Property Managers Slap Bogus Cleaning Fees On Tenants

Throughout Critic’s reporting on tenancy issues this year, we have heard numerous stories of property managers slapping bogus cleaning fees on tenants. Alex* fought down a cleaning fee from $230 to around $60 this year. He said he “witnessed a pattern of unprofessional and unacceptable behaviour” from his 2018 property manager, which included a cleaning fee when he moved out. The property manager said the flat was not...

OUSA Welfare Officer Resigned, Cited Ableism and “Bullying”

The 2019 Welfare Officer Kerrin Robertson-Scanlon has resigned, blaming the Exec for pushing her out after having her pay cut completely for not doing her work.  There will be no by-election to replace her. OUSA rules dictate that elections can only take place during normal semester time, meaning the Exec will be down a Welfare Officer for the rest of the year. Instead, the Executive have delegated her duties between themselves, and told...

Lecturer Claims His Book About Censorship Was Censored

Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Politics Jim Flynn caused a stir last week when he asserted that his book had been banned. His manuscript, In Defense of Free Speech: The University as Censor, was rejected by UK publishing house Emerald Press because it might infringe hate speech laws or provide grounds for legal action. Flynn wrote an article for Quillette saying that the book was ‘banned’ but the wording was later changed to...

“Legitimacy and Integrity” of OUSA Elections Compromised, Report Reveals

Last week the post-election report of the OUSA Returning Officer Ben Baker, the independent arbitrator of OUSA elections, revealed how close students were to having a false representative announced on election night. Allegedly, on the final day of voting, one of the candidates and/or their volunteers “were sitting outside of various lecture theatres in their campaign t-shirts, with electronic devices asking people to vote,” which...

Student Arrested For Shitposting

Picture this: a student wakes up to a pounding on his front door. He is sluggish from a late night of powerpointing for a presentation later that day, but drags himself to the door. On the other side are three police officers who greet him with tasers. Hours later, he is officially arrested and charged for threatening the Prime Minister’s life. *record scratch* *freeze frame* You might be wondering how he got there. Our protagonist...

OPINION: We Should All Care About West Papua Because We Are All Pacific Islanders

“I’m a Pacific Islander, and so are you.” New Zealand is an island that sits in the biggest ocean in the world, making you a Pacific Islander. If not ethnically, then geographically. On Monday 23 September, our Dunedin community came together to learn more about what is happening in West Papua right now. It was special. Our goal was to create a safe space for this discussion and to light a fire. We mobilised the student body...

Radio One Not Sure if They’re Played in More Campus Spaces Since Swearing Ban

Radio One has not surveyed radio play-out on campus to establish whether more people are tuning in because there is less abrasive...

Te Roopū Māori Elect a New Executive

Te Roopū Māori (TRM), the Māori Students Association, has results for their Te Rito executive for 2020. Karamea Pewhairangi was elected as Tumuaki, Miria Te Pou as Kaitiaki...