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March 25, 2019

Late law results have affected students’ academic and professional lives, and may have even breached university assessment guidelines.   LAWS 358, an insurance law course in the first half of summer school, failed to return results to some students until the beginning of March. The VUW Assessment Handbook sets out that Trimester Three (Summer School) […]

March 11, 2019

  Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters’ recent tour of the Pacific Island nations included the announcement of regular Ministerial talks with Fiji, and a support package for Kiribati. What direction should New Zealand take in its relationship with our Pacific neighbours? Why?   ACT on Campus Wellington – Jackson Graham ACT believes that New […]

March 11, 2019

You may, or may not, have heard about Grant Robertson’s “Wellbeing Budget”. Announced last December, the new approach to the government’s spending looks through an entirely new lens: that of wellbeing, rather than just fiscal and economic. Ministries and agencies would be collectively responsible for achieving the budget’s goals, including a wellbeing cost–benefit analysis when […]

March 11, 2019

It may sound tongue-in-cheek, but more people eating ass might increase the rate of Hepatitis A in New Zealand.   Although not usually fatal, Hep A can be debilitating and cause vomiting, pain, tiredness, and discolouration of the skin and eyes. Recovery can take several weeks or months. Transmission is usually facilitated by poor sanitation, […]

February 25, 2019

The Party Line asks political parties’ youth wings a question every week. We publishes their responses unaltered.   The Question: Several important issues have already arisen in the new political year; KiwiBuild, marijuana legalisation, mental health, and education reform are just a few examples. What issues will your youth wing be focusing on in 2019? […]

February 25, 2019

CW: Sexual Violence, Mental Illness   Pill Testing at O-Week? O-Week this year has a focus on safety and risk minimisation at events. In addition to more common safety measures, the possibility of pill testing was raised. VUWSA staff explained that there had been discussions with service provider KnowYourStuff. The exec made no decision on […]

February 25, 2019

Despite months of turmoil, the Auckland Pride Festival successfully turned its usual Pride Parade into a Pride March. However, Wellington seems unlikely to follow suit. The Auckland Pride Board, which organises the Auckland Pride Festival and Parade, introduced the policy over concern about the police’s negative history with the queer community. Police subsequently pulled out […]

February 25, 2019

Thousands of people living with Hepatitis C could be cured with the government now funding Marivet, a highly effective cure. Hep C is a virus which attacks the liver. Often, it has only mild symptoms, but left untreated it can cause significant liver damage and cancer. It is consequently the leading cause of liver transplants […]

February 25, 2019

Wellington City Council (WCC) may impose a liquor ban on Kelburn Park. The city council accepted a proposal from the City Strategy Committee on December 12 to work with Victoria University of Wellington towards resolving offensive alcohol-related behaviour in Kelburn. The proposal requires the council to “consult with the community to create an Alcohol Ban […]