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Politics

March 3, 2017

Mt Albert by-election With two by-elections in the last three months, both in adjoining central-west Auckland electorates beginning with the word “Mount”, you would be forgiven for turning a blind eye to last week’s contest in Mt Albert. However, like the Mt Roskill race last year, these by-elections are proving crucial in establishing the power […]

February 26, 2017

Hello and welcome. On January 20 the world as we know it changed forever when the ultimate duo of Barack Obama and Joe Biden ended their eight year run, not just as best buds, but also as the Prez & VP of the US. The human Fruju, also known as Donald J. Trump, officially took […]

February 26, 2017

Labour’s nomination of Willie Jackson Just when the opposition was looking its most coherent in recent memory, Andrew Little dropped a bombshell at Waitangi. Veteran broadcaster and controversial radio host Willie Jackson would be nominated to join the Labour Party at a high list placing. The announcement was undoubtedly a calculated risk, but Mr Little […]

February 26, 2017

Nine Indian students are currently seeking sanctuary in Auckland Unitary Church after their appeal to Immigration New Zealand to stay in the country was denied. The students face deportation due to the Indian-based education agents, whom they used to facilitate studying in New Zealand, submitted fraudulent documents. Are these students victims, and is their deportation […]

September 28, 2014

At last we’d found our fight. We’ve longed for politics to be the battling of ideas, but it isn’t, not normally. Decades of elections have been contested by incrementalism and managerial competencies.

September 21, 2014

It is odd writing a political column before an election, having no idea who will have won by the time this is read. But while I cannot know the winner, the loser is obvious. Those struggling most, who are most in need of the collective’s support – they cannot hope to have shouted the loudest when no one thought to give them a voice.

September 7, 2014

The Dirty Politics were no surprise. Aw sure, we were outraged, and as we went about demanding resignations we felt our due moral vindication. But the deepest revelation was that Whale Oil and its National Party friends had corrupted the moral heart of our politics, and we’d known that one for a while.

August 18, 2014

VUWSA’s elections should debate the future of higher education. But we care only about the future of the presidential office.

August 10, 2014

Last Tuesday, the Green Party announced their election policy for students. Higher education is failing us. The best they could offer was free bus tickets.