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September 25, 2014

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 [...]

September 21, 2014

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.

September 21, 2014

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.

September 21, 2014

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.

September 21, 2014

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?

September 21, 2014

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.

September 21, 2014

I am standing on a street staring at the screen that tells me I have missed my bus. I am staring at the street on the screen and trying to work out which number I am near. I am staring at the screen and it is showing me a car drive slowly towards me, a smiling face and licence-plate number just below. I am staring at the screen and rating the driver out of five.

September 21, 2014

This week we have a few pānui: this is for all tauira to get involved.

September 21, 2014

To mark the end of root-vegetable season, try this spicy salad. It’s inspired by the Chow pumpkin salad and it tastes just as good (if I do say so myself), and it’s very easy to make.