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April 23, 2007 | by  | in News |
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New Zealand’s top Thai kickboxers are set to battle it out at a major kickboxing tournament, Capital Punishment 10, in Wellington on April 28.

This is a highlight of the New Zealand Kickboxing calendar and world-ranked Muay Thai fighters, New Zealand title-holders, top contenders, and many up and coming young fighters from around the country will fight for titles and prove their mettle.

Doors open at 6pm on April 28 at the Student Union Building at Victoria University. Tickets are $25 at the door with limited $20 presales available from NZ Martial Arts Supplies on Courtenay Place.


A sprint orienteering event will take place on campus on Saturday, April 28, from 2pm.

Sprint orienteering events are designed to provide spectator appeal as they usually take place in an urban environment with people free to wander round while competitors are running.

From about 3pm courses will also be open to anyone who wants to have a go (there will be a small cost for the map).

Three Vic students, Amber Morrison, Lizzie Ingham, and Tineke Berthelson, will be in the elite women’s field. They have all just been selected in the NZ team for the Junior (20 and under) World Championships to be held in Dubbo, NSW in early July.


Vice-Chancellor Pat Walsh has been appointed Chair of the Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP).

CUAP, a committee of the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee, approves new academic programmes at New Zealand universities before their introduction.

Professor Walsh has been appointed Chair for a three-year term starting August 1.

Associate Professor David Crabbe of Victoria and New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations Vice President Josh Clark are the other two new committee members.


A new environmental group, Students of Aotearoa Network for the Environment (SANE), has formed following the Aotearoa Students Environmental Conference over Easter.

The largest gathering of its kind in New Zealand’s university student environmental movement, the Conference brought together students from seven campuses from Auckland to Dunedin to discuss environmental issues affecting communities.

SANE will promote and campaign for greater sustainability in universities and communities across New Zealand by providing a nationwide forum for student networking and sharing of resources.

The two-day conference contained workshops on campaigning, lobbying, dealing with the media, and Non-Violent Direct Action. There were speakers covering topics such as climate change and environmentally-focussed research.

Climate change emerged as the most significant issue for students at the conference and will be a key focus of SANE’s lobbying and campaigning this year.


The School of Asian and European Languages is offering a two-week China Study Tour starting June.

The Tour will focus on China’s national minorities and rural development, and includes visits to a panda reserve and Long March sites.

The Tour costs $3200, including international and domestic airfares, local transport, accommodation, and food.

For more information, contact Alistair Shaw in the Asian Studies Department on 463 6589 or

Confession box

Have you been a naughty girl and or boy?

I know I have (yes- it’s sadly true), and that’s the reason I’ve created the “Shocker”.

I call it the ultimate way to be free of sinful acts.

Rather than cleanse myself by talking with my pub mates (like when I was at the pub with Brian and we talked about what we did at police training college) I had the mad/genius/brilliant/shocking idea of throwing it all (my sinful Brian at my uncles farm that time) onto the web via YouTube so then it’s out of my sinful mind (Like when my neighbour’s cat walks past the window when I’m studying hard core).

Yes, its free and while that’s a shock for most of you, I’ll tell you something that’s even more shocking (No Brian not what we got up to at your sisters 21st). It’s available for all!! Yes even mature students!! Oh yes I forgot to mention what this “Shocker” is!!! It’s a new multi media confession box located in the Mount Street bar in a wardrobe. All you need to do is go there with your secrets.

I know it’s a genius idea (thanks for the letters of encouragement Brian) but really I did it for you.

Written by the entire staff of “shocker” industries, Dr Frog.

“The Shocker” Confession Box, Mount Street Bar, Wednesday and Thursday 3-5pm. Videos will be broadcast on

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