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May 22, 2017

Labour and Māori Recently there has been criticism and counter-criticism over Labour’s relationship with Māori voters. Electorate seats, education, prison rates, and historic land disputes are all issues dogging Labour in what looks to become one of the major themes in their run up to the 2017 election. At the centre of the discussion is […]

May 15, 2017

Lyndy McIntyre is the Living Wage Movement’s coordinator at VUW. On the eve of the Living Wage Day that took place on May 10 in the Hub, Lyndy sat down with Salient and discussed why the university should implement the wage and what it would mean for low-paid staff and students.   To start off, […]

May 15, 2017

Over 200 students and staff attended the Living Wage Day event in the Hub on May 10.

May 8, 2017

Brazil experienced severe unrest on April 28 as millions of workers went on strike to protest harsh austerity measures proposed by President Michel Temer. All 27 states experienced strikes, which included workers employed as teachers, bank clerks, bus drivers, and auto production staff. The strikes quickly turned into violent clashes between protesters and police, with […]

May 1, 2017

The New Zealand government has announced a $2 billion settlement for care workers, after a lengthy court case led by aged-care worker Kristine Bartlett. Bartlett argued that the sector’s low wages were due to it being a female dominated industry, and were in conflict with the Equal Pay Act.

April 10, 2017

A breakthrough in male contraception has emerged from a university startup in rural India. The procedure, which boasts 98% effectiveness, involves injecting a polymer gel into the testicles which damages sperm through a positive charge. The procedure was invented by Sujoy Guha, a 76-year old Indian biomedical engineer. It is reversible and has no known […]

April 3, 2017

More than 48 protesters and journalists from Belarus were detained last week during protests over a new tax on unemployment. A government ban on protests saw some receiving sentences of up to 15 days in administrative detention, and at least eight journalists are still detained at time of print. The new, so-called “social parasite” tax […]

March 27, 2017

The Wellington City Council (WCC) has released a long awaited decision on the fate of the VUW’s Karori Campus, after the university announced in 2016 that the campus was no longer required.

March 20, 2017

Hundreds of protesters turned out at Parliament last Monday in response to predatory and offensive comments made by Wellington College students on a private Wellington College Facebook page. One of the comments claimed: “If you don’t take advantage of a drunk girl, you’re not a true WC boy.” It received over 70 likes. The comments […]