Hundreds Hospitalised By Flu, Worst Yet To Come

Hot on the heels of Omicron, a flu outbreak is now ripping its way through North D. Dunedin Hospital has already admitted nearly 200 emergency cases, with many more expected in the community.  Across Aotearoa, after our immune systems enjoyed a cushy two years with zero influenza cases nationwide, the flu seems to be back with a vengeance. Dr. Sue Huang, the director of the National Influenza Centre, told RNZ last week that around three...

Ill Bus Drivers Cause Wave of Cancellations

Bus commuters in Dunedin have been having it rough lately, with a wave of cancellations and delays hitting local services. These have been blamed on “high levels of illness” among bus drivers.  The cancellations have been happening since at least May 17, when Orbus Dunedin’s Facebook page posted a warning that: “due to driver illness, we have been experiencing more cancellations than normal on our services in...

Otago Uni Students* Say No to Microbreweries and te ao Māori papers, Yes to Freshers at Pint Night

The results of OUSA’s referendum have been released, with students voting on everything from mental health accessibility and compulsory recording of lectures to Pacific law school entry pathways, compulsory te ao Māori papers and two-week semester breaks.  The exciting admin stuff (OUSA’s Audited Annual Financial Statement and Annual Report for 2021) got accepted, with North Korean democracy-like “yes” votes...

Two Students Shave $6k Worth of Hair

Two third-year students managed to raise almost $6,000 for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand, as part of Shave for a Cure. Critic Te Arohi spoke to the two do-gooders to find out how they pulled it off.  What started as a comment about how much easier it would be to gender-bend with a shaved head turned into a major charity effort. Last Saturday, Georgia and Tessa (nicknamed Greyhound and T-Dog respectively) shaved their heads with...

Ōtepoti hosts Festival of Anarchy

On Saturday 21 May, from midday to sundown, people congregated at 111 Moray Place for the Ōtepoti Festival of Anarchy (or A-Day, as the cool kids call it). Despite the cold, the festival...

PHARMAC Simplifies Criteria To Access HIV Prevention, Treatment

PHARMAC, Aotearoa’s national drug-funding agency, will simplify the criteria for patients wanting to access pre-exposure...

Dunedin Jobs Facebook Group Invaded by Camgirls, Spammers

A local Facebook group meant for promoting job opportunities has been swamped by spam and ads promoting WhatsApp...

“Storm Hyde St” Event Page Gets the Axe

A pisstake of a Facebook event page has been taken down after its creator received a stern talking to by the Campus Cop, who was worried it could “put the future of Hyde Street in...

Kind Company Rebrands To “Kindred”

Around two weeks ago, Kind Company, a vegan cafe on George Street, became Kindred. They’re now a “mostly” vegan cafe that serves some meat and dairy. Critic Te Arohi spoke to...

Uni’s Emissions Boss Responds To Govt’s Emissions Reduction Plan

Last week, the Government released their first Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP) since passing the Zero Carbon Act in 2019. Critic Te...

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