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September 30, 2019

There is nothing ‘normal’ about normality. To quote the Addams family, “What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.” A seemingly normal life can be thrown out of order in a split second, as was the case for Edmund Huang in June of 2008.   After a brief outing at the Manukau […]

September 30, 2019

  Wellington general elections are here, and, Salient has taken the time to get to know the candidates so you don’t have to! This week, we talk to candidates Don “Newton” McDonald, Diane Calvert, Jenny Condie, Andy Foster, and Norbert Hausberg.   Our interview with Justin Lester and Conor Hill can be found in last […]

September 23, 2019

  With the Wellington City Mayoral race in full swing, Salient sat down with both mayoral candidate Conor Hill and incumbent Justin Lester to talk about some of the main focuses of their campaigns. Keep an eye on ^Salient for our interviews with other mayoral candidates in the coming issues. Have there been any significant […]

September 15, 2019

  Many following Salient will know of the series of articles written on the substandard quality of food within Victoria University’s halls of residence, especially Katharine Jermyn hall.   Compass Group is one of the largest food catering companies in the world, with their New Zealand branch being no exception. Along with catering the VUW […]

July 29, 2019

  During the mid-year exam break, a number of VUWSA lockers within Rutherford House (Pipitea Campus) were broken into, and their contents stolen.   The lockers are located in an underground carpark/basement area underneath campus. It is suspected that at least ten lockers were broken into.    While numerous cameras surround the area, VUW will […]

July 8, 2019

As the curtain rises on another trimester, Victoria University of Wellington has renewed their contract with the organisation responsible for catering all Vic uni halls.   Since signing with caterers Compass Group New Zealand Ltd and its subsidiary Eurest’ there have been multiple complaints regarding food served within halls of residence.   Katharine Jermyn hall, […]

June 4, 2019

With the Living Wage campaign growing at Victoria, attention has been brought to “underpaid and underappreciated” workers on campus. A lot of focus has been put on security, cleaning, and tutoring staff. However, it’s less clear how a VUW staple, Vic Books, is being approached.   Although a key source of books and coffee on […]

May 27, 2019

Living Wage Day last week brought to the forefront one of the most pressing issues shared by students and employees alike: the need for a living wage to be introduced throughout Victoria University.   The reintroduced Living Wage at Vic Club held an event for Living Wage Day in the Hub to highlight the significance […]

May 20, 2019

In 2016, Victoria University announced a “redevelopment” for Trimester 3, extending it to 12 weeks. As part of a previous article on the issue (‘Concerns around Shortening Exam and Marking Period’ by Emma Houpt), Salient interviewed Provost Wendy Larner about the changes. The extensive interview brought up a number of points that may have been […]

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