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September 14, 2009

Shoulda gone with course related costs, man. A lack of accountability in the Victoria University of Wellington Scholarships system has been highlighted by concerned students, who say they know of people abusing the scheme and wasting money designed to aid in financing their studies. A concerned student contacted Salient with alarming evidence that a Victoria [...]

August 17, 2009

Victoria University Early Childhood Education students are becoming increasingly frustrated by the quality of education they are receiving, as the effects of budget cuts at the Faculty of Education begin to take hold. Students have said that they are no longer receiving the support they require in their courses. Early Childhood Education student Helen Lockley [...]

August 10, 2009

The Law Commission Report into Alcohol Law reform has been shot down in the student community for not challenging New Zealand’s binge drinking culture enough. Law Commissioner President Sir Geoffrey Palmer released a comprehensive report last week that suggested a range of policy options for public consideration, which include limiting both the supply and demand [...]

July 20, 2009

Hook us up with a seat, bey. The composition of Victoria’s University council has been questioned by Maori students’ association Ngai Tauira, who’ve taken umbrage with the council’s lack of a Maori seat. The University Council, which has the final say on policy at the university, is required to offer “at least 1, but not [...]

June 2, 2009

Any hope for an increase in funding for tertiary education was sidelined as the Government delivered a budget largely focused on controlling national debt. In his budget speech delivered last Thursday, Finance Minister Bill English said the government’s priority of curbing debt had meant for a budget with a strongly fastened belt. English noted a [...]

May 18, 2009

Talk of recessions, budgets, and tiny student allowances dominated last Wednesday’s sparsely attended Student Representative Council meeting, which played host to the co-presidents from the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA), Sophia Blair and Jordan King. The NZUSA, as the representative body of student associations nationwide, is responsible for coordinating the voice of student [...]

May 11, 2009

Two former Victoria University of Wellington students have mooted their way to victory against 233 other Law students from 59 countries in the sixteenth annual Vienna Moot held over Easter. The team of Katherine Belton and David Hume talked their way through four knock-out rounds to reach the final against opponents from the ILS Law [...]

March 30, 2009

The Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) department is still getting the run around by the university, with staff and students saying enough is now enough. Recent correspondence between concerned GWS post graduate students and Victoria University of Wellington has resulted in no change to their “bloody stupid” situation. Salient has obtained an email sent by [...]

March 9, 2009

Last week’s exec meeting was held jointly with Ngai Tauira (NT) in a bid to honour a Memorandum of Understanding signed recently between the two bodies. President Jasmine Freemantle described the first of four meetings as both “productive and constructive”, with all present politely behaving, despite only two members of the NT executive being able [...]