Columns

28/09/14

At last we’d found our fight. We’ve longed for politics to be the battling of ideas, but it isn’t, not normally. Decades of elections have been contested by incrementalism and managerial competencies.

28/09/14

As a Law student, I usually think about justice in the wee hours of the day when I’m tackling my readings. In my youth, I was drip-fed stories of underdog heroes like Frodo Baggins or Tommy Pickles. Small in stature but big in heart, these underdogs would overcome insurmountable obstacles in the name of the greater good.

28/09/14

Justice provides a unique avenue for exploring the perfect synthesis of the sweet and the shirty. As is evident in the tradition of many superheroes, you can kick alllll the butt while also helping and supporting those in need. Thus, we will today be looking at: How to be a successful vigilante superhero

25/09/14

Withdrawal from NZUSA At Tuesday’s Executive meeting, the VUWSA Executive decided to give notice to withdraw its membership from the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA). This decision has not come easily, but has been made after consideration of the long-term concerns that VUWSA has held with NZUSA. There have been concerns for a [...]

21/09/14

It is odd writing a political column before an election, having no idea who will have won by the time this is read. But while I cannot know the winner, the loser is obvious. Those struggling most, who are most in need of the collective’s support – they cannot hope to have shouted the loudest when no one thought to give them a voice.

21/09/14

Last week, the University Council voted to increase the majority of tuition fees by four per cent. For the first time in recent memory, the gallery was not just full of VUWSA, [ITALICS: Salient] and student protesters, but a notable cohort in the front row of international students from the VUWSA International Students’ Representative Group.

21/09/14

How to not assume that you’re a global citizen even though you keep getting told that you are just because you’re this generation.

21/09/14

The year was 2009; the event a Press Cup semifinal against Nelson. Christchurch Boys’ High School were expected to get a solid win here; as they are with most games they play. They are of course the most-successful school in South Island rugby history – perhaps even in New Zealand?

21/09/14

I immigrated to New Zealand with my family at the end of December 2012, so I have been in New Zealand for less than two years. Before I came here, however, I spent two years at university in South Africa, so I have a different perspective on some things than many people here.