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Politics

August 14, 2017

On March 5, Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft suggested that New Zealand should consider lowering the voting age to 16. The idea is not without precedent — it was raised by former MP Sue Bradford in 2007 and 2011; and, internationally, countries including Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Scotland have a voting age of […]

August 14, 2017

Labour Leadership Andrew Little resigned as Labour leader on August 1 after poll results published in July showed that support for his party had fallen, and that he had lower “preferred Prime Minister” ratings than his deputy, Mount Albert MP Jacinda Ardern.   At a caucus meeting the same day, Little nominated Ardern to become […]

August 7, 2017

Metiria Turei The Greens unveiled their welfare policy, “Mending the Safety Net”, on July 16, which co-leader Metiria Turei described as “the most significant changes to our welfare system in a generation.” The package would increase all benefit payments by 20 per cent, remove sanctions on beneficiaries who do not actively seek work, and reduce […]

August 7, 2017

On July 31 Treasurer/Secretary Tom Rackley presented current drafts of the many proposed changes to VUWSA’s Constitution. According to the current Constitution, these changes must be confirmed and “posted on the Association notice board ten days before” a General Meeting. The proposed changes ranged from the “non-controversial” (relocating some articles to a different section) to […]

August 7, 2017

At a policy launch on July 16, Green Party Co-Leader Metiria Turei revealed that she had misled Work and Income as to the number of people living in her flat while on the benefit in the late 1990s. She stated that “whatever way I split up my dole-day money, I still did not have enough […]

July 31, 2017

According to the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand, “one in every four women has an abortion in her lifetime.” Despite the high number of New Zealand women seeking an abortion at some point in their lives, unlawful abortion is a crime in New Zealand, included in the Crimes Act 1961. There are some […]

July 31, 2017

The first election my mum ever voted in was in 1981. Robert Muldoon won his third election that year. She was 19-years old, and she voted for National because her parents voted for them, and she said she did not know any better. Since then, my mum has voted in every election, except 1990 and […]

July 24, 2017

It should be no leap of logic at this point to assert that an increasing proportion of the population is struggling with mental health issues — the Mental Health Foundation New Zealand found that the number of people trying to access mental health services has steadily increased since at least 2013. In the rainbow community […]

July 24, 2017

The VUWSA exec meeting last Monday started with the regular protocol of accepting apologies, reviewing the minutes from the previous two meetings, and confirming the items on the agenda — I move that we… does anyone second this… all those in favour… against… abstention. Very official. There was only one correction to be made to […]