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April 9, 2019

Sometimes life seems like one compromise after another, especially when it comes to efforts around conservation.   For instance: Every weekend, Grant Guilford flies to plant and care for native trees in his tracts of bush in Waikato and Nelson Lakes. The paradox is that in doing so, he’s contributing to air pollution.   Grant’s […]

April 8, 2019

  I wanted to write this piece, in order to connect to all tauira within the University, with the hope that we can all remind ourselves that we are a part of an environment which is valuable, no matter our culture, our beliefs or our skin colour. The ultimate purpose of this kōrero, is to […]

March 26, 2019

When my mother gave me my name, it was a name she couldn’t pronounce. The harsh accents of the Arabic language eluded the Pākehā tongue. Growing up, I always felt more comfortable introducing myself as she knew me—Mah-dee or Ma-ha-dee—just about anything that made me feel like I belonged to this country more than my […]

March 25, 2019

Late law results have affected students’ academic and professional lives, and may have even breached university assessment guidelines.   LAWS 358, an insurance law course in the first half of summer school, failed to return results to some students until the beginning of March. The VUW Assessment Handbook sets out that Trimester Three (Summer School) […]

March 18, 2019
March 18, 2019

One day, I asked my Te Reo tutor what the difference was between a mihimihi and a pepeha. Thus began the biggest existential crisis of my life. A mihimihi is a short speech given to introduce yourself at a hui, a meeting. Basically what your name is, where you’re from, what you do, that sort […]

March 18, 2019

“Where are you from?” has always been a loaded question for me. If the people who knew me in high school (yikes) are reading this, they’ll definitely think that I’m back on my bullshit. Truth is, I never got off my bullshit—at least not this specific strand. I just internalised it because of the fear […]

March 18, 2019

A pilot government programme could see a significant boost to counselling services at Wellington universities, adding capacity for an extra 1000 students to access mental health care on Victoria University’s campus. Salient understands that the programme—called Piki (“to support” or “to ascend”)—will see $10.5 million spent in the Wellington region over the next 2.5 years, starting […]

March 18, 2019

Victoria University is due to release a stand-alone sexual harassment policy for staff and student consultation this week. VUW’s Student Code of Conduct currently defines misconduct as “conduct that is detrimental to the safety or well-being of other people, the effective functioning of the University or to the reputation of the University.” There is no […]