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August 20, 2018

On 10 August, Jacinda Ardern and Eugenie Sage announced that single use plastic bags will be phased out over the next year. Over 40 countries around the world have restrictions or taxes on plastic bag use. Plastic bags are often replaced by paper bags or cloth bags. However, there are environmental consequences for these seemingly […]

August 20, 2018

Hunter Lounge You haven’t gone to a lecture for the last 3 weeks, and you’re proud of that. You are always relaxed, and are good at making time for friends. Vic Books You only read literary fiction and articles from the New Yorker. You think this entitles you to have a semi-educated opinion on everything. […]

August 20, 2018

Plastic Diet, a VUW club that aims to reduce plastic waste across the university, is stressed for numbers in membership, which may cause the club’s collapse. Plastic Diet is the VUW branch of an organization whose main body is in Auckland. The club has raised awareness of a number of plastic consumption issues around campus, […]

August 13, 2018

Lucknow greets me grey and greasy. It is the end of October 2017, and I sit on the platform of the train station, using my data to read an email from Victoria University. This feels like it should be significant: finally, I know where I am going next year. But I am distracted by my […]

August 6, 2018

A group of self-titled “dark magicians”, able to find the readings on Blackboard in under three minutes, has formed in order to capitalise more effectively on other student’s confusion. “We all know that every Blackboard is laid out differently,” said Wanda Rowan, the group’s self-styled “Grand Dame”. “You usually have to click seventeen links, log […]

August 6, 2018

It is night. The waterfront, as always, is glittering. This evening, though, there’s an intentionality to the sparkle. It is the first night of Wellington’s Lux Light Festival, a ten day annual event that gathers light-based art and displays it on the waterfront. Children dash around me, licking glowing electric sticks (I will later discover […]

August 6, 2018

Students are feeling unsafe after reports of a series of linked attacks around Massey’s campus in Wellington. There have been up to 14 linked attacks over the last six years, but media reports have come out more recently as several victims have come forward to the media. The case is reminiscent of the attacks on […]

July 30, 2018

Friendship is one of those essential things that is easy to take for granted. In The Friendship Cure, Kate Leaver tries to examine friendship, and look deeper into the role it plays in society . She interviews lots of people about their friendships and why they’re important, and attaches that to broader conclusions about (middle-and-upper […]

July 30, 2018

An ironsand exploration permit has been issued to Ironsands Offshore Mining Limited in Taranaki, against the wishes of the local iwi. In September 2016 Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust and Te Kāhui o Taranaki Trust were told that an application for an exploration permit in their rohe was under consideration. Both iwi groups made […]