A Bloody Mess

A Bloody Mess

I bleed out of my vagina monthly, much like most of the women in my life. Of course this shouldn’t be news to any of you as it’s hardly a rare phenomenon. Yet somehow, a lot of you were probably still slightly shocked by that first sentence, right? I get it, no one likes the [...]

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Trend report: Sweatshops still in Vogue

Trend report: Sweatshops still in Vogue

This article was originally written for and published by Salient, Issue 9 2017 The Stats A report has revealed New Zealand’s ethical (and not so ethical) fashion companies for 2016, in the wake of ongoing tragedies caused by unsafe working conditions in garment sweatshops. Baptist World Aid, the organisation behind the report, said there are 14.2 [...]

Abortion, Bill

Abortion, Bill

This article was originally written for and published by Salient, Issue 3 2017 Prime Minister Bill English dismissed recommendations from the Abortion Supervisory Committee (ASC) when he stated on a recent Q+A interview, in response to a question as to whether he was in favour of liberalising abortion laws, “I’m not, and I wouldn’t vote for legislation [...]

Mental Health sector in crisis

Mental Health sector in crisis

This article was originally written for and published by Salient, Issue 2 2017 Systemic issues with mental health service provision in New Zealand have been met with calls to review and better resource the system. The People’s Mental Health Report, published in April, is a crowdfunded and crowdsourced inquiry into the experiences of New Zealanders struggling [...]

We aren’t wired for these statistics

We aren’t wired for these statistics

This is an opinion piece on an issue very close to my, and many others' hearts.  I acknowledge there are varying opinions, perspectives and understandings of suicide. This post is my way of sharing my own, which has been moulded from my personal experiences and knowledge.    Suddenly, as the world so ignorantly continues, a family [...]

Misplaced

Life is full of moments that consume us with unpleasant feelings such as anxiety and regret. Feelings that force a sense of misplacement upon us and often keep us confined to our comfort zones. I have had plenty of times when I have allowed these feelings to dictate what I do or don't do, however I [...]