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May 22, 2017

Susan Austen, Wellington co-ordinator for pro-euthanasia group Exit International, pleaded not guilty to three charges connected with assisted suicide in the Wellington District Court on May 12. The charges allege that in 2015, Austen imported Pentobarbital, a Class C drug often used in euthanasia; and that she assisted the suicide of 77-year old Annemarie Treadwell […]

May 22, 2017

A report conducted by Britain’s Office of the Independent Adjudicator received worldwide attention after a student was found using invisible ink, detectable only under UV light, to cheat during exams. The law student was found with 24 pages of hidden notes inside the prescribed materials that were allowed in the examination room. The New Zealand […]

May 22, 2017

The campaign for West Papuan independence has built up momentum in New Zealand following a visit by Benny Wenda, International Spokesman for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.

May 22, 2017

The Government will be undertaking a competitive tender process for a new national sexual violence helpline, according to a joint Ministry of Social Development (MSD) and Ministry of Justice (MOJ) press release issued on May 12. An MSD spokesperson told Salient that “this initiative is part of a $46 million investment over four years to […]

May 22, 2017

VUW’s Student Health Service has left a number of students feeling “belittled” and “confused.” While students’ experiences are “usually positive,” some have reported inappropriate or inaccurate advice regarding sexual health.

May 22, 2017

The Department of Conservation (DOC) will see an additional funding in the 2017 Budget. Pre-Budget announcements from the Government indicate an advanced funding model for DOC, with $76 million allocated for boosting tourism infrastructure over the next four years. The tourism infrastructure package for DOC is part of a larger package valued at $178 million […]

May 22, 2017

Tertiary students are “regularly going without food or other necessities” because they cannot afford them, according to a survey of 2000 students at Unitec in Auckland. Unitec is New Zealand’s biggest campus-based polytechnic, with 9100 full time equivalent students. Half of the students surveyed, including two-thirds of Māori students surveyed, said their income was not […]

May 22, 2017

The Education (Tertiary and Other Matters) Amendment Bill has passed its first reading in Parliament and is before the Education and Science Select Committee for consideration. The bill amends the Education Act 1989. Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, and Employment Paul Goldsmith said the bill will “help the tertiary education system run more efficiently, ensure […]

May 22, 2017

Recently Labour MP and Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis proposed developing a prison run according to Māori values to address the over-representation of Māori in prison statistics. However, the proposal has been met with backlash from criminal justice organisations such as JustSpeak and No Pride in Prisons.