Thousands of New Zealanders living overseas are struggling to pay their student debt, and bankruptcy is increasingly becoming an option for some. There are reportedly 9000 overseas-based individuals with serious debt problems, while many others are struggling. Kristina Anderson, tax advisor at Auckland Tax Hub Limited, said many people overseas are in denial about the […]
Overlooked legal regulations from 1947 may give tenants living in damp homes a stronger leg to stand on when making demands from landlords. Researchers Dr Mark Bennett of Victoria University of Wellington, and Dr Sarah Bierre and Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman of Otago University in Wellington, published a paper examining how housing conditions are qualified in […]
The number of Māori and Pasifika students enrolling at Victoria is rising annually, but there are still issues around the retention and admission of students. The changes made to University Entrance standards last year have seen a dramatic drop in the number of students admitted to university, with only 58.3 per cent of year 13 […]
The University is at odds with VUWSA and the PGSA as to whether the Academic Committee recently endorsed proposals for new 180-point Masters programmes.
The Wellington City Council will lobby the Government to introduce mandatory standards for rental housing in 2015. Over the last year the WCC has been trying to establish a rental house Warrant of Fitness programme along with local councils from around New Zealand. The Council commissioned a field test that found that only six percent […]
Alcohol awareness groups have criticised a new loyalty card that aims to assist student loan holders. The Feejoa card—created in conjunction with the IRD—rebates five per cent of members’ purchases as student loan repayments. On Feejoa’s website, it claims that the loyalty card is helping with “a deeply unloved aspect of modern life”—working with the Inland […]
This week Salient is needlessly bitchy, but it’s nothing $1800 of holographic stickers won’t cure As is his wont, President Rick conducted the majority of 30 March’s Executive meeting in a closed session. In fairness to Rick, though, the Exec were passing the budget, and if there’s one thing that students shouldn’t know about it’s […]
Nicktoria is Nicktorious yet again Victoria DebSoc’s reign of glory continues, after their 17th consecutive win at the New Zealand University Impromptu Debating Championships (“Easters”). Over the course of the tournament, which ran from 3-6 April in Auckland, Victoria 1—comprising Nick Cross and Nick Gavey—amassed a total of seven wins and 1,538 speaker points. Vic […]
Wellington Police have arrested two men in relation to a spate of burglaries in Aro Valley, Thorndon and Kelburn. Erahi Ripohau, 31, and Ricky Moeke, 28, appeared in Wellington District Court on April 11 on charges of burglary and receiving stolen property.