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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 […]

May 22, 2017

Last week I had the pleasure of watching more than 2200 VUW students walk across the stage at the Michael Fowler Centre at graduation. If you were one of them, congratulations! You did it. Graduating is no mean feat. Although, if you graduated and are reading this it probably means you are still on campus […]

May 15, 2017

Last week marked Global Divestment Day. If you’re not familiar with the word divestment in this context, then you are probably thinking of turning the page about now because it sounds like a few bankers have got in a room and tried to think up the most boring name for a “day” that they could. […]

May 8, 2017

Last week the campus counselling system rightfully came under the spotlight. It’s no secret that accessing quality mental health services is much harder than it should be in New Zealand. We hear two conflicting messages about this: if you need help reach out, and if you do reach out we can’t guarantee you’ll get the […]

May 1, 2017

Like many other New Zealanders, ANZAC Day last week was a chance for me to remember my family members who fought and some of whom lost their lives in World War One. I attended the dawn service at Wellington’s cenotaph at Parliament alongside another exec member, and laid a wreath on behalf of VUWSA. At […]

April 10, 2017

Last Wednesday, VUWSA held its Initial General Meeting in the Hub. Despite the great turnout, there was obviously a few thousand of you who were chomping at the bit to be there but weren’t able to, so I’m going to take this opportunity to fill you in on what happened. Things started off on an […]

April 3, 2017

Are we there yet? The campaign to see tertiary student fares introduced on Wellington public transport sometimes seems like the never-ending car ride to get to your family summer holiday destination, and you’re stuck in the middle seat. One sibling has to go pee every ten minutes, the other is playing “corners” (but really just […]

March 27, 2017

Cleaning up cups and discarded togas at 2am; reading stacks of papers for an academic committee meeting; spending a whole weekend building a website for a student campaign. And the meetings, oh the meetings. This column is dedicated to my incredible, tireless, executive. It’s about them being under-recognised and what I hope to do about […]

March 20, 2017

You will have heard it a few times in your first couple of weeks of class: “Now who wants to be the Class Rep?” Hopefully this was preceded by a case made for the critical importance that Class Reps play in determining the quality of your education and experience. If not, here’s an attempt to […]