Editorial | Coalition Negotiations Aside, We Must Not Forget the Important Issues of the Election

Posted 9:20am Saturday 30th September 2017

What the (provisional) election results reveal, apart from the fact that very few people seem to understand how the Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system works, is that much of New Zealand remains uncomfortable confronting the severity, or even the existence in some cases, of the problems we Read more...

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

Posted 10:52am Sunday 24th September 2017

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 Read more...

Keeping tabs on the Exec | Issue 24

Posted 10:37am Sunday 24th September 2017

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 Read more...

Critic Interviews: Chle Swarbrick

Posted 5:04pm Friday 22nd September 2017

Last week, Critic's co-editor Joe Higham sat down with Green Party candidate for the Maungakiekie electorate (and 7th on the party list) Chlöe Swarbrick to discuss the election campaign, the treatment of former co-leader Metiria Turei, and the fact that she sees a real need for a Read more...

Clean Sweep of Executive Ten Hour Position by Unity Ticket

Posted 11:17am Sunday 17th September 2017

The ‘Unity’ ticket managed a clean sweep of the entirety of the OUSA Executive’s ten hour positions, with a conclusive margin of at least 20 percent in each. Kirio Birks ran unopposed to a 67 percent margin win over the pink-spotted ‘no confidence’ apple. He said he Read more...

Caitlin Barlow-Groome Wins Closest OUSA Presidential Race in Years

Posted 10:52am Sunday 17th September 2017

Current OUSA Recreation Officer Caitlin Barlow-Groome has won a closely contested presidential race, with just over 2 percent separating her from Finn Shewell of ‘Unity’. The rest of the candidates, namely Monique Mulholland (‘Justice Through Solidarity’), Lync Aronson Read more...

Green Party Tertiary Education Policy a Positive Step Forward NZUSA

Posted 10:37am Sunday 17th September 2017

Green Party Leader James Shaw was on campus last week to announce their new Tertiary Education policy to a packed Union Hall. Joined by Maungakiekie candidate Chlöe Swarbrick and Dunedin North candidate Niki Bould, Shaw revealed that the policy will include a universal student allowance, Read more...

OUSA Presidential Forum Roundup: No Confidence Takes Decisive Lead in Opinion Polls

Posted 10:38am Sunday 10th September 2017

The OUSA Executive Election Forums that were held last week provided a slightly larger and more invested crowd than usual, and a surprising amount of insight and conflict. Predictably, given the lack of advocacy by this year’s executive, all of the candidates pledged to increase their level Read more...

Editorial | OUSA Finds Itself At a Crossroads, and Its Down to You to Decide the Route

Posted 10:25am Sunday 10th September 2017

During the OUSA Executive Election Forums that were held last week there emerged a clear division in the ideological outlook and approach held by the candidates in the hope of bringing about institutional change. That division was between those intent on working with the university to bring about Read more...

Opinion: The Wave of Optimism is Huge; That Also Means There is Further to Fall

Posted 10:49am Sunday 3rd September 2017

When I asked Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern which current World leader she has the most admiration for during a brief interview while on her recent visit to Dunedin, she immediately said, “oh, if it wasn’t current, I would’ve said Obama, because what he did was extraordinary”. Read more...

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