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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 […]

July 30, 2018

Victoria University’s funding pool for clubs has run out for the 2018 academic year. Several sources, including the Clubs Administrator and the Clubs and Activities Officer, confirmed that the clubs funding pool has been exhausted in July this year. Victoria University administers clubs, rep-groups, and recreation through Victoria Recreation. “Vic Rec” allocated $208,000 to the funding […]

July 30, 2018

Response to Conversion Therapy Ban Petition Has “Exceeded Expectations” A petition calling for the banning of Gay Conversion Therapy in New Zealand has reached roughly 11,500 signatures. The Young Labour and Young Greens organisations launched the petition on Thursday 19 July, and reached 10,000 signatures just four days after. The petitioners are hoping to receive […]

May 14, 2018

UniQ Victoria is excited to officially announce VUW Pride Week 2018. The celebration of queer identity will be held in the second week of Trimester Two, with variety of events on all week. The week runs from Monday 23 July to Saturday 28 July, with something on every day, on campus and around the city. […]