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AuthorNina Fowler

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Nina Fowler (BA), former Salient feature writer, is excited about Salient '10.

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July 20, 2009

Rushing to the airport to catch my mid-trimester flight back to the Bay, I was faced with several taxi cab options. Kiwi Cabs, Amalgamated, Harbour City and Combined, “New Zealand’s first carbon neutral certified cab”. As a wannabe greenie, my choice was easy. En route, I asked the guy behind the wheel why Combined took […]

July 13, 2009

Should unwanted sex as part of a good sexual relationship be considered a criminal offence in NZ? The Wellington Sexual Abuse Network (WSAN), a.k.a. the joined forces of Wellington Rape Crisis, Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP and WellStop vote ‘Yes’ have a plan to prevent sexual violence among young people. WSAN, with support from the Ministry […]

June 2, 2009

Engineering students at Victoria are frustrated they are being charged 20 percent extra for courses co-taught with other students. The fee disparity exists in COMP/SWEN 301 Software Engineering Principles. Students enrolled in a Computer Science major are charged fees of $610.50, while Software and Network Engineering majors in the same class are charged $726.00. Third-year […]

May 25, 2009

All Blacks, Apologetics, Superstition and Suicide Bombers The Death of Religion “God not dead but religion dying” shouted the pre-Easter headlines, “New Zealanders are becoming less religious, survey shows”. The cause of the furore? A Massey University study which found 40 percent of New Zealanders have no religious affiliation, compared to 29 percent 17 years […]

May 11, 2009

It all began with the best of intentions. Back in the colonial era, Governor Sir Arthur Gordon and statesman-chief Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna wanted to protect the indigenous Fijian way of life. Legislation was passed so indigenous Fijians were allowed to lease their land but not sell it, and Indian laborers were brought in to […]

May 4, 2009

Tania Coombs, BSc (Nutrition) Otago; Dip Hom, has spent 25 years helping women deal with clinical eating disorders and dysfunctional eating behaviour. She runs a free six-week course through the Counselling Service for women who “wish to develop a new relationship with food and eating.” Salient feature writer Nina Fowler talked to Coombes about common […]

April 27, 2009

Here in sunny Aotearoa, every campaign gets a moment of glory. This week is the Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) ‘Students as Workers’ week. According to President Jasmine Freemantle, the aim of the week is to “educate and engage students on the issue of workers’ rights.” Too reasonable! Defeatist! Why should we be […]

March 30, 2009

Poster space in Wellington is at an all-time premium. Phantom Billstickers have a monopoly on most of the central city, pushing independent gig promoters further up Cuba Street and down the alleys previously reserved for street artists. The Paper Trail Phantom started up in Christchurch in the early 1980s. Offices were opened in Auckland and […]

March 23, 2009

Students fund Salient. This is your magazine, your outlet for opinion, and your way of staying informed about campus developments. Here’s a quickie guide to the current relationship between Salient and the VUWSA Executive, and how it will be affected by the VUWSA Change Proposal. New Salient Editors are appointed by a sub-committee made up […]

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