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May 7, 2018

From 15 July 2018, full time tertiary students will receive a 25% discount on public transport services across Wellington. This is part of a greater reworking of the public transport system which is being phased in over the next few months. The overall upgrade to the public transport fares system will cost $7.8 million dollars, […]

May 7, 2018

You probably use social media. You probably procrastinate on social media. You probably talk to a lot of people on social media. You probably read most of your news on social media. I do. Social media, and more specifically Facebook, have become part of the fabric of society over the last fifteen years. At least […]

April 30, 2018

Harry Bland calls himself “Wellington’s only superhero”. Salient sat down with Bland to get the inside scoop. Unfortunately, he only wanted to be interviewed while cycling, but was willing to settle for a stationary exercise bike. Salient: Can you tell us what led you to self-identify as a superhero? Bland: Well, I was thinking about […]

April 16, 2018

A class Facebook group was used productively in what has been described as a “shock move” by members. Research conducted by Salient shows that 15% of posts in class Facebook groups could be answered by Google, 59% could be answered by looking at Blackboard, and 25.99 % are otherwise irrelevant to the course. ENGL 115: […]

April 9, 2018

A conference hosted by New Zealand’s Petroleum Exploration and Production Association (PEPANZ) from 26 to 28 March in Wellington has provoked protest and police action. The annual conference is “New Zealand’s premier oil and gas event,” according to the New Zealand Petroleum Conference website, wherein delegates and industry officials “come together to celebrate our petroleum […]

March 26, 2018

VUWSA has partnered with Victoria University and Wā Collective to provide subsidised menstrual cups to students again this year, after running a successful campaign in 2017. Period poverty is a barrier to education, and this service aims to reduce that. A full price menstrual cup sold through Wā Collective costs $49, with cups being subsidised […]

March 26, 2018

History professor Douglas Miller has just received one of the highest honours Victoria University has to offer, the inaugural Evans Award in Technological Accomplishment. The award is given each month to the lecturer over age 40 who most frequently fills all the criteria: a) to deliver a lecture with both projector screens working; b) to […]

March 19, 2018

There’s an animal urgency to Chris Tse’s latest collection of poetry, He’s So MASC. Wrought of thrumming heartbeats and silken nights, his poems are songs: some of lust, some of love, all of light. He’s So MASC is angry, and justifiably so. Tse’s Chinese identity is a theme in all his poems, as he references […]

March 19, 2018

Great grieving has commenced across Wellington as a Fruit Burst shortage has hit the capital. The dearth is widely attributed to “Clubs Week” at Victoria University of Wellington. Pascall, owned by Mondelez International, distributes 500 kilograms of Fruit Bursts across the country each week, and is largely responsible for the number of students joining student […]