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September 25, 2017

The world’s first legally-binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons opened for signature last week, with a number of Pacific Island nations signing — however, the Marshall Islands may not join them. Palau, Fiji, Samoa, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, and Vanuatu were confirmed as signatories on the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, alongside […]

September 25, 2017

The Teresia Teaiwa Memorial Scholarship Fund will launch on September 26. Associate Professor Teresia Teaiwa, who passed away in March 2017, had been working for two years to launch a scholarship fund to support Pasifika students in their academic pursuits in the field of Pacific Studies. Acting Director of Va’aomanū Pasifika April Henderson told Salient […]

September 25, 2017

Snow leopards are no longer considered an endangered species, having been reclassified for the first time in 45 years. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has moved the species into the less urgent “vulnerable” category after a three year assessment period by five international experts. IUCN estimate the global snow leopard population […]

September 25, 2017

Wellington gallery Matchbox Studios, which markets itself as “emphasising collaboration and community,” has been subject to multiple complaints from artists regarding poor communication and late payments.

September 25, 2017

The Green Party’s proposed Residential Tenancies (Safe and Secure Rentals) Amendment Bill seeks to “make life better for the thousands of New Zealanders who rent their homes” through changes to housing quality, tenancy advocacy, and rent security. The Greens’ ten point policy outlines a dismal situation for renters, stressing three key problems: poor quality rental […]

September 25, 2017

Members of the Porirua and Wellington communities came together at Cannons Creek School on September 19 for a rally against poverty. Chaired by Porirua Mayor Mike Tana, the event involved conversations, questions, and a performance by Virtuoso Strings Youth Orchestra.

September 25, 2017

The Electoral Commission has been criticised for undermining the rights of Māori voters, following nationwide complaints about the conduct of electoral staff.

September 18, 2017

The annual Rant with Grant saw Vice-Chancellor Grant Guilford venture to the Hub on September 13 to present to students on the fee-setting process. Guilford presented a detailed background of fee-setting, including a history of government contributions to student teaching costs, which have decreased in successive governments since the 1990s. 21% of VUW funding comes […]

September 18, 2017

On August 30 the Living Wage Movement hosted A Fairer Aotearoa forum at St Peter’s on Willis church to draw attention to the low wages that essential members of the public service are employed on.