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October 9, 2016

Massey University Communications lecturer Steve Elers has called for the name of the institution to be changed. This comes after Elers uncovered racist comments made by the university’s namesake, William Ferguson Massey, during his term as prime minister from 1912-1925. The two statements in question read: “New Zealanders are… the purest Anglo-Saxon population in the […]

October 2, 2016

The waste audit is an ongoing process, as the university and waste committee are still in the process of analysing the bio-waste disposal and other data collection surveys.

October 2, 2016

Victoria University of Wellington has released a statement “debunking” misconceptions about the sale of Karori campus. The statement comes after a recent community meeting with Karori residents and education sector representatives landed the university in hot water with residents and the wider public. The main misconception addressed was that the university will make $20 million […]

October 2, 2016

Voting is the most essential component to a democracy, yet there is a common perception that students do not vote and do not care about politics. As a political science student, understanding this stuff is kind of my jam. We are around 15 months out from another election and I already know who I am […]

September 25, 2016

Student activist group Reclaim Vic last week launched their manifesto. The launch immediately followed the Rant with Grant fees forum. Organisation Spokesperson Joshua James read the manifesto, which proposes an “alternative vision” for the university, to the students that remained after the fees forum. The group’s manifesto challenges VUW’s colonial history that has sustained “false […]

September 25, 2016

Over 150 Karori residents and education sector representatives recently gathered at the Karori campus to question Victoria University and the Ministry of Education on the sale of the site. The university wants to sell the entire campus for profit. VUW and the ministry were criticised by Campbell Kindergarten, Karori Kids childcare centre, and Karori Normal […]

September 18, 2016

Lincoln University’s fate is looking increasingly dire, with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robin Pollard, telling staff on August 8 that they had one year to “get a surplus or we are dead.” Pollard later said the statement was made out of context, and that the university needed to “transform” to be “financially viable” and “flourish into […]

September 11, 2016

Wellington mayoral candidate Justin Lester has announced a policy to establish “wet house” facilities for the homeless of Wellington. Wet houses are residential facilities for people in need to go and sleep, drink, and eat instead of living on the street. A wet house can provide optional rehabilitation and counselling programs. The policy is a […]

September 11, 2016

Lincoln University’s Director of greater China, Jeff Sun, is proposing that New Zealand universities have the scope to take in at least 10,000 students a year. From July 2015 to July 2016 5804 Chinese students came to New Zealand to study, a number just over half of the projected target. Sun believes Chinese students typically […]