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March 13, 2017

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters and MP Tracey Martin spoke at VUW last Tuesday about their party’s policies.

March 13, 2017

A Court of Appeal decision made in 2016 allows private organisations and individuals to run election advertisements more freely than in the past. The decision found that the Electoral Commission was unjustified to have prohibited the satirical “Planet Key” song from being broadcast before the 2014 election. As a result of the decision, broadcast television […]

March 13, 2017

The Government announced a new superannuation policy, raising the age of entitlement to 67 by 2040. The new policy would be gradually implemented from 2037. The current policy allows those who are 65 and above to claim fortnightly superannuation payments, which come from the Superannuation Fund. Between 22–23% of the country’s population will be older […]

March 13, 2017

On March 2, the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) reported that “the tertiary education sector is failing to meet the needs of Māori staff and students.”

March 13, 2017

Mike Joy is a Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Zoology at Massey University. He has extensively researched New Zealand’s freshwater ecosystems and has been outspoken about the impacts they face from agriculture. Salient spoke to him about the dairy industry, freshwater quality, and the role of the scientist as an advocate.   Freshwater and the […]

March 13, 2017

16 and 17 year olds may have the right to vote after the upcoming election, as discussion around New Zealand’s voting age has been sparked by Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft. Becroft stated that it was a good time to consider the change, which “would mean that political parties would have to think more explicitly about […]

March 13, 2017

On March 6, President Trump signed a revised executive order that reinstates the controversial travel ban of January 27. However, the revised order includes six countries; Iraq is excluded from the list. This piece was written before the March 6 announcement, but the concerns it raises about the original order are just as pertinent.   […]

March 7, 2017

The Salient editors sat down with Andrew Little, Leader of the Opposition, to chat about recent events, Labour’s intended policies if elected, and stuff that affects students. Below are the juicy parts of the second half of the 45 minute interview, including commentary on Labour’s policies regarding corrections, prisons, and tertiary education. The first part […]

March 3, 2017

The battle for cheaper public transport fares for Wellington students has come to a head in the last two weeks, with VUWSA attending two Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) meetings to make submissions on the issue.