News

March 1, 2015

Victoria University failed to make wet weather provisions for one of their main events on the first day of O-Week. The official welcome for all new students starting Victoria University, scheduled for 12:30pm on Monday 23 February at Kelburn Park, was cancelled with no postponement date due to unfavourable weather conditions. Instead Victoria University dismissed the [...]

February 22, 2015

Smokers attending O-Week events on campus will need to walk to Kelburn Parade to light up, after the University once again refused to allow smoking on the Hunter Lounge balcony. The decision to allow ‘pass-outs’ to smokers, rather than temporarily lift the campus-wide smoking ban for O-Week events, means VUWSA may be forced to pay [...]

February 22, 2015

ANZ is celebrating queer events for Pride Month in Auckland and Wellington with the introduction of GayTMs. The initiative to support the queer community involves decorated ATMs in Auckland and Welington with rainbows and bright rhinestones. Despite the bank’s intentions, many in the queer community see GayTMs as a marketing ploy for the pink dollar—the [...]

February 22, 2015

The Wellington City Council will soon trial cheaper off-peak bus fares for students and weekend users. The council has allocated $275,000 of ratepayer funds to subsidise the trial in an effort to put pressure on the Greater Wellington Regional Council to take more steps to cut fares. $75,000 of the funds will go toward a [...]

February 22, 2015

It won’t be like last time, they promise   VUWSA wants to buy a new van. Here’s some context: In 2007, VUWSA President Geoff Hayward and Education Officer Paul Brown misappropriated $22,222.22 of student money to pimp out the VUWSA van with mag wheels, tinted windows, a black paint job and a sound system—an expense [...]

February 22, 2015

New off-licence liquor stores in the CBD may face considerable opposition from police, after a new player to the market was forced to sell only craft beers. Licensing for Manners Street’s Craft Beer Capital Co was rejected by a district licensing committee on January 27. While a rejection of a liquor license is hardly a [...]

February 22, 2015

Drivers make cars slower? A driverless Audi TTS named Shelley has outperformed skilled racing drivers in a new Stanford university study.The car was tested against amateur touring class champion David Vodden and when programmed can reach speeds above 190km/h. Scientists have been monitoring drivers’ brain activity via electrodes in an attempt to locate the neurological [...]

February 22, 2015

The Greater Wellington Regional Council may scrap the number 18 bus route, one of the most popular bus routes for Victoria students.

January 30, 2015

Former VUWSA President Rory McCourt has been elected President of the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA), after three rounds of voting at the organisation’s SGM in Wellington. McCourt, who ran unsuccessfully for the position in 2013, was elected despite failing to gain the support of VUWSA, which last year announced its intention to [...]