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VUWSA

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

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 3, 2017

There are many issues that need debating, where minds can be changed, or the jury is still out. On the other hand, there are a suite of issues where the fact-based battle has already been won. We are hopefully on the same page in knowing that climate change is caused by people, that mental health […]

April 3, 2017

Are we there yet? The campaign to see tertiary student fares introduced on Wellington public transport sometimes seems like the never-ending car ride to get to your family summer holiday destination, and you’re stuck in the middle seat. One sibling has to go pee every ten minutes, the other is playing “corners” (but really just […]

March 27, 2017

Cleaning up cups and discarded togas at 2am; reading stacks of papers for an academic committee meeting; spending a whole weekend building a website for a student campaign. And the meetings, oh the meetings. This column is dedicated to my incredible, tireless, executive. It’s about them being under-recognised and what I hope to do about […]

March 27, 2017

Hello, I’m Lauren, a fifth year law and arts student, and I’m your education officer for 2017. I’m going to be working with the university to make sure they’re actually giving you what you pay for with those fees that shackle you to student debt until you die a pauper’s death. From experience, the key […]

March 20, 2017

Massive shout out to the wāhine toa from Wellington Girls’ College who single-handedly mobilised hundreds of Wellingtonians to protest at the steps of Parliament on Monday afternoon. The protest was aimed at bringing attention to pervasive rape culture within New Zealand high schools and how this affects how (mainly) young men interact with other people. […]

March 20, 2017

You will have heard it a few times in your first couple of weeks of class: “Now who wants to be the Class Rep?” Hopefully this was preceded by a case made for the critical importance that Class Reps play in determining the quality of your education and experience. If not, here’s an attempt to […]

March 13, 2017

It pains me to think about what those who are new to Wellington are feeling right now. I could not sum it up better a student did on Vic Deals: “DO UNI/COURSE STUDENTS NOT GET A STUDENT BUS FARE.” If you’ve been around for a few years, it must feel like progress on this issue […]