February The 2008 Salient news year saw in a fiery (excuse the abysmal pun) start in which an international student residing at Stafford House was charged with arson. The student, later identified as Bennet Alexander, set fire to one of the elevators at the hall of residence as he returned home in an intoxicated state […]
Firstly enrol to vote. You know those guys who are in the van on the corner of Willis and Cuba every weekend? They are your electoral friends. Go see them, or head to the closest post office, online at www.elections.org.nz. Legally you need to be enrolled to vote.
Another of Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpieces, the director behind Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle, that follows a young warrior called Akatashi as he travels to the forest of the Deer God, in an attempt to rid himself of an evil curse. He attempts to protect the people of the ironworks as well as the animals […]
A recent report into the Performance Based Research Funding system (PBRF), which is used to allocate funding to New Zealand tertiary institutions, has concluded that some education providers are “fiddling the numbers” to gain more research funding. The rankings of tertiary staff under the PBRF system are used to allocate about $230 million of research […]
Current VUWSA President Joel Cosgrove has made a string of accusations against Sonny Thomas – one of the candidates vying to succeed him in the role – who has dismissed the allegations as a “distraction tactic.”
Presidential hopeful Sean Connors believes that his chances of success in this year’s VUWSA general election are strong, saying: “I don’t want to brag but I think I’ve got it in the bag.” Connors made an appearance at the Quad in the Kelburn campus last Tuesday afternoon, dressed in a panda suit and a purple […]
Last Tuesday’s candidates’ forum provided an apt explanation for my weary approach to VUWSA, with its nit-picking, hair-splitting and pettifogging.
This week’s exec meeting was a quick one, which is fantastic, but although it was short it was not lacking in in-jokes and an abundance of what Environmental Officer Mark Newton rightly described as “stupid bullshit.”
Beginning in 1983, New Zealand’s health system was subjected to two decades of reform. While these reforms were intended to address overblown budgets and move the healthcare into a market economy, each reform was implemented just as the previous one was beginning to bear fruit.