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May 27, 2019

One day in class, my Year Six teacher asked me what I was, and I said: “I’m just a New Zealander.” Her response? “You can’t be ^just a New Zealander, or else you’d look like me.” I don’t think I need to specify her skin colour. And I want you to imagine how it would […]

October 8, 2018

Worldwide, the adolescence of today – so called-millennials – are criticized for being too lazy, materialistic, shallow, and frivolous. In particular, comments about youth spending habits on brunch, technologies, and drugs have been widely publicized. However, recent studies have shown that the majority of those comments come from over-50s who were, at the time of […]

September 17, 2018

It’s no secret that New Zealand universities are struggling. There have been job cuts, faculty cuts, and a loss of opportunity for students. The news has been coming thick and fast, and it’s hard to keep track of it all. Here is a list of some of 2018’s major cuts and proposals: • Auckland University […]

August 13, 2018

The No. 18e “Campus Connection” will soon start operating during off peak hours, after a decision made by the Greater Wellington Regional Council. On 8 August, members of the public along with city councillors filed into the Sustainable Transport Committee meeting to air their grievances. VUWSA president Marlon Drake went and presented to the GWRC […]

August 6, 2018

The women of Victoria University are making ripples in the wider community, with four female staff members named as finalists in the Women of Influence Awards. Wendy Larner, Rawinia Higgins, Lydia Wevers, and Lucy Baragwanath were listed among 83 of this year’s most inspiring women. Wendy Larner, Victoria’s Provost, is listed as a finalist under the […]

June 5, 2018

On 25 May, the Faculty of Law breached the privacy of over a thousand Victoria University Students. In an email invitation to a number of law events, 200 and 300 level students were sent a spreadsheet which included the full names, student ID numbers, and personal emails of 1,200 students. Two minutes after the first […]

May 21, 2018

VUWSA is currently rallying behind the Residential Tenancies (Prohibiting Letting Fees) Amendment Bill, which was introduced by Housing Minister Phil Twyford on 22 March 2018. VUWSA is running an online crowdsourced submission box on their website; all contributions will be added to a collective VUWSA submission to the Select Committee dealing with the proposed Bill. […]

May 7, 2018

After a period of inactivity, the Victoria University School of Psychology has advertised for research participants for its study “Procrastination – a state of being or a mind-game?” Salient first noted this study in October 2012 when the school announced their intention to observe student procrastination behaviours over a long period of time. To best […]

May 7, 2018

Uber drivers around New Zealand are planning a “Uber Driver Day Off ” for Monday 14 May 2018, to raise awareness about unfair work conditions and bad management. This is unable to be referred to specifically as a “strike”, as Uber drivers are not unionised. According to Ride Share Drivers Network NZ (RDN NZ), many […]

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