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October 16, 2017

A collective agreement ratified on August 1 has resulted in increased wages for Vic Books employees, although staff are concerned that the agreement does not go far enough to provide livable wages.

October 16, 2017

VUW has failed to respond within the legally required timeframe to multiple Official Information Act requests lodged by Salient this year.

October 9, 2017

The Engagement Vice-President (EVP) is responsible for ensuring that there is strong communication and opportunities for involvement between VUWSA, its members, and students. This year, Sarah Auld and Tamatha Paul are running for the EVP role. * Sarah Auld is a second-year Law and Arts student who moved to Wellington from outback Australia. She is […]

October 9, 2017

On October 3, the VUWSA Elections Candidates Forum saw all candidates discuss why they should be elected as members of the VUWSA Executive in 2018. The following reportage covers the “minor” roles; the candidates for the President and Vice-President positions are covered in more detail in other stories.   The forum began with speeches from the candidates […]

September 25, 2017

Wellington gallery Matchbox Studios, which markets itself as “emphasising collaboration and community,” has been subject to multiple complaints from artists regarding poor communication and late payments.

September 25, 2017

Members of the Porirua and Wellington communities came together at Cannons Creek School on September 19 for a rally against poverty. Chaired by Porirua Mayor Mike Tana, the event involved conversations, questions, and a performance by Virtuoso Strings Youth Orchestra.

September 25, 2017

This post-election sentiment was written prior to the election, due to both the limitations of print and the pervasiveness of this disillusionment beyond the election’s outcome. If there was a revolution over the weekend, some of these thoughts can be disregarded.   I am a Young Person¹ and, like many other Young People, I was […]

September 18, 2017

The annual Rant with Grant saw Vice-Chancellor Grant Guilford venture to the Hub on September 13 to present to students on the fee-setting process. Guilford presented a detailed background of fee-setting, including a history of government contributions to student teaching costs, which have decreased in successive governments since the 1990s. 21% of VUW funding comes […]

August 21, 2017

Following a near-decade long push for “fairer fares,” a discount for tertiary students on public transport has been included in the draft GWRC Annual Plan. If passed, the initiative would likely be introduced, along with a range of proposed new initiatives, in mid-2018. VUWSA President Rory Lenihan-Ikin has described the inclusion of the student discount […]