Archive for August, 2010

02/08/10

New Zealanders are lucky to have so many great craft breweries producing so much amazing beer. But if you look back a decade, the picture was somewhat grim. But in those dark times, Emerson’s brewery was a ray of light—creating craft beers to challenge the country’s palate. Recently Regional Wines and Spirits dedicated a whole [...]

02/08/10

Also the only students still allowed to enrol… International student enrolments at tertiary institutions have increased by seven per cent since 2009, Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce reported last Wednesday. In his press release, Joyce says he will spend the next few months focusing on continuing the growth of the international sector. “International education contributes [...]

02/08/10

Cold, mouldy and mushroom-friendly student flats may be a thing of the past if a Green Party members’ bill promoting warm healthy homes gains footing. Green Party housing spokesperson Gareth Hughes is touring universities this month to promote his My Warm Healthy Rental Bill. The tour started in Auckland last week and will finish in [...]

02/08/10

Students no longer able to sub-let the hot-water cupboard The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill was passed into law last month, introducing a number of amendments to the law governing rental properties. The changes give more security to renters with greater clarity over rent hikes and multiple bonds, but also greatly increase the powers of landlords [...]

02/08/10

Whodunnit?! Posters appealing for the “lost” Section 3 B: Goal 8 of the VUWSA Constitution mysteriously appeared on the Kelburn campus last Thursday. As Salient went to print, no one had claimed responsibility for being the posters’ brainchild. ACT on Campus President Peter McCaffrey and Chair of the Lower North Island Young Nats Lauren Brazier [...]

02/08/10

The man, the myth, the nondescript European accent. Tommy Wiseau made a bold step when he chose schadenfreude softcore porn over the more traditional ‘treatise’ as the vehicle for his philosophical magnum opus, but his choice was the right one. The written philosophical essay has always been lacking the spice of fake pregnancies and plastic [...]

02/08/10

Victoria University’s newly opened Alan MacDiarmid building has been gifted the Nobel Prize Medal which belonged to the late scientist of the same name. The medal was gifted to the university by MacDiarmid’s widow Gayl Gentile, who acknowledges that having the building named after him is a huge honour. MacDiarmid was a part-time student at [...]

02/08/10

The announcement that Seth Frightening would be opening for Jonsi Birgisson—of acclaimed Icelandic act Sigur Ros—on the Australian leg of his upcoming world tour came as a pleasant surprise to Wellingtonians who have grown fond of Sean ‘Seth Frightening’ Kelly’s melancholic brand of indie folk. So it was with much anticipation that a healthy cluster [...]

02/08/10

Victoria University student Luke Roughton has made his mark on the global stage at the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) negotiations held in New York last month. As Oxfam New Zealand’s Control Arms Coordinator, Roughton has been in involved in negotiating a legally binding treaty to regulate the global trade in conventional weapons. Along with representatives [...]