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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 […]

May 14, 2018

Grant Guilford, Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington, spoke with students and staff in The Hub on Monday 7 May to discuss the potential renaming of the University. Guilford said that confusion with other universities was the primary reason for the proposed name change. As one of a number of Victoria Universities around the world, […]

April 30, 2018

A new multi-platform sexual harm service has been rolled out nationwide, following a successful trial period in Canterbury. Safe to Talk/He Pai Ki Te Kōrero, launched on the 16th of April, was established by the Ministry of Social Development in collaboration with Wellington charity Eva’s Wish. The need for a sexual harm helpline has been […]

March 5, 2018

Wellington’s annual Pride Festival kicked off at Waitangi Park on Saturday 24 February with Out in the Park. The much-loved “queer fair” was first celebrated in 1986 to rally support for the Homosexual Law Reform Act, and has since expanded into the two-week Wellington Pride Festival. Now in its thirty-second year, Out in the Park […]

February 26, 2018

Welcome to the week-long, booze-fuelled party with near-strangers that is O-Week. It’s the best of times, it’s the worst of times, it’s everything in between. Chances are, you’ll find yourself at an O-Week party, bar, or nightclub, so if you’re new to Wellington (welcome!), or generally new to the night life, here’s the Salient guide […]