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May 21, 2018

CW: sexual assault. When I was 19 years old, walking down an unfamiliar street in Thailand, my mother told me she had been raped by her father. We’d been arguing that night. She was telling me that she had a “big secret” that would explain things, that she’d tell me once I was older and […]

May 21, 2018

Following an emergency committee meeting, Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association has voted to pay $22,750 of their 2019 levy to the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) last Monday. The vote was passed with one abstention from Treasurer Jack Donovan. Matt Tucker, VUWSA CEO, said that this payment will not have an effect […]

May 14, 2018

When I first found out on Twitter that the university is planning to change its name, I was confused. Was this a joke? Couple of news articles and a forum from Grant later, I was satisfied that this thing’s for real. For a while I was vaguely against the name change, without really knowing why. […]

May 7, 2018

Last Tuesday, Vic Books cafes changed the brand of the milk they use in coffee, from Zany Zeus to Meadow Fresh Organic. The decision was made by board and management, in order to give them the “best chance of running a viable business in a competitive environment,” stated manager Juliet Blyth. Vic Books staff are […]

May 7, 2018

A bunch of people in NZ end up getting paid less than minimum wage. You’ve got under-the-table cash jobs in hospitality and agriculture. You’ve got people working at doorknocking or selling stuff on the street, usually for charities, who get paid per sign-up, and can earn zero dollars from working all day if they don’t […]

May 7, 2018

Marlon (VUWSA President) and Connor (Clubs and Activities Officer) went on a trip down to Otago and Canterbury, to look at how the unis there run their clubs. VUWSA is thinking of changing up how we run ours. The Rental Tenancies Act campaign was launched last Thursday. The campaign will have an on-campus presence in […]

April 30, 2018

Growing up, mental illness was heavily stigmatized in my family. Not in a blatant way, I just picked up on my parent’s attitudes and reactions. I remember one family fight where my mum said to my sister, “maybe you need to see a psychologist”. I remember feeling shocked. “You’ve really gone too far this time,” […]

April 30, 2018

I’ve been reading over all the old “Eye on Exec”s and seems like in the past VUWSA meetings have been dominated by shitty decisions and infighting. I would love to give you dirt on this year’s exec, but so far they appear wholesome as fuck, and as a byproduct there are no dramas or shenanigans […]

April 16, 2018

I was sitting with Daniel our feature writer, trying to come up with things that were taboo. “Nothing’s taboo anymore,” he said. “Sex isn’t taboo, drugs aren’t really taboo either (except for meth and I really don’t want to go there)… I don’t really know what to write about.” But as it turns out, there’s […]