Thousands Protest About Climate Inaction

Around 1,500 people — ranging from high-schoolers to pensioners — marched from the Dental School to the Octagon on April 9th, Ōtepoti’s contribution to the nationwide School Strike 4 Climate (SS4C). Despite the Covid-19 lockdown forcing the cancellation of last year’s strikes, the protestors were keen to show that they hadn’t lost their fire.  While some dismiss the strikes as being all bark and no bite,...

Clubs Might Get Funding for Food Instead of Just Sports

OUSA is proposing to remove the divide between sports and cultural clubs at its upcoming Student General Meeting (SGM). Motion number five on the agenda is “that the Grants Policy be expanded to include some grants for food”. Academic and cultural clubs are pissed about the current policy, which allows a lot of funding for sports equipment, but no funding for food or social events.  Shaan Kumar, the President of the Otago...

DCC Proposing to Delay Tertiary Precinct Upgrade

The DCC’s draft ten year plan for 2021-2032 proposes to delay the tertiary precinct upgrade into the 2030s. In 2017, the DCC voted to spend $20 million during the 2018-2028 period upgrading the Tertiary Precinct. The plan would upgrade the streets with street art and bike lanes, to create "future-focused multi-purpose streets and an environment that enhances lifestyle as well as safety'', according to the original...

Someone Shat in the Zoo

Title says it all. Great job, fuckhead. Otago’s new Most Wanted is the man who shat in The Zoo at the rugby on 10 April. Described as “slender, blonde, curly-haired and unashamed”, this man is assumed to be highly dangerous and not to be confronted by the public.  Public shitting is a rare and serious crime, only second to serial shitting in severity. Police have not verified if this is a serial-shitter situation. The...

University Wants A New COC

For the first time in 10 years, the University has proposed changes to the Code of Student Conduct and the Discipline Statute. The proposed additions include specific prohibitions for sexual misconduct, online harassment and initiations. The Uni is proposing to have the power to force who breach the Code of Conduct to attend mandatory alcohol and drug counselling classes.  The proposed changes to the code highlight “the safety...

Students Get COVID Vax

Students in health professionals doing their placements are starting to get the COVID vaccine. The Health Sciences Pro Vice Chancellor (PVC) reached out to students over email. The email was a call for anyone about to start work in a frontline medical...

DCC Denies Use of Sonic Weapon

There is a mosquito device in Dunedin’s Queens Gardens, but a DCC Parks Officer said they were “not aware” of the device’s existence. The so called ‘mosquito device’ installed in Queens Garden emits ultra-high frequency...

Why the Hyde Themes Were Removed From Event Page

The list of Hyde themes was taken down from the event page after students raised concerns that some of the themes were offensive and inappropriate. In particular, students who spoke to Critic were...

India Singled Out in Travel Ban

Representatives of international students in New Zealand have spoken out against the India Travel ban. India was singled out in the sudden ban, which provisionally lasts from April 11 to April 38....

Science Library Third Floor Converted to Offices

The third floor of the Uni’s Science Library has been stripped of books and is set to become office spaces for the Sciences Divisional Board i.e. the people who run the Science programmes at...

Shocking: Students Donít Engage With Student Politics

Despite efforts by OUSA, students continue to be indifferent towards its governance. OUSA leaders are tasked with making policy...

Building Studentsí Dream New Vice-Chancellor

With the gaping void left in our hearts by the departure of beloved Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne, students have been left in the lurch when it comes to someone to blame for our next round of...

University Losing Money, Money, Money on Colleges During 2020

University halls of residence lost a cool $690,000 in 2020, due to the Covid lockdown. Due to 2020 being the shitshow that it...

The George Street Dots Revisited

Last year, the DCC painted dots on George Street to create a pedestrian-friendly space. A year on, the dots are fading away. Hannah Johns spoke to Aaron Hawkins about the dots and discovered that...

OPINION: It's Time We Woke Up

Yeah, we fucked up. Our planet’s trashed.  It’s 4am. We’re all in denial stumbling around in the dark. The drinks have worn off but we’re pretending they haven’t so that we don’t have to face reality yet.  I...

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