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July 16, 2018

Details have emerged of the publicity deal signed between “the Wellington Whale” and the Wellington City Council. In preparation for backlash against various changes, including shifting the main fireworks display to align with Matariki and reworking the public transport system, the whale was seen as an option for “good publicity” for the city council, said […]

July 16, 2018

With the new trimester beginning, lecturers at VUW have begun a support group to deal with one of their chief sources of psychological trauma: the revelations derived from YouTube autoplay. Leanne Shaw, psychology lecturer and founding member of the group, said “many a lecturer has suffered a revelation of their personal interests through neglecting to […]

June 5, 2018

Dehydration is the enemy. This is my life motto, mostly because I haven’t yet had a meaningful enough life experience to warrant something as cliché as a proper life motto. Nevertheless, dehydration is a problem I face every day when I come to uni, and that is because there are not enough drinking fountains. Every […]

June 5, 2018

Victoria University is considering giving its resident lounge (a group of lizards is known as a “lounge”) of tuatara a larger role in student life after it was found that the chance to meet the tuatara convinced 35% of students to take the SERU International Undergraduate Survey. VUW’s tuatara — Hazel, Spike, Shorty, and Phoebe […]

May 28, 2018

On 19 May 2018, Meghan Markle wed Prince Harry, and the world rejoiced. There’s nothing — as it turns out — more relatable than seeing rich and successful people celebrate their happy heteronormativity. “Yeah, I think that Meg’s dress — yeah, I call her Meg — was beautiful. Really took my mind off the fact […]

May 28, 2018

On 25 May, the European Union’s new data privacy laws, or General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), took effect. It’s an unusual piece of legislation, because it applies to all EU citizens and all the companies that process their data. Its incredibly broad terms mean that it has undoubtedly already affected New Zealanders. Simon Johnson, in […]

May 21, 2018

Victoria University printers have been cursed after the medieval monks hired in April to improve printing services were fired. As entitled, educated white men from the Middle Ages, the monks were confident enough to unionize, demanding more than minimum wage pay. VUW Human Resources manager Pri Valedge explained, “we pay overeducated men a lot at […]

May 14, 2018

The owners of the popular juice bar Blood and Oranges, well known at night markets across Wellington, have been arrested over suspected possession of suspicious substances. The juice bar was known for its range of fresh juices that all use blood orange as a base, making delightfully Instagrammable drinks. However, it seems that the owners […]

May 7, 2018

Air New Zealand has released a feature length safety video, appearing on aeroplanes and in theatres. Initially the film was just shown to airline customers. However, some were so blown away that Air New Zealand was inundated with requests to make it accessible on the ground. The short film tells the story of a young […]