Author — Ben Hague

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08/10/12

Government winning battle to govern.

20/08/12

Understanding the tension in Sudan.

13/08/12

The pertinent point on Putin’s problem.

06/08/12

Salient dives head first into the tumultuous politics of Western Africa. If things keep going the way they are for the West African country of Mali, it might just join the club of failed states. Malians have recently endured several coups and, as if that wasn’t enough bad luck already, half the country has been lost to an Islamist insurgency. [...]

25/09/11

The number of young people enrolled to vote has dropped over 10 per cent since 2008, currently sitting at only 72 per cent. This has caused concern for some politicians and has been highlighted by Green Party MP Gareth Hughes as a “worrying” trend. “It is after all, your future that people like me are [...]

12/09/11

Act MP Heather Roy’s Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill passed its committee stage last Wednesday, with it now expected to receive royal assent on 28 September. It was reported without amendment by 63 votes to 56 with the support of National, Act and United Future. Despite multiple amendments being proposed by Labour, all were [...]

30/05/11

Traffic slowed to a crawl last Monday at Wellington Airport as a “slow-moving vehicle” protest was held in opposition to the Wellywood sign. The protest was in opposition to the announcement that Wellington Airport intend to build the Wellywood sign in time for the Rugby World Cup. Victoria University student Andy Boreham started the event [...]

23/05/11

Zealandia Sanctuary and Victoria University last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding last week in an effort to promote closer research connections. Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Professor Pat Walsh is looking forward to the benefits that the collaboration will bring. “It‘s clear that this partnership with the Centre for Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology has been fruitful [...]

16/05/11

A new political party Student Party NZ has just been founded. Led by the University of Waikato’s Malcolm Matthews, they hope to give students a voice in Parliament this November. Matthews believes over 450,000 tertiary students in New Zealand have been “grossly misrepresented” in Parliament. “Our policies aim to improve living standards and education for [...]