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Opinion: Going off the pill changed my life

Posted 1:48pm Sunday 22nd May 2022 by Annabelle Vaughan

When I was 17 years old, I became part of the 88% of Kiwi women of eligible age who are on the oral contraceptive pill. At the time, I didn’t really question what I was putting in my body, as I understood that taking the pill was one of the next natural steps in becoming a woman. But earlier Read more...

The Great Divide:

Posted 1:45pm Sunday 22nd May 2022 by Keegan Wells

Some people feel incredibly opinionated about using only pads or only tampons and renounce the other as if it went against their family values. Two people, who swear by each of the sanitary products, sat down with Critic Te Arohi to state their case, lay their facts out, and walk away without Read more...

A Bloody Good Time

Posted 1:38pm Sunday 22nd May 2022 by Annabelle Vaughan

Getting your period is a major milestone during puberty. After years of sex ed talks and seeing your friends and family get it, finally having your period can be scary, exciting and also just straight up gross. Here are a few of the weird, wonderful, messy and icky parts of periods, as told by some Read more...

A Big Ol’ Deep Dive into IUDs

Posted 1:35pm Sunday 22nd May 2022 by Keegan Wells

An IUD, or Intrauterine Device, is a physical contraceptive that sits inside the uterus – not to be confused with IEDs, which are bombs. They can be either hormonal (going by names such as Mirena or Skyla) or non-hormonal (going by the creative name Copper, which is what it is made out of). Read more...

Opinion: Please, go to gigs

Posted 8:45pm Sunday 15th May 2022 by Annabelle Vaughan

Dunedin is a city that bleeds music, but in recent years, our gig culture has faltered. And I’m worried that we’re going to forget what it meant to us in the first place. Because students mostly cycle out every three years, if we lose something for three years straight, there Read more...

Behind the Sound:

Posted 8:43pm Sunday 15th May 2022 by Annabelle Vaughan

Behind every live gig, song, or album is a wide range of people whose jobs are crucial to curating the final product. One of these jobs is the role of sound engineers, whose technical skills, attention to detail, and ability to feel the beat bring the music we love to life.  Chances are if Read more...

Why is Gore the Country Music Capital of New Zealand?

Posted 8:33pm Sunday 15th May 2022 by Ruby Werry

Gore is known for its big fish, suspected rates of incest, and, for some reason, country music. If we’re wondering what Gore has to do with the American South, that pretty much answers the question.  The success of country music in New Zealand, and in Gore specifically, mimics the Read more...

2022 Eurovision Song Rankings

Posted 8:24pm Sunday 15th May 2022 by Ruby Werry

If you’re wondering why you should care about Eurovision as a humble Dunedin student, simply consider that New Zealand is providing the official Prosecco of Eurovision, despite not being allowed to participate. Here are the top picks according to our staff, and a complete list of all 41 Read more...

Critic Poetry Comp

Posted 2:02pm Sunday 8th May 2022 by Vega McHaffie

Winner: taurus knows libra By Vega McHaffie i would plead that when he saw me he wouldn’t realise; my soul was an idea scrawled across real estate agent pads floating amongst reminders to get oat milk, to vacuum car seats after the beach, to water forgotten succulents. it was not a Read more...

If These Walls Could Talk

Posted 1:56pm Sunday 8th May 2022 by Lotto Ramsay

The Otago Uni Campus contains a remarkably anachronistic blend of architectural styles and movements, truly putting the “camp” in Campus. Luckily for all you plebeians, Critic’s resident team of expert architecture historians have compiled a guide to the unspoken symbolism of Read more...

Campus (s)chop suey?

Posted 3:01am Sunday 8th May 2022 by Keegan Wells

The campus shop is filled with wonders. The ratio of sweets to fizz to pies is usually fantastic. However, there are those items that really make you question what place they have in a campus shop. Fried noodles? What do they expect students to do, munch through a whole bag while studying? The Read more...

Tauraka Toi: A Landing Place

Posted 2:59am Sunday 8th May 2022 by Annabelle Vaughan

Paemanu: Tauraka Toi was one of the most recent exhibitions held at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. The exhibition worked with over 40 Ngāi Tahu artists, presenting them with the opportunity to display their art and personal journeys in a collaborative way which facilitated connection with Read more...

(QUIZ) Who’s Selling your Data?

Posted 5:08pm Sunday 1st May 2022 by Critic

Fill in the blanks by answering these questions and finding the corresponding conspiratorial content.   Read more...

Local Produce: Emily Alice

Posted 2:39pm Sunday 1st May 2022 by Jamiema Lorimer

Emily Alice, the band, is Emily Kerr-Bell (vocals), Josh Botting (keys), Toby Roseman (guitar), Josh Tuiavii (drums) and Sol Wyatt (bass). Critic Te Arohi chatted with the band about their upcoming music, their studies and being inspired by the sounds surrounding them growing up. The band formed Read more...

A Mermaid, a Megalodon, and a Yeti Walk into a Bar….

Posted 2:31pm Sunday 1st May 2022 by Ruby Werry

Animal Planet and Discovery Channel have always ridden the wave of scientific credibility. Their programming is advertised and perceived by the general public as educational fun, the Harold the Giraffe of TV. But just like how you’ve broken all your drinking and drug promises to Harold, Animal Read more...

OPINION: “Save the bees” is a psyop and we all fell for it.

Posted 2:30pm Sunday 1st May 2022 by Fox Meyer

Psyop: “Psychological Operation”. Operations to influence the emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behaviour of governments, organisations, groups, and individuals. Big Honey, backed by international governments and agriculture lobbyists, just pulled off the Read more...

SCIENTIST SPEAKS OUT: Invisible Birds with IBS are REAL

Posted 2:28pm Sunday 1st May 2022 by Ruby Werry

Critic gets weird messages. Some of our readers have amazing tips and info we love to hear, and some of our readers are clearly coming down from a bad trip. One of the latter was someone who called themselves “J”. J was taking a walk of shame Sunday morning, with every crunch of glass Read more...

Local Produce: Ben & Karen of Hangover Helper

Posted 2:50pm Sunday 24th April 2022 by Jamiema Lorimer

Karen and Ben are the minds behind Hangover Helper, a capsule-based hangover cure and business. Fittingly, the duo met on the rinse, one fateful night way back in their first year. Following their graduation last year, they combined their powers, Karen’s Commerce studies and Ben’s Health Read more...

The Media Bias Chart for Dunedin Shitposting Pages

Posted 2:47pm Sunday 24th April 2022 by Annabelle Vaughan

1. Shore Girl, Shore Thing  (Near OCHB) SGST is like a public radio station. Grassroots, always relatable, and run by minorities so you know you can trust it. SGST stands as a stalwart girlboss in a sea of grease-choked mullets, so pop off queens for taking on this male dominated field. Read more...

Raxxed Flat Supplies

Posted 2:45pm Sunday 24th April 2022 by Keegan Wells

Why spend money on something that someone else already has? Whether it be bin space, spoons, or even toilet paper, someone else has these things, and they could be yours with a little courage.  This way of life isn’t new. More than a century ago there was only really one type of car Read more...

Dunedin Gig Venues

Posted 2:42pm Sunday 24th April 2022 by Jamiema Lorimer

how is it so steezy for you to be so acquainted with dunedin venues he asked pills and durries hung from my lips as i answered ‘cause dunedin venues have been steezy to me no one told me how  student bar shut-downs  translate to grief my lips search for yours  in Read more...

How to Spot a Fresher Member of the University in their First Year of Study

Posted 2:36pm Sunday 24th April 2022 by Sean Gourley

If you are in your first year, congratulations. The move to Orange meant you finally got a taste of Dunedin’s social life. This took you one step closer to integrating with the wider student community, one step further away from sticking out like a sore thumb. However, there are still some key Read more...

Local Produce: Mads Harrop

Posted 2:22pm Saturday 9th April 2022 by Jamiema Lorimer

When internationally touring (Aussie) bands make it to Ōtepoti, there’s always a grisly battle (respectful recognition) amongst our local talent vying for the spot of opener. Mads Harrop is one of these successful contenders, her biggest break yet opening for the notorious The Chats last Read more...

Infringing on the Fringe Festival

Posted 2:01pm Saturday 9th April 2022 by Ruby Werry

The Dunedin Fringe Festival, as the website states, aims to “bring experimental contemporary art to a wider audience and to support the work of emerging artists”. The line-up saw big names in comedy like 7 Day’s Ben Hurley and Billy T nominee Jack Ansett come to entertain the Read more...

Your extra $25: Don’t Spend it All at Once!

Posted 1:50pm Saturday 9th April 2022 by Sean Gourley

No one likes being broke, but here we are. Brokeness is unfortunately a situation that arises all too often for students, caused by the many temptations of Dunedin, and the little income we get to spend on them. Retirees get $80 extra in the winter for heating costs and 15% off groceries with their Read more...

Dog was hit by a car today. We had to put her down. LOL.

Posted 1:41pm Saturday 9th April 2022 by Fox Meyer

This was a text my friend received when we were about 14, from his mum, and ironically, it was one of the only times that “lol” has actually resulted in a genuine peal of laughter. The mum in question had not meant to send “lol” as we’d use it today. Instead, she Read more...

Local Produce: Oscar Thomas

Posted 6:39pm Friday 1st April 2022 by Ruby Werry

Oscar Thomas is a 21-year-old wildlife photographer and author, studying Zoology and Ecology here at Otago University. Oscar is a Blake Ambassador, and a recipient of Otago’s True Young Explorers Scholarship. His book, “A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of New Zealand'' was Read more...

Te Waipounamu:

Posted 6:36pm Friday 1st April 2022 by Annabelle Vaughan

Te Waipounamu is home to Ngāi Tahu, the mana whenua of the land. It’s full of a rich history and culture, with endless stories to be told, and is one of the most beautiful places in Aotearoa, perhaps even the world. Oftentimes as students, we can get sucked into the vacuum that is Read more...

Exploring the Genus Couchus: the Outdoor Couch

Posted 6:20pm Friday 1st April 2022 by Lotto Ramsay

A local treasure Outdoor couches are an endangered native species, unique to the flora, fauna and furniture of Ōtepoti Dunedin. Made of cheap, decaying foam and ugly fabric, outdoor couches can be found proudly perching on porches and backyards throughout North Dunedin, despite being better Read more...

What’s new? How fields of study have evolved over time

Posted 6:16pm Friday 1st April 2022 by Ruby Werry and Fox Meyer

Time moves fast. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that the stuff you’re being taught at Uni might not be the same stuff that was being taught 20 years ago. Plate tectonics, for example, only became a fully-fledged theory in the ’60s. That means we were on the moon before we Read more...

Local Produce: By Grace Beads

Posted 6:06pm Sunday 27th March 2022 by Jamiema Lorimer

If you’re looking for some fun and fresh accessories, then By Grace Beads is your saving grace. Critic caught up with Madaleine, the creator behind this cute handmade jewellery business to find out how she came up with the idea, and what her creative process is. Madaleine is in her second Read more...

Critic Te Arohi 2022 Flat Bingo

Posted 5:55pm Sunday 27th March 2022 by Annabelle Vaughan

There’s plenty to do around Dunedin, and not all of it is actually bad for you. While you go about your year, why not take the opportunity to turn having a good time into a competition? Nothing says “fun” like “bingo”, right? Give the mf a tear out of the mag and see Read more...

Isolation Fornication: 12 Socially Distanced Sex Tips

Posted 5:53pm Sunday 27th March 2022 by Lotto Ramsay

It’s the third year of the pandemic and everyone’s still horny as hell. The safest option is masturbation, but if you’re sick of ringing the devil’s doorknob or strangling your meat flute and want some partner play then boy, you’re not alone. If the previous euphemisms Read more...

Predicting Oscar Winners with my Covid Iso

Posted 5:50pm Sunday 27th March 2022 by Elliot Weir

As one of the many annoying film people working at Critic Te Arohi, I found myself obligated to pass judgement on who I think will win the upcoming Oscars. I couldn’t fit all 24 categories here, so I’ve cut out the acting awards, the short films, and a few others. I am also writing this Read more...

This World is on Fire:

Posted 5:48pm Sunday 27th March 2022 by Sean Gourley

In a world that seems to be sliding further and further into the shit every day, Critic checked in with students to see what terrified them most about their future existence on this fuck-up of a planet. Most of the questioning was conducted on St Paddy’s to ensure that participants spoke from Read more...

Local Produce: Asia Martusia King and The Ugly Club

Posted 3:01pm Sunday 20th March 2022 by Jamiema Lorimer

It’s every prospective students' dream: coming to the University of Otago, flatting on Castle Street, and dating a nice bird. Not a human girl, a bird. Like a literal bird. No? Not quite your speed? Well, if it is, you can do exactly that in ‘The Ugly Club’, a video game Read more...

Insert fear-mongering anti-dope slogan here

Posted 2:58pm Sunday 20th March 2022 by Elliot Weir

Ever wanted to stage, (and then lose), a poorly-thought-out war on plants? Ever wanted to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on a publicity stunt that leads absolutely nowhere? Ever wanted to disenfranchise an entire swath of the population at the drop of a hat? Well, then this is the quiz for you. Read more...

Pass, Pass, Pass – Rare but severe reactions to weed

Posted 2:50pm Sunday 20th March 2022 by Lotto Ramsay

CW: Psychosis Weed is the most widely used illicit drug in New Zealand, and for good reason. Cannabis has wide applications for mental and physical health, has no reported cases of fatal overdose, and in many ways is significantly less dangerous than alcohol. The long-running Dunedin Study Read more...

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: Antibiotic Resistance in New Zealand

Posted 2:32pm Sunday 20th March 2022 by Fox Meyer

Imagine an STI that you can’t treat. You go from doctor to doctor, from pill to pill, but nothing can clean out your undercarriage. The infection starts to spread. Like the one-night-stand you contracted it from, the infection refuses to leave after you make it clear that “we’re Read more...

Harder than it needed to be: Obtaining Viagra

Posted 2:30pm Sunday 20th March 2022 by Ruby Werry

For those of you keen to give casual Viagra a go, be aware that – much like in daily life – if you don’t have a dick, things are gonna be hard. Allegedly, Viagra is available over the counter at pharmacies, but there's a catch. Just like most high-level positions in government, Read more...

Harder than He Needed to Be: Recreational Viagra

Posted 2:29pm Sunday 20th March 2022 by Fox Meyer

Viagra can make your penis feel like it’s throbbing. It can put unnecessary strain on your blood pressure, and it can lead to erections that, just like the infomercials claim, can last for more than four hours. Ross, a student here, didn’t seem to give a shit about any of that. Ross Read more...

Local Produce: BEONY

Posted 1:23pm Sunday 13th March 2022 by Jamiema Lorimer

BEONY’s latest track ‘GREY SWEATPANTS’, an ode to the final days of summer, dropped last weekend. Critic caught up with BEONY to talk about the twinkly track, summer flings and moments of inspiration in the bathroom. BEONY is the musical project of clinical dent tech student Read more...

The Great Jandal

Posted 1:16pm Sunday 13th March 2022 by Keegan Wells

It was a peaceful Monday morning when Critic Te Arohi met up with Gus. He looked dapper as ever, with a bow tie and three-piece suit on. He was clearly prepared for an interview. Gus, AKA @thegreatjandal on Instagram, is taking on a unique and completely self-imposed challenge: to complete all ten Read more...

How two uni students achieved mild internet success from their college bedrooms

Posted 1:15pm Sunday 13th March 2022 by Annabelle Vaughan

To a passer-by, Elise Maric and Amber Harrison seem like any other Otago University students. And they are. They love hanging out with their friends, partying and going for coffee at one of Dunedin’s many cafes, and they also love their astrology (Elise is a Libra and Amber is a Cancer, for Read more...

Dunedin’s Zine Scene:

Posted 1:10pm Sunday 13th March 2022 by Ruby Werry

Zines are a popular, ever-growing trend which has recently found a place in the Dunedin scene. Short for “magazine”, Google tells us that a “zine” is “a small-circulation of self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images, usually reproduced via a copy Read more...

Local Produce: Lillian

Posted 5:03pm Sunday 6th March 2022 by Jamiema Lorimer

Over the summer, Ōtepoti singer-songwriter Lillian released her debut album ‘Cerulean’, which navigates feelings of heartache and hope. Critic caught up with Lillian to chat about her new music. Socially distanced, of course. Lillian Gibbs is in her fourth year, currently Read more...

Eugene Yeo: The Man Underground with a Camera

Posted 4:59pm Sunday 6th March 2022 by Keegan Wells

Eugene Yeo likes to spend his free time in cold, damp underground spaces. No, not Dunedin basements, but rather the intricate cave systems that lie beneath Aotearoa. He’s also a keen photographer, shining a light on places that sometimes exist in utter blackness. Eugene, who just graduated Read more...

Weird and wonderful ideas for when you’re stuck on your next hosting sesh

Posted 4:57pm Sunday 6th March 2022 by Ruby Werry

Throwing parties is hard. It requires lots of planning, and induces plenty of anxiety. You find yourself thinking: Will people come? Will they have fun? Will people think my idea is cool and original? Or will it be boring and will I be socially outcast forever?  Never fear, Critic is here! Read more...

Dunedin Dating Red Flags:

Posted 4:54pm Sunday 6th March 2022 by Annabelle Vaughan

The start of every semester is always the start of a new beginning. New papers, new friends, new flats and new parties. It is also always the beginning of new romances. Perhaps you have a cute neighbour in your hall, or there’s someone you’ve got your eye on in a lecture (or Zoom call). Read more...

How did you get Covid?

Posted 4:42pm Sunday 6th March 2022 by Elliot Weir

Everyone knows that your current outfit and legal name can predict your susceptibility to viruses, so here’s a quick and easy way to forecast the future of your immune system. Colour of Your Top + Star sign + Third letter of first name  = How you got Covid Colour of the top Read more...

Local Produce: Hazmat Monkey

Posted 3:57pm Sunday 27th February 2022 by Zak Rudin

Dunedin’s newest up and coming eclectic musical duo “Hazmat Monkey” have just released their self-titled double album. The album is the first to feature their all-original music, and is truly a force to be reckoned with.  Hazmat Monkey first emerged in 2020, when two jazz Read more...

Luude’s remix of Down Under changed my opinion of Drum and Bass

Posted 3:54pm Sunday 27th February 2022 by Annabelle Vaughan

Last year I published a scathing opinion piece about how we need to stop playing so much drum and bass music and why the genre is inherently shit. The article copped a lot of hate and elicited an angry response from Dunedin’s breatha population, but it went on to win an award, so suck on that. Read more...

Becoming the Alpha Flatmate

Posted 3:52pm Sunday 27th February 2022 by Sophie Hursthouse

There’s always an Alpha Flatmate. From the get go, it’s always about them, their schedule and their drama while the rest of the flat is demoted to peasantry. Never mind the fact that being the Alpha Flatmate is a sure sign of a manipulative, sadistic, and egomaniacal personality. Anyway, Read more...

Cafe Study Spots

Posted 3:46pm Sunday 27th February 2022 by Annabelle Vaughan

Often, the university libraries can somehow make you feel both agoraphobic and claustrophobic, bored and overwhelmed. More times than not, you’ll find yourself staring at the dull ceilings of Central hating every moment that passes by. With the announcement of online classes, as well as the Read more...

Red Light Ragers

Posted 3:40pm Sunday 27th February 2022 by Annabelle Vaughan

If you’re anything like me, chances are you spent all summer yearning and lusting after Flo and O. Those dreams came crashing down for all of us on January 28th when Red Light was announced, putting limits on gatherings and restrictions in place.  Look, I get it. This shit’s Read more...

Student Makes the Big Screen

Posted 12:52pm Friday 28th January 2022 by Fox Meyer

At least one student has made it into the cast (but not the credits) of The Royal Treatment, the Netflix movie filmed in Dunedin last year.   It was dark in the room where Critic met with Reid. He sat at a laptop, watching and re-watching an eight second clip of The Royal Treatment. In Read more...

Fuck, I Can’t Cook!

Posted 3:14pm Sunday 10th October 2021 by Alice Taylor

Nachos Nachos are one of those typical flat meals that can be dreadfully boring or terribly exciting. I think this recipe falls under the latter category. Nachos are already fantastic, but when you cover the whole thing in cheese sauce, it is made even better. I also recommend purchasing some Read more...

Local Produce: Elliot Gray

Posted 3:12pm Sunday 10th October 2021 by Sean Gourley

Elliot Gray is an ex-Otago student who creates planters in the shape of various genitalia as a side hustle. His business has been a huge success, with a penis-themed post reaching millions on Facebook. Elliot 3D prints the pots. His interest in 3D printing started while he was studying IT at Read more...

Fijian Language Week

Posted 2:58pm Sunday 10th October 2021 by Susana Jones

Bula brass! Fijian language week was from Sunday 3 October to Saturday 9 October, my personal favourite because Fiji is my homeland. I talked to some of my Fijian matavuvale (family) down here in Dunners to learn some more about my own culture, and to learn about their experiences being stunning Read more...

Tuvalu Language Week

Posted 2:54pm Sunday 10th October 2021 by Susana Jones

Talofa! It was Tuvalu language week from Sunday 26 September to Saturday 2 October. To learn a bit more about Tuvalu and its language, I talked to Nancy, Fagasele, and Riiti, three beautiful Tuvaluan students here in Dunedin.   How would you describe Tuvalu for people who don’t know Read more...

An Interview with @dunedinsoftbois

Posted 2:50pm Sunday 10th October 2021 by Asia Martusia King

Meet the admin of @dunedinsoftbois, an Instagram account showcasing Ōtepoti’s finest bachelors. Their mission is to expose the ghastly Tinder messages from the vintage-sweater-wearing, Marlboro-smoking, e-girl yearning fuckboys who understand David Lynch more than you ever will. They Read more...

What's your NewstalkZB headline?

Posted 2:41pm Sunday 10th October 2021 by Critic

Favourite colour + star sign + second letter of first name + fashion decade = headline   Your Favourite Colour Red - ‘Outrageous’: Orange - BREAKING: Yellow - Kate Hawkesby: Blue - Opinion: Green - ‘About time’: Purple - Heather du Read more...

The Best and Worst Flats in Dunedin

Posted 2:34pm Sunday 10th October 2021 by Annabelle Vaughan

Last week, Critic Te Arohi and OUSA ran a competition to find the best and worst flats within Dunedin. Thanks to our sponsors, the almighty Delivereasy, the winners netted themselves some sweet $200 vouchers, while the runners-up received $100 vouchers. Our judges were local Labour MP Rachel Read more...

Local Produce: Dale Kerrigan

Posted 12:19am Saturday 2nd October 2021 by Sean Gourley

Dale Kerrigan are a local noise rock band that has been playing gigs all over NZ this year. Shlee’s vocals over a crashing backdrop gives Dale Kerrigan a distinctive sound. They recently released their first album on Spotify. Their sonic tonic consists of Shlee on guitar, her brother Josh on Read more...

Opinion: Stop Playing so Much DnB at Parties

Posted 12:17am Saturday 2nd October 2021 by Annabelle Vaughan

It’s a Saturday night. The breathas and beezys are out in North Dunedin. The only thing accompanying them is a box of piss, their trusty vape, and promises to themselves that they are going to break. The notorious party streets are full of people and the rumbling, shaking sound of drum and Read more...

MASKS, MASKS, MASKS!

Posted 12:15am Saturday 2nd October 2021 by Aiman Amerul Muner

If there is one thing that everyone can agree on about masks is that: THEY ARE EVERYWHERE. Since the first reported case Covid-19 arrived in Aotearoa in early 2020, we have been told that the best way to protect ourselves is to wear a face mask. People shopped for masks to a point where in some Read more...

L Hotel: Dunedin’s triple threat trio

Posted 12:14am Saturday 2nd October 2021 by Annabelle Vaughan

Ōtepoti band L Hotel are known for many things. Pint Night gigs, being objectively cool blokes, playing covers, and releasing all round good tunes. The trio, which consists of former reality TV star and bassist Dave Borrie (Taurus sun), drummer Fred Richardson (Leo sun), and guitarist Jono Read more...

A Slam Poem Curated from Your Studentville Wifi Names

Posted 12:11am Saturday 2nd October 2021 by Asia Martusia King

Hey there. Nice Cock.   You looking for a New Flat with cheap rent? Head down to LoserVille: location, Gang land. Somewhere in the Alley on DundASS street, we have all the Beer Necessities you need.   You want entertainment? We got you. Fuck Gamers Read more...

Power Ranking Night ‘n Day’s Tuesday Deals

Posted 12:10am Saturday 2nd October 2021 by Annabelle Vaughan

As poor students, there is nothing we love more than cheap food. Luckily, Night ‘n Day provides such a service with their monthly Tuesday deals. A few years ago, they used to only be $2, but thanks to capitalism, prices have since been on the increase and now sit more around the $3 to $4 Read more...

Local Produce: Isaac Chadwick

Posted 3:41pm Sunday 26th September 2021 by Annabelle Vaughan

Isaac Chadwick is a new creative who has recently launched onto the Dunedin scene. He is an aspiring filmmaker, session musician and surfer who is successfully moulding all of his interests into artistic projects. Critic sat down to chat with him on his new projects and what it’s like being a Read more...

PRINS: what it’s like being a solo female artist in Aotearoa’s music industry

Posted 3:39pm Sunday 26th September 2021 by Annabelle Vaughan

Alannah Prins, known by her stage name PRINS, is one of Aotearoa’s latest musical sensations. An electro-pop artist based in Christchurch, she is set to embark on a nationwide tour in the coming months. Critic sat down to chat with her on the tour, her new music, and what it’s like Read more...

I CLAIM: This is an interview with Dunedin Affirmations

Posted 3:36pm Sunday 26th September 2021 by Sean Gourley

Dunedin Affirmations (@dunedinaffirmations) is an Ōtepoti Instagram page on the rise. We checked in with them to see what goes into posting daily inspirational content, and also to get clues as to their identity because that is our favourite project right now.   Can you explain what Read more...

Live Music In The Age of Covid-19

Posted 3:32pm Sunday 26th September 2021 by Denzel Chung

Covid restrictions have been putting Dunedin’s live musicians under pressure, needing to adjust to a new normal of small gigs, even tighter finances, and lots more time spent online. Critic Te Arohi spoke to local musicians Boaz Anema and Zi Shaw, as well as sound engineer and music scene Read more...

Outdoor Study Spots: How to make the most of Spring in the exam season

Posted 3:22pm Sunday 26th September 2021 by Susana Jones

Spring has well and truly sprung, bringing more sunlight and life to campus. With most of us completing the semester online, libraries and flats can become claustrophobic and uncomfortable study spots. Instead of slaving away inside, now is the perfect time of year to grab an outside study spot, and Read more...

How to Improve Your Tinder

Posted 3:18pm Sunday 26th September 2021 by Annabelle Vaughan

Whether you’re on it for a joke, or to find love, a quick root, or a dealer, we’ve all downloaded Tinder at some stage or another in our lives. However, sometimes matches and messages lead to nothing. But for the breathas who are wanting a Saturday beezy, or the lonely folks just wanting Read more...

Te Roopū Māori 2022

Posted 3:46pm Monday 20th September 2021 by Critic

Tumuaki: Jade Mills E rere kau mai te awa nui, mai i te kāhui maunga ki Tangaroa ko au te awa ko te awa ko au. Kia ora koutou, my name is Jade and I come from the beautiful Whanganui awa. This year I am fortunate enough to be Āpiha hauora (Recreation and Welfare officer) for Te Read more...

Local Produce: Joseph Jakicevich

Posted 3:41pm Monday 20th September 2021 by Sean Gourley

Joseph Jakicevich is an artist currently based in Wellington who popped down to Ōtepoti at the start of the year. His unique artwork often features eye-catching distorted subjects. Critic checked in with him to see what it was like collaborating with artists from all over Aotearoa. Joseph Read more...

Oops, Newshub Reported on My Fake Landlord Post

Posted 3:40pm Monday 20th September 2021 by Asia Martusia King

It all began when my flatmate didn’t do the dishes. I wondered what would happen if she died under mysterious circumstances. Would the rest of us get free rent, or would we have to cover our deceased flatmate’s share while mourning? It’s a deeply upsetting scenario. When Read more...

Which form of home-made coffee is the best?

Posted 2:08pm Monday 20th September 2021 by Sean Gourley

Coffee is the peak of caffeinated beverages. Tea is too weak and British; energy drinks are for incels and children. Coffee is a gateway drug to becoming a functional member of society. Most students wouldn’t be able to take their exams or morning shits without it. But which method of brewing Read more...

Holding Out For a Hero

Posted 2:03pm Monday 20th September 2021 by Susana Jones

Essential workers are out there grinding despite the drama of lockdown, providing us with food, healthcare, petrol, and all the essentials. As I sit up in my room doing my daily tasks, eating my daily food, going on my daily walks, watching my daily updates, I wonder what it might be like to live a Read more...

Local Produce: Adelaide Cara

Posted 4:04pm Sunday 12th September 2021 by Sean Gourley

Adelaide Cara is an Ōtepoti musician who recently recorded their debut album ‘How Does This Sound?’ The album is nostalgic and dreamy, perfect to listen to while you drive around at night, with haunting vocals. Thankfully they released it on cassette tape, so even my very old car Read more...

When Worlds Collide: Overcoming Technological Hurdles to Te Reo

Posted 3:57pm Sunday 12th September 2021 by Elliot Weir

The digital world can provide a place for te reo Māori to thrive, but a number of technological hurdles stand in the way. One of the largest problems is with autocorrect and spell check.  Students found it annoying when te reo words autocorrected to English words. Other times, kupu have Read more...

“What percentage are you?”

Posted 3:47pm Sunday 12th September 2021 by Annabelle Vaughan

Why the colonial concept of blood quantum doesn’t define indigenous people  By Annabelle Vaughan People sometimes ask weird questions, that’s how life is. However, for many Māori here in Aotearoa, or any indigenous person, a common question we often receive is “so Read more...

Iwi Dialects: Because Te Reo Isn’t the Same Everywhere

Posted 3:34pm Sunday 12th September 2021 by Students of Te Roopū Māori

Growing up in Aotearoa, chances are you’ve learned a bit of te reo here and there. While you might think there is a one-size-fits all approach, that’s not the case. All across Aotearoa, different iwi in different regions each have their own individual dialects of te reo. Listed below are Read more...

A Brief History of Ngāi Tahu: Things you should probably know about the land you’re on

Posted 3:21pm Sunday 12th September 2021 by Annabelle Vaughan

If you’ve come to study at Otago University from up North, picked fruit in the sweltering heat of Central Otago, gone skiing on the slopes in Wānaka, or gone stargazing at Lake Tekapo, it’s important for you to know about Ngāi Tahu. Ngāi Tahu, also known as Kāi Tahu, Read more...

How Pākehā can better honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Posted 3:10pm Sunday 12th September 2021 by Tessa Dalgety-Evans

CW: Racism, colonisation, discussion of Pākehā dominance  Definitions Pākehā: English, foreign, European. Despite the claims of some non-Māori speakers, the term does not normally have negative connotations. Tauiwi: foreigner, European, non-Māori, Read more...

Local Produce: Black-Sale House

Posted 3:37pm Sunday 5th September 2021 by Annabelle Vaughan

Best known for their funky, genre-spanning sound and playing plenty of pint nights, Dunedin band Black Sale House are leaving a major mark on the Dunedin music scene.  The group of five, made up of Masin on vocals, Samuel on keyboards, Finn on guitar, Joshua on drums, and Sol on bass, sat Read more...

The Politics of Flat Mugs

Posted 3:30pm Sunday 5th September 2021 by Keegan Wells

Unless you’re a soulless robot, you have a favourite mug. So do all your flatmates, and they are different mugs. The politics of flat mugs are an underlying, unspoken rule amongst flatties in Dunedin. Conflict begins to brew when someone steals another person’s mug, or said cup is Read more...

OPINION: Please Don't Get Pets in Lockdown

Posted 3:29pm Sunday 5th September 2021 by Asia Martusia King

Mamma mia, here we go again. Some people thrive in lockdown. If you are anything like me (condolences) you get lonely and sad instead. You begin to think, wouldn’t it be nice to adopt a gorgeous fuzzy son/daughter? You’d have the benefits of pet therapy. You’d be giving an animal a Read more...

K9MD: The Clever Canines That Can Help Combat Cancer

Posted 3:25pm Sunday 5th September 2021 by Asia Martusia King

Levi von Heisenberg’s work day is as follows. He wakes up, carpools to work in rural Mosgiel, and smells jars of piss. Levi is a German Shepherd and member of K9MD, a team of darling medical detection dogs who are learning to sniff out cancer in human urine. Could a dog save your life? Read more...

The Guy with the Suit and the Synagogue: Peter Grace

Posted 3:23pm Sunday 5th September 2021 by Annabelle Vaughan

Peter Grace is known to most as a lecturer of New Zealand foreign policy at the Department of Politics, or the mysterious 100-level International politics tutor. Grace is best known for his kind and soft spoken demeanor, his dedication to his students, and a penchant for Savile Rowe Read more...

Local Produce: Teddy Penrose, aka Logan Burrell

Posted 4:06pm Sunday 22nd August 2021 by Annabelle Vaughan

Image credit: Rosa Nevison Otago student Logan Burrell is well accustomed with the Dunedin music scene. After playing in several local bands, he has since branched out on his own solo project, releasing music under the pseudonym Teddy Penrose. Critic sat down with Logan to chat about his creative Read more...

Bruce Mahalski’s Amazing Animal Mural-skis

Posted 4:05pm Sunday 22nd August 2021 by Asia Martusia King

Living in Dunedin, chances are you've seen a variety of street art — a couple of hoiho beside Market Kitchen, or the rooster outside of CJ’s supermarket. Bruce Mahalski is the artist behind these creations, performing necromancy on the Animal Attic’s ailing taxidermy, bringing Read more...

You’ve been hired to write a news article for Critic Te Arohi’s next issue.

Posted 4:03pm Sunday 22nd August 2021 by Elliot Weir

Your Birth Month January - Breatha February - Grange Street Flat March - MFCO lecturer April - Renowned stoner May - Nerd June - Wholesome grandma July - OUSA Exec August - Broke Castle Street resident September - Student journalist October - Environmental activist Read more...

Māori Hour Wholesomeness

Posted 3:22pm Sunday 22nd August 2021 by Susana Jones

Māori hour is an incredibly wholesome phenomenon. I am not Māori and am not speaking on behalf of Māori and never will. I am just here to comment on a cultural phenomenon I’ve observed, one which is interesting, special, and unique to Aotearoa. Imagine this. You’re at a Read more...

Mixer Review

Posted 3:20pm Sunday 22nd August 2021 by Chug Norris

Mixers are the unsung heroes of alcohol, the pleasure to balance the pain of spirits. Anything can be a mixer if you’re brave enough, but I really did have to narrow down the selection to only the most practical options. Rather than going through every type of soft drink and fruit juice, I Read more...

Ain’t No Party Like a Meatloaf Party

Posted 3:17pm Sunday 22nd August 2021 by Annabelle Vaughan, Fox Meyer, and Keegan Wells

Much like Regina George’s hair, Otago University is full of secrets. Tucked away in the streets of North Dunedin, there exist all kinds of weird and wonderful traditions. One of them is the Meatloaf Party. Critic Te Arohi attended the 30th anniversary of the event, which means that meatloaf Read more...

Local Produce: Jacob Koopman | @Koops_Art

Posted 2:25pm Monday 16th August 2021 by Keegan Wells

Jacob Koopman is one of the newest creatives emerging onto our local art scene. Jacob is currently blessing the eyes of many with his work, which blends realism and surrealism. Jacob is an artistic powerhouse who enjoys painting, usually while lying on the floor of his “poor-lit and mostly Read more...

Which Famous Artist Are You?

Posted 2:18pm Monday 16th August 2021 by Otago Art Club

What do you study? Muscles Numbers Green things (includes shrek) 2D shapes Society   How much do you like to get naked? If it were legal, I would not wear clothes My birthday suit is the only suit I own I wear clothes in the shower Towel runs give me a rush of Read more...

Daniel Vernon: Artist, musician, bird conspiracy theorist

Posted 2:15pm Monday 16th August 2021 by Elliot Weir

Pōneke-based Daniel Vernon is a man of many talents. He’s an artist, a podcaster, and is in a band. He writes and plays music in Dartz, makes political satire comics as yeehawtheboys, and talks about sex, love, and relationships on the Just The Tips podcast. Daniel took some time out of Read more...


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