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May 24, 2010

Bill’s vision for Nuu Zillund There was a distinct lack of any drama in last week’s Budget 2010 announcement, with all the major changes already spilled by the main players.   In a rather lacklustre performance, Finance Minister Bill English announced a raft of tax changes and confused the lot of us with a whole […]

May 24, 2010

It rained on their parade Almost 2000 students celebrated successfully completing their Victoria University studies at last week’s graduation ceremonies, but some only got to partake in half of graduation tradition. With the parade cancelled on Wednesday, only half of the graduates got their chance to strut their stuff down Wellington streets in their Harry […]

May 24, 2010

Students perform “I told you so” dance The conclusions of two studies undertaken at Otago University, addressing the causes of, and the role of the media, in events at the Undie 500, and focusing on potential solutions to “a culture of student binge drinking”, were presented at an Alcohol Advisory Council (ALAC) conference last week. […]

May 24, 2010

Victoria Law Professor David McLauchlan has a new award to sit next to his 2006 VUW Academic Idol, while Law student Ruiping Ye also takes home a prize. The Unpublished Student Paper Award went to Ruiping Ye for her paper The demise of ultra vires in New Zealand: to be? not to be! This award […]

May 24, 2010

World Blood Donor Day 2010 The vampire-crazed fans of Twilight and True Blood who really want someone to take their blood can have their chance as part of World Blood Donor Day. While you won’t be surrendering your veins to a sparkly dead guy, you will be helping the News Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) top […]

May 24, 2010

VSM Bill stuck in select committee Just to remind you all, Sir Roger Douglas’ Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill is still lingering around New Zealand student politics like a pungent odour. Stinking up the future of student politics, this bill and the uncertainty for students’ associations is hanging about. If passed, Roger Douglas’s bill […]

May 24, 2010

Finance reform passes its first reading among serious concerns. The Electoral (Finance Reform and Advance Voting) Amendment Bill passed its first reading in parliament, despite concerns from the Green and Maori Parties that it does not go far enough. The bill is just one part of an extensive package of electoral reforms which also includes […]

May 24, 2010

Victoria University’s Kelburn Campus quad has been described as “a bit shit” in an official report released last week.
 The report, released by the national Cool Campus Review Board (NZCCRB), followed a 12-month study into the quality of university campuses around New Zealand. 
 The NZCCRB listed Victoria University as having New Zealand’s least “Cool […]

May 24, 2010

Literature lovers have a rare chance to hear from two master American writers―one the “godfather” of creative non-fiction, the other, an acclaimed author with a penchant for dark subject matter. Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) is hosting US writers David Vann and Lee Gutkind for master classes in its creative writing course. […]