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August 7, 2017

The VUW Pasifika Students’ Council (PSC) hosted a Pasifika in Politics panel on August 2, focussing on the topic Why Should Pacific People Care? More than 50 people attended the event, which saw the panel, made up of MPs and candidates from across the political spectrum, speak to issues affecting Pasifika youth. PSC President Sina […]

August 7, 2017

The use of “greenwashing” — marketing an unsustainable product as environmentally friendly — has risen considerably, according to Environmental Choice New Zealand. The practice involves the use of marketing techniques, such as false certification scheme logos, pictures of plants, and phrases such as “contains natural ingredients” to create a false impression that a product is […]

August 7, 2017

The current status of abortion in New Zealand law is a “fundamental breach of women’s human rights,” according to VUW lecturer and academic Ann Weatherall.

August 7, 2017

MPs and industry representatives from Australia and New Zealand met at the Agricultural Ministers Forum on July 26 to discuss critical agricultural concerns, including the eradication of the red imported fire ant (RIFA) from Australia and New Zealand The Australian Government committed $411 million over ten years to eradicate RIFA. The decision expanded the National […]

July 31, 2017

Violence and procedural failures have marred Papua New Guinea’s 2017 general election. Voting closed on July 8, with 3332 candidates contesting 111 seats in the National Parliament, the body tasked with electing a new Prime Minister. Wabag, capital of the Enga province, remained in lockdown for five days after a gunfight between rival supporters. Police […]

July 31, 2017

In a world first operation, attempts are being made to drill beneath the Wellington Harbour to tap into a fresh water resource. The Kaikōura earthquake in 2017 exposed the reliance of both Wellington and Porirua on feeder pipes to deliver fresh water from other city centres in emergency situations. Wellington Water’s Alex van Paassen told […]

July 31, 2017

A developing trend in declining Employer Assisted Post Study Work Visa applications has seen 110 of 222 applicants declined in May 2017 in Auckland Central’s Immigration office. Data obtained through the Official Information Act shows that the rate at which applications are being declined at the Auckland Central Office has risen from 5% in January […]

July 31, 2017

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) reported an outbreak of the mumps virus in Auckland on July 3, following a significant increase in the number of cases being investigated. 184 cases have been reported this year, as of July 25. ARPHS stated that there were five new cases in Auckland being investigated every day, […]

July 31, 2017

After significant backlash against a consultation document proposing changes to Student and Campus Living, released on May 24, VUW have proposed the retention of the Head of Hall position in all but one of the VUW halls of residence.