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April 3, 2017

At least four of the largest Kiwisaver providers — ANZ, Kiwibank, Mercer, and Westpac — remain part of a passive fund currently financing armaments such as cluster bombs and nuclear weapons. An investigation undertaken by New Zealand Herald in 2016 found that more than two million people were “unwitting investors in big tobacco companies and […]

October 9, 2016

New research has revealed New Zealand secondary schools are failing to teach rugby players valuable social and mental skills. Research carried out by the University of Canterbury’s Dr Blake Bennett found the focus on technicalities sacrifices what otherwise makes the sport worthwhile for young males. Bennett’s study looked into both New Zealand and Japanese programs […]

October 2, 2016

The University of Auckland (UoA) has released plans for New Zealand’s largest university fundraising scheme yet. UoA is hoping to fundraise $300 million in donations by 2020 to help address “critical challenges facing communities.” According to the university they are well on their way with half of the anticipated donations already received. Of the $152m […]

September 4, 2016

A group of Dunedin-based students have united under the name ‘Scarfie Watch’ to battle burglaries. Scarfie Watch grew from a MGMT 252 assignment which asked that students address a prevailing social issue. 19 year old Daniel Paten is the latest member, having joined after his bike and various friends’ belongings were stolen from their central […]

July 31, 2016

A new government initiative, billed at $35 million, is set to encourage world-renowned researchers and entrepreneurs to New Zealand. Entrepreneurial Universities—as the endeavour has been titled—will encourage all of New Zealand’s universities to enter into 50:50 partnerships to acquire the expertise of highly sought-after entrepreneurial academics and their teams. Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister, […]

July 24, 2016

The New Zealand White Sox are still unbeaten at the Women’s Softball World Championship. They now move through to the top-eight playoffs after beating Chinese Taipei 4-0 last Wednesday. It is coach Kevin Gettins’ hope that the winning streak extends across the White Sox’s playoffs where games become knockout. The championship began on an up […]

May 29, 2016

The life of a first year is full of unprecedented stresses, and most are induced by the dining experience at halls of residence. Indeed, us students were warned: catering in halls is code for carbs, and fresher five is but a way to make ourselves feel better about weight gain (if everyone’s packing on the […]

May 22, 2016

A strike against the cost of student accommodation in the UK that began with 150 University College London (UCL) students has swelled with a drastic increase in new members from across London. Now included in the strike are frustrated students from Goldsmiths, University of London, the University of Roehampton, and the Courtauld Institute of Art. […]

May 15, 2016

In a pre-budget announcement, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett declared a plan to fund 3000 emergency housing places over the next four years. $41.1 million has been put aside to support the initiative. For centres such as the Wellington Night Shelter the announcement comes at a time of serious financial hardship. In March, the organisation […]

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