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May 29, 2017

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has won a second term in an endorsement of his moderate approach, and after a campaign defined by poverty, unemployment, and the 2015 nuclear deal. Rouhani, of the centrist Moderation and Development Party, won 23 million votes, defeating hardline jurist Ebrahim Raisi of the Combatant Clergy Association, who received 15.7 million. […]

May 22, 2017

Recently Labour MP and Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis proposed developing a prison run according to Māori values to address the over-representation of Māori in prison statistics. However, the proposal has been met with backlash from criminal justice organisations such as JustSpeak and No Pride in Prisons.

May 15, 2017

The Australian Government is implementing a package of reforms to the higher education system which will see higher fees for New Zealand students in Australia.

May 8, 2017

An internet security breach has led VUW to urge students to change their login details and personal passwords. An email alerting students to the incident was sent to all active students on the morning of May 1, with the subject line, “Important Security Notice”. In the email, VUW’s ITS Director Stuart Haselden said that the […]

May 1, 2017

Proposed changes to immigration law, announced on April 19, will require immigrants working in New Zealand to meet a “remuneration threshold” to qualify as a “skilled migrant.” Two remuneration thresholds will be introduced for Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) residence applications, one at the median income of $48,859 for skilled jobs, and another 1.5 times that […]

April 3, 2017

Documents released under the Official Information Act (OIA) have revealed that some international student graduates are being let down by the policies of education agents and private training providers. 66 Indian graduates, who were interviewed in their application to study bachelor-level programmes at private tertiary education providers, were interviewed again during the ‘Operation Shakespeare’ investigation. […]

March 27, 2017

Victoria University is set to institute a series of civic engagement programmes in 2018.

March 13, 2017

Prime Minister Bill English has named drug use as a key reason why New Zealand youth have difficulty securing jobs. Responding to questions about high immigration, English claimed that he had two or three business owners a week telling him about the difficulty involved in getting domestic job applicants to successfully pass a drug test. English’s anecdotal evidence was questioned by media commentators and the New Zealand Drug Foundation.

March 3, 2017

Increased competition for a limited number of rental properties has driven up prices, sparking a crisis in the Wellington market.