Keeping tabs on the Exec

The executive, who were joined by several of the successful candidates from the recent election, began with their ‘Executive Quick Round Up’. OUSA President Hugh Baird mentioned he has attended several important meetings recently, including with the Proctor and Dunedin City Council, the CEO of Foodstuffs, the owner of Leith Liquorland, University of Otago Chaplain Greg Hughson, and the Otago Daily Times. No specific detail of any of...

Otago Student Wins Brain Research Award

PhD student Ashwini Hariharan was awarded the Best Student Poster Presentation at the 35th Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research held in Queenstown between 1-6 September 2017. Hariharan’s research is in brain vascular dysfunction; problems in brain blood flow and how it can be a trigger for late-onset Alzheimer’s. Hariharan is working with Associate Professr Ping Liu in the Department of Anatomy....

Cutlers Appear to Have Been Tricking Tenants with Fixed-Term Contracts for Boarding Houses

Cutlers Ltd, one of the largest property management firms in North Dunedin, appear to have, in at least one case, required tenants to sign fixed-term contracts, when the law allows tenants to terminate their tenancies after giving only 48 hours’ notice. Tenants at 63/A Queen Street signed fixed-term contracts for 2017 as if they were studio rooms, despite the fact that their rooms did not meet the legal requirements to be considered...

Survey Shows 74% of Landlords Would Increase Rent if Labour Win Election

Results of a survey released by the New Zealand Property Investors Federation (NZPIF) showed that as many as 74 percent of the 800 landlords surveyed would increase rents if Labour wins the election and implements its housing policies. With Critic’s publication and distribution dates straddling election day, the resulting government at the time of writing is unknown, but with as many as 54 percent of those who said that they would...

Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar’s Fallen Angel

Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar (a.k.a. Burma), was once the Asian darling of the Western liberal order. She was a saintly freedom fighter who would bring democracy (and presumably free enterprise) to a Southeast Asian nation that had been ruled by military dictatorships since 1962. If you’ve read the headlines in recent weeks then you wouldn’t be alone in thinking she’s suddenly been possessed by a sinister...

Dunedin Channel 39 Survives Online

A Critic article entitled ‘Local TV station Channel 39 is “Essentially Dead” – NZ on Air CEO’  was based on outdated information. While the statements quoted were...

Pharmacy Students Launch Awareness Campaign

University of Otago Pharmacy students want people to know that pharmacists are more than just pill-counters at the corner store. New Zealand Association of Pharmacy Students Otago (NZAPS-O) President...