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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 […]

April 27, 2015

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.

April 19, 2015

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 […]

April 19, 2015

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 […]