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September 17, 2018

While other student associations throw gigs or market days, ours does sex ed. Last Thursday, Kelburn was decked out for “Sex in the Hub”. There were stalls, talk panels, STI testing, an erotica writing workshop, life drawing, and a dance class. It’s the first time VUWSA (or any student association in NZ, for that matter), […]

September 17, 2018

There were no grown ups at today’s meeting because our CEO Matt was sick, and our secretary Joseph was away. So the meeting was kind of a shambles. Jack, our treasurer-secretary, was taking minutes. The first thing he asked was if he had to write down who makes the motions (the answer was yes). Within […]

August 20, 2018

Simran Rughani, Academic Vice President of VUWSA, stepped down from her role last Friday, due to the stress of a high workload. Her departure will be a huge loss to the exec, as she was the last bastion of any sort of attempt to have a cleaning roster for the VUWSA kitchen. Simran said she […]

August 20, 2018

To round off a clusterfuck of a year at Auckland University Students’ Association that saw three student execs quit, AUSA has set themselves up beautifully for next year with an election that boasts of nine out of the 13 positions running uncontested. 11 candidates are running as a ticket called “Unf*ck AUSA 2019”. These candidates […]

August 13, 2018

Cockroaches, mould, and broken heaters are just some of the things international students have been welcomed with upon moving into their University Hall residences. Nick Rosenberg, an exchange student from Hawai’i, said when he arrived to his new home, “it didn’t seem it was really prepared at all for people”. “A lot of it was […]

August 13, 2018

You know what people say about travel. “It broadens your mind, you’ll become more learned and generally a better person. Everyone should travel.” But, we’ve debunked that one, right? People are saying “the thing is, only middle-class and rich people can afford to travel. By saying that ‘you become a better person when you travel’, you’re […]

August 6, 2018

Rather than bore you with the details of VUWSA’s new cleaning roster (very necessary, Paddy has spoken of “chicken juice cemented in the fridge” at a previous meeting), here’s a few highlights about new campaigns your student reps are planning. Campaign for Return of the 18 Bus It is of no surprise to any of […]

August 6, 2018

Last week we published some disquieting suicide and self harm stats for our halls of residence. While it’s true that RAs don’t get enough training on how to deal with mental health crises, we’re starting to see that lack of training isn’t the full issue. The question really is: why are these crises happening in […]

July 30, 2018

Without our public transport, we’d be pretty fucked. For new arrivals to our city, it’s often the only affordable way to get around. For many students, it’s a staple in our daily commute to and from uni. VUWSA has campaigned since 2013 for Fairer Fares — a 25% discount on our bus fee. That’s five […]