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May 22, 2017

Susan Austen, Wellington co-ordinator for pro-euthanasia group Exit International, pleaded not guilty to three charges connected with assisted suicide in the Wellington District Court on May 12. The charges allege that in 2015, Austen imported Pentobarbital, a Class C drug often used in euthanasia; and that she assisted the suicide of 77-year old Annemarie Treadwell […]

May 22, 2017

New Zealand society does not just have a tolerance for a high incarceration rate but an enthusiasm for it. This quote from Tracey McIntosh sets the tone of Counterfutures 3: a collection of critical essays, creative non-fiction, interviews, and reviews exploring leftist thought and practice regarding incarceration in Aotearoa. As described by John W. Buttle […]

May 22, 2017

VUW’s Student Health Service has left a number of students feeling “belittled” and “confused.” While students’ experiences are “usually positive,” some have reported inappropriate or inaccurate advice regarding sexual health.

May 22, 2017

Tertiary students are “regularly going without food or other necessities” because they cannot afford them, according to a survey of 2000 students at Unitec in Auckland. Unitec is New Zealand’s biggest campus-based polytechnic, with 9100 full time equivalent students. Half of the students surveyed, including two-thirds of Māori students surveyed, said their income was not […]

May 15, 2017

A Global Divestment Mobilisation took place May 5–13 in a stand against investment in fossil fuels. Protests took place in Wellington, Dunedin, Auckland, and Australia. The mobilisation responded to growing concerns about government and institution investment in carbon-emitting fossil fuel activity, such as coal mining and gas exploration. It was run by the environmental group […]

May 8, 2017

South Africa has a long history of protest, with the Apartheid era in the living memory of much of the population. Since 2012, student protests have developed into an ideological battle with major disruptions to campuses.

May 1, 2017

Oriental Bay’s famous dog, Bernie, died on April 19 following a terminal illness. The ten-year old Bernese mountain dog was a prominent fixture outside Wellington’s Freyberg Pool on Oriental Parade, and the face of Bernie’s on the Bay café. He was believed to have developed a growth in his lung which led to his death. […]

May 1, 2017

“Residents hope prostitute camera becomes permanent feature” — The Press, May 19, 2016. “Prostitutes continue to plague Christchurch residents” — Stuff.co.nz, April 6, 2017. “Prostitutes forcing Chch community into lockdown” — Radio New Zealand, April 18, 2017. The section of Manchester Street south of Bealey Avenue in Christchurch has been a well-known location for street-based […]

May 1, 2017

More than 1700 submissions were made on the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s (GWRC) draft Annual Plan in support of fairer fares for tertiary students in Wellington. VUWSA has led the campaign, which pushes for a 50% discount for tertiary students on all regional public transport. VUWSA President Rory Lenihan-Ikin described the response as “overwhelming.” “When […]