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March 18, 2019

Victoria University is due to release a stand-alone sexual harassment policy for staff and student consultation this week. VUW’s Student Code of Conduct currently defines misconduct as “conduct that is detrimental to the safety or well-being of other people, the effective functioning of the University or to the reputation of the University.” There is no […]

March 11, 2019

New Students’ Orientation Week has come and gone again, kicking off another year at VUW with a bang. This year’s line-up included the requisite toga party, a comedy show with Melanie Bracewell, and live music headlined by Rudimental, Netsky, and Winston Surfshirt. O-Week was a wild success in terms of attendance, with the toga party […]

February 25, 2019

Your first O-Week is a seriously weird experience. You’re thrown head-first into a full week of new people, new experiences, a new environment—essentially, a new life. It can be thrilling, but equally confusing, disorienting (ha!), and daunting. Great opportunities often come with great anxiety and overwhelming pressure to get it right, regardless of your own […]

October 15, 2018

Wellington’s new rainbow pedestrian crossing, at the intersection of Cuba and Dixon street, was unveiled in a ceremony last Wednesday. Hundreds of Wellingtonians came out for the launch event, which featured drag performances, rainbow popcorn, and an abundance of glitter. Prompted by a petition with nearly 3000 signatures in February, planning for the crossing started […]

October 8, 2018

New Zealand’s most anticipated election/reality show/meme war is back for another year, and it’s up to voters to decide who’s at the top of the pecking order. It’s the moa the merrier in 2018, with 61 birds to choose from. Kererū appears to be at beak performance, leading the flock with over 2000 Facebook followers. […]

October 1, 2018

International student enrolments are at an all-time high, following the University’s decision to drop “Victoria” from its name. In just under a week, the number of international enrolments for next year has risen 341%, as students from Victoria Universities of Melbourne, Canada, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, and Uganda realised their mistake. “I mean I just googled […]

September 24, 2018

VUWSA’s The Wait is Over campaign is continuing to make waves, following last month’s march on Parliament. The protest saw hundreds of students march from Pipitea Campus to Parliament, demanding better mental health services for tertiary students. Since then, VUWSA representatives have met with Minister for Health David Clark to discuss the need for improvements […]

August 20, 2018

Students are calling for public funding for mental health services in VUWSA’s latest campaign, The Wait is Over. Student mental health services are in high demand, with Student Counselling wait times regularly exceeding a month. “Our campaign is about coming together as students and young people to reclaim our mental health,” said VUWSA President Marlon […]

August 13, 2018

Victoria University students and staff are approaching two years without lift access to the university’s main library, leaving some to wonder if they will ever be fixed. As of 31 July, the University estimates that two lifts will be operating between floors three and seven by the end of September 2018. Previous targets aimed for […]

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