Thanks to my socioeconomic privilege, it is unlikely (not to say impossible) that I will ever end up as dependent on our corrupt welfare system as Metiria once was. And I don’t pretend to know exactly how that dependency felt for Metiria, because I can’t know. Maybe I can’t know, but I can guess. Because I can guess, I can empathise with her.Read More →
Today, on May 29 2017, I am peacefully occupying the Vice Chancellor’s wing of the University of Auckland with 13 fellow activists. We are demanding that our Vice Chancellor Prof. Stuart McCutcheon actively support divestment from coal, oil and gas extraction.Read More →
I’m pretty sure the Auckland Folk Festival wasn’t supposed to end and send me back to real life…Read More →
While communities are being torn asunder as I write by human-caused violence, such as we’re witnessing in Aleppo, Turkey and Egypt, I want to devote this post to honouring a snapshot of three communities that are being built around music in New Zealand.Read More →
What if we could start talking from the premise that all of us believe we are fundamentallly good people?
The US is facing at least two major problems at the moment. One is that Donald Trump doesn’t care about the fact that he has persistently been blatantly disrespectful to Muslims, immigrants, the LGBTIQ community, women, people with disabilities, and other minority groups.Read More →
If you want to tell the University of Auckland that the real fight is supposed to be to save the planet we love, instead of being a war on procrastination, please do. After all, it’s supposed to be a fight for all our futures.Read More →
Right now, the government are consulting on a raft of changes that deregulate the taxi industry. They’re selling them as a simplification of the rules which will be a win-win for passenger safety as well as emerging technologies. I am not convinced.Read More →