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April 10, 2017

VUWSA Executive Officers will now be paid minimum wage, after a motion was passed at the VUWSA IGM last Wednesday affirming the change.

April 10, 2017

The 2016 New Zealand Tertiary Education State of the Sector Survey, conducted by the Tertiary Education Union (TEU), “paint[s] a picture of a sector under pressure,” with respondents describing the situation as worsening in the last ten years.

April 10, 2017

Andrew Little appeared at the High Court in Wellington last week for a civil jury trial regarding comments he made about Scenic Hotel Group founder Earl Hagaman and his wife Lani Hagaman. The Hagamans made a $101,000 donation to the National Party in 2014. Little’s comments linked this donation to the tender won by Scenic […]

April 3, 2017

Carrie Lam will become Hong Kong’s first female chief executive when she takes office on July 1. The position was chosen by 1194 electors selected from Hong Kong’s 7.3 million population, most being influential business or political figures. Lam won 777 of these electoral votes, although former financial secretary John Tsang polled more favourably among […]

April 3, 2017

Samantha Keene is a PhD student at VUW’s Institute of Criminology. Her PhD research focuses on the meanings and impacts of pornography for emerging adults. Her research interests are in pornography, violence against women, student populations, and sex work.   You have done a lot of work on rape culture and sexual violence in your […]

April 3, 2017

A new VUW policy on Academic Freedom has been drafted without consultation with students or staff.

March 27, 2017

Last week, Salient published a news article about how VUW halls of residence, Joan Stevens and Weir House, informally contracted the laundry services of Arohata Prison over summer in which prisoners are paid between $0.00 and $1.00 per hour.   The information had been uncovered after a series of Official Information Act requests to the […]

March 27, 2017

The Productivity Commission’s report on New Models of Tertiary Education “has done a disservice to New Zealanders,” according to VUWSA President Rory Lenihan-Ikin.

March 20, 2017

Victoria University Lecturer Bevan Marten has criticised New Zealand’s failure to ratify an international convention which limits pollution from ships as “embarrassing.” New Zealand is one of only four countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that have not ratified Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from […]