Archive for September, 2008

Fraud

Fraud

by / 29/09/08 / [ 10 Comments ]

Last week The Press ran a story about an employee of the Christchurch Polytechnic’s Student Association who is suspected of defrauding the Association. I’ve decided to semi-fisk this… so bear with me. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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Week in Politics

Week in Politics

by / 29/09/08 / No Comments

The Week in Politics Winston Saga semi resolved Embattled NZ First leader Winston Peters has been censured by parliament. This basically equates to being told off by your mum’s friend when you’ve been caught smoking in the garden shed. Buses fucked. Students have to walk up hill. No doubt stirred on by ex-VUWSA president Nick [...]

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He says, she says continues as voting underway Salient growing weary

He says, she says continues as voting underway Salient growing weary

by / 29/09/08 / [ 2 Comments ]

Current VUWSA President Joel Cosgrove has made a string of accusations against Sonny Thomas – one of the candidates vying to succeed him in the role – who has dismissed the allegations as a “distraction tactic.” Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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Connors causes panda-monium

Connors causes panda-monium

by / 29/09/08 / 1 Comment

Presidential hopeful Sean Connors believes that his chances of success in this year’s VUWSA general election are strong, saying: “I don’t want to brag but I think I’ve got it in the bag.” Connors made an appearance at the Quad in the Kelburn campus last Tuesday afternoon, dressed in a panda suit and a purple [...]

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Eye on Candidates’ Forum

Eye on Candidates’ Forum

by / 29/09/08 / [ 2 Comments ]

Last Tuesday’s candidates’ forum provided an apt explanation for my weary approach to VUWSA, with its nit-picking, hair-splitting and pettifogging. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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Eye on Exec

Eye on Exec

by / 29/09/08 / [ 3 Comments ]

This week’s exec meeting was a quick one, which is fantastic, but although it was short it was not lacking in in-jokes and an abundance of what Environmental Officer Mark Newton rightly described as “stupid bullshit.” Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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The History of Healthcare Reform in Aotearoa

The History of Healthcare Reform in Aotearoa

by / 29/09/08 / [ 9 Comments ]

Beginning in 1983, New Zealand’s health system was subjected to two decades of reform. While these reforms were intended to address overblown budgets and move the healthcare into a market economy, each reform was implemented just as the previous one was beginning to bear fruit. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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VUWSA meets, surprisingly people turn up

VUWSA meets, surprisingly people turn up

by / 29/09/08 / No Comments

Like the election candidates’ forum held the preceding night, last Wednesday’s VUWSA Special General Meeting (SGM) commenced a quarter of an hour behind schedule. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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Salient interviews presidential candidates

Salient interviews presidential candidates

by / 29/09/08 / No Comments

Two of the four presidential candidates in the VUWSA general elections gathered in the Salient office last Wednesday afternoon, and despite my initial concerns about what may ensue (hence my insistence that Salient’s Political Editor Jackson Wood also attend), the subsequent interview was, by large, a cordial and civil affair. I was impressed. Share on [...]

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Depression is a Jerk

Depression is a Jerk

by / 29/09/08 / [ 2 Comments ]

Depression is a word. And words can be used to describe things. Things like depression. But what is depression (the thing not the word), and how can we sort that shit out? Spending your youth in either a dank, overpriced, tiny flat or the dank, overpriced, architectural nightmare that is this university (while hiding from [...]

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