Time to reflect: A Year in Aotearoa
- Dec 1, 2020
A bit cliche, but only because it never retires, is that saying ‘a picture says a thousand words’.
We all know I’m talking about WAP.
In a year full of juicy news, Cardi B’s raunchy single managed to hold its own against other storylines...Read More
The pursuit of science is one of the most noble there is.
That is coming from a woman studying Physics, from someone who loves being...Read More
What makes a feminist film?
Representation in film and the media has been increasingly topical, with...Read More
When it comes to researching the husband stitch — a.k.a. daddy stitch, daddy tuck, husband knot and all...Read More
In many parts of society, feminism has made impressive changes for the better.
Other parts of society...Read More
Have you ever heard something so absurd that you can only blink?
“I understand actually. My...Read More
I’m of the personal opinion that the world shouldn’t have any billionaires.
It might sound radical, but to me, the more radical belief is...Read More
Living through Covid-19 has presented tough challenges for everyone in NZ.
Many elderly...Read More
Two years in writing, a lifetime in the making.
Ukraine-born and Auckland-raised, Veronika Bell — known onstage as VÏKÆ — has distilled...Read More
On principle, I haven’t watched the bodycam footage of George Floyd’s murder.
Though after reading...Read More
In her first studio album, Mel Bester, known onstage as E^ST, has laid a piece of herself bare.
Recorded with producer Jim Eliot (who has...Read More
The rise of cancel culture: quarantine orders around the world definitely had something to do with it.
With people...Read More
On one hand I’m not a sentimental person.
I object out loud to cliches and unrealistic tropes in every rom-com I watch (which makes me a...Read More
For about a month, my social media feed was awash with #BlackoutTuesday panels, heartfelt...Read More
If I hear the word ‘Avatar’ I don’t think of blue people in a jungle.
I think of my siblings and I crammed into a two square-meter study...Read More
“In university, you find your tribe.”
Among other less welcome, more invasive pieces of advice that...Read More
There’s always a line for the fitting room on the days I shop, though I have been thrifting a lot more lately. Most...Read More
I know NZ likes to think that we are different.
Our government is competent, as the last two months...Read More
The porn industry of the 1970s, headquartered in the San Fernando Valley in California, was a...Read More
At the other end of a Skype call, Em-Haley Walker — better known as homegrown superstar Theia — greets me with double Dutch braids and a small...Read More
Small local businesses have been hit hard by Covid-19.
Most are classed “non-essential”, some depend on physical sales and others charge...Read More
When I saw a tweet that claimed dolphins had returned to the Venice canals , my heart felt the...Read More
Because of the lockdown, I’ve finally had time to get around to watching Parasite (a cinematic...Read More
For many New Zealanders, the lockdown is starting to grind at our nerves. We’re anxious, irritable...Read More
At the end of this month, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle will renounce their titles in favour of...Read More
Every woman likely remembers the first time she was sexualised.
Maybe you were...Read More
I have a feeling no-one really knows how they felt at 18 until they’re not 18 anymore.
And it’s only a...Read More
New Zealand has been sinophobic for long enough that many of us have forgotten that we are.
Sometime over the summer, an Anime House opened up at my local Westfield Mall. I wandered in one day to peruse the merchandise, and came face to...Read More
Thirty years ago the Māori flag was launched at Hikoi ki Waitangi 1990 .
1990 was also...Read More
NikkieTutorials has been in my periphery for several years as a super-reliable source of...Read More
First published on Friday the 26 th of April, 2019, this was the most read Villainesse story of...Read More
First published on Thursday the 4 th of April, 2019, this piece comes in at number 3 in the top 30 most read...Read More
First published on Monday the 1 st of July, 2019, this piece comes in at number 16 in...Read More
For all the stay at home dads (but specifically my own),
I’m glad you were my first...Read More
It’s official — Taylor Swift is the Artist of the Decade! After her recent wins at the...Read More
I once heard someone say that hormonal contraception is so effective because after taking it women don’t...Read More
I didn’t think I would need to say this. Hell, I didn’t think I would need to be told this.
I was on the edge of my seat for most of the duration of Girls of the Sun , a French film by Eva Husson....Read More
Parris Goebel is the freakiest thing to come out of New Zealand — and I say this with all the love and...Read More
Let Southside rise, not...Read More
In what may be one of the better news stories we’ve heard this year, the government has...Read More
Chanel Miller, for years after the Stanford...Read More
Whether you love them or not, it’s safe to say that nearly everyone has heard of BTS.
I wasn’t taught about the history of our country in the way that I should have been.
“I want my legs as sharp as dogs’ teeth / wild dogs / wild Samoan dogs / the mangy kind that bite...Read More
I was first cast out when I told my fellow students in primary school that my family sometimes ate...Read More
With things like social media and online petitions helping to engage people in politics, more people than...Read More
Shortland Street , like most soap operas, has had its share of frustrating characters...Read More
When I watched the piece that won Ngā Hine Pūkōrero the Word - The Front Line competition (see attached video) I felt simultaneously hollowed out...Read More
I used to be one of them.
Even though I would never say a word against a teen mother to...Read More
Techweek New Zealand is an annual event to celebrate the advancements within our...Read More
People from just about everywhere have come to call New Zealand home. Adjusting to their new...Read More
As the time for university and scholarship applications draws near, my peers are voicing...Read More
The days following the Notre Dame cathedral fire were fraught with grief and shock as the world watched...Read More
Tall poppy syndrome has been a part of New Zealand culture for nearly as long as we’ve been a country...Read More
As the conversation around sexual assault gains worldwide traction, I’ve discovered a disturbing...Read More
According to my mum, I’m a spitfire.
She didn’t use that exact word – being a native Mandarin speaker – but I remember, somewhere in my...Read More