Government Will Not Repeal VSM This Term, say Student Lobbyists

Posted 11:49pm Thursday 23rd May 2019

OUSA Exec members Will Dreyer and Bonnie Harrison have said that Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Education Minister Chris Hipkins will not repeal Voluntary Student Membership (VSM) in this term of government. OUSA Finance Officer, Bonnie, said “it seems abundantly clear from Grant Read more...

Students Still Waiting For a Sexual Misconduct Policy

Posted 9:36pm Thursday 23rd May 2019

A month after the University approved a Sexual Violence Misconduct policy, students are still waiting to find out what that policy actually entails. In a statement to the media last month, the University explained that the policy would be operational once “a specific team of suitably Read more...

I Went To A Men’s Rights Summit And They Tried To Recruit Me

Posted 11:39pm Thursday 16th May 2019

Why would anyone go to a men’s summit, in an age of online self help videos and feminism, let alone bother to host one? Critic decided it would be fun to try and find out what happens at these meetings, but as it turns out there was very little fun to be had. What follows is the gruelling true Read more...

“Excessive” Police Presence at Graduation Party Called “Racial Profiling” By Students

Posted 10:41pm Thursday 16th May 2019

Māori students are calling the police presence at a graduation party “excessive” and “racial profiling” after 7 police and noise control officers turned up to a 30-40 person event. On Friday 10 May a group of 30 to 40 Māori students gathered at a flat to Read more...

The Future of Thursdays in Black in Question

Posted 10:32pm Thursday 16th May 2019

It’s been well over a year since NZUSA lost a $1.4million contract with ACC to fund sexual violence prevention campaigns on university campuses. They were awarded it on the back of the mahi behind a report NZUSA’s Thursdays in Black (TiB) team released called “In Our Own Read more...

Students to Watch – Andrew Rudolph

Posted 12:29am Friday 10th May 2019

Andrew Rudolph has done a lot in his time. After working in hospitality, banking, radio and human resources, he is now a third year Social Work student here at Otago. Alongside his studies, Andrew is also the secretary of the Dunedin Multi-Ethnic Council, the treasurer of Students Against Sexual Read more...

Caity Frickin B from NZUS-frickin-A

Posted 12:26am Friday 10th May 2019

You’re right in wondering what the heck NZUSA is. NZUSA is the New Zealand Union for Students Associations (the daddy of OUSA, if you will). The idea is that there are issues that all campuses share, so the national team based in Wellington does all the lobbying and schmoozing with Read more...

Harcourts Markets Illegal Boarding House as a Studio Room

Posted 12:20am Friday 10th May 2019

If you are living in a flat with at least five other people, you share common areas, and you are all on individual tenancy agreements: you are possibly living in an illegal boarding house. Bri was one of these students. Just two weeks ago she had to move out of her flat due to accessibility Read more...

Students Struggle To Navigate Lime’s Claims System

Posted 12:19am Friday 10th May 2019

Critic spoke to two students who tried to navigate the Lime claims system and were unhappy with the result. Sam returned from a night out with mates to find his car damaged in three places. The offending Lime scooter was left at the scene. After completing two separate forms, sending Lime photos Read more...

DCC Already Back on Their Paid-Parking Bullshit

Posted 12:22am Friday 3rd May 2019

Last week we covered the new Pay and Display parking meters that popped up in North Dunedin seemingly “out of nowhere,” according to one resident. These meters were introduced in portions of Dundas, St David and Union streets, as well as further North along the two one-ways. The DCC said Read more...

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