Trend report: Sweatshops still in Vogue

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This article was originally written for and published by Salient, Issue 9 2017 The Stats A report has revealed New Zealand’s ethical (and not so ethical) fashion companies for 2016, in the wake of ongoing tragedies caused by unsafe working conditions in garment sweatshops. Baptist World Aid, the organisation behind the report, said there are 14.2 … Continue reading Trend report: Sweatshops still in Vogue

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Protests in Kashmir

This article was originally written for and published by Salient, Issue 8 2017 In what is being described by Al Jazeera as an “extremely rare occurrence,” students have taken to the streets of central Srinagar, Kashmir, to protest the strict Indian security forces that occupy the city. Since the killing of popular rebel leader Burhan Wani … Continue reading Protests in Kashmir

Abortion, Bill

This article was originally written for and published by Salient, Issue 3 2017 Prime Minister Bill English dismissed recommendations from the Abortion Supervisory Committee (ASC) when he stated on a recent Q+A interview, in response to a question as to whether he was in favour of liberalising abortion laws, “I’m not, and I wouldn’t vote for legislation … Continue reading Abortion, Bill

Mental Health sector in crisis

This article was originally written for and published by Salient, Issue 2 2017 Systemic issues with mental health service provision in New Zealand have been met with calls to review and better resource the system. The People’s Mental Health Report, published in April, is a crowdfunded and crowdsourced inquiry into the experiences of New Zealanders struggling … Continue reading Mental Health sector in crisis

Don’t swim in the rivers!

This article was originally written for and published by Salient, Issue 4 2016 Choose Clean Water NZ (CCW), a group demanding tougher legislation to ensure the quality of freshwater, are urging New Zealanders to stand behind them as they present a petition to parliament on March 29. CCW have been touring the country to gain signatures, … Continue reading Don’t swim in the rivers!

Auckland University hates the environment

This article was originally written for and published by Salient, Issue 14 2016 The University of Auckland’s (UoA) governing council has opted out of voting on a motion that would have urged their foundation to divest from fossil fuels. Since December last year UoA has been under pressure from students, staff, and alumni to divest from … Continue reading Auckland University hates the environment

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 … Continue reading Iconic trolley buses on track for electric charge

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 … Continue reading Education Amendment Bill Passes First Reading

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 … Continue reading Time to think twice about becoming a teacher

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 … Continue reading TEU vs. VUW