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Features

October 2, 2011

With the most recent Fairfax poll pitting the Green Party to receive ten per cent of the vote, New Zealand’s third-largest party are securing their place as a serious player in the upcoming election. Salient writer Merrin Macleod spoke to Green Party Tertiary Education spokesperson Gareth Hughes about the party’s vision for students. Merrin: With […]

October 2, 2011

Former ACT leader Rodney Hide summed up the ACT Party the best: as a party standing for “individual freedom, personal responsibility…and a quality of life that is the envy of the world”. To a student, that sounds pretty bitchin’. But has ACT managed to maintain this stance in the lead-up to the general election? Salient […]

October 2, 2011

I attempted to interview Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples as part of this series; however, it was not to be. I sent him two emails, rang his press secretary five times unsuccessfully, and spoke to the press secretary once. In this conversation, the press secretary indicated they would be interested in an interview with Salient, […]

October 2, 2011

John Minto of the Mana Party asserted very strongly that Universal Student Membership was integral to the good of society and also that it was an essential element of representation in New Zealand. He linked the VSM Bill to a raft of “neo-liberal policies” which had been reducing representation in New Zealand for years, stating […]

October 2, 2011

Last week, 21-year-old Victoria University student Ben Craven was selected as New Zealand First’s candidate for Wellington Central. Salient writer Ryan Hammond sat down with Craven to talk about tertiary policy, New Zealand First, and why he wants to represent you in Parliament. What are the key aspects of New Zealand First’s tertiary policy and […]

October 2, 2011

Historically, the National Party could hardly be described as the defender of the student. Since they gained office in 2008, the National government has restricted entry to university and tried to get a handle on spiralling student debt, which is set to hit $12 billion by the end of the year. Minister for Tertiary Education […]

October 2, 2011

Salient feature writer Selina Powell investigates the low youth voter turnout in New Zealand and the potential of social media as a tool for political engagement. In the 1950S and 1960s as television entered homes across the globe, large groups of citizens had a feeling that change was in the air. And it wasn’t just […]

October 2, 2011

Let’s face it: very few, if any, university students will be casting their vote for the United Future party this November. Often regarded as simply consisting of Peter Dunne and social conservatives, United Future has never really been a student-orientated organisation. However there is no denying that Peter Dunne is a politician with a long […]

October 2, 2011

New Zealand’s second-biggest political party, Labour has traditionally been popular with student voters due to its support of a universal student allowance and interest-free loans. But its recent poor performance in the polls suggests that Labour’s left-leaning social policies are failing to make enough of an impact to challenge National in the upcoming election. Salient […]

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