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September 15, 2019

Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez is a book about, well, data bias in a world designed for men.   The main thesis of this book is that a lot of assumptions we make about people as a whole are only accurate when it comes to […]

July 8, 2019

Recently, a suggestion from VUW to remove study break from  the mid-year exam period caused a lot of controversy. In case you saw it, but are still out of the loop, we’re here to help.   The whole proposal is part of a broader issue: the VUW Academic Board decided, in 2016, to extend Trimester […]

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 6, 2019

What is Piki, in your words? It is a pilot project for 18- to 25-year-olds in providing a range of different ways they can access mental health services. It ranges from peer support programs, through to an app, through to higher-level counselling. It’s currently in Porirua, but it will be rolled out through the Greater […]

March 4, 2019

The government has announced new standards for rental properties to make them “warmer and drier”. Among other things, all rentals will be required to: have a heater capable of heating the main living area to 18°C, meet ceiling and underfloor insulation requirements, and have extraction fans in bathrooms and kitchens. The standards reinforce existing drainage […]

September 18, 2017

Whenever the idea of teaching te reo Māori to primary school students comes up, the same arguments against it are raised. Here’s a response to some of the “pragmatic” arguments I’ve heard. “Let the kids pick a language!” Letting primary school children choose a language would require schools to hire teachers of multiple different languages. […]

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