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AuthorTania Sawicki Mead

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August 17, 2009

Tania Sawicki Mead looks at last month’s stouch between Justice Minister Simon Power and Chief Justice Sian Elias. There’s nothing quite like an intelligent public servant stepping out of place to give a newly instated government the heebie-jeebies. How can you package law and order rhetoric into a tasty media titbit if you have opinionated […]

October 6, 2008

Inappropriate and lewd lecturer-student relationships! Academic ineptitude! Blatant bias! Marxist crackpots! Wild-eyed megalomaniacs! … Douchebags! If this sounds familiar, then the best of Salient’s sound and objective reportage over your years of readership has done its job. Long have we maintained an occasionally querulous interest in the performance and role of academic staff here at […]

September 22, 2008

Veteran Middle Eastern correspondent Robert Fisk is making a cup of tea when I walk into the room. He firmly shakes my hand before resuming his search for the sugar. Actually, this isn’t the first time we’ve met, I say. He gives me another hard look before acknowledging that my face is vaguely familiar.

September 8, 2008

I found it uncharacteristically difficult to know where to start with this editorial. Bearing in mind that feminism is a dependable impetus for various colourful rants, this was perplexing.

August 11, 2008

For much of New Zealand’s history, Chinese immigrants in New Zealand were treated appallingly by their host country. Facing discrimination from both the law and private citizens, and racism at every turn, Chinese were never made to feel welcome. But discriminatory restrictions were also made to regulate Chinese immigration, as though it were in itself […]

July 28, 2008

Pritzker Prize Winner 2007 Richard Rogers: “My view of sustainable architecture is essentially the humanizing of the built environment”. The phrase sounds like a tag-team of contemporary buzzwords, and it’s not a surprise that for many of us, ‘sustainable urban design’ seems like a corporate-speak utopia.

July 7, 2008

The casual observer could be forgiven for thinking that the administration at Victoria holds increasingly scant concern for the well-being of its students, not to mention the future of its academic integrity. A recent proposal to make serious cuts in the College of Education has gone ahead. The administration plans to cut out more than […]

July 7, 2008

Riverbend, Baghdad Burning ( As a 17 year old wannabe dissident, I derived large amounts of pleasure from churning out mediocre pieces of writing on topical issues, my favourite at the time being the military fiasco otherwise known as Iraq.

May 19, 2008

As many of you will know, the recent proposal to incorporate the film programme into a new school of ‘Visual Culture’ was defiantly routed. With some 108 proposals made to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, there was a clear indication that the proposal made little sense, both administratively and academically. To be frank, […]

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