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May 27, 2019

Meet the Candidates: VUW Students and Grads Running for Council   With the local body elections coming up, we reached out for some bios from some of the young people running this year. Watch this space for more local body election updates and news from Salient!   If you’re a student at VUW or a […]

May 27, 2019

It’s been two months since the March School Climate Strike, and it appears support for the issue remains strong. Friday saw students returning to protest the government’s lack of action regarding the climate challenges facing New Zealand.   Earlier this month, a climate summit was held by the Nelson City Council to decide whether or […]

May 27, 2019

We all know someone who’s been on a benefit. Maybe you were on one over the summer break, or a mate back home is living off one. More and more young people are enrolling with Work and Income New Zealand. As of March 2019, over 854,000 New Zealanders were on a WINZ benefit. I’m one […]

May 27, 2019

Freedom of speech and freedom of religion is under threat at VUW, according to the Shalom Students’ Association. During a speaking event last Monday, president and co-founder of the association Andrew Iupati told audience members that rights to freedom of speech and religion at the university were under attack.   The Students’ Association had put […]

May 27, 2019

A student-led Thursdays in Black Club has launched at Victoria University. Previously run through VUWSA, the campaign will now operate independently as a club. Thursdays in Black is a nationwide campaign to end sexual violence on tertiary campuses and in university communities.   The movement seeks to raise awareness, promote a zero-tolerance culture, and encourage […]

May 27, 2019

Both the primary and secondary teachers’ unions have voted for a joint strike on May 29, which will take place this Wednesday.   Earlier in the month, almost 50,000 members of both NZEI Te Riu Roa, which represents primary school teachers, and the Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA), representing secondary school teachers, voted “overwhelmingly” for […]

May 27, 2019

Following our earlier article on Māori law students, Salient obtained more data on the number of Māori across different levels of study at the law school. This new data, alongside discussions with students and faculty, suggest more could be done to support Māori law students.   The new information from VUW outlines that 13% of […]

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 27, 2019

Fast food workers, who were on strike the weekend before last, came face-to-face with armed police on the picket line.   Workers from KFC, Carl’s Jr and Pizza Hut stores, all owned by Restaurant Brands, were on strike May 17 through 19 to protest what their union believes are low pay and unfair staffing practices. […]