they call the sacredness of the individual. They position the individual always within a wider collective. What has become clear in the hui we have had around the country is that there is a similar desire among Māori people, and I would guess among many Pākehā people. If you recognise the sacredness of every individual, and position that individual within whatever social or community group they belong to, then you have a values base on which good law will be made.” The Treaty should not be shunted, according to Jackson, into the straitjacket of our current constitutional system. Rather, the ethics of the Treaty should guide our thinking. I put it to him, that in such a multicultural country, the task of finding shared values is near impossible. Jackson disagrees: “I think there is a set of fairly common shared values: most people want to do their best by their kids; most people want to love and be loved; most people actually do care about what they now call the ‘environment’.” Ahu believes there is “some force” in Jackson’s idea. However, Ahu suggests that the “implications are very uncertain” of such a constitution. For example, if the courts were left to interpret Māori constitutional concepts of aroha and rangatiratanga, it is unlikely that they would adequately grasp the true meanings of such concepts.
constitutions such as that of the US do “a better job of protecting minority rights” than the unwritten constitution of New Zealand. Our current approach to the Treaty is “scattered and incoherent”: it is only sometimes mentioned in domestic law. An entrenchment would “remove any doubt” as to the significance of the Treaty, Ahu believes. Further, Ahu suggests that both versions of the Treaty should be included in the constitution: Māori and Pākehā. Then we should leave it to the Courts to interpret the two versions, in the same manner that the Waitangi Tribunal does now. However, as with Jackson’s suggestion, this has practical difficulties of its own: will the Courts have the power to strike down law based on breaches of the Treaty? Will the Courts interpret the Treaty in a way that gives full effect to its provisions? For Ahu, these are legitimate concerns, but not barriers that should stifle all discussion of it. If they turned out to be politically impossible, then at the very least, Ahu argues that the Treaty should be part of the Bill of Rights Act. This option was considered at the time of the drafting of the Bill of Rights, but was rejected by Māori due to concerns that it would downplay the significance of the Treaty. That was “a missed opportunity” according to Ahu. Positioning the Treaty around other constitutional values such as free speech would have a “powerful significance” for the importance of the Treaty within our constitutional framework. In our constitutional review, we must not forget the Treaty. It is the legal means by which Pākehā state power came and colonised Māori. Our current policy has created animosity from both Māori and Pākehā. Pākehā want their money well spent. Māori feel consistently shut out of our society; the flourishing of The Pakeha Party is testament to that. Where to from here? I don’t know. But people do. We need to listen to them. Our current approach is not good enough. The Government claims that a policy of payouts and token consultation will heal generations of raw grief. It will not. Prison and poverty statistics reflect that. We need to talk more. Māori need to talk more. We need to listen. We need to listen harder.
Instead, Ahu supports an entrenchment of the Treaty within a written constitution. Written
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Te Reo Māori: He Reo Whakaiti Tangata? Nā Vincent Olsen-Reeder Hei kōrero whakarewatanga māku kia tukuna taku maimai aroha. Taku aroha nui ki taku tuahine a Hinerangi Ngārimu i wehe atu i ahau ki ōna tīpuna i te takahanga mai o tēnei tau – kei te ngau tonu te mamae, e kare. Ahakoa pēhea te ātaahua o te kōrero e tāreia ana mōu, e kore e eke, e kore e rite ki tōu ātaahua, ki te taumata e tika ana mōu. Me taku tuahine, Boo Boo. Kua roa koe e ngaro ana i te tirohanga kanohi. Engari ko tō menemene, ko tō katakata, ko tō reo wainene kua titia ki taku manawa –e kore e ngaro i ahau, engari ka noho kē ki roto e tōiriiri ai, e kapakapa tonu ai te whatu manawa, haere ake nei. Ko te reo Māori te kaupapa o tēnei tuhinga (mātua, me reo Māori ko te wiki o te reo Māori tēnei!). Engari, ko tōna kaupapa kē, ko tā tātou manaaki, ko tā tātou āwhina i a tātou anō i tēnei haerenga ki te ako i te reo Māori. I kōwhiria ai tēnei kaupapa nā te mea he nui ngā wā kua noho māua ko tētahi o aku tauira ki te wānanga i te whakaaro he reo whakaiti te reo Māori, he reo takahi mana, he reo patu tangata. Kia whakamahukitia ake tēnei kōrero āku. I roto i taku ako i te reo, kotahi tonu te āhuatanga e riri nei ahau, ko tā tātou tere ki te whakaiti i ā tātou hoa kōrero, hoa ako. Ko aku tauira me aku hoa e haere mai ana ki ahau me te auē ki ō rātou whanaunga, kaimahi, hoa ako rānei e kaha ana te whakaiti i a rātou mō te hē, te hapa, te aha rānei o ō rātou reo Māori. Me taku whakaaro ake, i takea mai tēnei āhuatanga i hea? He aha e hua mai mō te kaiwhakaweti i tana whakaiti pēnei? Me te pātai nui katoa: he aha e hui mai mō te reo Māori i te whakaiti pēnei? Kia waiho i te pātai tuatahi me te pātai tuarua, hei aha māku ērā. Kia tōtika ki te pātai tuatoru
me te ui atu mēnā kei te whakamahia te reo Māori hei whakaiti i te tangata, he aha rawa te hua ka puta mai mō tō tātou reo hei ngā tau kei te pihi ake? Katoa tātou e mōhio ana ko te reo Māori he reo e kōrerotia ana e te tokoiti, ā, me mātua whakapau kaha kia tokomaha ake ai tā tātou rahi.
I roto i taku ako i te reo, kotahi tonu te āhuatanga e riri nei ahau, ko tā tātou tere ki te whakaiti i ā tātou hoa kōrero, hoa ako Ā, e tokomaha ake ai tā tātou rahi me rata mai ētahi atu ki te kōrero Māori. Kāti, ko te tangata e rite tonu ana tana whakaiti, tana tūkino i tētahi atu mō tōna reo Māori te take, he patu taua tangata rā i tō tātou reo, he kaiwhakamate taua tangata, ehara ia i te kaiwhakaora. Kāore i kō atu i kō mai. O ngā tāngata kua patapataihia e au mō tēnei take, kua kī mai ētahi, ‘āe, he iwi whakatoi
te iwi Māori. Ki te kore koe e hiahia kia whakatoia koe, kaua e akona te reo. Kaua rānei e aro mai.’ Engari kāore au i te kōrero mō te whakatoi, he wairua anō tō te whakatoi, he wairua ngahau. Ā, i roto i ngā mahi ako reo – ahakoa te reo – me ngahau, me matua ake te tauira ki te katakata ka hapa ana ia, kei whakamā. Kei te kōrero kē au mō te whakaiti, whakaiti kino nei, mō te patu tangata te take, mō te patu wairua te take. Kua kite au he nui ngā tāngata kua tīmata te ako i runga i tō rātou aroha nui ki te reo, engari kua mutu te ako ka whiua mai ana ngā kupu matangerengere e tētahi atu. ‘Ki te kore te tangata e rite mō te wera, me puta atu i te kīhini!’ E kī, e kī, ko te mutunga kē mai o te whakahīhī ko tēnā whakaaro! Ehara tēnei i te whakataetae tunu kai, ehara tēnei i te hākinakina o te Hatarei, he reo kē tēnei. He whakapapa Māori ō rātou, ko te here kei waenganui i a rātou me ō rātou tīpuna ko te reo Māori tonu. He reo Māori tōu, me whakapau koe i ō kaha kia whāngaihia ētahi atu ki te kai mārō i tukuna mai rā ki a koe. He wā anō mō te whakaiti tangata – kāore he tauira i tua atu i ngā kaioraora me ngā oriori i titoa e ō tātou tīpuna. Engari mō te tangata e ako ana i te reo Māori, kia ngāwari te āhua, e hoa mā, kia āhua matatau tēnā tangata. Hei reira pea ka tika tō whakatoi i te tangata. Hei aua wā hoki me whakaaro ake koe i mua i te takahanga o āu nā kupu, he aha ka pahawa i tēnei kōrero āku? Ko wai ka kata mai, ā, kei te katakata ki te aha, ki a wai? Ko tēnei āhuatanga i waenganui i a tātou me mutu. Tukuna tērā āhuatanga kia mate. Inā rā te kōrero: “Kapo atu koe i te kai i ngā ringaringa o te tamaiti, e taea rānei e koe te whai i ngā turanga o ā tīpuna?”
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Pākeha mai, Hapanihi mai, Māori mai. Nā Naoko Tēnā rā koutou e te manawa whenua o te kī, e te hunga ū ki te kaupapa. He nui aku mihi ki a koutou ka tae mai ki te tumu herenga awhero o te reo Māori. Ko Naoko tōku ingoa. Nō Tiapana ahau. He tauira ahau ki te whare wānanga Wikitoria. Ko aku tohu paetahi te reo Māori me “Māori Studies”. Kāore e kore kei te ohorere koutou nē? He aha i ako ai te tangata Tiapana i te reo Māori? Tika tāu. Kāore ahau i tino titiro ki tōku kare-ā-roto ki te rapu i te tino ngako - he aha ai. Heoi anō, kia kitea taku huarahi mā te tuhinga ki konei, tērā pea ka mārakerake ake taku take me te whāinga o te haerena nei. I ahau e tauira ana i te whare wānanga i Tiapana, ko taku aronga ko te iwi taketake o tōku motu, arā, ko Ainu. He rerekē tō mātou reo, te ahurea, te tikanga hoki. Koia au i whakamīharotia, ā, ka wawata puku taku titiro ki tētahi atu iwi taketake i te ao hei whakataurite i tō mātou. Nā konei, i te tau 2005 i tae mai ahau ki konei, Aotearoa, hei tauira whakawhitinga mō te tau kotahi, ā, i ākona te reo Māori me te tikanga Māori. Ahakoa he poto te wā, he iti ngā ako, ka whakatōkia te kākano, ka āta tipu ake i muri mai o taku hokinga ki Tiapana. Ko tāku i tino monoatia ai ko tō rātou reo me te manaakitanga. Kia mōhio koutou, he rite te whakahua o tōku reo Tiapana ki te reo Māori – a e i o u –. Kāore e kore ka āwhinahia ahau e tēnei ritenga ki te uru atu ki te reo. Waihoki, ahakoa he nui taku whakamā me te mataku ki te noho i te ao rerekē, he mahana tonu taku manawa i te manaakitanga o ngā tāngata i Te Tumu Herenga Waka Marae.
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Nō reira, ka oti taku tohu i te whare wānanga i Tiapana me aku mahi i tētahi kamupene, ka hoki mai ahau ki konei, te whare wānanga o Wikitoria, ki te ako tonu i te reo Māori me ngā tikanga. Nō taku taenga mai, ka mauria mai taku mahara o te tau 2005, arā, he mea pai anake, he taha o te painga anake, i waiho ngā mea taumaha. Nō reira, ka piki ake te taumata, ka nui ake te taumaha. Ahakoa i ākona e ahau te reo Pākehā mō ngā wā roroa, he uaua rawa atu ki te whakarongo, ki te tuhi. Waihoki, ko taku tino taniwha te kōrero-ā-waha i mua o ngā tāngata. Āe, e hia kē nei ngā wā ki te tū hei kōrero-ā-waha i ngā karaihe o te reo. Ia wā, ia wā, he mataku rawa atu ahau, he wiriwiri taku tinana, he tapepe taku reo, he tupurangi taku whakaaro. I ētahi wā, i pātai mai ahau ki ahau anō, “He aha ahau i hoki mai ai?”. I ētahi wā, i puta te whakaaro kia tukua taku ako. Heoi anō, kei te ako tonu ahau i te rā nei, ā, he nui tonu taku aroha ki te reo Māori. He aha ai? Nā ōku hoa ahaui āwhina kia kaha ai. Ahakoa te taumahatanga, e tautoko ana mātou ki a mātou anō. Nā ōku kaiako taku kākano i whakapuāwai ai. Ahakoa he rerekē ō mātou motu e noho ana, ko tōku whānau e tuku ana i tō rātou aroha. Mei kore ake rātou hei ako tahi, hei whakaako mai, hei akiaki mai. He nui aku mihi ki a rātou. Nō reira, koinei taku huarahi tae noa ki te rā nei. Kāore anō ahau kia kite i taku huarahi ā mua, heoi e mau ana i ahau te puāwai o te reo Māori mō ake tonu atu. E te hunga pua kōwhai, e ngā ngutu kākā o te ao, mā tō tātou manako kia whakakā ki te reo, kia piki ki te matamata o te reo, kia puāwai tō tātou kākano nē! Nō reira, tēnā rā koutou.
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Māmari Stephens Co-Project Leader, Te Kaupapa Reo-a-Ture The Legal Māori Project.
Interview by Elijah Pue, Ngāi Tauira.
What was one of the reasons that you decided to establish this papakupu, particularly in relation to Tauira Māori? I think one of the main reasons is that there is a policy where students can submit their assignments in Te Reo Māori. There had been some discussion in 2006 about the possibility of the Faculty of Law applying for an exemption from this policy, particularly for Te Reo on the basis that English was central to the study of law. But perhaps a few also presumed that Māori is not a language that can be used to transmit concepts of Western Law. I thought if we could pull together a good vocabulary from all the Māori language texts from our legal history, this might help those students to use Māori for their assignments and demonstrate that Māori can indeed be a language of law. Added to that, it was also created as a guide for Māori people to use in everyday law settings.
Who else contributed to this project? The project was led by myself and Assistant Professor Dr. Mary Boyce from the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa. Then there was a group of 25 research assistants who helped construct the mahi, led by Tai Ahu. We had a steering committee made up of Te Ripowai Higgins, Paul Meredith, Professor Richard Benton, Te Haumihiata Mason, Judge Craig Coxhead, Judge David Ambler, Professor Richard Boast, Carwyn Jones, and Mākena Reedy.
What were the challenges that came with the establishment of this project? The sheer bulk of texts—Te nui hoki o ngā tuhinga! We came up with 4- or 5000 possible words or phrases that could be included in a dictionary and we tested them all. Once we
few also presumed that Māori is not a language that can be used to transmit concepts of Western Law were happy with the list we had, we doled them out to our researchers and they would go and find what were the legal ways these words were being used, and then find good usage examples for those words and phrases. You know, Māori is a very multi-layered language, because as we know, one Māori kupu can mean multiple different things—the word for this is polysemy. And having to read through the historical texts, often without translation, was a real challenge to document the strongest legal meanings.
How long did it take to complete?
funding from the (now) Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment. The Papakupu was published in 2013, and the next step is to get it online.
Most memorable part of doing this project? Oh crikey! Umm, [laughs], ohh I had a baby! Well, we had a lot of 'project babies'! Dulce Piacentini had one, I had one, Paranihia Walker had one, Alison Stevenson, and Joeliee Seed-Pihema had babies also... in terms of legacy you know haha. At the same time, we also lost my sister-in-law, Wiha Te Raki Hawea Stephens; she was on the steering committee, and she passed away in 2009—she was with Te Taura Whiri. So that was a sad time for us, as she was one of the foremost exponents of the project. But you know, that's the nature of something that goes on for a long period of time; births and deaths. But in terms of work and stuff, if you love words, and how language works, then you'll love this kind of stuff.
And you do? Yeah, hell yeah; I mean, it’s Te Reo, what's not to love?! And the particular special nature of the words: how our people described why they used that word to describe a particular concept.
Well, we started in 2007 with small grants, and it really kicked off in 2008 with major
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He kohinga wheako Nā Te Wehi Write Tēnei au, tēnei au Te hōkai nei i aku tapuwae Ko te hōkai nuku, ko te hōkai rangi, ko te hōkai a tōku tūpuna a Tāne-nui-a-rangi I pikitia ai, ki ngā rangitūhāhā ki te tihi o manono I rokohinga atu rā, ko Io Matua Kore anakē I riro i a ia ngā Kete o te wānanga Ko te Kete Tuauri, ko te Kete Tuatea, me te Kete Aronui Ka tiritiria, ka poupoua ki a Papatuanuku Ka puta ko te ira tangata ki te whei ao, ki te ao mārama. Kotahi tonu te hiringa i kake ai Tāne ki Tikitiki-o-rangi; ko te hiringa i te mahara. Ka kitea i reira ko Io-matua-te-kore anakē. I a ia te Toi-ariki, te Toi-uru-tapu, te Toi-uru-rangi, te Toi-uru-roa; Ka whakaputa Tane i a ia ki te waitohi a Puhao-rangi, na Oho-mai-rangi, te wai whakaata na Hine-kau-orohia; kauorohia nga Rangi-tuhaha. Ka karangatia Tane ki te paepae tapu i a Rehua i te hiku mutu o te rangi; ka turuturu i konei te Tawhito-rangi te Tawhito-uenuku, te Tawhito-atua; ka rawe Tane i e hiringa matua, i te hiringa taketake ki te ao marama; ka waiho hei ara mo te tini e whakarauika nei, E tama, e i!" - Dr Tāmati Reedy Tērā te tini e noho pōhēhē ana i te huhua o ngā kōrero tauparapara e taki ana i te tuhinga nei. Waihoki, he aha rā ia te take kua kikī te
What time is it?
kōrero nei i ngā purapura a kui mā, a koro mā. Mōkori anō mo tērā i te mea, ko te kaupapa kua whārikihia ko tētahi kohinga wheako, a tinana, a hinengaro, a wairua rānei, ā, ko ngā kōrero a te tangata e whai ana i ōna ake whainga, ahakoa te aha he mea e whakataurite ana ki te kakenga a Tāne ki Tikitiki-o-Rangi. Kia whakatūria e au taku Whare Kōrero. ko te tuāpapa ko taku whakatupuranga, ko te pou-tuarongo ko ngā tini kaupapa kua whakairo i taku waiaro, ko te poutokomanawa ko taku whānau, ko te pou-o-mua ko ngā whainga i whakaritea i au e tamaiti tonu ana, ko te tāhūhū ko ngā wheako kua tukua mai ki au. I tipu ake tēnei maramara a Ruawāhia i te take o Tarawera. Ki te Rotorua-nui-aKahumatamomoe, ka pakeke mai ki Pare Hauraki, he aute te āwhea. ō tōku ekenga ki te reanga wharekura ka hoki atu ki te Waiariki, ki reira pūrea ai e ngā hau, e te haunga pūtanetane o te ngāwha. Ko te take o tēnei hūnuku, ko te whai i te karanga o te Reo Māori, arā ia ko te Kaupapa o Te Aho Matua. Koia hei tūāpapa, hei pou-tuarongo e whakatangata-whenua ana i au ki tēnei ao. Me he rākau o te whānau-a-Tane, e kore tēnei e tū ki te kore aku paiaka. Koia rā ngā pou e whakatū ana i tēnei whare, ko tōku whānau. Na ōku kaumātua au i manaaki, na ōku mātua au i poipoi, na ōku tuakana au i tārai, na ōku teina au i whakatangata, na aku irāmutu au i whakawā. ko tēnei te tino pou i whai pānga ki taku whakatupuranga, i whai pānga ki ngā pūmanawa e whakawehi ana i te ao.
tērā tētahi wā i au e tamariki tonu ana, ka whakatakotoria e ōku mātua te wero ki au. Inā oti i au aku mahi kura katoa, tae noa ki te NCEA 3 me te UE, ka wātea au ki te whai i ngā tapuwae a Hori Nēpia mā me te whakarere atu i te pā tū watawata o te Kura Kaupapa, kia tahuri atu ki te kura auraki mō te whutupōro te take. Nā wai, ka pupū ake ki roto i au tēnei āhuatanga mate kai, mea rawa ake, kia tae au ki te reanga tuaono, kua oti kē i au ngā mahi kura katoa i whakaritea mōku. i tutuki i au te wero, ā, i wātea au te rere atu ki te Kura Tama Tane o Kirikiriroa ki te tākoro whutupōro. Mohoa nei, kua toa i au tētahi whakataetae whutupōro o te ao, kua tū au hei kanohi mō tēnei whenua i roto i te Waka Ama, i kāpene au i te tīma pā whutupōro o Aotearoa, i rere atu au ki Amerika, ki Hapani hei māngai mō te tīma whutupōro wharewānanga o Aotearoa, kua haere atu hoki au ki Ahitereiria mō te tīma whutupōro whare wānanga o te Ao, a, i tēnei wā hoki kei te whare wānanga au e whai ana i te Reo Māori, me te ture. ō reira, ki hea tēnei waka tau ai? e kore ia e tau, ka rere tonu kia riro atu i a ia te ao. hākinakina mai, mātauranga mai, ahakoa te aha, me whakapeto ngoi te tangata kia ora pai ngā tini āhuatanga o tōna ao. tērā te kōrero, “kia raka te maui, ka raka te matau”. Heoi anō, hei kapinga kōrero, nā ngā pou katoa o tēnei whare ia i tū, nō reira tātou, whakanuia ngā pou o tō whare, whaia te iti kahurangi! mā reira tō whare e rangatira ai.
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Travelling By Reuben Radford When asked to write a piece on travelling for this year’s Te Ao Marama, I was hard-pressed as to what exactly I could write about. I don’t consider myself an avid traveller, nor do I think I have the greatest knowledge and expertise for putting words down on paper, and then there is the fact of trying to make it relatable to Māori! So… where to start, or rather how do I start? As a child I had a huge world-atlas book, showcasing each nation’s flag, sites of interest, pictures, facts, and statistics. Of all things in my childhood, this book was/is probably one of my fondest memories. It would be safe to say that this one item ignited my passion for travelling. In terms of travelling, I have been fortunate enough to do a fair amount for someone of only 22 years of age. Let’s just say by the age of 5, I had been to Disneyland twice; by the age of 10, I had seen almost all of the South Island there is to see in one whole summer; and by the age of 15, Euro Disney another two times. My love for travel comes directly from my parents. With both parents being servicemen/women with Ngāti Tūmatauenga (NZ Army), they themselves were doing a lot of travelling domestically, and my father was often deployed overseas. It became common for my father to be posted overseas for periods of time ranging from as little as one month, to perhaps eight to ten at any one time. Upon his return, we would often take a holiday together as a whānau. Sometimes, this meant heading to Nan’s in Rotorua for a week,
hunting in the Ureweras, or, before the times of Grabaseat, driving all the way from Tāmaki to Ōtautahi to see my mum’s side of the whānau. My parents saw the opportunity and were financially in a position to travel with two children often enough that we got to see a fair bit of the world at a young age (and at a cheaper price). As a young adult, I am grateful to have travelled so much at a very young age. It not only gave me a greater perspective of the world, but has also kept me grounded in terms of the lives we live here in New Zealand and opened my eyes to different, amazing cultures. I recently returned from a holiday to the USA. I have been there twice before, but this time I was going to see as much, do as much, and eat as much as possible. Starting in Hawaiʻi, then heading to Washington D.C., New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and then finally San Francisco. A whirlwind four weeks’ worth of travels, including sites such as Waikiki, the White House, Ground Zero, a Beyoncé concert, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Although the trip was amazing, the point of the whole adventure was to visit my mum, who lives and works in Washington D.C. at the New Zealand Embassy. It had been approximately two years since I had last seen her. Travelling for me is more than going on a holiday with whānau, taking a road trip with friends, or boarding a plane to get from A to B. Travelling has to have a point, the ‘why’ more
than the ‘how’. I mean, we don’t pay hundreds or thousands of dollars to go swimming in Hawaiʻi, when there are perfectly amazing beaches right on our doorstep here in Aotearoa. For someone like myself, travelling is essential to living. I cannot live a life surrounded by the same things FOREVER; I think this is the reason I study Design also. Having to explore, see, document the new and different is pretty much essential to the life I live. I love different cultures, their food, ceremonies, dress, everything that encompasses who ‘they’ are and how they identify ‘themselves’ to the rest of the world is something I find interesting. Are we not always yearning for a getaway? When we have had a stressful day, even the minor act of ‘taking a walk’ is an escape within itself. A brief escape from our reality to clear the head and the senses. Travelling is in us, somewhere deep down inside all of us. All of our ancestors, no matter where we all come from, have no doubt (via boat/plane/car/foot/horse/waka) made the choice to travel for the purpose of exploration and betterment of life! We travel to live life, to explore, to see the unseen, and to ultimately find our purpose and place within the complexities of life itself. If there are any pearls of wisdom I hope to leave you with, they would be that life is one big journey. So make the most of it, and in the famous words of the Ray Charles, “Hit the road Jack, and don’t yah come back!”
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He Haerenga ki Tonga Nā Fiona Leathart I tērā tau, i haere māua ko tāku tāne ki Tonga ki te āwhina i tētahi kura i reira. Ko St Andrew’s te ingoa o te kura rā, ā, he Karaitiana nō te kura, kāore te kāwanatanga o Tonga e tautoko ana i te kura – arā, kāore te kāwanatanga e tuku ana i te moni ki a rātou. Nā whai anō, kua tawhito ngā whare, kua paruparu ngā paetara, kua pakaru te nuinga o ngā mea – ā, kua pau te matangareka o ngā kaiako rātou ko ngā tauira mō tō rātou kura. Nā, i haere māua i te taha o te roopu nunui nō tētahi hāhi i Newlands, arā, ko St Michael’s. Tērā pea e rua tekau mā rima ngā tāngata, nā reira he nui, he rerekē hoki ngā pūkenga o te roopu! Nāku ngā paetara i peita i te ata, ā, nāku ngā tamariki i tiaki i te ahiahi – i kaukau mātou ko ngā tamariki i te moana kia haere tonu ngā mātua o ngā tamariki ki te mahi i aua wā. He pūkenga rorohiko tā tāku tāne, nā reira nāna te kaimahi rorohiko o te kura i whakaako i ētahi mea hou, engari i whakatikatika ia i ngā tuanui o ngā rūma ako i te nuinga o te wā. He tokomaha ngā
See you tomorrow!
tāne kaha i te roopu, nā reira i taea e rātou te whakatika ngā tuanui o ngā rūma e whā i ngā rā e rima! I wareware te pū nēra, nā reira
He nui te manaakitanga o ngā tāngata o Tonga. I hākari mātou i te nuinga o ngā pō he marae nō rātou i mamae rawa ngā ringaringa! Ahakoa tērā, i ngana rātou – me titiro koe ki ngā pikitia i raro kia mohio koe i ngā rerekētanga i tētahi o ngā rūma ako. Waihoki, i whakahaeretia ngā pukapuka o te whare pukapuka e tētahi wahine, i horoia ngā
mea paruparu o te rūma Pūtaiao e ētahi anō, i whakakapia ngā mea tawhito, pakaru rānei i ngā mea hou. I tunu ētahi mema o te roopu ia rā mā mātou, he mahi tino whakahirahira anō! He nui te manaakitanga o ngā tāngata o Tonga. I hākari mātou i te nuinga o ngā pō he marae nō rātou – he maha ngā poaka, ngā ika me ngā hua whenua i whakapaingia mā mātou, he reka rawa atu ngā kai katoa. Ahakoa i āwhina mātou ki a rātou, kaōre e kore i whakamānawa katoa rātou i a mātou anō. Mehemea kua whakaaro koe e pā ana ki tētahi haerenga ki tāwāhi, ka taunaki au he haerenga āwhina māu! He waimārie te nuinga o tātou i tēnei motu pukahu, engari he nui ngā raru i ētahi motu anō. Kua haere au ki Haina, Whītī, Ukanata hoki hei whakaako, hei hanga, hei tuku kākahu anō hoki. Ko te tūmanako he pai te āwhina ki ngā tāngata o aua motu, engari ki ahau nei, he nui rawa atu ngā painga, ngā whakamānawa i ngā tāngata nei ki ahau. Ki te puta te kōwhiringa ōrite ki a koe, me hopu koe ka tika!
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iron maori Nā Ben Ngaia te pepehā o TriPōneke i runga rā i tito E ngā iwi o te motu E takahi ai i te nukuroa o te pane o te motu Ki Te Moana-i-Raukawakawa Tumutumu parea, rākau parea Whānui te ara ki a Tāne Tāpiki ai rā, e rarau. Kua roa te wā te ngaru o IronMāori e whakarahi ake. Ko tōna ia kua papaki ki ngā whanga o te motu. Kua kitea e te iwi te māreparepa nei, ā, kua aro mai ētahi. Nā tēnei kaupapa anō te tokomaha i hiamo ai kia whakapakari i ō rātau tinana otirā kia whakatenatenahia te whānau whānui kia whakamatua i ō rātau ake hauora. I tēnei tau tonu i papaki atu te ngaru hira nei ki ngā takutai ki Te Pāpaka a Māui (Ahitereria). I te rā 22 o Pipiri i whakatū i te whakataetae tuatahi o IronMāori ki Runaway Bay, Te Pāpaka a Māui. I rere atu ētahi o mātau nō te whānau TriPōneke kia tautoko i tēnei kaupapa hauora. He nui noa atu ngā momo whakataetae hākina i haerehia i taua rā – arā, ko te hāwhe oma taumano (21km – ei, i tawhiti ake engari he kōrero anō tērā), ko te oma tekau kirometa, te oma rima kirometa, me ngā hākinatoru tāwhitinga poto (a-tangata, a-tima rānei). Ki ahau he whakataetae tēnei kaupapa ka rua, he hui whakawhanaunga ka tahi. Nō taku tirohanga atu ki ngā kaihākina ko te painga nui, he tino rerekē te tūāhua o ngā kaihākina o
te rā. Ehara i te mea he tūpuhi te katoa, ehara hoki i te mea he mārōrō te nuinga. Ko ngā kaihākina he upoko hina, he mātāpuputu, he mātātahi hoki. Me kī i haere mai ngā reanga katoa o te whānau.
He hiahia nōu, he wawata nōu kia whakapakari ake i a koe, whakahiamo rānei i tō whānau ki tēnei kaupapa tirohia ki a FB ‘TriPōneke’, ‘IronMāori’ rānei I te ata o te whakataetae i puta te hīhī, i haere mai te mano. I whakarite ētahi o ngā kaihākina i ā rātau taputapu, ā, whakaarohia hoki ā rātau nā mahere mō te rā, engari ko ētahi atu te kōrerorero me te mihimihi ki ngā whanaunga kē ā rātau nā whakaritenga. I pērā au. Haere ake te wā ahakoa ko wai ka patua e te āmaimai, tē karo. Kia tīmata rawa ia whakataetae kātahi ka puta a hari, a koa
hoki. Kei oma ana au ka rongo ki ngā kupu whakaaki o tēnā kaihākina, o tēnā ki a rātau anō. Te mutunga rawa o te hari kia rongohia. Hātakehi rawa mō te hawhe oma taumano, i te timatanga he nui ngā kōrero nā wai rā, nā wai rā, ā, ka kore he mihimihi, tokoiti o mātau e menemene ana, kaha rawa ana kē mātau e kimi i te hā kei taka nō te pau kaha. Hei aha te āmaimai kātahi te ngau mai o mamae me te tūmanako kia tere tae atu ki te whakaotinga o te whakataetae nei. Kitea ana te whakaotinga e ngā kaihākina me te rongo anō ki te iwi e whakaharihari mai ana kātahi ko te manawareka, ka tere ake, ā, ka tutuki. I manahau te minenga kia tutukihia ngā whāinga e ngā kaihākina. Kāore he painga kei tua atu i te whakahīhī nei o te tangata ki tōna ake hoa, whanaunga rānei kua ekengia tōna ake maunga. I muri tata mai i te whakataetae i paku wānanga te whānau o TriPōneke ina kia hoki atu ki Te Pāpaka a Māui ā tērā tau. Kotahi te whakautu, ‘Āe’. He hiahia nōu, he wawata nōu kia whakapakari ake i a koe, whakahiamo rānei i tō whānau ki tēnei kaupapa tirohia ki a FB ‘TriPōneke’, ‘IronMāori’ rānei. Me mihi ka tika ki te whānau IronMāori – Tīmatanga Ararau Trust. Mahia kia whāia, hei whāinga mā te iwi. Ka mihi rā hoki ki te kapa whakahaere o te rā. Kātuarehe. Timoti B
Kia pāi tō pō
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He Reo Whānau
Nā PJ Kia ora. Ko Pj tōku ingoa. Ko te Moana-nuia-Kiwa te moana, ko Mauna Kea te maunga, ko Wailoa te awa, ā, ko Kauakanilehua te ua. I tipu ake ahau i te moutere o Moku `o Keawe i Hawai`i. He tauira ahau nō te Whare Wānana o Hawai`i ki Mānoa. Nā te whakapau kaha o ngā tāngata o taua wānanga ka taea e au te haramai ki te whare wānanga o Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui mō te tau kotahi. I tae mai au ki Aotearoa i tērā tau i te marama o Hōngongoi. Nā tōku kaiako reo Māori a Mary Boyce te whānau o Te Herenga Waka i whakamōhio mai ki au. Ko Whaea Te Ripowai Higgins rāua ko Matu Stevens ngā tāngata tuatahi i tūtakina e ahau. I tōku wā ki konei, i hiahia ahau ki te ako i te reo, ngā tikanga, me te ahurea hoki o ngā tāngata Māori. Nō reira, i kōwhiri au ki te whai i ētahi akoranga Māori. Ko Te Reo Māori, Māori Society and Culture, Marae Practice, me Maori Music Performance ngā akoranga i whaia e ahau. Nā aua karaehe i tino kite au i ngā rerekētanga, ā, ngā ōritenga ki tōku ahurea o Hawai`i. Ko te reo Māori he reo whānau ki te reo Hawai`i, nō reira, he pai te karaihe reo Māori ki ahau. Ko te mahi tuhituhi te mahi pai ki ahau, engari anō mō te mahi kōrero me te mahi whakarongo. Kāore ahau i tipu ake i te reo Māori, nō reira, he iti ngā kupu Māori e mōhiotia e au. He raru tēnei, engari, i haere tonu ahau. Ko te whakatakotoranga he ahua rite ki te whakatakotoranga Hawai`i, nō reira, he āwhina
Have a good night!
nui tērā māku. He tino ātaahua te reo Māori. He rite tonu ki te reo Hawai`i, me te mea nei i puāwai tōku aroha mō tēnei reo whānau. Kia hoki atu ahau ki Hawai`i, ka hiahia ahau ki te ako tonu i te reo Māori, he ataahua nō te reo, he taonga nō te reo, he kāmehameha nō te reo. Waihoki, ko te reo he mea hei hoki aku mahara ki tōku wā ki Aotearoa. I ngā toenga o āku karaihe, i ako ahau i te hītori o ngā tāngata Māori i tō rātou whenua, ō rātou tūrangawaewae. I tāku karaihe o Te Kawa o te Marae, ko te tikanga me te kawa o te marae ngā kaupapa e ako ana ahau. He tino pai tēnei karaihe ki ahau, nā te mea, ko Whaea Te Ripowai me te whānau o Te Herenga Waka ngā kaiako. He tino kaha ngā kaiako me ngā tauira hoki ki te kōrero i te reo, me te aha anō ka pakari haere tōku reo. Kāore he marae tō te ahurea Hawai`i, he “kauhale,” kē, he ahua orite ēnei mea e rua. He tino kaha a Whaea Te Ripowai, ā, te whānau o Te Herenga Waka hoki ki te tautoko mai i a au, ki te manaaki mai i a au, anō nei he whānau kōtahi mātou. Koira te tino taonga ka kawea ki tōku kainga.
Ko te reo Māori he reo whānau ki te reo Hawai`i, nō reira, he pai te karaihe reo Māori ki ahau
Nō reira, koira tētahi paku kōrero o tōku ‘haerenga’ i Hawai`i ki Aotearoa. He mutunga kore aku mihi ki Te Whānau o Te Herenga Waka mō tā rātou kaha ki te tiaki mai i ahau arā, ko Te Ripowai, ko Tu, ko Gran, ko Monoa, ko Matu. Ki ōku hoa hoki, koutou i akiaki mai i au, i āwhina mai i a au, kia kite i ngā mea miharo o Aotearoa, ā, ngā mea ataahua o te ao Māori, nei rā taku mihi ki a koutou. Ka kore tēnei wā ki o koutou nā taha e warewaretia. Ā tōna wā ka hoki mai au ki te taha o tōku whānau ki Aotearoa.
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He waka eke noa
Sailing the Ship for World Youth Nā Julia Whaipooti The Ship for World Youth (SWY) was a whole lotta journeys for me. It was a geographical journey that took me from Aotearoa to Japan and around South-East Asia and back again. It was a multicultural journey where I spent six weeks breathing, teaching, listening, dancing, learning, and so many other ‘ings’ with 240 rangatahi from 13 countries, from Japan to Peru to Egypt to Russia. It was an internal journey where, although I got to learn about heaps of other cultures, I actually learnt a whole lot more about my own. In its simplest, boring-est form, SWY is an international leadership programme sponsored by the Japanese Government that brings together “young leaders” from all over the world. I was one of 11 in the New Zealand delegation that sailed in 2012. It was a great privilege to get to meet new people, see new places, taste new kai, learn new things, to hang with Tangaroa whilst sailing the seas, and more generally just to be exposed to new everythings and anythings. The experience was surreal, and really was a huge journey that even more than a year later I am still travelling. I felt quite responsible on SWY. If people knew anything about our country, it was limited to rugby, Māori, haka and the All Blacks. Now although I tick all those boxes— that is, I’ve played rugby, I coach rugby, I am Māori and sometimes I wear all-black clothes—I, along with our whole delegation, was ‘New Zealand’.
How we acted, talked, danced, ate, breathed, became the standard for all New Zealanders. There are now 230 young people around the world who think all New Zealanders are loud, wear jandals or no shoes at all, and consider showing up five minutes late to something as ‘arriving early’. Over half of our delegation was Māori. So that meant everyone thought Aotearoa's entire population (not prison population) was half-Māori. I had many one-on-one conversations with people explaining that no, New Zealand’s population is not half-Māori, and no, not all New Zealanders speak te reo Māori, including myself. Ehara au I te tangata korero Māori. But it was really cool to be surrounded by so many people who absolutely LOVED anything and everything to do with Māori culture and wanted to learn as much as possible. And the fact that that was cool is also very sad, because that’s not really the reality here at home. Reading Stuff or Yahoo comments on any article that has anything to do with Māori can be very depressing. We live in a country where there are heaps of people who will proudly shed a tear when the All Blacks do ‘the’ haka but then get all angus when the Treaty of Waitangi or even the word ‘Māori’ gets mentioned. Earlier this year, SWY 25 set sail with another New Zealand roopu on the boat again. I got to help out and meet some participants from Japan who travelled over as part of the programme. As I was taking some of them on a tiki tour through Wellington (Te Papa,
Cuba, and at some point, sheep!), one of the girls asked me straight up, “Why are there no brown people in Wellington?” It took me a bit by surprise, and I thought back to when I was on SWY 24 where everyone thought that most of Aotearoa was brown. I gave an honest response. I kept it real with the fact that, the further we drove out of central Wellington, the lower the socioeconomic decile of the area, and the browner the population became. But this isn’t a social-inequality article. It just highlighted the very different and surreal journey of SWY as someone who is Māori to the realities of living in our country. SWY was a place where I got to play rugby in Sri Lanka, get a taste of India, fall in love with Peru, learn how to dance in Spain, and much, much more. As a delegation, we could proudly fly the tino rangatiratanga flag with our New Zealand flag, without protest, question, or need for justification. It’s very much part of the fabric of the continuing journey that is the rest of my life. SWY was an amazing six-week journey, during which I met people who are part of my lifetime journey. But it really was the place where I was faced with the reality that these strangers to New Zealand absolutely loved Māori culture and people, and I had to ask why that is not a reflection of our own country. So I’m part of the journey to bring what I had on SWY to our home here. He waka eke noa.
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He tūtaki Tipuna Nā Hine Parata Walker Uia mai koia Whakahuatia ake Ko wai te whare nei e? Ko Te Kani! Ko wai te tekoteko kei runga? Ko Paikea! Ko Paikea! Hi! The Paikea Tekoteko was carved in the 1880’s for the house of Te Kani-a-Takirau in Uawa. Built by Patararangi of Mangatuna, it has not been seen by any of Paikea’s decendents since the carving was sold in the 1890’s.Some readers may be familiar with the whakatauaki from the Paikea haka composed by Mikaere Pewhairangi of Tokomaru Bay, on the East Coast “Uia mai koia whakahuatia ake ko wai te whare nei e? Ko Te Kani! Ko wai te tekoteko kei runga? Ko Paikea! Ko Paikea! Hi!” The tekoteko acknowledge in this well performed and well loved haka is the same Paikea tekoteko at the American Museum of Natural History today. In April 2013, a group from Tolaga Bay as a part of Toi Hauiti, on the East Coast of the North Island journeyed to the “Land of the free” to re-connect with this important piece of Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti history. I was fortunate enough to be a part of this team. I’m not exactly sure why I got to go, but am very stoked that I did. New York was everything I had heard and hoped it would be and more, indeed as my girl Alicia says, a “concrete jungle where dreams are made of ”. There is energy to that city; from Time Square and Broadway, to the street vendors and the distinct New Yorker accent that is overwhelming and fast-paced that it’s intoxicating to be around. We managed to do some celeb stalking of Emilia Clarke aka Daenerys Targaryen from the HOB TV series
However, some people in our team might say that all these events pale in significance when compared to the monumental experience that occurred at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). The AMNH houses some very important pieces from the far-reaching corners of the world. However, the piece that was most significant to our group was the Paikea Tekoteko.
for the next four days we were able to spend time with Paikea, while presenting his story, among others, to the visitors who came to watch our show. The audience members varied from primary school children, the AMNH staff, all the way to the elderly, and a notable audience member was American comedian Tina Fey. Many audience members would approach our group after the performances and thank us for sharing our ancestor and our way of seeing the world with the people of New York City, and that is how we know that our intention of sending our messages to the wider world had been achieved.
Needless to say on the 16th of April 2013, when we first met Paikea at the AMNH, it was a very emotional moment for us all. I cannot possibly encapsulate the different types of emotions that were felt in that room that day. Heoi, ka tangi te ngakau i te kitenga atu i tō matou tipuna rongonui, e noho mokemoke ana ki whenua kē, i tērā taha o te ao. Suffice to say, more than a few tears were shed, some happy, others sad.
Overall, it is safe to say that every member of our team considers this a once in a lifetime experience. This has been a journey of learning about others and about our self-identity that we might not have learnt had we not been a part of this team. Finally, we would like to thank all those who had a hand in helping us on this trip, our sponsors, fundraisers and supporters, thank you all.
Game of Thrones. Another thing while we were there that was quite exciting was that we were fortunate enough to pay a visit to Boss Lady the Rt. Hon Helen Clark at the United Nations offices.
It may ease the wound of those at home who have not, but would surely love to see Paikea, that he is in immaculate condition and credit must be given to the staff at the AMNH for that reason. His condition is of such a high quality that it not only allows one to feel more connected to Paikea himself, but also to the ancestors who were possibly alive when Paikea was first carved. It is astounding to imagine what this figure must have seen standing atop Te Kani-a-Takirau’s own whare. Currently at the AMNH there is the Te Papa exhibition on Tohora that showcases the connection of different peoples to whales. The Paikea story was our connection and the Paikea Tekoteko was a major part of our presentation. It was awesome when we were notified that Paikea would be present at all of our presentations. So
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Tōku Haerenga Nā Tihema Baker E ai ki ētehi tangata, ehara te mea nui i te wāhi haere, engari ko te haerenga kē. E whakapono rawa ana au ki tēnei whakaaro, engari he aha tēnei mea te haerenga? He hekenga ki tāwāhi, ōrite ana ki te taenga mai o ngā waka o ō tātou tūpuna? He hekenga mā raro, ōrite ana ki Te Heke-Mai-i-Raro o Ngāti Toa? Kāore e kore, engari ka taea e te hinengaro hoki te haere. I ētehi wā, ko ēnei haerenga, ngā haerenga a te hinengaro, a te ngākau rānei, ngā mea nui o ō tātou oranga. Koirā te take ehara te mea nui i te wāhi haere, engari ko te haerenga kē. Ko tētehi o ōku tino haerenga ko te haerenga ki te ako i te reo Māori. I tipu ake au ki Ōtaki, ā, he kaha rawa atu te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori ki reira, nā te kaha o tōku iwi ki reira, arā ko Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga. I rauna au i te reo – ki tōku kura, ki tōku marae, ki te taone hoki – engari kāore au i ako i te reo; ruarua noa iho ngā kupu, ngā rerenga Māori i mōhiotia e au. Nō reira, i ahau e noho ana i roto i te wharenui, whakarongo ana ki te whaikōrero o ngā kākā waha nui a Ngāti Raukawa, ka whakaaro au me ako au i te reo o ōku tūpuna, ki te hāpai i ngā kupu o tōku tūpuna ko Wī Parata te Kākākura: “Whakarongo ki ngā kupu o ngā kaumātua, kākahutia i runga i a koe, mau hei hoatu ki te ao hou”. Nō reira, ka tae mai au ki Te Whare Wānanga o Wikitoria, ka uru au i te pepa MAOR 101 Te Timatanga ki te Reo Māori. Nā taku whanaketanga, i mārama au i ngā mea māmā noa iho o te reo – te whakahua tika, ngā rerenga māmā – otirā te iti hoki o taku mātauranga o te reo i taua wā! Ko taku tino hiahia i taua wā ki te whakapakari i tōku reo ki te tū hei kaikōrero pai, hei kaituhi pai hoki, engari i mua i tērā, he nui
taku mahi. I roto i tērā tau tuatahi, i mōhio au he tino roa rawa atu te huarahi o te reo. Pōturi rawa te whakapakaritanga o tōku reo, heoi i mahi tonu au. I ahau e ako ana i te reo, ka ako hoki au i ngā mea hōhonu o te mātauranga Māori. Ka taea e au te ako ēnei mea nā te whakapakaritanga o tōku reo; nā te reo anō i whakaako i ahau. He mea nui tēnei, nā te mea e rua ngā hua o te akoranga o te reo; ko te reo anō, me te mātauranga Māori, ngā tikanga tuku iho i ō tātou tūpuna. Koinei te take ka hāpai au i te Māori Studies hei kaupapa matua tuarua mō tōku tohu i roto i taku tau tuarua ki te Whare Wānanga. Kua huri taua kaupapa ki taku tino kaupapa. I muri mai i tērā, ka haere tonu te haerenga o te reo; i tū au hei kaitūruki o te pepa MAOR 101 – i te whakaako au i ngā tauira atu o te reo, rite tonu ana ki ahau! Te rerekētanga hoki o te whakaako o te reo ki te akoranga o te reo, nō reira he akoranga nui hoki tēnei mōku. I ahau e ako ana i te reo, ka whakaako au i te reo hoki, nō reira ka whakanui tonu taku mātauranga – o te reo, o ōna tikanga, o te Ao Māori hoki. Kua mutu taku tohu ināianei, ā, ka whakapōtae au hei te mutunga i te tau, engari ka haere tonu te haerenga. Kāore i ārikarika ngā hua kua puta; kātahi tonu au ka timata i tētehi mahi ki Te Tari Whakatau Take e pā ana ki te Tiriti o Waitangi (Office of Treaty Settlements), ā, kāore e kore, kua whiwhi au i tēnei mahi nā tōku mātauranga me tōku reo hoki. Engari kore rawa taku haerenga o te reo e mutu; e ako ana au i ngā wā katoa! Koirā te take, ehara te mea nui i te wāhi haere, engari ko te haerenga kē, ā, ko tērā te wairua o te whakataukī hoki: “Ko tōku reo tōku ohooho, ko tōku reo tōku matapihi mauria.”
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Te Matatini Nā Mikaia rāua ko Hineminiata A ha Te Arawa e!
A ha Te Arawa e! Ko te whakaariki. Ko te whakaariki! Tukua mai ki a piri, tukua mai ki a tata Kia eke mai, i runga ki te paepae poto a Houmaitawhiti! Te Arawa tangata, Te Arawa waka! Nā rātou te reta pōhiri ki te motu whānui kia ū mai ki runga i te paepae poto a Houmaitawhiti. I tae mai te tini me te manō ki Rotorua i runga i te karanga o Tane Rore, o Hinerehia. Whā tekau mā tahi ngā kapa i tae atu ki te mura o te ahi mai Te Hiku o te Ika, te puku o te whenua, te pane o te motu, whakawhiti atu ki Te Waipounamu, ā, peka atu ki te Pāpaka a Māui hoki. Whiti mai ana ngā hīhī o Tama nui te rā mai te 20 ki te 24 o Hui-tanguru 2013. Heke ana te werawera i te papa tuwaewae mai ngā puna o Te ihu, Te Haumi, Te Kei, ā, me Te Whakarae i te rātapu. He huihuinga tangata i runga i te rangatiratanga o te kapa haka “ki te whāngai, ki te whakatipu, ki te manaaki, i ngā mahi kapa haka kia puawai ki ōna taumata”. Me mihi ka tika ki ngā roopu, ki ngā kaihaka hoki i tū ki te Matatini 2013 ki te kite ko wai te tihi o te maunga o te Kapa Haka. Heoi i te mutunga iho ko Te Toa Whakaihuwaka ko Te Waka Huia, ka rua ko Te Whānau a Apanui, ka toru ngā roopu e toru ko Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti, Tū Te Manawa Maurea me Te Iti Kahurangi. E kore ngā mihi e ngū mō te manaakitanga o ngā pūmanawa e waru o Te Arawa! Ka tū te Matatini ki Te Waipounamu i te tau 2015.
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Ngā Rangahautira Kei ngā mana, kei ngā reo, kei ngā karangatanga maha tēnā anō tātou. Hei tuatahinga māku, e tika ana kia whakamihia rātou mā o te wāhi ngaro, rātou mā kua ngaro i te tirohanga kanohi. Ngai tamō, nā te mata kārehu rātou i tanu, ma te mata arero rātou e hahu ake anō, nō reira kei ngā iringa o ngā paetara hahu mai, hoki wairua mai hei pou whirinaki, hei pou tokomanawa mō ngā tini kaupapa whakahirahira, whakaharahara e tēnei o ngā wiki. Kāti ki ngā tini a Tane kua whakapau hā, kua whakapau wā ēnei tūmomo āhuatanga, ēnei huihuinga tāngata, huihuinga Māori te whakatū, ka tuohu taku mana kei raro. Ā, ki te kaupapa o te wā, tērā tino kaupapa e here ana i a tātou katoa, koia ko te Reo Māori, kei te mihi. Kei te mihi ki a koe me o tini
āhuatanga. Tō waiwaiā, tō hanga wainene, tō tangi pīwari, tō āheinga ki te tārai i ngā kupu a tēnā me tēnā, tō pūkenga whakairo i ngā tini whakaaro a te marea. Te reo e tākiri ana i ngā tauwharewharenga o te whatumanawa, e kore a mihi e ngū.
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Te Mana Ākonga
Ko Ngāi Te Rangikoianake me Ngāti Mahuta ōku hapū. Ko Ivy Hapuku Harper tōku ingoa. Ko au te Tumuaki o Te Mana Ākonga.
Winiata was also there. Nga Tama Toa included people like brothers Sid and Moana Jackson, and then we have Te Mana Ākonga. We are whānaubased, and have roopu at all of the universities and some polytechnics. At this stage we are not at wananga, not because we do not want to be but because there is simply not the capacity to support tauira there at the moment. However, that is not to say the benefits we make for tauira Māori at universities and polytechnics do not benefit tauira Māori at wananga.
Te Mana Ākonga is the National Māori Tertiary Students’ Association, and provides a voice for tauira Māori on issues that impact on them within the tertiary-education environment. Born out of the student protest movements of the 1970s, Te Mana Ākonga joins a long line of individuals and roopu who wanted to change the status quo of tauira. The first tauira who wanted to change the status quo of our people were Ta Apirana Ngata, Te Rangi Hiroa and Maui Pomare. Pioneers of their time. Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan was the first president of The Federation of Māori Students. Whatarangi
There are two central aspects of Te Mana Ākonga. The first aspect focusses on assisting roopu in advocacy, enhancing support services for tauira Māori on campus, and keeping roopu informed of issues that impact on them. The second focus is lobbying for change within government. The structure is made up of Kaiarahi (representatives from each roopu). These kaiarahi attend hui throughout the year at which they discuss issues, formulate actions and determine a work programme for the Tumuaki. Major policies and decisions are determined by the Kaiarahi and ratified at the annual general
Nā Ivy J. Harper, Tumuaki o Te Awhioraki Maori Students' Association, Lincoln University E nga mana, E nga reo E nga tangata katoa, Tihei mauriora!
meeting (AGM) held at Te Huinga Tauira o Te Mana Ākonga. Te Huinga Tauira o Te Mana Ākonga—the National Māori Students’ Conference—is where roopu who are affiliated to Te Mana Ākonga can engage with other tauira and practice core values of whanaungatanga, manaakitanga and te reo me ona tikanga. It is an opportunity for Māori students to nurture and maintain their cultural identity, access social and support networks outside of their institutions, and participate in activities that can enhance and add value to their experiences within the context of their learning. While Te Huinga Tauira is where the AGM of Te Mana Ākonga is held, it is also the one hui where all tauira Māori can come and engage with other tauira Māori. Te Mana Ākonga provides a national voice on the challenges for tauira in the tertiary sector and also as members of the wider community. Ngā mihi.
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Secret Diary of...
DAvid SHeARer’s DReAM DiARy By Penny Gault
Political policies are like hats. You don’t know what suits you until you pick it up and put it on. You really have to commit to trying it on in those first few seconds, in the middle of a shop for all the public to see, before you put your money where your mouth is. I’ve tried a lot of political hats recently. I like to imagine myself standing in the middle of Kirks, trying on berets and fascinators, shop staff nodding with approval. I quickly put the man-ban fedora back on the rack after prolonged consideration in front of the mirror, input from people passing by, and hmmms and headshakes from the sales staff. Last night, I dreamed I was Mel Gibson’s character in What Women Want. In my dream, I would shave my legs in the bathroom sink—a blackhead-clearing strip across my nose, a towel around my waist, a cigarette hanging from my lips and a guitar over my knee—and fall into the bubble-filled bath while blow-drying my hair each night. But instead of tuning into what New Zealanders want and hearing the babble of thoughts of every person and their poodle, I just electrocuted myself. This sequence repeated several times as though I’d scored a few extra lives on Crash Bandicoot. I suppose the repeated electrocutions may explain the harebrained schemes that ensued. What do you think it means, Diary David? Let me tell you what happened: Monday morning. I got out of bed, moisturised my legs, and checked my hair
in the mirror. Not bad, for an old fella. I strummed my guitar in the mirror and winked at myself. Yep, still got it. I was feeling experimental. Time to give Communism a whirl. The People were complaining about asset sales and overseas buyers. It seemed like a pretty good idea just to buy all the electricity and share it all around. Like love. And Skittles. I thought maybe they’d print my face on T-shirts, like Che Guevara. I was wrong. I went back to my apartment to fix my hair. I woke up the next day, but somehow it was Monday again. No one seemed to remember yesterday. I tried again to reach out to The People. I looked down at my legs. A bit of stubble had grown over night. Just as I was thinking, “Fuck it, let them be hairy!” it came to me: feminism. Of course. What. Women. Want. My subconscious was telling me something. Women want equality. “So let’s make them equal!” I said. Grant hopped out of his side of the bed with his hair in curlers, and told me I can’t just make them equal. Something about needing to be recognised on their own merits, and man-bags. I stopped listening because I was busy trying to squeeze into a pair of stockings. It’s good to experience how the other half live. Monday morning again. I was feeling frazzled now, after three electrocutions. I was getting frantic. What if I never escaped the dream? While pondering perpetuity, I was reminded of Winston Peters. I paused. No, I was running out of -isms, and heck, it might just work. Racism. Grant brought me the newspaper
on a tray with some scrambled egg whites and an orange juice. House prices. Overseas investment. Demand exceeding supply. I knew what Winston would do; he’d target the Chinese. But when you’re leader of the Opposition, you have to go big, or go home. And I wasn’t ready to go home, just yet. My hair still looked good and the pores on my nose were visibly smaller. Smaller. That’s what we had to do. Make the pool of potential buyers smaller. “The rest of the world!” I shouted. What Women Want and the Pineapple Lumps ad blended together in my dream, and suddenly The People were standing around barbecues, playing guitars and telling each other, “and that’s how we beat the rest of the world!” By shutting them out. “They’ll call us rednecks!” protested Grant. “Now you’re thinking! That’s what we want! Red. Necks. A nation with necks painted red, pledging their allegiance to Labour. Excellent work, Grant. Just excellent.” I thought we’d really nailed it, this time. The only people who could object were those who couldn’t even vote. Grant turned to me and said, “You know what? It’s so crazy, it might just work.” I agreed. M·A·C Rebel is definitely my shade of lipstick. I woke up. Monday. Dammit. I thought we’d done it. I wondered, “What am I missing?” and decided to experiment with narcissism. I stood in front of the mirror and admired myself. John Key gazed back at me, head cocked to the side, and said, “How you doing?”
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The Pākehā Blues
By Kieren Gera With 50,000 likes in just three days, The Pakeha Party sure knows how to stir the pot. Their anti-special-privileges-for-Māori stance has ignited some fierce debate, with players on both sides participating in some not-so-constructive arguments. But the main theme of it all seems to centre around some serious resentment toward Māori. Why? My guess is that it all comes down to one simple thing: guilt. “Woah woah woah,” you say. “Guilt? Just wait a minute—who are you to—who do you think you—excuuuse me?” By ‘guilt’, I mean that same kind of feeling that you get when someone reminds you that your new iPhone could have cured 700 people of blindness in the Third World. It’s not necessarily your fault, and you can’t change the situation that led to that guilt, but you can help. By recognising that you were dealt a privileged hand in life, you can contribute to making things a little bit better. By no means am I comparing Māori to those in the Third World; what I am saying is that most of those who hold resentment toward Māori know that there is more to the story, but choose not to learn about it. That to me is the saddest thing—not the page itself, or even the hateful comments scattered everywhere, not even the missing macrons in Pākehā. The thing that niggles me the most is the blatant neglect of such an awesome opportunity: REAL DEBATE, the kind of discussion that provokes thought and maybe the odd epiphany or two. I have yet to see any thoughtful arguments that discuss more than just historical and current situations, arguments that discuss solutions. Instead, the majority of The Pakeha Party’s posts and subsequent comments appear to be a massive whinge-fest: “Whinge whinge... Māori get special privileges... whinge... uneducated comment... whinge”. I don’t intend to come across as elitist when I say that people who haven’t ever given a second
look at a decent account of Aotearoa’s history submit most of those posts. But if ignorance is bliss, why are so many people angry? I think it’s important to note here that people’s experiences are valid, and statistics and political theory only stand up so much in day-to-day life. Witnessing unfairness and injustice peeves us all off, even if we know that Suzy gets to eat her yoghurt during class because she’s kind-of sick or
if ignorance is bliss, why are so many people angry? something. But of course, we don’t want to know that she’s sick—that would make us horrible people when we secretly hate her. And that would make us feel guilty. I think the anger all starts with this idea that ‘special privileges’ for Māori mean that we must be missing out on something. As the mission statement for The Pakeha Party says, “Any additional benefits the Maori ask for exclusively for Maori—we ask for the same things for Pakeha!” So let’s have a think about this... have Pākehā been underrepresented in our Parliament since its inception? Is this also the case in their participation and achievement in our education and tertiary system? Do they overwhelmingly and disproportionately lie in most negative statistics? Because I’m sure most Māori would gladly give Pākehā that burden. But then come the true capitalist debates: we are all born as equals, we
can all achieve should we just work hard, and everyone has equal opportunities. Now if that were the case, these special privileges would be very unfair—no doubt about it. But what if this was untrue? What if basic statistics and a quick look at Māori post-colonial development proved this wrong? What if acknowledging this would make us feel like bad people when we hate on that imaginary person who pretty much got to go to uni for free because they were brown? Hell no, that would evoke a smidgen of guilt. Which isn’t really fair because you didn’t do anything wrong, did you? I do however think that there is a point at which a bit of empathy and understanding dissolves this anger and guilt. Where your inner peace reflects outwardly to contribute to a slightly more peaceful New Zealand. Because resentment and anger isn’t fun, nor is it beneficial to either group involved. What is beneficial is a politically literate nation that focusses more on positive outcomes rather than negative situations. If you think that special treatment isn’t the way, what is? That’s the kind of debate we need. So why not be a bit critical the next time you watch Police Ten 7, and consider the things that have happened to that individual’s family over the last 200 years? Perhaps google a little bit about Parihaka before you start claiming that Māori gave their land away for muskets and blankets? If you don’t do it out of a desire to help make Aotearoa a slightly more peaceful place, at least do it for the purpose of feeling a little bit less angry and guilty inside (I’ve heard that that stuff causes pimples and warts and other ugly afflictions).
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LAYING DOWN THE LAW
hoopin' and hollerin'
Hurry up with my damn croissants
Talking About Cricket
By Emma Smith
By Chris McIntyre
I went to possibly the worst cafe in the world during the break. All I wanted was a decent eggs Benedict and a good cup of coffee to soak up the previous evening’s debauchery, but for my $25 I got two hard-boiled eggs, burnt toast and cold Hollandaise. Naturally, I complained to my friends a lot, and I wrote a scathing review on TripAdvisor—but I didn’t complain to the staff. The next day (when I ran out of money) I really wished that I’d asked for my money back.
In the last edition of Hoopin’ and Hollerin’ as Carlo talked to you about the beauty of cricket, he managed to neatly skip over the other side of the story: that cricket is an almost unfathomably absurd, spectacularly peculiar sport.
Complaining can be pretty awkward though—especially if you don’t know what rights you actually have. Luckily, I’ve got your back. Next time your new MacBook Pro stops working for no reason, you can take it back to the shop, and tell them I said they have to repair, refund, or replace it—without feeling awkward. The law’s on your side. Most of what you need to know when you’re in that situation is in the Consumer Guarantees Act. It’s not particularly exciting reading, but the gist of it is that if you buy something and it’s not of “acceptable quality”, then you have a right of redress against the manufacturer or the supplier. That means it has to be fit for its purpose, free of defects, and it has to keep working for a reasonable length of time. How long is “reasonable” will depend on what the product is—for example, you can probably expect a new computer to last for five years, even if it’s only under warranty for one year. You’re covered by the Act any time you buy consumer goods or services, but not if you buy something in an auction, or if you buy something that would normally be for business use. You’re not covered if you’ve used the goods in a way that a reasonable consumer wouldn’t—so if you took your iPhone for a swim in the harbour on Friday night, or spilt a cup of coffee over your laptop, then you’re out of luck—but in every other situation, you’re entitled to a repair, refund, or replacement. That also means that often when you pay extra for an extended warranty, you’re just wasting your money. It pays to read the terms of a warranty carefully, but most of the time you’re not getting anything more than the rights you already have. So the take-home message is to know your rights when you’re making a big purchase. And if something goes wrong, don’t be a dick, but be assertive. If that doesn’t work, you can go to the Disputes Tribunal (it’s relatively cheap and you don’t need a lawyer), although if your complaint is that your eggs Benedict is cold and disgusting you should probably just ask the chef to try again.
Let’s begin: seldom is a single sporting contest drawn out over five days, or a draw celebrated. Waiting for rain or for the sun to go down are usually activities for farmers, or those in rest homes awaiting the inevitable. Cricket manages to make them tactics. Cricket is a proud staple of Her Majesty’s empire as much as the humble cup of tea, and had been used by the Empire to placate colonial territories. The so-called gentleman’s game was believed to have a ‘civilising effect’ on subjects of the British Realm, and it’s not hard to see why: cricket remains—to the best of my knowledge—the only professional sport in the world where regular breaks are taken from play specifically for tea. Of all its foibles, the most peculiar has to be the language of cricket. Much of the excitement of sport at large is caught up in the heat of the moment; the adrenaline rush of human competition and the thrill of winning. One of the beauties of cricket is that this can be drawn out over a working week, or a whole day, or condensed into a few hours. One of the downsides of this is that cricketers have a long time to sit around naming things. Wikipedia’s neatly alphabetised ‘Glossary of cricket terms’ takes over 17,000 words to explain the language of the sport. I don’t know exactly how many individual definitions are provided—I stopped counting in the ‘D’ section when I reached number 128, ‘doosra’ (the finger-spin equivalent of the ‘googly’, for those of you unacquainted). What a googly is, is an entirely different matter altogether. Reading through the glossary ultimately leaves you with more questions than answers. What’s a duck worth? Who was Duckworth? Can a dibbly dobbly be a dipper, too? Are all dippers flippers, or only some, or none? What I can say with certainty is that an agricultural shot has nothing to do with gardening the crease, and silly mids can be on or off. A run is not contingent on whether you have a short leg or a long leg or even a fine leg. Two half-yorkers don’t make a yorker, hoiks and hooks should not be confused (so long as you don’t nibble at them, I think you’re okay), and you definitely shouldn’t take a nibble at peach. I still haven’t been able to work out whether the sticky dog or the sticky wicket came first. As for toe-crushers, jaffas, trundlers, wags, pie chuckers, worms, mullygrubbers, featherbeds, slog sweeps, tickles, trimmers, wafts, yips, and zooters: your guess is as good as mine.
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Things That Go Bump In The Night with Lux Lisbon & Seymour Butts I sometimes have trouble getting or maintaining an erection when I'm having sex with someone. It's not a problem when I'm wanking but with someone else things don't always work perfectly. Is this normal for a 22 year old guy? What can I do to help it? I’m a person with a penis, and I predominantly sleep with people with penises, and I can straight-up tell you right here and now, this is not abnormal. It’s happened to both me and to people I’ve slept with, with differing degrees of severity. In my experience there are two (related) main reasons why you don’t have an erection when you want one. 1 – Stress 2 – Pressure A while ago, I was going through a ery stressful patch with uni/life, and when I had sex with a regular partner, I would sometimes not be able to get it up so easily. I didn’t sleep much before my final exam, and before sex that evening I was worried tiredness would mean the erection trend would continue, but without exam stress, things went totally fine for my junk! Very few people can perform like a porn star when you’re stressed or exhausted. Relax! It’ll be good for more than just your dick. I suspect porn is partially to blame for the pressure to be hard on demand. Whenever a penis wants an erection in porn, it has one. Of course, this is often artificial, with breaks for the performers, and drugs like Trimix or Viagra, but even knowing that, it still constructs an unnatural expectation.
It’s the kind of thing where once it’s happened once (and sometimes it will just happen for no reason at all), you start to worry it will happen again, putting more pressure on your peen to perform and making it less likely to do so. Knowing that helps, but the thing that has worked more for me than anything else is to just fucking talk about it. Don’t ignore it, or treat it like a horrible secret, because obsessing over it by yourself won’t help. Knowing your partner knows about any erectile dysfunction (of any severity) lifts a lot of performance pressure, which makes limpness less likely anyway! Finally, some people just don’t get as erect as often. This doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong, and it may be the case that this is just the way you are. If things work better when you’re tugging yourself off, you could take more control of your dick during sex, and I’ve found using lube helps too. Aside from that, there are plenty of fun things not requiring an erection, especially if you invest in a toy or several! Seymour x
Having trouble getting hard, or staying hard, can be difficult in even the strongest relationships. It can make you worry that maybe there is something wrong with you, and sometimes your partner may feel like maybe there is something wrong with them and you no longer find them attractive or desirable. Most commonly, and in the majority of situations, neither of those reasons will be the root cause (pun intended). It’s simple: being a complex piece of machinery, sometimes your dick
just doesn’t want to cooperate. Maybe you are stressed out over something, a little nervous, suffering from performance anxiety, had a few too many beersies, or perhaps you can hear your flatmate washing the dishes in the next room. The best thing you can do is relax and not let this stress you or your partner out any more than it needs to. If you’re in a position where you are comfortable, it might help to explain to her that it is not her fault, and that it is an issue that you can work through together; opening the lines of communication will make this easier for both of you. However, this is obviously a lot more difficult if you are having sex with a new partner. Try to reduce your stress levels, exercise and eat healthy so you have a clear head. It is also a good idea to try to reduce distraction while the two of you are getting frisky; throw on a soundtrack to drown out outside noise and distractions so you can keep your head in the game. When it comes to getting it up before you get it on, be sure to take it slow. Making time for foreplay will provide more opportunity to build tension and excitement, and hopefully this should help you to gain and maintain a solid erection. It may also be helpful to avoid masturbating the day or two beforehand. If this continues to be a real problem for you or you think something may be wrong, there is no harm in seeking some advice from your doctor. Keep in mind too that in their lives, most men with have some difficulty in getting and maintaining an erection to some extent. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Lux
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My ex-boyfriend (first love) revealed over the summer that he had been cheating on me. I now see the girl that he was cheating on me with, and is currently dating, EVERYWHERE. Would it be appropriate for me to kurb stomp her and her smug, unremorseful face?
Hector Look, I feel your pain. My first love left me to go party with older guys at a beach house over summer, texting me at night to (I assume) rub it in my face. At the time, my only response was to reply with: “DO YOU KNOW WHAT A BROKEN FUCKING HEART FEELS LIKE?” I won’t pretend we went through the exact same thing, though—I wasn’t cheated on, and doubtless my teenage relationship didn’t reach the same level of seriousness as yours. That said, there are really important pieces of advice which I can share with you. First, and most importantly: keep your friends nearby at all times. Now is not the time to be alone. Still, that will happen, so be prepared and don’t be too hard on yourself when those times come.
anger and violence with seeing her, you’ll only feel more angry and violent. On the other hand, it would be satisfying as hell to come at her, Snooki-and-JWoww style.
she is ultra-smug and being deliberately mean-spirited. Sadly, he will in all likelihood cheat on her too; fidelity doesn’t seem that important to him.
But please, don’t. You know that it’s a bad idea, right? I know it’s humiliating to see her smugness, but it’s even more humiliating to be the violent one. Once a cheater, always a cheater. Chances are your ex is about to do to her exactly what he did to you, and then you guys can both do exactly what you probably should have done in the first place: direct all your hatred at the cheater.
This guy has made you feel pretty stupid, and pretty hurt, and now you’re seeing a mascara-ed reminder that he is with someone else all the time. That’s dumb. I know how you feel. There is always an element of, “What has this girl got that I don’t have?”, but I think for your sanity you’ve got to keep telling yourself that all she has is better timing. Unless she really is more of a catch than you, but I find that hard to believe, because intimacy is a joke of time and space.
Let me sum up: you’re great, he sucks (and so does she). I’m sorry for what happened, and you have every right to feel sad, angry and anything else. But if you worry too much about her then you won’t ever feel better about yourself. The only way your heart will mend/ Is when you learn to love again, Hector.
It sounds like you’re about six months past the actual break-up, which has hopefully been long enough to let time begin to heal your wounds. I hope, too, that you have found comfort through your friends.
Of course it would be appropriate. Regrettably, it would be neither lawful nor dignified. Apparently, your first love is one that you don’t really forget. I told a friend that I didn’t think that statement applied to me, and they said, “It means your first requited love,” so perhaps one day it just might. *stares into middle distance*
The real issue here is that you’re seeing the Other Woman around and it is still killing you inside. Short answer: that won’t go away quickly. Even worse, if you always associate
It pains me that she has a smug and unremorseful face. Consider the possibility that that is just how her face looks, but then dismiss it quickly, because we both know
Remember that while she might not be someone that you ever want to see, you were far closer to him: how he treated you is more insulting than any look she’ll ever throw you in the vicbooks queue. You also (hopefully) have friends who love you and who can remind you, briefly and with composure, that “you’re cooler”, should you feel the need to ask once in a while. Lastly, remember that you could conceivably have heard she has a third nipple, or specifically requests pink marshmallows in her mochas, or is Muldoon’s granddaughter. (These fake rumours have been carefully constructed to require just that little bit too much research that people won’t bother to verify them: you’re welcome.) Janet (pronounced Hanet).
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LIFESTYLES OF THE POOR & THE STUDIOUS weet The S p Scoo
my OH my miss american pie
By Julia Wells In many ways, apple pie is a bit of a cliché. Think Bruce Springsteen riding Laura Ingalls Wilder's horse while eating a McDonald's apple pie bought for him by his mum, and you'll just about have it. Despite all this, an apple pie is one of the most simple yet delicious desserts around. Crisp, buttery pastry, warm fluffy apples (I'm trying so hard not to make an American Pie joke here, I hope you're proud of me), and a spoonful of ice-cream or cream to contrast. Nice. For something this great, apple pies are remarkably easy to make. If you use pre-made pastry, it's really really easy. Put pastry and filling in pie dish. Put pie in oven. Serve to adoring guests/ flatmates/pets who will offer you praise, foot massages and spare laundry powder. Never has winning love been this simple. There are just a few points to note. The choice of apples is important. Some apples are much better for cooking than others and are known—with the same kind of creativity that gave us the North and South Island—as cooking apples. These go extra-fluffy when cooked, making for especially good pie filling. The apple I would recommend is the Granny Smith (the bright green type). I've also given instructions here for how to make your own pastry. You can, of course, wimp out and use any pre-made pastry. However, your own will taste much better, and is probably even faster than finding the pastry section of the supermarket freezer. The main trick to pastry is to keep it cold (not too hard in Wellington) and so to handle it as little as possible. Don't skip the chilling stage, use cold water, and don't squeeze it or snuggle with it. This is the pie recipe that was made by my mother all through my childhood, and by my grandmother. I hope you enjoy it.
Apple Pie filling:
5 medium cooking apples (e.g. Granny Smith) ½ cup white sugar
1 ¼ cups white flour 100 g butter about ½ cup water, very cold
Preheat the oven to 180 °C. If making pastry, cut butter into chunks and blend in a food processor with flour, until the consistency of fine sand. Add water in a dribble while mixing, until the mixture sticks together into a ball. Place in fridge to chill for at least 20 minutes. To prepare the filling, peel apples and slice very finely, then toss with the sugar. Take a pie tin (20-cm diameter) and grease with butter. Roll half the pastry into a large circle (with the surface and rolling pin welldusted with flour). Line the pie tin with the pastry sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, roll the remaining pastry to make the top. Pastry scraps can be used for decorations, e.g. pastry leaves or flowers. Remove pie base from oven, pour in filling and cover with lid, pressing down edges. Put a few slits in the top of the pie. Bake for about 45 minutes, until golden brown (juice can bubble out, so place a tray underneath). Serve alone, or with vanilla ice-cream, cream, or brown sugar. Serves 6-8
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Grandmother Should Have Taught You
yeasty goodness Bacchus knows best By Bacchus Yeasty goodness… This is usually a term associated with beer; however, a few months ago I got the chance to sneak over the hill to Martinborough and get a behindthe-scenes look at some of the ‘magic’ happening in a few wineries that make some gloriously perfumed and textural wines. As a wine connoisseur, I spend a lot of time talking about the uniqueness of different wines, with the focus being about where they come from, how much sun the vineyard gets, the structure of the soil... and so on and so forth. What is often overlooked is what a different strain of yeast can add to the end result. A lot of winemakers (our friends at the big companies) use specific strains to get a desired result—whether it’s to raise or lower the alcohol content, or produce softer, rounder fruit flavours. But those who let fermentation happen naturally, with whatever yeast is on the grapes out in the vineyard, or is kicking around in the winery, are the ones who make the truly
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exciting wines. With this in mind, be on the lookout for wild fermented wines, as the juice in the bottle will be slightly more unique and less like its more generic, commercially made neighbour.
You and the Queue
Cheese on toast 4 pros: Put your oven on grill, 100ºC, and while it’s warming up chuck some bread in. Once the oven heats up take out the bread, turn it to the untoasted side, slather it in sweet chilli sauce (adding tabasco sauce is optional but brilliant) and cheese, chuck it back in. If you have parmesan cheese grate some on the top. Cook until the cheese bubbles & browns.
In saying that though, there are a couple of commercially made wines which are absolute stunners, and have served me very well over a number of years. Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc: My number-one go-to if I have to get something for my lovely lady; it screams Marlborough, with crispy crunchy notes at the back, a wonderfully aromatic nose and the classic passionfruit flavours up front. Safe as houses! Roy’s Hill Merlot by CJ Pask: A classic Hawke’s Bay Merlot which is driven by plush red plummy fruits, and can sometimes have a slight hint of vanilla and chocolate running through the palate. Soft and generous tannins mean it can be drunk on its own or with a wide variety of food. So store these gems in your memory bank, sit back and wait for them to come on special at your local, and stock up!
Today you are You, that is truer than true. Dr Seuss reckons so, and we agree too. You may have health needs,
AN APPLE A DAY
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maybe big, maybe small. And for an appointment, you just need to call. In an emergency we will still see you too—but be prepared for a wait, as you will join the queue. Those really sick may be seen quite quick, and we’ll then do our best, to triage the rest. For while there’s no one alive who is Youer than you, there’s bound to be more
Texting someone: Before 1: ambiguous. After 1: you want to bang. Clean your insides: Eat a clove of garlic with warm water. Yum? Get Netflix: Download mediahint (requires Chrome or Firefox): it gives you a US ISP for sites which require one. Netflix itself costs US$8/ month and has thousands of tv shows and movies–it’s a lot easier (and safer!) than downloading/finding streams. MYO icepacks: Soak a sponge, put it in a ziplock bag, freeze it. If the bag is airtight it won’t drip everywhere when it thaws!
than one You on the queue!
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Sydney Bridge Upside Down
“Kei te tōpito o te ao e noho ana tētahi koroua me tōna hoiho, a Sydney Bridge Upside Down. He nawe te mata o te koroua, he hōtoa te haere a tōna hoiho. Nā, ka timata te kōrero ki te koroua me tana hoiho nā te mea i kitea ai ngā mahi kino i taua wā raumati.” (He wāhanga o te pukapuka) Ka pēnei te āhua o tēnei whakaari. He pōuri, he pōtango.
he ngāwari ngā kupu engari he hohonu ngā whakaaro. Heoi, he mahinga auaha te whakaari nō reira he nui ngā momo mahi hei whakaaturanga mā te kaimātaki. E whakamahia ana te mahi kōpuratanga, he waiata, he kanikani, he mahi whakakata i te tangata, he mahi whakamataku i te tangata, he aha atu. He kaha ngā kaiwhakaari ki te whakaatu i te āhua o te wā me te wāhi. Ehara i te mea mā te hunga Aotearoa anake tēnei whakaari. Ka mārama ai ngā kaupapa o te kōrero ahakoa kāore te kaimātaki e tino kapo
i ngā tikanga o ētahi wāhanga. Ehara tēnei whakaari i te whakaari pai mā ngā tamariki. He kirikau te tangata i ētahi wāhanga, e pōkē ana ētahi o ngā kaupapa. Kua kātia te whakaari i Pōneke engari ka whakatū anō ki Tāmaki hei te rā 7 ki te rā 11 o Ākuhata. He rerekē hoki tēnei whakaari i ētahi atu o Takirua. Heoi, he nui ngā whakaari o Takirua e whakaata ana ki Pōneke. He kamupene whakaari Māori rātou e whakaata ana i ngā kōrero o te iwi. Kei tā rātou pae tukutuku ngā mahinga o te kamupene.
I ahu mai te kōrero i te pukapuka Sydney Bridge Upside Down nā David Ballentyne. I tuhia te pukapuka i te tau 1968 engari ehara te kōrero i tētahi kōrero rongonui nō Aotearoa. Nā James Ashcroft o te kamupene whakaari, Takirua, te kōrero i whakawhiti ki te taumata o te ao whakaari. Nā ngā whakaaro o tētahi tama tēnei kōrero. E whakaatu ana te kōrero i te āhua o tana hinengaro anō nei he matapihi ki ana kare-āroto. E noho ana te tama ki te taha o tōna matua rāua ko tana teina ki Calliope Bay. Kei taua tāone he wheketori patu kararehe i waihotia hei whare whakahapa. Kei taua whare ngā kōrero muna o te tāone, ngā mahi tūkino o te tama. He tino pai te whakaputanga me ngā pūkenga o ngā kaiwhakaari. I te āhua o te pukapuka
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Young and Hungry – Festival of New Theatre review
The Young and Hungry Festival is an annual event which sees 15- to 25-year-olds take to BATS with three new one-hour works by local playwrights. The production teams are mentored by industry professionals and accomplished directors, with the aim of nurturing young talent in all areas of playcreation. As seems to be tradition, one play’s great, one’s not great, and one is okay. Dragonlore, by Nic Sampson, directed by Richard Dey, is an absolute delight. The set by Lauren Stewart is creative and functional, as is Charlotte Pleasants’ lighting design. Some of the initial dialogue was hard to catch, but what unfolds is a hilarious romp with some (mostly) endearing geeks and an outsider in the world of ‘larping’ (Live Action Role-Playing). The script is tight and manages to explain all that the audience needs to know about this branch of underground entertainment, and is very funny. The excellent cast serve the script well, and combine Sampson’s clever dialogue with
their expert comic timing. The plot climax is a little bizarre, but that is the only time I feared that Dragonlore might be running away on itself. Well written, directed, designed and acted. Atlas/Mountains/Dead Butterflies, by Joseph Harper, directed by Ralph Upton, can take pride in its clever direction and the enthusiasm of its cast. Yet the plot is hard to grasp and nothing really seems to happen in the two worlds that we have onstage: that of Rhys (Aaron Pyke) and Phoebe (Isobel MacKinnon), and Atlas (Ryan Knighton). Atlas’s story was intriguing and beautifully rendered. The other characters present a quirky mêlée of ideas and issues around saving Earth, national pride, and being a student, but it has no flow or resolution, and it is hard to invest in the lives of these at-times annoying characters. Ash James and Michael Hebenton are wonderful as the dripping taps, and bring a much-needed sense of delight to a play that has very high aims but whose script struggles to execute them. Trashbag, by Georgina Titheridge, directed by Alison Walls, is entertaining yet chaotic. It is fun, but it is a tired concept, especially to us university students (and to Titheridge whose previous Young and Hungry piece, Sit On It,
was a hilarious take on a nightclub bathroom). The classy set and soundtrack are about the only clues we get as to time and place of the party—the relationships between some of the characters and their ages were hard to decipher. There is little character development, and I was left with a mental list of questions about their circumstances. However, Maddy (Georgia Pringle), Otto (Matthew Crooymans) and Eric (Christopher Watts) push the play forward, and we manage to get quite a few laughs at the other characters’ expense. There are macarons, a bra, sexy moves, and lycra (on a dude)—something for everyone. Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre at Bats—Out of Site, cnr Cuba and Dixon Streets, until 10 August. Dragonlore by Nic Sampson, directed by Richard Dey, 6.30 pm. Atlas/Mountains/Dead Butterflies by Joseph Harper, directed by Ralph Upton, 8 pm. Trashbag by Georgina Titheridge directed by Alison Walls, 9.30 pm. Tickets: $18/students $14, or all three plays $45/students $36. www.bats.co.nz, email book@ bats.co.nz, or call (04) 802 4176.
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A Storm of Swords Pt I & Pt II review
(Spoilers Beware) I consider myself an avid watcher of Game of Thrones. But it wasn’t until I finished watching season 3 and the horror that was the Red Wedding that I also became an avid reader of it. I wasn’t going to wait nine months for the next season to start, so I got stuck in to the books. The first season was largely identical to the first book, with only very small, unimportant differences, such as the colour of someone’s eyes or the length of their hair. What the book did do, however, was get inside the characters’ heads the way only a book can, and it really enforced the feelings I had for particular characters, such as my hatred for Joffrey. So upon finishing the first book, I expected much of the same from the books that followed. I was to be very mistaken. Though there was much of the second season present, there were also parts of the third and
a few parts that I either didn’t recall or were new facts, plots or characters, with the latter of the three becoming more prevalent throughout A Storm of Swords, which is in two parts. Now, about three-and-a-half weeks later, I am halfway through the fourth book, everything is completely new and I keep finding myself awake rather late, unable to put down the books. They are extremely well written, although the details of the colour of the doublet one particular character might be wearing has become a little tedious. As the books have progressed, I have found that the television series has not stayed as true to the story as it had in book one. Some of it I have been able to look over, such as Jojen and Meera Reed becoming Bran’s friends at Winterfell rather than on the road after their escape. Some of it has been baffling, Robb’s wife being a great example. In the series, her name is Talisa of the free city of Volantis; however, this character doesn’t even exist in the books. Robb marries a young girl called Jeyne Westerling and she doesn’t die at the Red Wedding, which makes me wonder where they are taking that storyline.
And some of the differences have been necessary, like keeping Barristan the Bold’s identity from the reader until midway through the fourth book. This would have been much harder to conceal for a long period of time on the show. With about 300 pages to go of book four, I am quite excited to see what happens next. In true GoT fashion, more of the main characters have been killed off, and like good books do, secrets have been spilled that have been kept hidden from the television viewers. But I’m not going to spoil everything for you. I will tell you one last thing… Winter is (still) coming.
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e Paraiti. Ka rawe te mahi a Whirimako ki te whakaatu i te āhua o Paraiti. He wahine pakari, he wahine toa.
I ahu mai te kōrero nei I te pukapuka nā Witi Ihimaera, arā ko Medicine Woman. Heoi, he whakaaro tēnei mō te āhua o te kiriata I hangaia e Dana Rotberg. Ko tēnei kiriata he kōrero pūrakau o te wā o nehe. Ka timata ki te āhua o te tohunga rātou ko tōna whānau, ko tana mokopuna hoki. Kātahi ka tae mai te hoia tauiwi, whakamate I te whānau, patu I te mokopuna.
Nā tana mahi, ka tonoa a Paraiti e te wahine Māori kia awhi atu i tētahi wahine kiritea. Ko taua Māori, a Maraea, i whakaarihia e Rachel House. Ko tōna rangatira, a Rebecca, i whakaarihia e Antonia Prebble. Kāore a Maraea e kōrero Māori ahakoa he māramatanga tōna. Hei tāna, he pai ake te ao Pākehā i te ao Māori. Ko Rebecca te wahine o tētahi rangatira Pākehā, e kore e pai ana ki te iwi Māori.
I tana pakeketanga ka whakaarihia te mokopuna e Whirimako Black, ko Paraiti tana ingoa. He tohunga a Paraiti e mahi ana I ngā rākau o te ngahere hei rongoā mo ngā whānau Māori. I tērā wā tonu, I aukatingia ngā mahi a te tohunga e te Kāwana, engari, I whakamaua ngā tikanga
Ka rawe hoki ko enei wahine tokotoru. Ko rātou hoki ngā tino kaiwhakaari o te kiriata. I ētahi wā, ka kōtiti haere te kōrero ki wāhi kē, e kore e mārama ai. Engari, nā ngā pūkenga o ngā kaiwhakaari ka mau tonu te hunga mātaki. Anō
hoki, he papai te whakaputanga. Ka mārama ngā whakaaro o te kōrero, hei aha ngā kaupapa rīraparapa. Ko tētahi āhua o te kiriata, he nui ngā whakaaro Māori o roto anō nei he kiriata mō te Māori. Ki a rātou e noho kūare ki ngā mahi a te Māori, ka ngaro ngā tino tikanga o te kōrero. Hei tauira, i tētahi wāhanga ka takahia te whenua o te pēpi e te Pākehā. Ki tā te Māori he mahi kino tēnei engari ki tā te hunga kūare he whakaaro anō tōna. Nō reira, ka noho te kaimātaki ki tana māramatanga ake. E whakaatu tonu ana tēnei kiriata ki ngā whare pikitia puta noa i Pōneke. I ētahi wā, he reo Māori te reo i whakahua. Heoi, he reo pākehā ngā kupu hauraro nō reira he pai tēnei mā rātou e kore e kōrero Māori.
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Ahakoa kāore rāua i ako i te pūoru i te whare wānanga, ko te pūoru te mea nui ki a rāua.
Download Kid’n’Rei’s free EP from any of the following sites:
I Āperira, ka tukua te kiriata pūoru mō ōna waiata ‘Holes in my Chucks’ i runga i You Tube. Kei te maumaharatia pai te rangi o te waiata nei. I whakaatu tēnei waiata i te wairua tākarokaro o te pūoru o Kid’n’Rei. Ko te mea nui ki a Kid’n’Rei, ko te pārekareka o te ao pūoru.
Facebook.com/kidnrei Kidnrei.bandcamp.com Youtube.com/kidxrei Soundcloud.com/kidnrei
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He mahi takirua ko Kid’n’Rei - ngā kaiwhakatangitangi Kid rāua ko C. Rei. Ko ōna ingoa tūturu, ko Tane Williams-Accra me Callum Rei McDougall. He takirua ‘Hip Hop’ a Kid’n’Rei. I tipu ake rāua i Pōneke, i noho tonu rāua i reira. Nō Ngāti Raukawa me Ngāti Pākehā a C. Rei. Ko Ngāti Āwherika me Ngāti Pākehā ngā iwi o Kid. Tekau mā iwa o rāua tau. He tino ngākaunui rāua ki te mahi whakangahau, ahakoa te kanikani, te waiata, te whakaataata rānei. Inaianei, kei te ako a Kid i te ‘Stage and Screen’ ki Whitireia; koinei tana tau tuatahia. Ka ako a C. Rei ki Te Whare Wānanga o Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui. Kei te whai ia i te tohu paetahi i Te Reo Māori me Marketing; koinei tana tau tuarua.
Kātahi anō ka tuku a Kid’n’Rei i o rāua EP, ‘Duos Dynamic’. Ka taea te whiwhi i runga i te ipurangi, i ngā whārangi ipurangi ki raro, kaore he utu. Inaianei, i whakarite a Kid’n’Rei i tētahi pō whakangahau ki te whakanui i te tuku o te EP ‘Duos Dynamic’. Titiro ki te whārangi Pukamata o Kid’n’Rei mō ngā pānui e pa ana ki te pō whakangahau nei. Kid’n’Rei is a collaboration project between rappers Kid and C. Rei, who is also the producer. They describe their sound as a light, fresh, localized brand of Hip Hop, clearly showing their background and influences.
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What's on Film:
X-Box One review
The benefit of writing an article on a major gaming announcement several weeks after it has been released is that murky details can be clarified, and shockwaves from drastic changes have had time to settle. That's my excuse for waiting so long to write a piece on Microsoft's new gaming console, the Xbox One (not severe procrastination, which is the real reason). However, given the complete about-face Microsoft has taken to some of its Digital Rights Management features, I am kinda glad I did. If you have been living under a gaming rock for the last little while, the annual gaming convention E3 was held from 11–13 June. This year was particularly exciting as many fans, myself included, were anticipating a first showing of the next generation of console tech. We certainly weren't disappointed in that respect, although I'm not entirely sure that what Microsoft initially presented was actually a gaming console. My crib notes read: online connectivity at least once a day (with a preference for constant connection); a Kinect camera that can't be turned off; limited ability to buy or sell second-hand games; and no backwards compatibility (though that was to be expected). Microsoft proudly announced all these features with an optimistic outlook on the 'future of gaming’. To which everyone on the internet immediately responded: “Sony wins; Microsoft, you're not invited to Christmas dinner”. By basically doing nothing besides saying they weren't Microsoft, Sony walked away with the unofficial trophy of victory. Jump forward a week, and Microsoft is in the awkward position of having to announce
that they are actually dropping most of their hyper-aggressive DRM measures. A much more friendly one-time internet connection per game, an assurance you can turn off the Kinect (although the government may still use it to spy on you), and freedom to buy and sell secondhand games were offered as tribute to appease the furious internet gods. The console is still locked to games from its own generation, but we can't win all the time. Three out of four: that's still an A-! What intrigued me most, however, is the speculation over the cause of this sudden turnaround. What did seem to make an impact though was the outcry from US medical institutes and the US armed forces. The day before the big 180, I read several articles and interviews from people in these fields who outlined the benefits of the Xbox 360 in comparison to the proposed Xbox One, although granted, the focus in both cases were issues over the internet-connection requirements. I get the feeling that Microsoft was terrified that it had angered the US military, and so order was restored to the Universe and once again we are left with two bland, indistinguishable consoles. While I may not have agreed with the plan Microsoft had, it was at least aiming for a future of gaming, as dystopian as it might have been. Instead of setting sail for an adventure into the unknown, though, both Sony and Microsoft have settled for making a console for the gaming of the present. I worry that with no one keeping an eye on where we may be able to head, these brand-new consoles may stagnate and require replacement in only a couple of years’ time. I am left to mourn the death of a console I can't even purchase yet.
The NZIFF Live Cinema Event: The Crowd, 1928. Cinema with a live 12-piece ensemble providing the soundtrack. Sunday 11 August at Paramount. www.nziff.co.nz
Visual Arts: Bowen Galleries: Here We Lie: Bekah Carran, until 17 August. Robert Heald Gallery: John Ward Knox: a lightning strike, a hand on a shoulder, until 17 August.
Books: 5 August: Writers on Mondays: Eleanor Catton and VUP publisher Fergus Barrowman discuss her second (Bookerlonglisted!) novel The Luminaries, an “astrological murder mystery” which “draws immediate comparisons to the vast and macroscopic novels of the 19th century”. Te Papa, Level 4 (The Marae), 12.15–1.15. FREE ENTRY.
Theatre: Playshop Live at The Paramount Theatre every Friday, 10.15 pm, late-night comedy. Tickets: Waged $15, Unwaged $12. Love and Money Downstage 8–24 August, see downstage.co.nz for times. Tickets: students $25. Circus, burlesque and seduction, in a story of the lives and relationships of exotic dancers. Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh, performed by Wellington Repertory Theatre at Gryphon Theatre. Tickets: Students $20, call (04) 479 3393 or wellingtonrepertory.org.nz. Suburban comedy satirising the aspirations of the British middle class in the 1970s.
Music: BDO 2014 lineup announced; Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Blur, Snoop Lion.
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'things we didn't say' - difficulty: medium
ACROSS 1. ‘West Side Story’ gang 5. Book after Psalms and before Ecclesiastes (abbr.) 9. Colossal creature at Te Papa 14. Hip hop group G-____ 15. Indian queen 16. With 30-Across, dead end 17. Lisa with no eyebrows 18. Drive a getaway car, maybe 19. First word in a rhyme for choosing something
20. Famous line that wasn’t said in ‘Casablanca’ 23. Guitar’s ridge 24. Thing a trawler drags 25. Film critic Andrew who had a ‘Galaxy Quest’ villain named after him 28. Some components of Morse code 30. See 16-Across 33. What the Lorax spoke for 34. “All’s ___ in love and war”
35. ___ point (never) 36. Famous line that wasn’t written in ‘Lord of the Rings’ 39. Strike with a whip 40. Vegetable carried by a Farfetch’d 41. Surprise victory 42. Cinnabar, for one 43. Skateboarder Tony 44. Creatures that often leave slime trails 45. Kerouac novel, ‘Big __’ 46. Jib or spinnaker, maybe 47. Famous line that wasn’t said in ‘Star Trek’ 54. Triangular Greek letter 55. Milo’s buddy in a kid’s film 56. Cookie with a rainbow sprinkle variety 57. Emasculate 58. Fictional detective dubbed ‘the Great’ 59. Scorch 60. Molecule with the formula O3 61. ‘___ the Man’ (Amanda Bynes film) 62. Bar under a car DOWN 1. Song by Van Halen or Rihanna 2. One of a certain class of chemical compounds 3. ‘Goldeneye’ singer Turner 4. Not go stale, perhaps 5. Goes on and on and on 6. Morocco’s capital 7. Force on Earth, for short
QUIZ 1. What are the three colours of the Tino Rangatiratanga flag?
6. For which novel did New Zealand author Keri Hulme win the Booker Prize in 1985?
2. Who is General Sisi?
7. The Rohingya are a persecuted ethnic minority mainly in which country?
3. True or false: in Māori mythology, Māui only used his ancestor’s jaw-bone to snare the Sun.
8. Which spirit is the main ingredient in the Brazilian cocktail called a caipirinha?
4. Which player has scored the most points in this year’s Super Rugby season?
9. In which decade is the New Zealand film Utu set?
5. Approximately what fraction of a typical iceberg’s volume is underwater?
10. Which New Zealand band is Tiki Taane a former member of?
Answers: 1. Black, white and red ochre. 2. Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Army, and Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of Egypt. 3. False (he also used it as a fish-hook to haul up the North Island). 4. Bulls firstfive Morné Steyn. 5. Eight-ninths. 6. The Bone People. 7. Myanmar. 8. Cachaça. 9. The 1870s. 10. Salmonella Dub.
8. ‘La Dolce ___’ (Fellini film) 9. Parts of an act on stage 10. A knight might go on one 11. It parallels a radius 12. “The same” in Latin, often following 'ib' 13. Tom who directed ‘Shanghai Noon’ and ‘Failure to Launch’ 21. From Cork, maybe 22. Track one on some albums 25. 2010 Gorillaz song with Bruce Willis in the music video 26. Making noise, as a crowd 27. It comes before ‘recycle’ 28. Cyborg from Skaro 29. Noise from a sty 30. German secret police 31. Landscape photographer Adams 32. Comes to 34. Soared 35. Horse with a spotted coat 37. It might get you up 38. Garment worn under a toga 43. Nice, as treatment 44. Talks back to, maybe 45. Bad guy with horns 46. Malice 47. Mercedes-___ 48. Ticklish red puppet 49. Ages and ages 50. Salt Lake City’s state 51. Dino specimen called ‘Sue’ 52. Greenish-blue colour 53. Days of ___ (olden times) 54. Team Rocket, for one
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Target rating guide: 0-15 words: do you even go here? 16-25 words: alright 26-35 words: decent 36-50 words: PRO 80+ words: free drink
YEAR LONG PUZZLE: 15. Rearrange A NOBLE GUEST into something more than ninety degrees (6,5) 16. Rearrange SAN MARINO into a bunch of people from Bucharest (9)
'triple play' - difficulty: hard 55. Downhill vehicles 57. Tape from an unsigned band, maybe 58. 2009 horror film about genetic modification 60. Bamako is its capital 61. Piano teacher’s motto, for short 65. Nerve fibre 66. ____ sign (-) 67. “What’s the big ___!?” 68. ‘Star Wars’ droid 69. Caught sight of 70. Period in high school
ACROSS 1. Short, fiery argument 5. Ricochet shot, in pool 10. Start for a billion bytes 14. ‘Two Towers’ bad guys 15. Clutch tightly 16. Going ___ (getting laid) 17. Real-estate motto, for short 19. Black Beauty, for one 20. ‘____ Bueller’s Day Off’ 21. Put on the market 22. Cola with a ‘Max’ variety 23. Sacrament that includes bread and wine 28. Suffix meaning most
29. Event for flying aces 31. Lumberjack’s tool 32. Give (a job to) 34. Jeep Cherokee or Ford Explorer (abbr.) 35. Like films that need glasses 36. Calls the shots for a game 38. They might be birthstones 40. ‘Brown-___ Girl’ (1960s hit) 43. “You’ve got mail!” ISP 45. “Like it or _____...” 49. 40-Across singer Morrison 50. Give a seal of approval to 52. ___ flash (quickly) 53. Upper hand, perhaps
DOWN 1. “The original Mexican beer” 2. Claim as fact 3. Says okay to 4. Old Winter Palace residents 5. MX divided by V 6. ‘I’m _____’ (Beatles song) 7. Managed, as a meeting 8. Apple’s ‘Snow Leopard’ or ‘Mavericks’ 9. Type of audio file 10. Player of ‘D&D’ or ‘Halo’ 11. Like Mario and Luigi 12. 2001 Jay-Z song, for short 13. Consumed 18. Priority system in an ER 21. Horror franchise starring Cary Elwes 22. ‘___-Souper’ (London fog) 24. Letters before ‘Enterprise’ or ‘Constitution’ 25. Drink quickly 26. Shabby homes 27. Bear voiced by Seth MacFarlane
30. Child younger than a year 33. Tax-collecting organisation, (abbr.) 35. Suffix for Tao or Hindu 37. Mixer for scotch, maybe 39. Cereal made of oats and fruit 40. Actress Longoria 41. “Et cetera, et cetera”, for short 42. Wrap around 44. Makeshift seat at a campsite, maybe 46. _____ résistance (crowning glory) 47. One who catalogues 48. Hobart’s state (abbr.) 50. Brian who produced U2’s ‘The Joshua Tree’ and Coldplay’s ‘Mylo Xyloto’ 51. Type of helicopter or mission 54. ___ acid (protein component) 56. Allowed under the law 59. Affliction of some victims and veterans (abbr.) 60. Computer that uses 8-Down 61. Key, Gillard and Cameron, for example 62. Letters on a tombstone 63. American singer DiFranco 64. Matchbox 20 song that starts “She says it’s cold outside”
SUDOKU difficulty: easy
Ngā reta I write in respect of the recent "Camo is
letter of the week
win a $10 voucher for the hunter lounge
“believe” them does have its necessary uses,
the New Black" feature in The Salient. I write
but it is not all encompassing. You do not,
on behalf of a friend, Alasdair, who is too
for example, have to see a pilot complete his
chicken to complain himself.
many years of training to believe that he will
Alasdair was dismayed to find that
fly you from Wellington to your hometown.
"Camo is the New Black" was a clever
You believe that the dude (or lady) in the
marketing ploy for our country's armed
cockpit is highly trustworthy, even when
forces. He said that the article convinced
you never see that proof, don’t you? “Seeing
him of the merits of an officer career in the
is Believing” plays on this social norm, and
Army, Navy or Air Force. I personally don't
should get you questioning why so many of
Hey Molly and Stella,
think he's got enough hand-eye coordination
us have turned this mentality into our “god”,
I heard you're getting pretty stressed out
for the Air Force, but that's another matter.
when the scientific method can’t answer
with all these late nights writing the saLIEnt. I've
Alasdair was ready to send his application
most of life’s questions.
got a tip that might help you get through all
in, but became quite distressed upon
your work on time. Taking some time off in the
discovering that the article was actually a
Life has reason to believe that if people look
USA reminded me how good it is to relax and
defence force advertisement. He felt that the
into who Jesus claimed to be, there is more
take time for yourself, you know? I knew when I
covert styling of the piece was an attempt to
than enough evidence to show that Jesus
came back that I couldn't return to doing these
disguise it as some of The Salient's typically
is the real McCoy. Hundreds of people were
really arduous long days that I'd been doing.
persuasive copy, an exercise which he
eyewitnesses to Jesus’ ministry on earth, his
That said, I couldn't let Sonya take on too much
asserted was "akin to propaganda".
death and resurrection, and the world has
NOT ALWAYS THE HIGHEST FORM OF FLATTERY
of my workload - she might get a taste for it and become a rival at reelection time. Ladies, I've been outsourcing most of my
Alasdair is very distressed. He is considering making a complaint to the Press Council. I suggest you publish a retraction
Thirdly and most importantly, Student
ample historical evidence of these events. If you disagree, then all it takes is a chat. All in all, I hope this sheds some light on
behind-the-scenes Presidential duties to a small
and an apology to Alasdair before he
the “Seeing is Believing” confusion! If you
cabal of Indian telecommuters on fiverr.com. It's
exercises that right.
want to know more about any of this, you can
all been going well and I've even managed nap time a few days this week, in between secret
contact Daniel Toleafoa (director of Student
Sincerely, Caught in the middle
Life), or hit me back via letters section.
games of online poker with Pat. Professor Walsh gave me the idea, after all - he's been secretly employing a value-brand team of managers
BABY GOT BACK
from Thailand for a couple of years now. Only hiccup was when Simon Tapp found out. That's the reason I let him go, you see, to
Dear unaborted, prolifing accident, Dear “Un-Aborted, Pro-lifing Accident” Talofa! I want you to know I second your
I’m going to assume that it was also an accident that you asked Salient about the
secure his silence. Let him move on to better
idea for more fabulous penguins on the
prolife group instead of sending your query
pastures and forget about the problems of
front cover! But to more important matters,
to them. They love to talk about contentious
his old office. Still a little worried though that
it seems you may have misunderstood a
issues you know…
my Young Labour friends will find out about
slogan during Re-O Week clubs days. That’s
my plan to enrich the subcontinent through
okay, I’m sure people had a laugh from
– the ‘seeing is believing’ was the Student
free trade rather than aid. It's been hard
your suggestion that Student Life’s “Seeing
Life group standing next to Prolife Victoria…
keeping it from them, but if they found out
is Believing” title may mean “a baby’s life
a little awkward probably since Prolife Vic
I was using foreign labour they'd go full-on
doesn’t actually exist until we see it pop
is a non-partisan, non-profit and secular
out of mummy’s vag”. But let’s resolve that
organization (check out their constitution!)…
Obviously quite concerned about keeping this one quiet, but I know you folks could use a bit of a break so I thought I'd
miscommunication in a straightforward way to discover the real meaning of that slogan! First off, Student Life’s table was
You got a couple things mixed up though
Having said that – people might be a bit more realistic if they actually saw what was in the womb by 12 weeks – an actual mini
share it. Keep it between you and me though,
positioned next to the Pro Life table simply
human, not just a clump of cells. The heart
eh? Oh, and the best bit? It's so cheap, you
because that is where there was space! To
starts beating at 21 days you know… your
can even afford it on yourSalient salaries.
clear this up, we aren’t affiliated with this
baby has fingernails!
Remember - keep it secret, keep it safe. Your good friend Rory
THIS WAS THE FIRST TEST Hi Salient,
group directly, but the positioning of the
Also, I’m pretty sure there was a female
tables makes sense that you thought it was
behind the table pretty much all the time. 3
of them even at one stage. Besides, even if
Secondly, Christians think society has
abortion was purely a women’s issue, doesn’t
taken the “Seeing is Believing” motto too
mean men can’t talk about it. White people
seriously. The social norm of applying the
fought against African American slavery,
scientific method to “see” results before we
that’s ok right? And then, it isn’t actually just
Ngā reta the women’s body you know – would that
equivalent of super good O-Week/Services.
any difference whatsoever to the governments
mean that a women pregnant with a boy
Now you are more like Macaulay Culkin in the
political aims? Hell no! It was easily dismissed
would have 4 arms, 4 legs and a penis?
fact that the only time anyone hears of you is
by National sticking to the mantra that
when you have problems. Sort it out
they were open about the idea prior to the
Food for thought. I’ll leave you with that. Also unaborted, hoping the same for the rest of the human population to be.
Also, shout out to the most affable burglar ever, Joe Pesci Love from the grave, John Hughes.
YOUR LETTER SEEMS TO BE MISSING [ITALICS:] Dearest salient,
election. A far more interesting example is the Hobbit debacle a few years ago where you had the Unions on strike over what may have been a relevant issue but was brought up at the wrong time and on the other hand you had a rally attended by representatives from
JOHN KEY ENJOYED READING THESE
Weta giving in to rampant scare mongering at the time that claimed the production would move overseas. Now ask yourself which of
I was wondering recently if the world wouldn't be a nicer place were it made of
these protests did the government claim was
Cadbury. Then I remembered that I don't even
In the weekend I took part in my first
a mandate to pass legislation? Only the one
like chocolate, and that there was an annoying
ever hikoi from Cuba street to parliament,
that supported what they were intending to
jingle in my head, responsible for this stray
protesting the GCSB. It was empowering and
do anyway. There are various other examples
thought. My train of thought wandered a little
exciting and beautiful and interesting and all
of the Government only supporting protests
further, until I had a brilliant idea. Why don't
the things that are good, I regret that I haven't
when it fell within what it was intending to do
you guys make a jingle? Just a catchy little
done something like this before. Like most
song to promote yourselves. Do it. And then
others I feel strongly about issues but not
chuck it up on your website for the world to
quite strongly enough that I want to get out
hear. If, of course, you consider 'the world' to
of bed and walk the streets yelling about it.
be a relatively small amount of web traffic. I'm
But now I've seen the light. And I think you
not saying you guys are completely irrelevant,
should see it too. I met some really amazing
but your popularity pales in comparison to, say,
people during the protest, and guess what?
Nintendo Power. Or the Civilian. Or the Waikato
They weren't the crazy radicals that the media
Times. Speaking of which, go the Chiefs!
makes them out to be, they were ordinary
Yours ramblingly, Henri Nestlé
people who were doing an extra-ordinary
Kind Regards, Opinionated Leftist
ARO: IT'S ALIVE Dear Salient, On behalf of the little Te Aro community,
thing. It's harder than you think to actually
we thank you for making the effort to deliver
get out there and protest, a lot of people we
your weekly free paper down to our little
walked past looked embarrassed for us, which
campus. Up from the basement workshop,
I think is a reflection of the whole 'don't make
and down from the cave-like media lab, the
a fuss attitude that seems to be embedded
students come to collect your publication
Dear Free Drink,
in NZ culture'. But I believe in you! Be brave!
I read your magazine sometimes, and
Stop bitching about John Key behind his back,
some of those times it makes me laugh. I enjoy the top ten, the review section and sometimes the articles. Hilary writes like she is sexy, but that probably means she isn't. I miss
Next, we prepare. With a Long Black in
take it the streets and say it to his face. It
on hand, and a Subway Meatball Footlong
works, I tell ya!
laid out in front, we put on our Desaturating
From a chick who is not a terrorist but still doesn't want to be spied on
Glasses and tighten our Judging 5-Panel Caps. What fun the Te Aro students have!
'You already know but need to be told' [sic]. I
We can't read good, so to us this is some
think you should include more comics, because
physical teen tumblr, spaced with too-longdidn't-read text. Our arts-and-craft minds get
people with ADHD can enjoy them too. Keep up the work. Yours, Thirsty
a dizzying sensation from the vast array of
Firstly I must apologise for not submtting
fonts, layout formats, colours, weird textures
a letter to your ever informative publication since last year, anyway on to today's topic
RORY MCCOURT'S DAY OFF Yo POOSA, (see what I did there?
And finally, when the drugless trip ends,
of aimless protesting. Last week there were
we toss it in the trash in a Ron Swanson
protests around the country regarding
'Fake Bacon' manor (po.st/VgpPqC), or we
the GCSB legislation although this Bill and
repurpose them into tables:
its intentions are highly dubious it was an
I cleverly changed the name of your
extreme waste of time and effort as it is pretty
organisation into something resembling an
much as good as passed. Just look at the
insult) do you even do anything anymore?
hundreds of anti asset sale marches; mostly
You are kind of like Macaulay Culkin in the
attended by rent-a-mobs and political whores
fact that your Home Alone franchise was the
such as Labour and the CTU. Did this make
and general graphic continuity errors.
I can't wait till Monday! Love, Te Aro
SHAKE-SPARE IT, HONEY
Dear whoever thought that a double major theatre and English lit degree was a good thing... I blame my parents. Well not really but I wouldn't be in the sleep and food deprived state that I am now in. I should blame myself. But no. That's too easy. I could blame the flat. Like the building. I'm sick still because of it. I think I just need time management. Or sleep. That sounds good. Or a change of degree. Hmmm. But again to the person or people who thought my degree was possible it's not. Well probably or people who can live off no sleep an food but not me. Sincerely Slowly suffering student.
JUST GOTTA SEIZE-MIC THE DAY, MATE Dear people I used to know at uni,
Explore what you can do with your Science qualification!
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Every week day 4-6 pm, there is a drop-
Free careers handouts and advice to help
in centre in on the 10th Floor of the Murphy
with your application and sort out your
Building in Room 1010, to help you with your
career. Be there! For some employers, the is
studies. The Centre is run by senior students, and
the only time they recruit and the only event
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where you get to meet them in person!
studying for a test, dealing with a tutor, planning
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Vic OE – Vic Student Exchange Programme
Vic Uni Film Society This week's film is Les Vacances de Monsieur
Trimester 1, 2014 Deadline Extended to
Hulot (1953), a classic French comedy about
a sweet, well-meaning holidaygoer, who
Vic OE is still receiving applications for
causes chaos and mayhem wherever he
exchanges in Trimester 1, 2014. So get in quick
goes. Monsieur Hulot is often compared to
to secure a place for your exchange next year!
Charlie Chaplin's ‘The Tramp’, and has inspired
a glass of juice from the fridge, you know
If you are interested, come and see us today.
Rowan Atkinson's performance as Mr Bean.
something's gotta change.
As this is an extended deadline, we suggest
As both Monsieur Hulot and director, Jacques
submitting your application as soon as possible.
Tati hilariously caricatures human behaviour,
Old mate bas from down the road.
Earn Vic credit, get StudyLink and grants,
utilising meticulous scene composition to
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produce a comedy masterpiece.
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sack of homophobic shit. If I was any good
Drop-in hours: Mon–Wed, 1–3 pm. Thu & Fri,
at snowboarding, I totally wouldn't be going
10 am–12 pm.
Somebody else move to Christchurch. The work here is good, but when my wingman on a Saturday night is my house plant, and the evenings highlight is getting
THEY HAVE A BIATHLON, WHY NOT A GAYATHLON? Turns out the Russian Government is a fat
HRINZ at VIC
there for the Winter Olympics in protest. As it is, anyone who does go for the Winter Olympics is demonstrating that they
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