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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 […]

May 15, 2016

A survey of recently graduated primary school teachers has exposed the debt and stress many are facing when trying to find and maintain a job in the industry. The survey, conducted by the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI), found that over 50% of recent graduates reported that having to reapply for their jobs had negative […]

May 8, 2016

The Stats A report has revealed New Zealand’s ethical (and not so ethical) fashion companies for 2016, in the wake of ongoing tragedies caused by unsafe working conditions in garment sweatshops. Baptist World Aid, the organisation behind the report, said there are 14.2 million people in forced labour exploitation and 168 million child labourers scattered […]

May 1, 2016

Wellington’s iconic trolley buses will no longer be retiring in 2017, with a number set to be converted to “plug-in hybrids.” The decision comes following a Generation Zero petition, signed by thousands, calling for Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) to choose the electric option over new diesel-hybrid buses. Green Party MP Julie Genter said the […]

March 20, 2016

Choose Clean Water NZ (CCW), a group demanding tougher legislation to ensure the quality of freshwater, are urging New Zealanders to stand behind them as they present a petition to parliament on March 29. CCW have been touring the country to gain signatures, and shine a light on New Zealand’s freshwater crisis. With 60% of […]