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June 6, 2017

The 2017 Budget was revealed on May 25 and contains a range of initiatives aimed at “delivering for New Zealanders.” Students will be impacted by a number of the measures, including the central initiative in the budget, the Family Incomes Package. The $2 billion package takes effect from April 1, 2018, and makes adjustments to […]

June 6, 2017

Extensive damage at Joans Stevens Hall on May 27–28 has led to an indefinite ban on alcohol and guests, with students being warned they will all need to contribute to the thousands of dollars in repairs if those responsible do not come forward. Around 40 separate cases of property damage were reported, including broken doors […]

June 6, 2017

A hunger strike conducted by around 1500 Palestinian prisoners in Israel has ended after 40 days. The strike was suspended on Friday, after talks led to a deal with the Israel Prison Service that meets one of the strikers’ main demands —  an increase in family visitation. The strike began on April 17, and was […]

June 6, 2017

Coptic Orthodox Christians across the world were left feeling “helpless” after the latest Islamic State (IS) attack in Minya, Egypt. The gunmen, claiming to be security officers, waved down the bus filled with Copts travelling to the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor, south of Cairo. After some members of the group refused to recite […]

June 6, 2017

The Ministry for Environment has released New Zealand’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory, the official annual estimate of all human-induced emissions and removals of greenhouse gases in New Zealand. The Inventory spans 1990–2015, and forms part of New Zealand’s international reporting obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). New Zealand’s gross emissions were […]

June 6, 2017

In April, the Russian independent daily newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported that more than 100 gay men had been abducted in Chechnya, a federal subject of Russia, as part of a coordinated campaign. Since then testimonies from survivors have been released by Human Rights Watch, which detail extreme torture and being forced to name other gay […]

June 6, 2017

On May 30, University of Auckland (UoA) students calling for UoA’s divestment from fossil fuels staged a twelve hour sit-in at the clock tower building, housing the Vice Chancellor’s office, before being removed by police.

June 6, 2017

Dr Lance O’Sullivan’s interruption of the Kaitaia screening of the 2016 documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe on May 22 is part of a wider and ongoing dispute over vaccinations, that began with 1998 research now declared fraudulent.

June 6, 2017

A consultation document proposing changes to Student and Campus Living, including the disestablishment of a range of roles across VUW halls of residence, was released on May 24.