Totally Execrable

After the usual formalities of OUSA Executive meetings, the group began with a discussion around the establishment of an ‘Internship Coordinator Position’, a proposal for which describes it as a 20 hour a week, fixed term, position to begin ideally from “early next year [but] could even be second semester”, according to OUSA CEO Debbie Downs who also explained that this proposal was not a business case. Colleges Officer...

Students Ditch First Past the Post for OUSA Elections

From 2018 onwards, OUSA elections will be held using Preferential Voting, replacing the old system of First Past The Post. The change comes after students voted overwhelmingly for a constitutional change in the October 2017 OUSA referendum.   Of the 1350 students who took part in the referendum, a strong majority of 71.5% voted to change the voting system.   The major difference with the change to Preferential Voting is that...

Student Association Confirms Being a Student Is Still Worse Than Being Unemployed

Jonathan Gee, the President of the New Zealand University Students’ Association (NZUSA), has taken issue with the National Party’s recent attack on the government's proposed $50 a week increase to the student allowance, arguing that National’s numbers do “not show the whole picture”.   National’s tertiary education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith claimed on Sunday that the increase, coupled with the...

University to Close Centre for Material Sciences Despite Student Opposition

The Centre for Material Sciences and Technology at the University of Otago has been disestablished following a 16-3 vote at the University Council. Outgoing OUSA President Hugh Baird was one of just three council members to vote against shutting the programme down. The Centre promoted research, teaching and professional practice related to fibres, textiles and materials in bioengineered solutions. There were 6 academic staff and 4 general...

Tui Catch a Million Catch Zone Will Include 70% of the Embankment at University of Otago Oval

The majority of the embankment at the University of Otago Oval in Dunedin will be set aside as a “catch zone” for the iconic Tui Catch-a-Million promotion, with 30% set aside as a family zone where catches will not be eligible for prize money, according to Tui Brand manager Jonathan Rea.   Any fan who makes a clean one-handed catch while wearing a Tui Catch a Million T-Shirt will win $50,000, with a total of $1.15 million...

Critic Interviews: OUSA President Hugh Baird

OUSA President Hugh Baird speaks to Critic about what the successes and failures of his presidency, whether he considered running again, and his advice for President-elect Caitlin Barlow-Groome. Joe Higham: How different was the year from what you had expected it to be when you were in Caitlin’s shoes this time last year? Hugh Baird: Good question. I think it’s exactly what I expected; that it’d be busy and hard. To be...

OUSA Election Report Details Complaints of Discounted Chocolates, Harassment, and Media Bias

The OUSA Executive Elections had their fair share of controversy, and although Critic promised that we’d stopped talking...

5 Star Hotel Declined but Developer Not Giving Up

A controversial proposal by Tekapo businessman Anthony Tosswill to build a new five star hotel in the Centre City has been rejected by a panel of independent commissioners, but the developer says he...