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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 […]

March 13, 2017

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters and MP Tracey Martin spoke at VUW last Tuesday about their party’s policies.

March 3, 2017

The battle for cheaper public transport fares for Wellington students has come to a head in the last two weeks, with VUWSA attending two Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) meetings to make submissions on the issue.

February 26, 2017

Police are seeking a caucasian male who assaulted a woman on the Boyd Wilson Field pathway on January 20. The assailant was picked up by security cameras wearing a balaclava and grey Adidas hoodie. The alleyway has a violent history, drawing media attention in 2014 after a spate of attacks — earning the nickname ‘Rape […]

September 16, 2014

Salient’s take on the VUWSA-organised ‘Great Political Debate with Wallace Chapman’, by Sofia Roberts. After waiting a solid ten minutes to get a pie in Vic Books, I finally managed to get a seat in preparation for the debate. Host Wallace Chapman was wearing a blue blazer, red shirt and green pants, in an attempt […]

August 10, 2014

Victoria University has captured rare video footage of a tuatara hatching.