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Politics

July 17, 2017

In April, four former wards of the state, Quentin Tuwhangai, Riwhi Toi Whenua, Eugene Ryder, and Hohepa Taiaroa, spoke to Mihingarangi Forbes on The Hui, detailing the physical, mental, and sexual abuses they and others had suffered while in state-run welfare homes. It is estimated that up to 100,000 children, most of whom were Māori, […]

July 17, 2017

Todd Barclay Prime Minister Bill English came under intense media scrutiny in June when it was revealed that he had known of MP Todd Barclay’s alleged illegal surveillance of an employee since February last year. On two occasions over two years, Bill English had made dishonest statements to media about Barclay’s actions. Barclay and his […]

June 6, 2017

The Budget was released by Minister for Finance Steven Joyce on May 25. In terms of students in Wellington, the big announcement pertained to the accommodation benefit cap for recipients of student allowance — it is estimated that it will increase from $40 to $60. However, critics have pointed out that only 33% of students […]

June 6, 2017

There have been numerous high profile cases going through the New Zealand courts this past month. New Zealand gained international attention after John Oliver reported on the highly ridiculous Eminem v The New Zealand National Party. There’s also been Andrew Little v Lani and Earl Hagerman, in which Little was sued for defamation after statements […]

June 6, 2017

Surprise! Bet you thought you’d seen the last of your ol’ mate T-rump! Well, check yourselves because old dog has been up to some preeeeetty shady news tricks over our two week hiatus. Firstly, this whole Comey drama is back AT IT again. This tale is honestly just so extra that my 300 word limit […]

May 29, 2017

Housing Housing affordability featured heavily in National and Labour’s weekend conferences on May 13–14. Both parties scrambled to build on policies dealing with the nationwide housing shortage in what is a particularly crucial issue for the upcoming general election in September. Last year Labour pledged to build 100,000 houses over the course of a decade […]

May 29, 2017

Because we attend all these meetings anyway, and because someone requested, we resuscitated this section. Below are updates deemed relevant from the VUWSA Executive meeting on May 22 — minutes are posted on the VUWSA website.   President Rory Lenihan-Ikin updated the Executive on VUWSA’s oral submission to the Greater Wellington Regional Council that requests […]

May 29, 2017

On May 10, following a visit by the founder of the Free West Papua Campaign Benny Wenda, 11 MPs from across the political spectrum signed a declaration from the International Parliamentarians for West Papua calling for an internationally supervised referendum on independence. However, according to a spokesperson from MFAT, “successive New Zealand governments have recognised […]

May 22, 2017

Ummm, so, drama. Our ol’ mate, the original wannabe-gangster himself, Trump-dog made a move that may have finally pushed the entire world over the edge and proved he is potentially the most imbecilic person in existence. News broke from CNN, at around 5.00pm on May 9,  that the Director of the FBI, James B. Comey […]