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July 15, 2019

LGBTIQ+ homelessness is a massive issue in New Zealand, and yet we know almost nothing about it. Despite the wider public discourse on homelessness, LGBTIQ+ homelessness is rarely discussed.    In New Zealand, homelessness is defined as severe housing deprivation, which includes two main criteria:  (1) that a person is living in severely inadequate housing […]

August 14, 2017

The first prisons in New Zealand were established in the 1840s, and there are now 18 prisons nationwide.¹ According to the Department of Corrections, the prison population was 10,035 in March — of which, 50.9% are Māori, 32.0% are Pākehā, 11.0% are Pasifika, and 4.7% are “Other (incl. Asian).” Compare this to the ethnic breakdown […]

October 9, 2016

There are a lot of contradictions and tensions to navigate in our lives. Part of being human is to have different parts of ourselves and our worlds at odds with each other. And so, part of being human is to also learn how to explore and accept these feelings. Earlier in the year I took […]

September 24, 2016

Trigger Warning: This piece discusses suicide and mental health.   We’re approaching the time of year where stress levels are building. Burnout sets in and we often end up questioning our choices and why we decided to put ourselves through this stress. One of the easiest and perhaps more common ways we deal with this […]

September 11, 2016

A lot of my friends have been dealing with dudes who have totally misread their friendship as something romantic, and it’s frustrating to no end. As someone who is Really Queer™, I have very little experience in this field, so I’ve been asking the badass women in my life about how they deal with it. […]

August 14, 2016

How to not be that guy (or, Brodie helps you figure out how to not be a raging misogynist).   You know what’s exhausting? Having to constantly negotiate a world where you’re hyper aware of how oppressive systems work against you, and whether or not you have the energy to battle with every iffy thing […]

July 31, 2016

Welcome back to the second trimester I hope you all had wonderful relaxing breaks. If you’re like me, you might be optimistic coming into trimester two: planning to stay on top of readings and assignments, and generally just being a bit organised. Without fail, I go through this process every single trimester. So here’s a […]

May 22, 2016

Wellington’s winter of constant horizontal rain and gale force winds seems yet to fully arrive, and I think a lot of us are finally starting to see the impact of global warming. I’d like to think that I’m doing my bit to look after papatuanuku, but I know I could be better. So here’s a […]

May 8, 2016

A big pet peeve of mine is people calling things they enjoy “guilty pleasures.” There’s so much wrong with that idea! Firstly, you shouldn’t be embarrassed by enjoying a certain kind of music, food, tv show, nerdy game, or whatnot. If people judge you because you enjoy listening to catchy pop music, that’s their loss. […]

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