Castle Street’s “Most Notorious” Flat Evicted with $34,000 Tab

A group of students were evicted from their Castle Street flat and are now being pursued for an impressive $34,000 in the Tenancy Tribunal. Critic spoke to Tom, one of the tenants, to find out how he managed to get evicted. Diagon Alley, the flat he and his mates rented earlier this year, “is probably the most notorious one for partying,” he said. That conjures up a familiar picture in the collective heads of North D party-goers --...

Jack Manning Drops Everything to Give Winston Peters a Tour

OUSA President Jack Manning skipped a meeting for Pūtea Tautoko, the University’s student hardship fund, to give Winston Peters a tour of campus. He has apologised for the “clear misplacement of priorities” in making that decision. “I apologise to any student who found my decision as inappropriate as I do,” Jack said. He decided to give Winston Peters a tour after being asked on Monday. “I accepted, as...

50% of Sexual Misconduct Investigations at Otago Not Upheld

There have been just six formal investigations under the University’s new Sexual Misconduct Policy, which took effect in May 2019. Only two of those investigations found that sexual misconduct was proven, according to an Official Information Act request provided to Critic. The policy intends to provide “improved reporting pathways”, according to Kelly O’Kane, the University’s Sexual Misconduct Action Response Team...

Student Group Forces Ravensdown to Care About the Environment

Ravensdown, the giant fertiliser factory on the Dunedin waterfront, applied to stop reporting on their emissions and then dropped the application after a student group said “nah we’d like you to keep telling us about the levels of chemicals that could create acid rain”. Basically, Ravensdown got a resource consent in 2004, which is a permit that allowed them to legally discharge toxic chemicals such as sulfur dioxide (which...

Jack Brazil Posters May Be Illegal

The Electoral Commission are investigating whether posters of the Dunedin Green Party candidate’s face are an illegal election advertisement, after several complaints. Other Dunedin electorate...

Student Events Cancelled by Covid

The announcement of Alert Level 2 throughout August and September has disrupted popular student events. These occasions are usually marked on the calendar and widely looked forward to, but they...

Students Less Likely to Vote if Exam Remains on Election Day

Students who have an exam on election day said they were less likely to vote than if their exam was on another day. On 17...

An Explanation of North v South

On Saturday 5 September, at 7.10pm, amidst a new lockdown plan, political campaigns, uni assignments and figuring out what to send to your new Tinder match, life decided to give New Zealand a bit of a...