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Author Archive: CKW

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September 30, 2019

CW: Mental Illness, Suicide, Sexual and Physical Abuse, ECT   My girlfriend gets frustrated with me because I don’t open up.   There’s heaps to unpack here: One; I don’t want to put my baggage on someone else. Two; for so long I’ve known that I can’t change anything, so the best I can do […]

August 13, 2019

When I was young, I wanted a pair of And1s. Specifically, I was 12, and I wanted a pair of “And1 Streetball Mids”; by all accounts a functional basketball sneaker, but a shoe with all the ugly elements of your dad’s New Balances yet none of the paternal charm. As if a shoe designer in […]

June 3, 2019

To everyone I lost to incarceration:   The worst thing about prison is the unknowns. I haven’t been to prison. I don’t have a criminal record—but you do. You’re not currently incarcerated, but will be soon. Or, you’re about to enter the system again. Or can’t afford to make any more mistakes… Or, are living […]

May 7, 2019

In 2016, the ankle bracelet had its day in the sun when the news outlet The Story NZ ran a feature on the supposedly “uncuttable” ankle bracelets developed by the Department of Corrections. Billy Weepu, cameraman and cousin of Wainuiomata powerhouse Piri Weepu, promptly sliced through a bracelet to the chagrin of Judith Collins.   […]

April 8, 2019

On November 8, 2018, the government banned oil exploration in Taranaki, spelling the end for the oil and gas industry in the region as we know it. The writing has been on the wall for a while; our joint love of oil and dairy simply isn’t reconcilable with sustainability and a government that is determined […]

March 11, 2019

My mum’s family loves a “flutter”.   A “flutter” is Kiwi slang for betting. Usually on horse racing, but we’re also partial to the odd greyhound meet or two. In April 2018, the Minister for Racing, Winston Peters, released the Messara report, calling for the closure of several small racecourses around the country. Of the […]

July 17, 2017

CW: Drug use and violence   Baby I’m bogan beautiful My mum always gave me grief for the clothes I wore She didn’t understand I had to stand out. (Hi-vis can be a fashion statement) So I’m used to the raised eyebrows, But I pay them no mind unless they’re shaved. I’m too wrapped up […]

June 6, 2017

Love feels like a damp stick clutched in my grubby hand, And the brittle quality of a woven flax mat. It feels like my feet graunching against the dirt as I slip down the bank. Love sounds like, “welcome to the clubhouse!” in hushed tones through the undergrowth; This is a privilege we have created […]

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