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August 6, 2018

Students are feeling unsafe after reports of a series of linked attacks around Massey’s campus in Wellington. There have been up to 14 linked attacks over the last six years, but media reports have come out more recently as several victims have come forward to the media. The case is reminiscent of the attacks on […]

July 30, 2018

Friendship is one of those essential things that is easy to take for granted. In The Friendship Cure, Kate Leaver tries to examine friendship, and look deeper into the role it plays in society . She interviews lots of people about their friendships and why they’re important, and attaches that to broader conclusions about (middle-and-upper […]

July 30, 2018

An ironsand exploration permit has been issued to Ironsands Offshore Mining Limited in Taranaki, against the wishes of the local iwi. In September 2016 Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust and Te Kāhui o Taranaki Trust were told that an application for an exploration permit in their rohe was under consideration. Both iwi groups made […]

July 30, 2018

A group of tanning salons in Wellington have sponsored two scholarships for exchange students from Valletta, Malta and Yuma, Arizona. The goal of the scholarship is “to raise awareness of the health and happiness benefits of being tanned,” said a spokesperson for the group. An ad from the salons stated the following: “We know that […]

July 23, 2018

A new group called KABET United has been started by Karen Smith, who says that she “is sick of [her] name being used as a punchline”. KABET stands for Karen, Anna, Brent, Evan, and Tiffany, though Smith is also open to people with other names. “I’m not homophobic or racist,” said Evan Smythe, another member […]

July 23, 2018

Wellington has revised its public transport system as part of a $1.3 billion investment in public transport infrastructure. However, not all students are happy with the new routes. Specifically, changes to the the No. 18e, previously known as No. 18, the “Campus Connection,” has garnered disapproval from students. Previously, a passenger could expect the bus […]

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 […]