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October 11, 2015

So we’re here. Week 12 and the last issue of Salient of the year. Where did that year go? My tenure as President and three years on the Exec are coming to an end (finally?!). I remember when I first sat in the President’s chair at the start of the year. I’d just got back […]

October 4, 2015

Last week the University Council voted to raise fees for next year by 3%—the maximum allowed by Government. I spoke and voted against the decision. The increase will add an extra $3.9 million dollars to the collective loan balances of Victoria students. It means that students starting a Bachelor’s degree next year will graduate with […]

September 27, 2015

I distinctly remember being 8 years old and driving up the Thames Coast Road to my primary school, Te Puru, with my dad discussing how the road we were on was likely to be underwater by the end of the century. That’s when the idea of climate change became real to me. I realised that […]

September 20, 2015

Last week the Wellington City Council narrowly voted in favour of a trial for online voting in next year’s local body elections. Finally, the relatively logical step of embracing the new-fangled internet technology to make the process more accessible has been taken. VUWSA took the step to allow electronic voting a number of years ago […]

September 13, 2015

This week campaigning gets into full swing for the 2016 Executive. Amid the posters, fliers, banners, catchy slogans and election watch Twitter accounts are the actual candidates who are vying to represent you and govern a 116-year-old multi-million dollar organisation.   For VUWSA to be great, it requires excellent Executive members. It needs intelligent people […]

September 6, 2015

Welcome back! I hope you had a decent break or managed to catch up on assignments. Over the break we had a significant win. After months of campaigning to ensure University Council retained democratically elected student seats, we finally got them. On Monday 24 August, Council finalised its new constitution and membership statute which enshrines […]

August 9, 2015

The article on Stuff last week, which implied we all spend our course related costs on nights out in town and flights to Fiji, was a useful yet unfortunate start to a long overdue discussion of the reality of the financial pressures faced by students today. The story was rather ridiculous—a student journo who had […]

August 2, 2015

One of the pleasures I have in my job is the fascinating insight I get to the inner workings of the large and complex organisation that is the University. Well fascinating for me, as someone who is interested in how power and bureaucracy works, how decisions are made and who makes them, and how institutions […]

July 26, 2015

Kia ora, As a Pākehā with Dutch tipuna, it’s a privilege to be able to write a column for this special issue of Salient. Te Ao Mārama has been published for over 40 years now, having been first published during the push to revitalise Te Reo Māori in the 1970s. This magazine would’ve been one […]