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October 16, 2017

  Worth an estimated $173 billion dollars globally, the “voluntourism” industry attracts well-intentioned volunteers to residential care institutions such as orphanages in Cambodia, but may be doing more harm than good. Recent research conducted by Cambodia’s Ministry for Social Affairs, Veterans, and Youth Rehabilitation found that children in residential care were “more at risk of […]

August 7, 2017

The current status of abortion in New Zealand law is a “fundamental breach of women’s human rights,” according to VUW lecturer and academic Ann Weatherall.

May 22, 2017

The Education (Tertiary and Other Matters) Amendment Bill has passed its first reading in Parliament and is before the Education and Science Select Committee for consideration. The bill amends the Education Act 1989. Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, and Employment Paul Goldsmith said the bill will “help the tertiary education system run more efficiently, ensure […]

May 15, 2017

Systemic issues with mental health service provision in New Zealand have been met with calls to review and better resource the system.

May 8, 2017

In what is being described by Al Jazeera as an “extremely rare occurrence,” students have taken to the streets of central Srinagar, Kashmir, to protest the strict Indian security forces that occupy the city. Since the killing of popular rebel leader Burhan Wani last year, there has been an increase in security forces and youth […]

March 27, 2017

VUW has announced a new Faculty of Health and intends to commence courses in Trimester One of 2018. The faculty will not offer medicine, but plans to offer health policy, health promotion, and health service delivery for undergraduate study. Although courses are yet to be approved, staff have already been appointed to the school. Gregor […]

March 20, 2017

Prime Minister Bill English dismissed recommendations from the Abortion Supervisory Committee (ASC) when he stated on a recent Q+A interview, in response to a question as to whether he was in favour of liberalising abortion laws, “I’m not, and I wouldn’t vote for legislation that did.”

July 24, 2016

The first week of trimester saw VUWSA’s usually lacklustre Re-OWeek generate more hype than usual, with events being well received by students across all year levels. Events included a movie night, comedy gig, speed dating, and shows by the Drax Project and Yoko-Zuna. VUWSA Engagement Vice President Nathaniel Mannings described Re-OWeek as “a huge success.” […]

July 17, 2016

The University of Auckland’s (UoA) governing council has opted out of voting on a motion that would have urged their foundation to divest from fossil fuels. Since December last year UoA has been under pressure from students, staff, and alumni to divest from coal, oil, and gas companies that are acknowledged as key contributors to […]