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Author Archive: Rory Lenihan-Ikin

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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 […]

March 20, 2017

The words “renting crisis” have been thrown about a fair bit over the last few weeks. But do commentators and politicians get what this actually means for students and other renters struggling to find a place to live?

March 13, 2017

It pains me to think about what those who are new to Wellington are feeling right now. I could not sum it up better a student did on Vic Deals: “DO UNI/COURSE STUDENTS NOT GET A STUDENT BUS FARE.” If you’ve been around for a few years, it must feel like progress on this issue […]

March 3, 2017

Kia ora! It’s great to have you back, and if you’re new on campus, welcome! I’m humbled and honoured to have been elected as your President and am proud to be representing you this year. VUWSA exists to get the best deal for students and to ensure that your time at university is as good […]

February 26, 2017

Kia ora! Nau mai haere mai ki Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui. Phew, you made it. Whatever made up your unique journey to get here, there would have been major challenges along the way and for that you deserve to be congratulated. You are now joining a small and […]

October 2, 2016

Kia ora everyone! Is your voting paper still sitting on your bench waiting for you to fill it out? I encourage you to grab it now, sit down with a cuppa, and make sure you have your say.  We have the power to stand together and push for a student-friendly Wellington where we can thrive and […]

August 7, 2016

If I began this by asking if you’re enrolled to vote in the local body elections that would be very boring and you’d probably stop reading. So I’m not going to. Instead, I’ll start it with some riveting numbers like: students contribute TWO BILLION DOLLARS to the Wellington economy each year, and that it’s time […]

July 10, 2016

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori allows for all New Zealanders, irrespective of their native tongue, to acknowledge the history and beauty of te reo. It is just disappointing that there is not the same acknowledgement of te reo—one of our three official languages—all year round. I have enjoyed listening to the daily conversations that […]

May 1, 2016

→ Warmer, drier flats as a result of the Government’s new ‘minimum standards’  (they are crap) → Warmer, drier flats as a result of the City Council’s rental Warrent of Fitness  (they still haven’t done it) → Wellington’s endless summer of 2016  (it will end) → Well spaced out assignment deadlines and stress free hand-ins […]