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May 3, 2015

Figures released to Salient under the Official Information Act show that over 80 per cent of all Victoria University library fines generated in 2014 were waived. Last year the library issued $216,836 in fines and of these $176,533 in “system-generated fines” were waived. The University maintained that this return didn’t make the system ineffectual, but […]

May 3, 2015

This column may or may not be commercially sensitive; you’ll have to check with Rick The meeting got off to an inauspicious start. Salient turned up at precisely 6:00pm only for Equity Officer Chennoah to immediately tell this reporter to bugger right off, as the Exec were still in a meeting with University big-hitters including […]

May 3, 2015

Cycle lanes: “Hi.” The Wellington City Council has proposed a new cycle lane plan in the hope of making Wellington at least seem like a cycle-friendly, modern city. According to Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, 76 per cent of Wellingtonians said they would cycle within the city and suburbs if there were more protected bike lanes. […]

May 3, 2015

Kelburn residents are asking the University to seriously consider making Weir House alcohol free. Documents obtained by Salient under the Official Information Act reveal many residents had begun the process of submitting an application for a liquor ban in Kelburn Park. According to Wellington City Council City Safety Advisor Emma McGill, the residents “had gathered […]

May 3, 2015

VUWSA President Rick Zwaan may bring a grievance to the University Council, after the Academic Board on Tuesday fast-tracked two new Master’s programmes to the Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP) for approval.

April 28, 2015

Last week a waitress posted on The Daily Blog that PM John Key had been continually harassing her at her place of work by pulling on her hair while she served him and his wife. The waitress described his actions as that of a “schoolyard bully” and says she was annoyed by his behaviour once […]

April 27, 2015

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 […]

April 27, 2015

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 […]

April 27, 2015

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 […]