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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 […]

March 24, 2019

They say that there’s strength in numbers. In that case, there was no shortage of strength at Wellington’s School Climate Strike on March 15. While the government has put initiatives in place such as banning plastic bags and straws, Friday’s strike suggests that there’s far more to be done.   The strike is part of […]

March 11, 2019

They say you are judged on your merits rather than your weaknesses. This might be a problem for New Zealand’s universities, with the release of world tertiary rankings this week. London-based ranking agency Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranked the country’s nine universities alongside those from the rest of the globe. New Zealand’s university system as a […]

March 4, 2019

CW: Rape, Sexual Assault, Murder   Stories of home invasions, violent sexual assaults, and brutal murders are best associated with notorious criminals such as Richard Ramirez, John Wayne Gacy or Ted Bundy—but the stalking grounds for these predators were far from the streets of Papatoetoe. So as Crown Prosecutor Gareth Kayes addressed the jury, it […]