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,...

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...

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...

The Truth About the OUSA SGM

OUSA is holding an SGM (Student General Meeting) this week. OUSA have been advertising the SGM as the Executive doing Executive things in public because they need to do it once a year. However, what the Exec haven’t made particularly clear or easy to find is that any member of OUSA (so, almost all of you) can submit a motion for the student body to vote on. This opens the door to absolute shenanigans. OUSA’s Facebook post about...

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 placement to book an appointment for their jab as a part of a priority group of people.  Brianne*, a physio student, said that all of her physio friends “have either received the...

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 blasts, which are normally detectable only to people under the age of 25. A 2017 Official Information Act which said otherwise. Mosquito devices are often used to deter young people from...