Medical student life appears less and less appealing

Posted 11:52pm Sunday 7th September 2014

Studylink’s current student loan policy finds many medical students having to find the final $20,000 to fund their last year of school. As the policy currently stands, students can borrow money for the equivalent of seven years of full-time study (7EFTS). This means that students doing long-course Read more...

DCC proposes draconian alcohol policies

Posted 11:52pm Sunday 7th September 2014

The Dunedin bar scene could be experiencing further changes in the near future as the Dunedin City Council considers tightening the restrictions on the sale of alcohol. The draft of a new Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) was recently released and includes a ban on drinking outside bars after 11pm, Read more...

Government still wants you to stop smoking

Posted 5:55pm Sunday 31st August 2014

October has been christened “Stoptober,” as the government pushes to implement a new anti-smoking campaign. According to a recent press statement, “the campaign, funded by the Ministry of Health’s Pathway to Smokefree New Zealand 2025 Innovation Fund, aims to generate 43,000 quit attempts, with 10 Read more...

Labour announces tertiary education policy

Posted 12:53am Monday 18th August 2014

The Labour Party has announced the tertiary education policy that they plan to implement if they are elected to government. The policy was released by Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street. It promises “a Labour Government will fully review the student support system – including Read more...

Greens bribe student vote with free travel

Posted 9:16pm Sunday 10th August 2014

In a statement released on 5 August, the Green Party have vowed to provide free off-peak public transport to all students, through the introduction of a new “Green Card.” Under the policy, all students attending universities, polytechnics, wānanga, Private Training Establishments and those Read more...

Stolen design by Scarfie favourites

Posted 9:43pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

Critic has discovered that the “original artwork” designed for the Starters Bar O-Week tee-shirts by local company Moodie Tuesday is actually the work of well-known American freelance artist Curtis Jinkins. The design, which portrays a Mexican-inspired skull motif and bears the words “Starters Bar” Read more...

Physio pool patrons probably pissed

Posted 10:15pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Dunedin’s only physiotherapy pool is facing closure and dismayed pool users are vowing to fight the decision. The Southern District Health Board currently maintains the Otago Therapeutic Pool, which was built in 1946 and listed as a category-two heritage building. However, the board have recently Read more...

“Official Spokesbird for Conservation” will be famous

Posted 10:15pm Sunday 27th July 2014

A documentary about New Zealand’s “Official Spokesbird for Conservation” has been selected as one of three finalists in the Newcomer section of WildScreen, one of the world’s most prestigious wildlife and environmental film festivals. The film, From Dud to Stud, was directed by Otago film graduate Read more...


Posted 5:12pm Sunday 20th July 2014

Why is it that every young Kiwi wants to travel the world? Nina Harrap explores the concept of the O.E. and how you can go on yours as soon as possible. travelling the world as a young adult has always been an integral part of Kiwi culture; if you haven’t been away for at least six months by Read more...

Medical library to make way for animal testing lab

Posted 5:12pm Sunday 20th July 2014

The University of Otago is planning to turn the Medical Library into an animal-testing laboratory. The decision follows after an outbreak of parasitic worms that occurred at the current animal-testing lab. The parasitic outbreak posed no health risk to researchers or other staff. A statement Read more...

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