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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...


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