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Vaccinations compulsory at Whitireia and WelTec

News from Whitireia and WelTec
With ākonga numbers growing daily for programmes starting early this year, and the priority to protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of our Whitireia and WelTec whānau, it has been decided that all kaimahi (staff), ākonga (learners), and manuhiri (visitors) attending Whitireia and WelTec campuses will need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 from February 7. Read more »

VUW’s international students ask for clarity about returning to NZ

Report from RNZ
Two Victoria University international students stuck overseas are pleading for clarity about when they can come to New Zealand. Read more »

VUW research seeking alternative to toxic chemicals in batteries

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News from VUW
A new battery technology could provide a cleaner and cheaper alternative to the toxic chemicals widely used in energy storage devices. Dr Fraser Hughson, who has recently completed his PhD in Chemistry at Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington, is part of a team that’s developed a water-based electrolyte for use in batteries. Read more »

VUW scientists checking seismic risks off Wellington’s east coast

Report from RNZ
Researchers hope sensors deployed at the sea floor will reveal the earthquake and tsunami risk below the lower North Island. Read more »

Students champion accessibility in Paper Jam

Press Release – Arts Access Aotearoa
Brand new Wellington company Imaginaries Theatre brings joy to the stage with a focus on sustainability and accessibility. Read more »

New theatre-makers at Six Degrees Festival

News from Six Degrees Festival
Six Degrees Festival is a culmination and celebration of the work of the students of the Master of Fine Arts (Creative Practice) in Theatre at Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka. It is dedicated to showcasing emerging theatre makers and runs from 17th January – 5th February. Read more »

Five categories of covid abuse

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by Hamish MacLean
Covid-19 experts are not immune to increasingly vitriolic attacks dished out to scientists commenting on New Zealand’s pandemic response. Among a litany of attacks that Wellington-based epidemiologist Prof Michael Baker has endured over the course of the pandemic, at the start of this week a caller told him he had “a target on his back”. Read more »

WelTec student representing NZ in chefs’ olympiad

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News from WelTec
Wellington Institute of Technology Ltd (WelTec) student Sian Davis is this month to represent New Zealand in the 8th annual Young Chef Olympiad (YCO) event. Read more »

2022: more of the same?

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by Lindsay Shelton
Happy new year. And welcome to 2022. A year shaping up to be more of the same. Read more »

Choosing their words strangely

The police can’t cope with drownings. They’ve stopped using the “drowning” word. Their choice to replace it: “Water related incidents.” Read more »

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