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VUWSA

June 6, 2017

I was warned against mentioning the 2011 collapse of students’ associations in Aotearoa when I entered student politics. In this post-voluntary student membership environment, romanticising about the independence, autonomy, and mandate that students’ associations once had, has been unhelpful to the development and growth of our associations. On return from a recent trip to Canada […]

June 6, 2017

Housing standards all hot air, but none of it in student flats Last year the government introduced minimum standards for insulation in all rental properties. By July 2019 all rentals must have some insulation in the floor and ceiling. This came on the back of widespread concern about the condition of the country’s rental stock […]

May 29, 2017

Public Service Announcement! You can get free bread from the Kelburn VUWSA office every Friday. There’s also the VUWSA Community Pantry where you can get a free bundle of food, a fruit and vege market voucher, and sanitary items — no questions asked. It’s simple as! Just fill in the form on the VUWSA website […]

May 22, 2017

Last week I had the pleasure of watching more than 2200 VUW students walk across the stage at the Michael Fowler Centre at graduation. If you were one of them, congratulations! You did it. Graduating is no mean feat. Although, if you graduated and are reading this it probably means you are still on campus […]

May 22, 2017

“I ain’t never seen @MarlonCDrake at a club, or doing activities!” — @markyman90. Well shit, @markyman90, that’s quite a twitter beef you’re starting there. But seeing as I haven’t exactly publicised what I’m up to, and I haven’t been in town for a while, I figured this is a good opportunity to give you an […]

May 15, 2017

Last week marked Global Divestment Day. If you’re not familiar with the word divestment in this context, then you are probably thinking of turning the page about now because it sounds like a few bankers have got in a room and tried to think up the most boring name for a “day” that they could. […]

May 15, 2017

Update: The Fight for Fairer Fares The struggle for Fairer Fares has been going on for years; each year the baton is passed on to the new VUWSA executive and each year we come closer to getting the campaign over the line. This year, we are closer than ever before. This is thanks to the […]

May 8, 2017

Republic of Tom Discipline is simultaneously one of the most important skills to master and most difficult to obtain in today’s world of many distractions. So heading into the busiest periods of the trimester I offer to thee, dear reader, a unique method that this arts and commerce student adopted to increase discipline in his […]

May 8, 2017

Last week the campus counselling system rightfully came under the spotlight. It’s no secret that accessing quality mental health services is much harder than it should be in New Zealand. We hear two conflicting messages about this: if you need help reach out, and if you do reach out we can’t guarantee you’ll get the […]