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February 26, 2017

The Education (Update) Amendment Bill was introduced to Parliament on February 8. The Bill proposes a wide scope of changes — increasing the potential for funding, strengthening the monitoring and compliance of independent tertiary institutes, formalising expected behaviour with said institutes, and enhancing student protection facilities. In addition, it seeks to extend the Export Education […]

October 2, 2016

Fossil Free UC have presented the University of Canterbury (UC) with a petition requesting that the university stop its investments in fossil fuels because of their contribution to climate change. On September 23, Vice Chancellor Dr John Wood was handed the petition with over 2000 signatures from students and staff members of the university. Should […]

September 11, 2016

150 Indian tertiary students are facing deportation after being scammed by an immigration agent. The prominent student visa immigration agent is known for aiding the visa applications of Indian students who wish to study in New Zealand. The Indian High Commissioner—who has already discussed immigration concerns with New Zealand authorities—finds it problematic to target the […]

July 31, 2016

  Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) has found itself at a crossroads after a fight between President Laura Harris and Vice President Jarred Griffiths. Their divide has caused a wider degeneration throughout the whole of OUSA Executive, with reports of an internal coup by Griffiths and his faction. Harris and Griffiths ran on the same […]

July 24, 2016

Friday saw the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) officially kick off in Wellington, beginning a two month showcase across the country of critically acclaimed films from all corners of the globe. Headlining films include the first international collaboration from Studio Ghibli—The Red Turtle, a documentary focusing on the asylum story of a Syrian family—A […]

July 17, 2016

Traci Houpapa, Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, has recently been appointed to Victoria University’s Council. Houpapa replaces Dame Patsy Reddy, Dame Companion New Zealand Order of Merit, who will leave to become the Governor General of New Zealand in September. Over her career Houpapa has raised both the profile of Māori agribusiness […]

July 17, 2016

Former President of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (CTU) and social justice campaigner Helen Kelly has been honoured by Wellington City with a portrait at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. The portrait, created by artist Lee Robinson and donated by the city, was unveiled by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown at a recent ceremony. Kelly […]

May 29, 2016

I will eat anything. I am the absolute opposite of a picky eater; put whatever you want on my plate and I’ll chow down, leaving the plate spotless in the end. I don’t understand people who turn down food, I don’t understand people who aren’t actively looking forward to the next meal, and I don’t […]

May 22, 2016

Wellington City Council (WCC) has decided to not automatically extend its living wage policy to future contractors, following backlash from the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, John Milford said that the living wage was “not practical,” and called for WCC to engage in discussion about future plans. “What we have […]