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October 16, 2017

A collective agreement ratified on August 1 has resulted in increased wages for Vic Books employees, although staff are concerned that the agreement does not go far enough to provide livable wages.

October 16, 2017

VUW has failed to respond within the legally required timeframe to multiple Official Information Act requests lodged by Salient this year.

October 16, 2017

  Worth an estimated $173 billion dollars globally, the “voluntourism” industry attracts well-intentioned volunteers to residential care institutions such as orphanages in Cambodia, but may be doing more harm than good. Recent research conducted by Cambodia’s Ministry for Social Affairs, Veterans, and Youth Rehabilitation found that children in residential care were “more at risk of […]

October 16, 2017

Both New World and Countdown, two of New Zealand’s “big three” supermarket chains, have announced that they will phase out single-use plastic bags by the end of 2018. Countdown announced its policy on October 4, with New World following suit six days later. The managing director of Countdown said that customer surveys showed 83 per […]

October 16, 2017

Niue announced a new marine sanctuary that will protect 126,909 square kilometres of its oceans on October 6, seeking to safeguard the future of the nation’s unique natural environment. The sanctuary will cover 40% of Niue’s Exclusive Economic Zone, encompassing the main island, submerged atolls, and surrounding reefs — including the Beveridge Reef, habitat to […]

October 16, 2017

Permanent reinstatement of all lifts in the Rankine Brown Building on Kelburn Campus will not take place until October 2019, following damage sustained during the November 2016 earthquake.

October 16, 2017

In September 2016 a three day waste audit was conducted by VUW staff and students. The audit took place at Kelburn, Te Aro, and Pipitea campuses, with the aim of identifying where the university could make improvements in its waste management system. Following the release of the results of the audit in September 2017, VUWSA […]

October 16, 2017

VUWSA President Rory Lenihan-Ikin is “feeling fresh!” with his latest haircut. The haircut took place at Godfather Barbers on Ghuznee Street, “a classic, new age beer and barber joint,” Lenihan-Ikin told Salient. When asked about the change, Lenihan-Ikin responded, “you want to write a story about my haircut?” His feelings towards the new look were […]

October 16, 2017

UniQ, a representative group for VUW’s LGBTQIA+ community, has appointed a new Executive for 2018. Erin Page, a fourth-year student majoring in German and Italian, and Grace Visser, a second-year majoring in linguistics, have been appointed as next year’s co-presidents. They “hope to continue making VUW a queer-inclusive place [by working] with the university at […]