Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

Waikato University Building Occupied

Waikato University Building Occupied

Press Release: For immediate use

Fightback! Waikato again controls part of Waikato University.

Last night ninety students stormed the building which houses Campus Services Limited (CSL). CSL is the university's profit-driven asset management division. More students will be arriving all day.

The lightening strike has been carefully organised to take advantage of slack security and university holidays. The purpose of this occupation is to prove to the university that students have control of campus. The occupation coincides with Fightback!'s national hui. It is being held in the holidays so that students from all around the country could participate. It is a final warning shot to the university, and a practice run for the next phase of rallies and occupations.

Hamilton's mayor, Russ Rimmington, will visit the students later today to express his support.

The students will control the building for 51 hours, symbolising the number of years it will take an average woman to pay back her student loan.

This raid has been carefully organised, with support already flooding through from around the country. Many campuses are represented in the occupation.

"The market-driven focus of tertiary education providers is unacceptable," student protester Miriam Bellard stated.

"It is time for students to regain control of what is rightfully ours. We will not sit back and be dictated to anymore. We will not watch idly while universities prostitute themselves for money. We are asserting our control of this, and every campus," said Ms Bellard.

Anybody is welcome to visit the students.

To show that protesters can have fun too, a rave will be held tonight (using University resources) with guest DJ's and bands, with every $5 entry donation helping Fightback!

ENDS


Contacts:

David Young - Nexus editor
021 125 1199
editor@nexus-npl.co.nz

and

Heather Lyall
025 616 9177
fightbackwaikato@hotmail.com

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

City Of 100 Lovers: Multi-Million Dollar NZ Theatre Production To Launch

Produced in New Zealand, the $8Million budget, musical comedy, City of 100 Lovers, has been created for locals and tourists alike. More>>

Indycars: Dixon Wins Fifth US Championship

The New Zealand motor racing driver Scott Dixon has won the US Indycar championship for the fifth time. Dixon finished second in the final race of the season in Sonoma in California. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: The Outsider Art of Tony Fomison

Among such gifted contemporaries as Bill Hammond, Tony de la Tour, and printmaker Jason Grieg, Fomison distinguished himself as highly idiosyncratic, and could have become wealthy, had not his demons prevented him from investing his income wisely. In his near monochrome oil painting on black hessian, he staked out a territory of morbid originality. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Immortal Love

The series has a wild-west tone with a steampunk vibe, so if you’re a fan of Joss Whedon’s Firefly or Joe Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea, then chances are you’ll enjoy this book. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Trappings of Success - McQueen

This troubling documentary about the extraordinary life and untimely death of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen (1969 - 2010) is a cautionary tale of an extremely gifted, but self-destructive soul caught up in a business that chews up and spits out its creative talent. More>>

Anne Russell: On Nanette, And The Limitations Of Stories

Since many detractors fault Gadsby or other women for talking about their trauma publicly, Gadsby’s most ardent fans mistakenly perceive virtually any criticism of Nanette as misogynist. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland