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October 4, 2010

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has revealed financial data that shows government funding has not adapted to an increase in costs and demand for places at universities and tertiary institutions around New Zealand. Despite government funding failing to cover both an increase in costs and demand for places, universities and other tertiary institutions around the […]

September 27, 2010

In light of the recent earthquake that terrorised Christchurch on 4 September, Wellington City Mayor Kerry Prendergast has called for a review of earthquake-strengthening policies in the Wellington region. “I’d like council officers to take another look at our quake-prone building policy to see whether there are changes we can make to speed up the […]

September 13, 2010

Ranks fourth in New Zealand, 225th in the world New Zealand universities are, on the whole, a little worse for wear following the release of the QS World University Rankings for 2010. Victoria University is the only New Zealand university that improved its ranking from 2009, climbing from 229th to 225th position in the world, […]

September 6, 2010

Challenges and changes to New Zealand’s constitution were on the agenda at a recent conference organised by Victoria University’s Institute of Policy Studies. Held at Victoria University’s Pipitea campus and then at Parliament, ‘Reconstituting the Constitution’ covered changes to the constitution in the last decade, such as the creation of a Supreme Court, the passage […]

September 6, 2010

Australian Liberal National Party member Wyatt Roy, at the ripe old age of 20 years, has been elected as the youngest member of Parliament in the federal election held on 21 August. Roy, who is still completing his degree at Queensland University, won the right to represent the electorate of Longman in northern Brisbane in […]

August 16, 2010

The Marlborough Disctrict Council last week declined an application for a liquor licence made by Undie 500 organisers for their event in the Marlborough town of Seddon. Organisers Canterbury University’s Engineering Society (Ensoc) will not be allowed to sell alcohol at the Undie 500 event, which was set to be held in Seddon after landowners […]

August 9, 2010

Former Salient Editor and New Zealand Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer has been appointed to chair a United Nations (UN) enquiry into the Israeli attack on an aid flotilla earlier this year. Palmer’s role was announced last week on the strength of recommendations from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The UN Human Rights Council will be […]

July 19, 2010

Newtown and Mt Cook forced to sober up Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast may not have been able to implement her city-wide booze ban, but she has been successful in extending the liquor-free zone. Currently there is a liquor ban in Wellington’s CBD area, Aro Valley and the Mt Victoria lookout. A council committee recently voted […]

May 31, 2010

JB Hi-Fi workers screwed over? New Zealand-based employees of JB Hi-Fi have begun picketing in protest against a decision from the Australian retail giants not to give their workers a pay increase. Currently JB Hi-Fi’s employees receive 75 cents above the minimum wage in New Zealand, approximately $8 an hour less than their Australian counterparts […]

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