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Opinion

April 20, 2017

On April 4, Dr Paul Moon wrote an op-ed for Stuff and delivered a letter to the government calling on them to protect free speech at universities. This letter was signed by many high profile public figures, such as Dr Don Brash and Dame Tariana Turia. Unfortunately, it wasn’t an April fool’s joke. I will […]

April 10, 2017

Last Wednesday, VUWSA held its Initial General Meeting in the Hub. Despite the great turnout, there was obviously a few thousand of you who were chomping at the bit to be there but weren’t able to, so I’m going to take this opportunity to fill you in on what happened. Things started off on an […]

April 10, 2017

In the past four years Victoria students have been asked to complete a wellbeing survey. For the past three years, the number of students who report poor levels of emotional wellbeing has remained consistently at 45%. The survey is conducted about week six of trimester one (a stressful time!) and the results reveal paradoxically that […]

April 10, 2017

Come With Me, and You’ll Be, in a World of Total Automation! You know what my favourite part of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is? It’s not the Everlasting Gobstopper or the ironic punishments doled out upon the rotten children. It’s the reason why the Bucket family is in poverty. Charlie’s father loses his job […]

April 10, 2017

It seems a bizarre concept that, even in 2017, women have to call men out on misogynistic behaviour. An even more bizarre version of this is having to argue with your male middle aged lecturers about what constitutes as feminism, and that in fact the discourse they are trying to discuss in class is a […]

April 10, 2017

E koekoe te tui, e ketekete te kākā, e kūkū te kereru. Ko te tangi, ko te waiata a te wahine te reo tuatahi i runga i te marae-ā-tea. Nō ngā purakau o ngā atua e arahia ake tēnei tikanga, nā e whai tōnu mātou te iwi Māori. Piki mai rā, kake mai rā ki […]

April 10, 2017

The university environment and surroundings feel very prescribed. Year after year new students come through Victoria, but there is no lasting, or even fleeting, impression of them having been here. Last year after the earthquake, a temporary wooden wall was erected in the Hub to separate the safe zones from the library, which needed repairs. […]

April 10, 2017

On Black Being a Colour “I do wanna talk about that stuff…” — Oscar Kightley I believe that art has the most extraordinary power to liberate. This is why, for a long time, I’ve been sceptical of the type of West Papua stories that paint the natives as lost causes, and their independence movement as […]

April 10, 2017

Little Penang on Dixon Street is perhaps Wellington’s favourite Malaysian restaurant. Showcasing the cuisine from the state of Penang in Northwest Malaysia is either the easiest path to success or perhaps a reputational burden that would leave even the most mundane patron disappointed. Penang, after all, has been heralded as the food capital of Southeast […]