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May 21, 2018

Straight up though, what the fuck are letting fees? Last year, I rented through a private landlord and paid no letting fees. This year our flat paid $590 in letting fees – yet the same administrative processes were followed. Apparently, the letting fee covers the letting agent’s work in advertising the property, showing people around, […]

February 26, 2018

Kia ora e te whānau, e ngā pakeke me ngā tamaiti ki te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui! My name is Tam and I’m the Engagement Vice-President at VUWSA for 2018. This pretty much means that I’m working all year to build a strong community among students through things like: […]

September 11, 2017

Working in and around student associations, it’s super easy to get complacent. Sometimes the big picture becomes blurred by the intricacies of the work. For example, sometimes you feel like your work isn’t important, or that your abilities within these organisations are really limited. This couldn’t be further from the truth though, and we need […]

August 7, 2017

One of the biggest problems here in Aotearoa is that a lot of us fail to see the connection with all the shit that happened to us 200 years ago. It is a mamae that we can see manifest in our whānau in the prison system. The current makeup of that population reflects decades of […]

March 20, 2017

Massive shout out to the wāhine toa from Wellington Girls’ College who single-handedly mobilised hundreds of Wellingtonians to protest at the steps of Parliament on Monday afternoon. The protest was aimed at bringing attention to pervasive rape culture within New Zealand high schools and how this affects how (mainly) young men interact with other people. […]

October 2, 2016

Tēnā koutou katoa. I want to give a massive shout out to the Māori Matters radio show for having me on air two weeks ago, which contributed to my successful campaign for VUWSA Equity Officer. On the show we talked about reasons why Māori don’t typically run for VUWSA and perhaps reasons why Māori don’t […]