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May 21, 2018

Victoria University printers have been cursed after the medieval monks hired in April to improve printing services were fired. As entitled, educated white men from the Middle Ages, the monks were confident enough to unionize, demanding more than minimum wage pay. VUW Human Resources manager Pri Valedge explained, “we pay overeducated men a lot at […]

May 14, 2018

The owners of the popular juice bar Blood and Oranges, well known at night markets across Wellington, have been arrested over suspected possession of suspicious substances. The juice bar was known for its range of fresh juices that all use blood orange as a base, making delightfully Instagrammable drinks. However, it seems that the owners […]

May 7, 2018

Air New Zealand has released a feature length safety video, appearing on aeroplanes and in theatres. Initially the film was just shown to airline customers. However, some were so blown away that Air New Zealand was inundated with requests to make it accessible on the ground. The short film tells the story of a young […]

May 7, 2018

From 15 July 2018, full time tertiary students will receive a 25% discount on public transport services across Wellington. This is part of a greater reworking of the public transport system which is being phased in over the next few months. The overall upgrade to the public transport fares system will cost $7.8 million dollars, […]

May 7, 2018

You probably use social media. You probably procrastinate on social media. You probably talk to a lot of people on social media. You probably read most of your news on social media. I do. Social media, and more specifically Facebook, have become part of the fabric of society over the last fifteen years. At least […]

April 30, 2018

Harry Bland calls himself “Wellington’s only superhero”. Salient sat down with Bland to get the inside scoop. Unfortunately, he only wanted to be interviewed while cycling, but was willing to settle for a stationary exercise bike. Salient: Can you tell us what led you to self-identify as a superhero? Bland: Well, I was thinking about […]

April 16, 2018

A class Facebook group was used productively in what has been described as a “shock move” by members. Research conducted by Salient shows that 15% of posts in class Facebook groups could be answered by Google, 59% could be answered by looking at Blackboard, and 25.99 % are otherwise irrelevant to the course. ENGL 115: […]

April 9, 2018

A conference hosted by New Zealand’s Petroleum Exploration and Production Association (PEPANZ) from 26 to 28 March in Wellington has provoked protest and police action. The annual conference is “New Zealand’s premier oil and gas event,” according to the New Zealand Petroleum Conference website, wherein delegates and industry officials “come together to celebrate our petroleum […]

March 26, 2018

VUWSA has partnered with Victoria University and Wā Collective to provide subsidised menstrual cups to students again this year, after running a successful campaign in 2017. Period poverty is a barrier to education, and this service aims to reduce that. A full price menstrual cup sold through Wā Collective costs $49, with cups being subsidised […]