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September 14, 2009

Polytechnic staff to strike, classes you don’t attend to be disrupted Tertiary Education Union members at six polytechnics have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking industrial action in response to proposed changes to their working hours. Teachers from NorthTec, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Waikato Institute of Technology, Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki, Whitireia Polytechnic and Unitec have […]

September 14, 2009

VSM coin can be used as legal tender–it’s totally up to you, man, totally. Interest in the recently tabled Freedom of Association bill may be drawn along political lines, but many students at Victoria University have come out in support of optional membership. The bill, if passed, would give Vic­toria students the opportunity to choose […]

September 14, 2009

VUWSA will hold its yearly AGM this Wednesday with a number of motions being posed, but a proposed change to the Salient charter has drawn criticism. An amendment to the charter posed by VUWSA Clubs Officer Masha Kupriyenko would require Salient to provide regular coverage of club news and views in the form of a […]

September 14, 2009

Possibilities of what biologists could achieve if they discover physics mind-boggling The algorithm used by Google to rank web pages could be used to order an ecosystem’s species to help analyse the consequences of their extinction. That was the conclusion of American scientists Stefano Allensina and Mercedes Pascual in a paper they published earlier this […]

September 14, 2009

Holy shit, prepare for your clothes to be torn to shreds! British fashionistas and stars of the popular television series What Not to Wear Trinny & Susannah are heading to Wellington for a one-off fun-filled fashion EXTRAVAGANZA! … at Westfield Queensgate. The style gurus, known for their incredible capacity to reduce the human form into […]

September 14, 2009

The Victoria University Counselling Service has chosen a theme of Winning Ways to Well-being for the upcoming Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW), which will run from 5 October until 11 October 2009. The Winning Ways theme identifies five scientifically proven actions to ensure mental well-being. These actions are based on a review of the research […]

September 14, 2009

Shoulda gone with course related costs, man. A lack of accountability in the Victoria University of Wellington Scholarships system has been highlighted by concerned students, who say they know of people abusing the scheme and wasting money designed to aid in financing their studies. A concerned student contacted Salient with alarming evidence that a Victoria […]

September 14, 2009

Protestors gathered outside Hells Pizza on Quay Street in Auckland last week as a response to the company’s latest advertising campaign. Described as blatantly racist by anti-racist group Socialist Aotearoa, the new campaign cheekily parades a Pacific Islander about to take a huge bite out of the new Hells Pizza gluten-free brownie, suggesting “At least […]

September 14, 2009

A two-year programme allowing tertiary students and recent graduates holding a valid New Zealand or Australian passport to work almost anywhere in the USA is set to continue. Launched in 2007, the program was initially a two-year trial period which expired in early September. After some deliberation, the US Government recently decided to extend the […]