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March 30, 2009

The Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) department is still getting the run around by the university, with staff and students saying enough is now enough. Recent correspondence between concerned GWS post graduate students and Victoria University of Wellington has resulted in no change to their “bloody stupid” situation. Salient has obtained an email sent by […]

March 30, 2009

The Government has made good on its promise to introduce a repayment bonus on any voluntary student loan repayments, announcing that the scheme will come into effect this year. From April 1st, all voluntary student loan repayments of over $500 will receive a 10% bonus repayment. A $500 voluntary payment, for instance, would receive a […]

March 30, 2009

A quiet Student Representative Council (SRC) meeting was held last Wednesday at Mount Street bar to discuss the quality of food offered on campus. Presided over by an abridged version of the Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association Executive and little more, the meeting was unable to meet the 50-person quorum needed to pass any […]

March 30, 2009

The Great Tolley Hunt has finally achieved some success thanks to Jackson Wood, editor of Salient. Salient managed to do what all of us in student media had thought impossible, and get Tertiary Education Minister Anne Tolley to respond—sorta—to some questions. Tolley told Salient that she “hadn’t had any involvement in student politics,” a concerning […]

March 30, 2009

A nationwide protest has lead to Section 92A being amended. The controversial amendment was due to come into force on March 27, but Cabinet has decided that the law needs to be changed to address areas of concern. Commerce Minister Simon Power announced the amendment, saying that “Allowing section 92A to come into force in […]

March 30, 2009

In a continuation of a policy of paranoia, Sudanese President Omar Hassan Bashir has reportedly expelled all aid workers from the troubled Dafur region. The decision was believed to have been made out of fear that the contingents of support workers in the region were assisting officials in The Hague, who had recently issued a […]

March 23, 2009

The Victoria University of Wellington hall of residence formerly known as Unicomm has once again come under scrutiny from residents for its lackadaisical approach to maintenance. Several residents at the recently re-branded “uStay” hostel, which encompasses Cumberland House and McKenzies Apartments, have disclosed to Salient a number of grievances concerning the upkeep of the two […]

March 23, 2009

In what has been touted as a major victory for the Campus Hub Redevelopment Project (CHRP) and the VUWSA Trust, a 103-strong student quorum voted overwhelmingly in favour of committing $12M of VUWSA Trust funds towards the CHRP at last Wednesday’s Initial General Meeting (IGM). The motion put forward asked students for a mandate to […]

March 23, 2009

An alcohol policy that prioritises “profit-making over the importance of promoting collegiality and a community feeling on campus” was the impetus for a petition penned by Victoria University of Wellington’s Law Students’ Society, following a dry “Welcome Back to Law School” barbeque at Pipitea campus. The petition put forth by the VUWLSS demands that a […]