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May 20, 2019

Salient can reveal that after months of developing easily digestible, list-based content, University of Otago student magazine Critic Te Arohi will attempt a hostile takeover of internet giant, BuzzFeed. Documents leaked to Salient by OUSA Finance Officer Bonnie Harrison indicate the magazine was developing a long-term strategy to merge with, if not subsume, BuzzFeed as […]

May 6, 2019

Question: “It’s very rare for every member of a political party to agree on every policy, all the time. What is a policy your party has, which your wing finds concerning? Should it be removed or altered?”   Greens@Vic The Budget Responsibility Rules is a fiscal policy the Green party committed to with Labour for […]

April 29, 2019

Eye on the Exec April 9 Probably the longest meeting of the year so far, week six saw a jam-packed VUWSA exec meeting. Despite a sizeable “in committee” portion—with action points and contributions from all over the place, there’s a lot to get through. Most importantly, President Tamatha Paul declared her intention to get a […]

April 29, 2019

A live stream of the IGM can be found on the VUWSA Facebook page. With nearly 600 votes cast for each position, the by-election results for VUWSA’s Welfare and Sustainability Officer (WSO) and Engagement Vice President (EVP) roles were announced. Previously filling the position as an interim member, Te Puawai o te Atua Waller was […]

April 9, 2019

  Two ‘Eye on the Exec’s in a row? What a lucky life you lead. VUWSA’s March 28 executive meeting was full of big news—some concerning, but also plenty of exciting stuff.   Mental Health Wānanga *President Tamatha Paul* started off with a recap of the recent mental health wānanga at Tapu Te Ranga Marae. […]

April 1, 2019

On March 21, six days after the Al Noor and Linwood Mosque Attacks, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced plans to ban military-style semi-automatic firearms (MSSAs), including those used in the attack.   The Prime Minister’s announcement outlined both this initial, emergency law change, as well as interim measures, and further reforms for the future.   […]

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 […]