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July 8, 2019

As the curtain rises on another trimester, Victoria University of Wellington has renewed their contract with the organisation responsible for catering all Vic uni halls.   Since signing with caterers Compass Group New Zealand Ltd and its subsidiary Eurest’ there have been multiple complaints regarding food served within halls of residence.   Katharine Jermyn hall, […]

June 4, 2019

With the Living Wage campaign growing at Victoria, attention has been brought to “underpaid and underappreciated” workers on campus. A lot of focus has been put on security, cleaning, and tutoring staff. However, it’s less clear how a VUW staple, Vic Books, is being approached.   Although a key source of books and coffee on […]

May 27, 2019

Living Wage Day last week brought to the forefront one of the most pressing issues shared by students and employees alike: the need for a living wage to be introduced throughout Victoria University.   The reintroduced Living Wage at Vic Club held an event for Living Wage Day in the Hub to highlight the significance […]

May 20, 2019

In 2016, Victoria University announced a “redevelopment” for Trimester 3, extending it to 12 weeks. As part of a previous article on the issue (‘Concerns around Shortening Exam and Marking Period’ by Emma Houpt), Salient interviewed Provost Wendy Larner about the changes. The extensive interview brought up a number of points that may have been […]

May 20, 2019

Another month, another tantalising VUWSA executive meeting. With the name change out of the way, the students’ association was able to turn their focus to new issues that needed their immediate attention.   Living Wage @ VUW The meeting kicked off with guest Lyndy McIntyre discussing with the how students and staff can get involved […]

May 13, 2019

At the most recent Victoria University Council meeting on May 6,, members met in anticipation for the name change media announcement scheduled that afternoon. However, there was another debated topic on the table— a proposal to integrate restorative practices into the university’s current policies. Guest speaker Chris Marshall discussed the practical effects of implementing restorative […]

May 13, 2019

  Victoria University of Wellington announced that there will be no change to its legal name, although the university’s branding and Māori name will change. VUW will change the Māori name from ‘Te Whare Wānanga o Te Ūpoko Te Ika a Māui’ to ‘Te Herenga Waka’, after the Kelburn campus Marae. In addition, the word […]

April 9, 2019

CW: Sexual Assault, Sexual Harrassment, Mental Illness Sexual assault is an issue of growing concern in New Zealand, especially for university students. A recent investigation conducted by Esme Hall and Charlie O’Mannin at Otago student magazine, Critic Te Arohi, brought the issue into the national consciousness again.   The investigation revealed that the prestigious Otago […]

April 8, 2019

  Māui, Bottlenose, Hector’s, Dusky: these are some of New Zealand’s nine species of dolphins. In New Zealand, we like to think we’re all clean and green; we set an example for the world to see. But the land of the long white cloud has its share of environmental issues—specifically, with conservation. A 2016 study […]

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