Iconic trolley buses on track for electric charge

Iconic trolley buses on track for electric charge

This article was originally written for and published by Salient, Issue 8 2016 Wellington’s iconic trolley buses will no longer be retiring in 2017, with a number set to be converted to “plug-in hybrids.” The decision comes following a Generation Zero petition, signed by thousands, calling for Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) to choose the electric [...]

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Education Amendment Bill Passes First Reading

Education Amendment Bill Passes First Reading

This article was originally written for and published by Salient, Issue 10 2017 The Education (Tertiary and Other Matters) Amendment Bill has passed its first reading in Parliament and is before the Education and Science Select Committee for consideration. The bill amends the Education Act 1989. Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, and Employment Paul Goldsmith said [...]

Time to think twice about becoming a teacher

Time to think twice about becoming a teacher

This article was originally written for and published by Salient, Issue 10 2016 A survey of recently graduated primary school teachers has exposed the debt and stress many are facing when trying to find and maintain a job in the industry. The survey, conducted by the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI), found that over 50% of [...]

TEU vs. VUW

TEU vs. VUW

This article was originally written for and published by Salient, Issue 21 2016 On September 14 strike action was announced by the Victoria University branch of the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) over disagreements with the university regarding employment negotiations. On September 15 those protesting wore red, played the Split Enz song “I See Red”each hour while [...]

Apparently our ‘special votes’ aren’t so special

Apparently our ‘special votes’ aren’t so special

Special votes are set to make up around 15% of the overall vote count of New Zealand's recent election, but they haven't been counted yet. If you enrolled after the 25th of August, voted from outside your electorate (including from overseas),  enrolled and voted at the same time,  or placed a dictation vote because of a [...]

If you’re not going to vote, don’t (but read this first)

If you’re not going to vote, don’t (but read this first)

Can we excuse the pre-election media hype for a second? Don’t care about politics? I don’t either, but I do care about people and I do care about the future of our country. While, let’s be honest here, most of you probably think politics is some elaborate game men in suits and women in heels [...]

Why you should be pro-choice even if you’re not pro-abortion

Why you should be pro-choice even if you’re not pro-abortion

I’m currently writing this because I just walked past a lone, old, white male protesting against abortion outside Wellington Woman's hospital, where he is often joined by others. I'm writing this because we need to tangibly prove that New Zealand is committed to creating a fair and just society by liberalising and decriminalising abortion. Let me [...]