Students Targeted With Anti-Vax Propaganda

On Thursday 6 May, studentville was bombarded with flyers full of bullshit about the Covid vaccine. The flyers could be found on Castle Street, George Street, and Queen Street.  They were created by the anti-vax group “Voices for Freedom”, founded by three “passionate Kiwi mums” who want to “amplify the often-silenced voices who dare speak up.” Critic Te Arohi would like to apologise to their children...

“Where Them Students At? Students At?” Ask Protesters

May 1 saw two protests happening in the Octagon simultaneously, with organisers lamenting a lack of student activism in a city once known for rowdy student-led protests.  The annual J Day protest, organised by the Ōtepoti Cannabis Collective, was designed to continue pushing for cannabis law reform, in light of the “momentum for change from the community”. Held in the upper Octagon, activists relaxed in the sunshine,...

“Farewell After 45 Years, Here, Have a Coffee and a Christmas Voucher”

Just two months after asking for “a bit of respect, a bit of courtesy” from her workplace of 45 years, Sue Loan who previously co-ordinated delivery of newspapers across Dunedin, received a 15 minute coffee break and two New World vouchers left over from Christmas.  “We are extremely disappointed that this topic has been raised on social media once again nearly a month after Sue Loan has been treated with respect and...

Exchanges To Aus Starting Next Semester

Your Tinder pool will finally increase past 69 people next semester, as students will be able to jump back and forth across the ditch on exchange. Danielle Yamamoto Kerr told Critic that Otago and its Aussie partner universities will resume the exchanges in the second semester after several meetings to establish their “appetite” for exchange students. Oh, to be the first new face on the Otago campus in over a year. Danielle, who...

Admin Job Losses Actually Led to Larger Departments

The University initiative which cut 160 support staff jobs for “efficiency” has led to the hiring of at least 170 full-time equivalent staff to replace them. The Support Services Review (SSR) was implemented by then Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne, and basically involved yeeting many services previously handled within departments into centralised, university-wide teams. The business case for the review claimed that these job losses,...

Only 1% of Uni Students Don’t Consume Caffeine

A new Massey study circulated by prominent science publisher MDPI found that nearly every single New Zealand tertiary student consumes caffeine on a near-daily basis. Caffeine was most commonly...

There’s Asbestos in the Biochem Building

A routine story about the University proactively clearing away asbestos from an old building as part of an upgrade took an unexpected turn when the University sent mixed messages.  An earlier...

Consequences of Bitcoin Debated

You can buy a Tesla with it, and you can evade the feds with it, but recent reports from Cambridge University show that bitcoin mining consumes more power than the entire country Argentina, and...

Aotearoa’s Conspiracy Pages Are a Cesspit

I went into this expecting to find some wild and quirky conspiracy theories. I found some. But it took a lot of trawling through the same racist shit to get there. New Zealand’s conspiracy scene...

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