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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 […]

March 20, 2017

Concerns have been raised by the Council of Trade Unions (CTU) as the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) seeks to secure a new contract for the bus services in the Wellington region.

March 20, 2017

Chris Eichbaum is the Acting Vice-Provost (Academic and Equity) at Victoria University. Salient sat down with him to discuss student representation, accountability, and what to do when your lecturer is a bit shit. *** We are interested in the idea of co-creation of learning, which — in our understanding — is the partnership and collaboration […]

March 13, 2017

Writer Ashleigh Young has been announced as the first New Zealander to win the prestigious Windham-Campbell prize. The prize is worth USD $160,000 and was awarded by Yale University for her 2016 collection of personal essays, Can You Tolerate This?. “It completely changes everything,” said Young. “It’s kind of like a fairytale.” Young plans to […]

March 7, 2017

The Salient editors sat down with Andrew Little, Leader of the Opposition, to chat about recent events, Labour’s intended policies if elected, and stuff that affects students. Below are the juicy parts of the second half of the 45 minute interview, including commentary on Labour’s policies regarding corrections, prisons, and tertiary education. The first part […]

March 3, 2017

Universities across New Zealand took part in the national Love Humanities day of action on February 22. Organised by the Tertiary Education Union (TEU), the day centred around a teach-in at the University of Otago and responded to a wider concern about persistent undervaluing of humanities subjects.

March 3, 2017

Two Wellington-based women are pioneering accessible sanitary products for New Zealand high schools and corporate businesses. Borne out of the Victoria Entrepreneurial Bootcamp, Dignity —  founded by Miranda Hitchings and Jacinta Gulasekharam —  paired with Organic Initiative (OI) to sell and deliver sanitary product subscriptions to corporate employers. This subscription is a part of a […]