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October 8, 2016

Thank you, and goodbye. Wow, so here we are. The last week of Trimester Two. Congratulations on making it to this point. University life isn’t easy and no doubt you’ve experienced ups and downs this year. I’m sure you’ve grown to be a better person for it. For me, I’ve reached the final leg as […]

October 2, 2016

Last week I voted against a 2% increase in your fees. Students want to be more involved in the setting of fees. You want to see teaching quality increase as a result of increased fees and that can’t just be measured by whether we generally have ‘good’ and ‘very good’ teachers, as asked in the […]

September 24, 2016

Last week I hosted the annual “Rant with Grant” student fees forum. Historically this event has been a discussion between Victoria’s Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, and its students on the issue of fee-setting. Since the introduction of tuition fees in New Zealand our predecessors have had a long history of colourful debate around fees and the burden […]

September 17, 2016

Over the last few weeks I’ve felt very stressed. I’ve experienced a feeling of overload as a result of external pressures—that beyond my control. I felt exhausted. I felt like I had very little energy. I took longer to do things. I felt emotional. I know this feeling isn’t dissimilar to what many of you […]

September 11, 2016

Most of you won’t remember a time when we didn’t have the hub. Its predecessor, the quad, was an ugly, wet, and windy place (I did a Google image search and there were hardly any pictures of it—obvs trying to write it out of history…). In 2013, the hub was created to be the ‘heart’ […]

September 4, 2016

Election season is upon us! I’m feeling very nostalgic at the moment, thinking back two years ago when I first ran for VUWSA as Academic Vice President. Choosing to run for the VUWSA executive has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life, and I would encourage anyone who has a passion […]

August 14, 2016

VUWSA is here to get the best deal for students. This is why we exist. I was really pleased to have our Strategic Plan 2017-2021 formally adopted by our members at last week’s Annual General Meeting. It has been a process of rediscovery for the executive this year, asking the question, what does a students’ […]

August 7, 2016

“VUWSA is a hangover from the days of unionism in New Zealand. Its existence is unnecessary, and only increases the fees students have to pay.” Throughout the past year VUWSA has done some serious soul-searching. The executive have been out-and-about asking students and student groups what their student-life pains are. We’ve heard a range of […]

July 31, 2016

Last week I was really excited to launch our campaign for a Student Friendly Wellington. Along with our campaign site, we emailed regional and city council candidates and called on them to make a commitment to a 50% tertiary discount on public transport (regional council) and a rental housing warrant of fitness (city council). […]

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