News

June 1, 2015

VUWSA submits on Council composition After a somewhat drawn out consultation process and more Salient coverage than you can shake a stick at, VUWSA submitted its official recommendations for the future make-up of the University Council. The University Council will be reduced from 19 seats to a maximum of 12 by the end of 2015 […]

June 1, 2015

Young Labour is seeking to ensure that transgender people have the option to transition using the public healthcare system. The motion to ensure “the access to hormone replacement therapy and gender reassignment surgery is available and publicly funded” was recently put forward by Young Labour at both its Auckland and Hawke’s Bay regional conferences. Currently, […]

May 24, 2015

Academic Committee has been prompted to re-examine its terms of reference in the wake of the University’s controversial approval of new Master’s programmes. At an Academic Committee meeting in April, new 180-point Master’s programmes were “endorsed for forwarding” to Academic Board, which sits above Academic Committee and rubber-stamps its proposals. However, nobody seemed to know […]

May 24, 2015

People who live in Wellington are likely to be some of the most highly-strung individuals in the country, according to information released by the Ministry of Health.

May 24, 2015

Right? … Guys? … Last Thursday Minister of Finance Bill English, aka Mr. Smithers, released the Budget—the Government’s forecast for spending over the next financial year. There were several different hopes for what the Budget this year might entail—Labour was hoping the Government wouldn’t make surplus like they promised, NZUSA President Rory McCourt was hoping […]

May 24, 2015

Last week consultation with staff and students continued regarding the future makeup of the University Council. According to senior staff, Vic had the “most comprehensive” consultation process compared to other tertiary institutes in New Zealand. In terms of feedback, Chancellor Sir Neville Jordan maintained that there had also been over 3000 responses to surveys seeking […]

May 24, 2015

The Executive has been busy with assignments There were three absentees, so the 19 May Executive meeting was very small. President Rick was engaging with Te Aro students in a University Council consultation forum that Salient can’t help suspecting was even smaller than the Executive meeting. By the time of the next meeting, assuming he’s […]

May 24, 2015

Flooding in Wellington last week left several students soggy and stranded. TransMetro was forced to cancel all Wellington train services on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 May after heavy rain left slips on the Kapiti Line and flooding on the Johnsonville and Hutt Valley lines. Many Victoria University students were left stuck in Wellington overnight, […]

May 24, 2015

Lynx Africa belongs in the bin, not on vaginas Massey’s student magazine MASSIVE is in hot water after being back in print for only four issues. The latest issue of MASSIVE, published on Monday 18 May, has attracted strong criticism from students for the content of its sex advice column, “Ask Guru”. In the column, […]