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10.10.16

You can study longer, YAY

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Kate Robertson

Aunty Helen unsuccessful Head of the United Nations Development Program Helen Clark has been unsuccessful in her bid to be the next Secretary General of the United Nations (UN). The UN Security Council unanimously voted for former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres. Clark received eight ‘discourage’ votes, six ‘encourage’ votes, and one ‘no opinion’. Three vetoes were used against her by members of the Security Council’s five permanent members. Guterres received 13 ‘encourage’ votes and two ‘no opinions’ from the 15 members of the UN Security Council, putting him ahead of all other candidates. Clark released a statement shortly after saying “Antonio has the knowledge and experience to lead the United Nations well, and I wish him every success.” She added that she “deeply appreciate[d] the full support I have had throughout my campaign.” Guterres served as Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995-2002. Following that he became a member of the Club of Madrid, a non-profit organisation made up of former prime ministers and presidents who work to promote democracy and change in the international community. Clark’s previously active Snapchat ‘Helen4SG’ has not been updated since the announcement.

Double arson in Wellington central

2016 VUWSA Treasurer-Secretary and 2017 Treasurerelect George Grainger has resigned from the role for 2017. The resignation comes just two weeks after Grainger won the position on next year’s executive. Grainger wrote on Facebook that the “demanding role” has seen him go “up to and beyond my limits this year to give the Association what it needs,” putting his resignation down to his overcommitting and “giving too much.” With regard to the now vacant position, 2017 VUWSA President-elect Rory Lenihan-Ikin says that “without the time to properly conduct a by-election before the end of trimester in 2016, the 2017 Executive will appoint an acting Treasurer in 2017 until a by-election can be held as soon as practicable in the new year.” VUWSA President Jonathan Gee said he understands George’s reasons for resigning and “wishes him all the best for the future.” It has not yet been confirmed whether Dayle Vavasour will run for the role after coming in second place to Grainger in the recent election. Grainger says he will handover and train next year’s Treasurer, so VUWSA hopefully won’t go under. 08

Jessica Morris

Early Tuesday morning, October 4, two separate arson attacks took place in Mount Cook and Te Aro. 47 year old Robert Vernon Phillip Mackie has been arrested for one of the incidents and is now facing seven charges of arson and one charge of burglary. The Wellington Area Commander, Inspector Chris Bensemann, reported that the man was caught during an attempted burglary. Mackie’s charges include setting fire to ten rubbish bins which were leant against buildings, including several restaurants on Courtenay Place. One council worker required medical treatment for smoke inhalation following the incident. At 2am, the same morning the bins were set alight, a couch was set on fire on the front porch of a Nairn Street residence. The fire grew quickly and then spread through the front of the house. One resident said they leapt through a “wall of flame” in order to escape the blaze. Eight fire trucks were called to put out the blaze which partially destroyed the house. Police are still investigating the Nairn Street arson and were “following strong leads to identify those responsible.” Senior Station Officer John Mansford said that smoke alarms helped alert the residents of the Nairn Street property in time.

Grainger gone

Kate Robertson

Kate Robertson

Victoria University is in the final stages of approving extended library hours across all three campuses. The current plan is to open all libraries from 8am to 12am, Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 10pm on weekends. The university are aiming to have the changes implemented by the third trimester. VUWSA President Jonathan Gee says “VUWSA has pushed for extended library hours for a long time and it’s great that this is finally happening.” “Students just want to have a quiet space to study and this proposal will make that happen. If implemented, this will be a great win for students and will contribute immensely to their academic experience.” The idea of extending library hours was first floated earlier this year. It was discussed in Library and Information Services Committee meetings prior to being put before the Academic Board. Finer details around whether or not students will be allowed access to libraries on different campuses, as well as issues regarding security, access to services, and staff availability, are yet to be confirmed. Gee and University Librarian Janet Fletcher are currently working together to ensure that this change is as smooth as possible for students.

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