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October 15, 2018

Wellington’s new rainbow pedestrian crossing, at the intersection of Cuba and Dixon street, was unveiled in a ceremony last Wednesday. Hundreds of Wellingtonians came out for the launch event, which featured drag performances, rainbow popcorn, and an abundance of glitter. Prompted by a petition with nearly 3000 signatures in February, planning for the crossing started […]

October 8, 2018

New Zealand’s most anticipated election/reality show/meme war is back for another year, and it’s up to voters to decide who’s at the top of the pecking order. It’s the moa the merrier in 2018, with 61 birds to choose from. Kererū appears to be at beak performance, leading the flock with over 2000 Facebook followers. […]

October 1, 2018

International student enrolments are at an all-time high, following the University’s decision to drop “Victoria” from its name. In just under a week, the number of international enrolments for next year has risen 341%, as students from Victoria Universities of Melbourne, Canada, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, and Uganda realised their mistake. “I mean I just googled […]

September 24, 2018

VUWSA’s The Wait is Over campaign is continuing to make waves, following last month’s march on Parliament. The protest saw hundreds of students march from Pipitea Campus to Parliament, demanding better mental health services for tertiary students. Since then, VUWSA representatives have met with Minister for Health David Clark to discuss the need for improvements […]

August 20, 2018

Students are calling for public funding for mental health services in VUWSA’s latest campaign, The Wait is Over. Student mental health services are in high demand, with Student Counselling wait times regularly exceeding a month. “Our campaign is about coming together as students and young people to reclaim our mental health,” said VUWSA President Marlon […]

August 13, 2018

Victoria University students and staff are approaching two years without lift access to the university’s main library, leaving some to wonder if they will ever be fixed. As of 31 July, the University estimates that two lifts will be operating between floors three and seven by the end of September 2018. Previous targets aimed for […]

August 6, 2018

Fairer fares may have arrived at last, but students are experiencing frustration with inconsistent fare charges. Affected students said that despite having activated their Snapper tertiary concession, they were sometimes still charged the full adult fare on Wellington buses. “It’s happened three times,” Victoria student Ananya Shamihoke said. “It has happened on a 21, a […]

July 30, 2018

Pro-choice and pro-life demonstrators gathered outside Parliament last Wednesday, giving voice to two sides of an ongoing debate over abortion in New Zealand. The Booties Project was organised by pro-life organisation Voice for Life, who assembled 13,285 pairs of baby booties on Parliament’s front lawn. Each booty represents an abortion carried out last year in […]

July 23, 2018

Evidence uncovered by Māori scholars and activists is shedding new light on early Māori views of sexuality. The dominant narrative throughout history has been that diverse genders and sexualities did not exist in pre-colonial Māori society, and were introduced by European settlers. However, a closer look at Māori art, waiata, and language suggests a different […]