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May 29, 2017

A review of tutoring at VUW has revealed issues with the current system and made recommendations for changes. Many of the issues raised appear to be rooted in wide discretion, and cross-school and faculty inconsistencies, with recruitment and practice.

May 29, 2017

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has won a second term in an endorsement of his moderate approach, and after a campaign defined by poverty, unemployment, and the 2015 nuclear deal. Rouhani, of the centrist Moderation and Development Party, won 23 million votes, defeating hardline jurist Ebrahim Raisi of the Combatant Clergy Association, who received 15.7 million. […]

May 29, 2017

Following two articles published in Salient (Issue 09 and Issue 10) regarding Student Health and Counselling, we received a number of responses from students who were willing to share their experiences of the services.

May 29, 2017

A controversial Ministry of Social Development policy, requiring social services to provide clients’ names, birthdates, ethnicities, and the personal details of any dependents in order to receive funding, has been temporarily suspended by the Government. The announcement on May 24 followed two privacy breaches of the data collection system, and an independent report which criticised […]

May 29, 2017

On May 23, students and VUW representatives, as well as Wellington City Council (WCC) Mayor Justin Lester, spoke in support of fairer fares for tertiary students at the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) Annual Plan hearing. The oral submissions were backed up by over 1700 written submissions also in support of fairer fares, a third […]

May 29, 2017

A Tongan advocacy group has launched a campaign to prevent child marriages. The Talitha Project Tonga launched the Let Girls Be Girls! campaign on May 19. The campaign seeks to lift the legal age of marriage in Tonga to 18 years old. Currently, those aged between 15–17 are able to marry with parental consent. Vanessa […]

May 29, 2017

Countries who participated in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations have sought a revised agreement following the United States’ decision to withdraw. A joint statement by the 11 remaining countries, including New Zealand, agreed to a timeframe by which decisions will be made on the future of the agreement. Trade Minister Todd McClay said that […]

May 29, 2017

CW: The following article includes discussion of child abuse   Last week the Guardian released a series of internal policy documents detailing how Facebook determines what content is permissible for its users to post. Dubbed the “Facebook Files”, the documents reveal rules and guidelines for moderators when it comes to content that may be offensive […]

May 29, 2017

A new app allowing hopeful tenants to “bid” against each other for rental properties has highlighted a practice already prevalent in New Zealand.