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October 16, 2017

Well this is it. The last issue of Salient, and the last week of the academic year. Seriously, great job for making it to this point. Whether you’re just about to complete your first year, final, or anywhere in between — tino pai. It’s been a wild ride serving as your President. I could not […]

October 9, 2017

Last week’s Candidates Forum for the VUWSA election was yet another reminder of the huge dark cloud that continues to hang over students and other young people — the mental health crisis. I don’t think there was one candidate that didn’t mention it in some shape or form, and this ain’t new. Every VUWSA election […]

October 2, 2017

Last week VUW voted to raise your fees by 2% for 2018. With student debt surpassing $15 billion last year, and the average graduate leaving university with a loan the size of a house deposit, I’m sure this isn’t music to your ears. As the Vice-Chancellor will say, and he is right, 2% is obviously […]

September 25, 2017

As I’m writing this, I’ve got no idea what has happened at Saturday’s election. My bet is that Winston has the country foul hooked on his fishing rod and is sitting in his boat out on the Kaipara Harbour bathing in the glory before winding us all in. But there will be enough hot takes […]

September 18, 2017

During our visits to the halls last week, I was stoked to hear so many young students were enrolled and planning on voting. And for most, it wasn’t out of a sense of begrudging obligation, but a sense of excitement about having the opportunity to vote for the first time. Maybe I’m just in a […]

August 21, 2017

Last week, you might have seen that the Mayor Justin Lester announced the launch of a Rental Warrant of Fitness (WOF) for Wellington. The WOF is the second of the two big things, alongside student fares on public transport, that will make Wellington a more student friendly city. However, the scheme just announced has a […]

August 7, 2017

In less than 60 days, the New Zealand public is expected to head out to the polls and vote in a new government. It’s a point, every three years, where those invested in politics get together with their mates for beer and political banter, and a large portion of eligible voters turn off the TV […]

July 17, 2017

Kia ora whanau and welcome back! Or if you are starting at Vic for the first time, welcome to Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui, and to VUWSA. Hopefully you all had some time to relax over the break, see family, or perhaps earn a bit of cash to help […]

June 6, 2017

Housing standards all hot air, but none of it in student flats Last year the government introduced minimum standards for insulation in all rental properties. By July 2019 all rentals must have some insulation in the floor and ceiling. This came on the back of widespread concern about the condition of the country’s rental stock […]