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October 15, 2018

On 31 October the New Zealand Defence Industry Association (NZDIA) will host its annual New Zealand Defence and Industry Forum at a Palmerston North City Council (PNCC) venue, and protesters are mobilising against it. Every year, protesters from around New Zealand rally together to disrupt the “weapons expo” or “wexpo”, which is criticised for war-profiteering. […]

October 8, 2018

Dick pics, suspended contracts, resignations, and payouts… It hasn’t been the easiest year for New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA), but the union is coming out on top. They’ve sold their office shares, escaping the stifling clamps of deficit to “ensure that future students were not deprived of a voice fighting for them at […]

October 1, 2018

Phoebe, Victoria’s beloved elder tuatara, was euthanized on 3 September at The Nest Te Kōhanga at Wellington Zoo. She was accompanied by her university guardians, with representation from Te Ātiawa iwi. The announcement of Phoebe’s passing came weeks later. According to Victoria the delay was to “give all those involved in Phoebe’s life time to […]

October 1, 2018

Last Wednesday VUWSA beseeched students to talk cold, hard cash at its AGM in the Hub. Before the meeting, Salient asked VUWSA what would happen if they didn’t meet quorum. There was a very long pause. Marlon, sporting a plaid button-up over yellow stripes, spent the first half of the meeting begging passing-by students to […]

September 24, 2018

Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick has sought to put student voices back on university and polytechnic councils, by adding a change to the government’s Education Amendment Bill. Currently, there is no requirement for any student or staff representation, and when students and staff are elected by their colleagues, they must meet certain requirements as judged by […]

September 17, 2018

The Immigration Minister has committed to increasing the refugee quota, with support for an increase of 1500 a year in the current term of Government. Last week in Nauru, Winston Peters contradicted this commitment saying “we never made a commitment to double the refugee quota”. Peters said that New Zealand must improve life for its […]

September 17, 2018

Two members of the activist group Hīkoi of a Poisoned Nation walked the entirety of the country to protest the use of 1080 poison. The journey started on 15 June. Alan Gurden walked from Bluff. Emile Leaf walked from Cape Reinga. The two planned to converge at Parliament on Saturday for the national anti-1080 protest, […]

August 20, 2018

More than 80 faculty, staff, and students gathered outside the office of University of Waikato’s Vice-Chancellor Neil Quigley to peacefully protest a proposal which would scrap the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies last Tuesday 14 August. The proposal would merge various faculties into four super-divisions, with the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies (FMIS) […]

August 13, 2018

The students of Institute of the Pacific United (IPU) in Palmerston North are challenging the Institute’s Facility Fee proposal that will raise the student levy 57% for domestic students and 35% for international students. The Institute was founded in 1990. It mainly educates international students. Only 10.7% of the students are domestic, and 52% of […]