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March 18, 2019

The following is a true account. It’s real and it’s not okay. It was my first tutorial at university, and it started off in a very normal way. We walked in and sat down in dead silence; the only thing connecting us the deep-seated fear of having to be that one kid who had to […]

March 18, 2019

In the last few years, halls of residence at Victoria University of Wellington have been a breeding ground for contagious diseases. Wellington’s reputation for ‘damp, cold and mouldy’ housing is uninviting for many newcomers and isn’t helped by the inevitable ‘fresher flu’ that follows an influx of 20,000 new residents. With reports of staff and […]

March 18, 2019

Gone are the days of Te Rōpū Āwhina and Te Pūtahi Atawhai. Previously combined, Māori and Pasifika support services have been separated in an attempt to improve student recruitment, retention, and results. The two individual teams, Āwhina (for Māori students) and Pasifika Student Success (for Pasifika students), aim to offer comprehensive, university-wide support in all […]

March 18, 2019

You can’t have missed all the new rainbow flags and posters around town over the last couple of weeks, but what’s it all for? The Wellington Pride Festival is here. It started last week and finishes on March 24. There’s plenty of cool stuff on, both for queers and anyone who wants to support the […]

March 18, 2019

The Party Line Issue 03   Question: The MMP 5% threshold has come into the cross-hairs again, with suggestions it should be dropped to 4%. Lowering the threshold could let more political parties into Parliament, but the proposal has been criticised. In principle, do you think that the threshold should be reassessed, and potentially lowered? […]

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

CW: Sexual violence, harassment Uni Hall staff members allegedly demonstrated drunken, inappropriate, and sexually abusive behaviour towards residents last year. Two staff members had concerns raised about their behaviour at the Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) hall; Bryan*, a Residential Advisor (RA) and Joel*, a Senior Resident (also known as a Kiwi Mate). RAs and […]

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 […]

March 11, 2019

There is growing speculation at Otago University around the relationship between student magazine Critic Te Arohi and its most popular son, the Critic Booze Reviews (CBR).   What began as a playful, fun review of alcoholic beverages intermingled with quality banter has turned into a bloodthirsty power struggle. CBR has exploded in size in since […]