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May 13, 2019

Last week, USA Today released an article titled “You don’t need that: Average American spends almost $18,000 a year on nonessentials”. According to the article,  Americans splurge roughly $18,000 a year on things “we can all do without”, such as coffee, buying lunch, gym memberships, and personal grooming.   Considering the towering inability of our […]

May 13, 2019

  A prominent Auckland-based anti-vaxxer has died of measles, after contracting it from her unvaccinated child. Karen Smith, 42, had been an anti-vaxxer for the entirety of her life. Talking to Salient through a ouija board, Smith said, “I took my son James to a measles party in my leafy suburb. He got measles, and […]

May 13, 2019

Last Wednesday, the government set a global precedent with its Climate Change Response Bill, also referred to as the Zero Carbon bill, which aims to help limit the global average temperature increase to 1.5° Celsius over the next 30 years.   This goal, set out in the bill, seeks to “strike a balance between flexibility […]

May 13, 2019

The Government has announced three changes to New Zealand’s welfare system, following the release of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group (WEAG) report.   Minister of Social Development Carmel Sepuloni only announced three recommendations from the report to be addressed this year. They were the ending of sanctions on solo mothers, raising the amount a beneficiary […]

May 13, 2019

At the most recent Victoria University Council meeting on May 6,, members met in anticipation for the name change media announcement scheduled that afternoon. However, there was another debated topic on the table— a proposal to integrate restorative practices into the university’s current policies. Guest speaker Chris Marshall discussed the practical effects of implementing restorative […]

May 13, 2019

VUWSA’s new Sustainability Committee met for the second time ever this year. This “supergroup” of clubs on campus, formed to work together for a more sustainable university, met on May 6.     VUWSA Wellbeing and Sustainability Officer Michael Turnbull told Salient, “the idea behind this is not so much to have VUWSA control the […]

May 13, 2019

  On May 6, Minister for Health David Clark and Associate Minister for Health Julie Anne Genter launched the Wellington pilot of the government’s mental health initiative, Piki.   The face-to-face therapy programme is aimed at supporting 18 to 25-year-olds in the Wellington and Kapiti region, who are experiencing mild to moderate mental distress. The […]

May 13, 2019

  Victoria University of Wellington announced that there will be no change to its legal name, although the university’s branding and Māori name will change. VUW will change the Māori name from ‘Te Whare Wānanga o Te Ūpoko Te Ika a Māui’ to ‘Te Herenga Waka’, after the Kelburn campus Marae. In addition, the word […]

May 13, 2019

Three public hearings are an insufficient response to allegations that the New Zealand SAS killed Afghan civilians, members of the Hit and Run inquiry campaign say.   The inquiry in question is investigating the claims that the New Zealand Special Air Service (SAS) killed civilians during the Operation Burnham raid in Afghanistan in August 2010. […]