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June 6, 2017

A consultation document proposing changes to Student and Campus Living, including the disestablishment of a range of roles across VUW halls of residence, was released on May 24.

May 29, 2017

A review of tutoring at VUW has revealed issues with the current system and made recommendations for changes. Many of the issues raised appear to be rooted in wide discretion, and cross-school and faculty inconsistencies, with recruitment and practice.

May 29, 2017

Following two articles published in Salient (Issue 09 and Issue 10) regarding Student Health and Counselling, we received a number of responses from students who were willing to share their experiences of the services.

May 29, 2017

A controversial Ministry of Social Development policy, requiring social services to provide clients’ names, birthdates, ethnicities, and the personal details of any dependents in order to receive funding, has been temporarily suspended by the Government. The announcement on May 24 followed two privacy breaches of the data collection system, and an independent report which criticised […]

May 29, 2017

On May 23, students and VUW representatives, as well as Wellington City Council (WCC) Mayor Justin Lester, spoke in support of fairer fares for tertiary students at the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) Annual Plan hearing. The oral submissions were backed up by over 1700 written submissions also in support of fairer fares, a third […]

May 29, 2017

Countries who participated in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations have sought a revised agreement following the United States’ decision to withdraw. A joint statement by the 11 remaining countries, including New Zealand, agreed to a timeframe by which decisions will be made on the future of the agreement. Trade Minister Todd McClay said that […]

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.