Harleneing With The Stars

Posted 10:55pm Thursday 4th October 2018

With a nervous gait, Harlene approaches my table of destiny (we couldn’t actually get her to do it, so we just got Chelle to pretend to be her). Trembling, she sits down. Harlene is seeking divine answers. I tell her I am most willing to oblige (for international fees). Harlene reluctantly Read more...

Do You Even Lift, Sis?

Posted 5:52pm Thursday 27th September 2018

Powerlifting is a rapidly growing sport among women in Dunedin. Chelle Fitzgerald chats to five badass local competitors about the rise of female lifters.     Weightlifting is currently one of the fastest growing female sports. Stereotypes around what a female lifter looks like Read more...

I Was the World’s Worst Drug Dealer

Posted 2:54pm Friday 14th September 2018

Chelle Fitzgerald interviews a self-confessed “terrible” former drug dealer. For anonymity’s sake, we’ll call him “Mr Drugs.”      Chelle: What drugs did you deal?  Mr. Drugs: Throughout the years I sold marijuana, (REAL)LSD, Read more...

Dunedin Ghost Tours: A Journey Through a City’s Dark Past

Posted 10:01pm Thursday 6th September 2018

On a still, chilly Wednesday night, fellow Critic writer Caroline Moratti and I find ourselves standing underneath a streetlamp in the Octagon. The pavement glitters with a sense of anticipation, hiding the untold stories of the night.  Waiting for Andrew “The Hair Raiser” Smith, Read more...

Meet the People Who Protest Abortion Outside the Dunedin Hospital

Posted 8:50pm Thursday 30th August 2018

The majority of abortions in New Zealand are deemed acceptable on the grounds of “serious danger to mental health”. I should know; I’ve had one myself. Conceiving on my 18th birthday during O-Week, what are the odds? Pretty high, if you’re me. Regardless, there would Read more...

Sold Down the River

Posted 6:34pm Thursday 26th July 2018

As the clock tolled 1pm, the winds were quiescent across the soon-to-be tainted Leith river. Several hundred* protesters craned their necks as Charlie O’Mannin, a self-professed “Beleither” and part-time activist, took his place on the centre of the creeping iron bridge. Wearing Read more...

Dunedin's Bar Stereotypes

Posted 5:46pm Thursday 12th July 2018

Starters: Name: Jess 18 years old. Has a REAL I.D. Also seen in: St David, Arana, Central Library. Lives on Vodka Cruisers and Jägerbombs. Shows up at 9:30. Has way too much energy. Puts everything on daddy’s credit card but still complains about being “a broke Read more...

How To Take Mushrooms and Not Die

Posted 10:54pm Thursday 24th May 2018

So, the weather’s getting cold, you’ve already failed two of your semester one papers and life’s looking pretty dusty. What’s a student to do? Well, if you’ve attended any parties lately, you’d know that at this time of year the breathers like to turn some Read more...

Advertorial : Nandos Review

Posted 7:47pm Thursday 24th May 2018

Ah, Nando’s – cemented firmly in the halls of Dunedin’s upper echelons of fast food, this bad boi is most certainly a cut above. Last week I was keen for a squawkin’ good hangover feed, and I was not disappointed at all by the offerings. I ordered meself a classic chicken Read more...

Bloody Hell: 18 Students Share Their Best Period Stories

Posted 6:07pm Thursday 17th May 2018

Bleeding like a stuck pig for approximately 1/6th of our lives (which is around 15 years of solid bleeding, btw) isn’t an awful lot of fun. So just for a moment, let’s rejoice in, or recoil aghast at, these tales of menstrual treachery that our readers have so kindly Read more...

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