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An Open Letter from Nick Kelly on VUWSA’s Change Proposal

An Open Letter from Nick Kelly on VUWSA’s Change Proposal

by / September 22, 2008 / [ 11 Comments ]

VUWSA has recently released a ‘Change Proposal’ Document. I am writing to express my opposition to this document. The intention behind this document is to make redundant the staff positions of Clubs Development Officer, Campus Activities Coordinator and the Advertising and Sponsorship Manager. It also recommends Clubs administration be taken over by VUW, and that [...]

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VUWSA Presidency

VUWSA Presidency

by / October 9, 2006 / [ 66 Comments ]

Year seven into this Labour-led government, fees are the highest they have ever been, less students receive allowances than ever before, the Manaaki Tauira for Maori students got cut this year, government funding to institutions has failed to keep pace with the rate of inflation, and generally the people are getting shat on. The gap [...]

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Universal Truths

Universal Truths

by / October 2, 2006 / [ 7 Comments ]

A couple of years back, I had a smallish party at my flat with some leftist political friends of mine. One of the people there was this first year media studies student who had been hanging around with us socialist types during the anti-Iraq war protests. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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I Love Student Politics

I Love Student Politics

by / September 25, 2006 / 1 Comment

A couple of people have asked me why I’m re-running for President. As one former student politician claimed, it must be either madness or a sense of loyalty. I’ve just come from the signing of the Student Union Deed and Operating agreement. Basically this is a massive achievement and I’m on a high, and this [...]

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Should VUWSA be Politically Neutral?

Should VUWSA be Politically Neutral?

by / September 18, 2006 / 1 Comment

First of all – go to the VUWSA General meeting at noon in the Mount St Bar and Café on Wednesday, and support the VUWSA levy being $120. For a small rise in the levy, you get a tonne of services, advocacy, support and representation. If the levy doesn’t rise then valuable VUWSA services will [...]

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Victories and Uncertainties

Victories and Uncertainties

by / September 11, 2006 / No Comments

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times… Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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The Deed is done – nearly…

The Deed is done – nearly…

by / September 4, 2006 / [ 2 Comments ]

It took 45 years, two decades of intense tension, legal threats, counter threats of all sorts, withholding of payments, threats of all sorts….but at Monday’s Council Meeting we will be considering a Deed and an operating agreement for the Student Union Complex (SUC)! Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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The Great Fee Debate PT1: Why Student Fees Must Go

The Great Fee Debate PT1: Why Student Fees Must Go

by / August 14, 2006 / No Comments

Students have been charged large fees to study at university since fees were introduced by the Labour Government in 1990. Since then fees have continued to rise. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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VUSWA Budget

VUSWA Budget

by / August 14, 2006 / [ 8 Comments ]

Last Wednesday the VUWSA executive passed the 2006 budget. The budget passed shows that VUWSA will make a $103,000 deficit for 2006. In 2005 we made a deficit of roughly $100,000. In both 2006 and 2005 the Student Union complex contribution of $175,000 wasn’t charged, and if it had been, our deficit would be closer [...]

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Surveys and Blogs

Surveys and Blogs

by / August 7, 2006 / No Comments

Have you done the VUWSA spam survey yet? If not check your VUW student e-mail account. This is a follow up to the spam survey VUWSA did in 2005. This helps VUWSA decide what our priorities should be for the next year and also ties into the fresh direction for your students association I talked [...]

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