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Salient is the weekly students' magazine of the Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association (VUWSA) at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Salient was established in 1938[1] and originally published in newspaper format, but has lately become a magazine. Salient's style and editorial position can change from year to year due to changes in editors. However, the magazine has generally taken a left-wing stance. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Victoria University of Wellington Students Association (VUWSA) is the official students association at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. ... Victoria Universitys Kelburn Campus. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... In politics, left-wing, political left, leftism, or simply the left, are terms which refer (with no particular precision) to the segment of the political spectrum typically associated with any of several strains of socialism, social democracy, or liberalism (especially in the American sense of the word), or with opposition...



The Salient editor is an employee of VUWSA operating under a charter that grants editorial independence. The editor is appointed and employed under a fixed term contract that covers roughly the beginning to end of the academic year. Previous involvement with the magazine is not a prerequisite for applicants but every editor from at least 1996 to 2006 has had some role at Salient prior to their editorship. Editing is the process of preparing language, images, or sound through correction, condensation, organization, and other modifications in various media. ... Freedom of the press (or press freedom) is the guarantee by a government of free public press for its citizens and their associations, extended to members of news gathering organizations, and their published reporting. ...

Past Editors

  • 2008 — Tristan Egarr
  • 2007 — Steve Nicoll
  • 2006 — James Robinson
  • 2005 — Emily Braunstein
  • 2004 — Sarah Barnett
  • 2003 — Michael Appleton
  • 2002 — Max Rashbrooke
  • 2001 — Nikki Burrows
  • 2000 — Nikki Burrows
  • 1999 — Mike Beggs
  • 1998 — Jonathan Hill
  • 1997 — Toby Manhire
  • 1996 — James Palmer

2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... This article is about the year. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...


Salient is a member of the Aotearoa Student Press Association, (ASPA), which has had a press gallery journalist in the New Zealand House of Representatives since 2005. As Salient is based in Wellington, the ASPA press gallery associate also doubles-up as the news editor for Salient. The Aotearoa Student Press Association (ASPA) is an association of thirteen student newspapers and magazines that are published by the student associations of universities and polytechnics in Aotearoa (New Zealand). ... The press gallery is the part of a parliament where journalists are allowed to sit or gather to observe and then report speeches and events. ... For other uses, see Journalist (disambiguation). ... The New Zealand House of Representatives is the legislature of New Zealand. ... For the first Duke of Wellington, see Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. ...

Salient news is predominately focused on student issues, the students' association and the university itself. However, Salient has also reported on national items outside of "student" issues. There was significant coverage of the Iraq invasion in 2003 for instance. Iraq war may refer to one of the following: The 2003 invasion of Iraq and the subsequent occupation The Gulf War (1990–1991), also known as the Persian Gulf War or the First Gulf War The Iran-Iraq War (1980–1988) The Anglo-Iraqi War (1941) The Iraq War, a...

The 2008 News Editor is Seonah Choi.

ASPA Awards

Salient has participated in the ASPA Student Media Awards since their inception in 2003. The magazine dominated the first two years of the awards winning amongst other categories Best Publication in 2003 and 2004. Otago's Critic is generally seen as Salient's strongest competition and in 2005 turned the tables, sweeping a number of categories including Best Publication with Salient coming second. Critic won Best Publication again in 2006 and Salient came second. The University of Otago (Māori: ) in Dunedin is New Zealands oldest university with over 20,000 students enrolled during 2006. ... Critic is the official magazine of the Otago University Student Association (OUSA) of the University of Otago. ...


In September 2005, the Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University obtained a court injunction to prevent an issue of Salient from being distributed - thought to be the first time in the magazine's history this has happened. The issue of Salient contained information obtained from leaked University council documents with details about possible university fee here increases of 5 to 10 percent. The controversy made national media, with several items on the television news. The university failed to realise that information was put on to the ASPA newswire, hence the information was published in several other student magazines and on the internet. Distribution of Salient was eventually allowed, four days late after Salient and the university reached an out-of-court settlement. The documents were returned to the university, reportedly with pictures of male genitalia drawn over them. 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in September September 28 : Constance Baker Motley September 25 : M. Scott Peck September 25 : Don Adams September 20 : Simon Wiesenthal September 14 : Robert Wise September 10 : Hermann Bondi September 8 : Donald Horne September 7 : Moussa Arafat... Look up Injunction in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Television news refers to the practice of disseminating current events via the media of television. ...

In April 2006, Salient published a short piece which put "Chinese", along with animals like poisonous snakes and penguins, in a list of "Top five species we should be wary of". The supposed "joke" upset the Chinese community and caused huge protests from both Chinese students and the Chinese Embassy. Accused of being blatantly racist, editor James Robinson apologised, saying "It was a ridiculous jab that was honestly so stupid I didn't even think twice about it," However, he argued people who were offended had misinterpreted it , "We put 'the Chinese' between 'penguins' and 'very poisonous snakes' on the list, and people somehow took it seriously." He also defended his right to publish it, saying "It's not hate speech or inciting violence against the Chinese race. It would be a dangerous precedent to come out and say, 'Sorry, we were totally out of our minds to print such a thing'." Families Acrochordidae Aniliidae Anomalepididae Anomochilidae Atractaspididae Boidae Bolyeriidae Colubridae Cylindrophiidae Elapidae Hydrophiidae Leptotyphlopidae Loxocemidae Pythonidae Tropidophiidae Typhlopidae Uropeltidae Viperidae Xenopeltidae Snakes are cold blooded legless reptiles closely related to lizards, which share the order Squamata. ... This article is about penguin birds. ...

In July and August 2007, Lindsay Perigo wrote and Steve Nicoll published two articles titled Death to Islamofascism in Salient. He denounced Islam to be stinking and stupid[2] and in the second article infamously suggested "Some good, robust sodomy as the Muslims bend towards Mecca would go some way towards attenuating both their anal-retentiveness and their murderous savagery". [3] Lindsay Perigo (born December 14, 1951) is a New Zealand television and radio broadcasting personality, founding member of the Libertarianz political party and the Objectivist organisation Sense of Life Objectivists (SOLO). ... For people named Islam, see Islam (name). ...

In May 2008 Salient published a feature article concerning the rise of China as a new world superpower. To promote this article the cover that week depicted a naked, yet to be identified, salient staffer draped in a Chinese flag, with Hu Jintao's face photoshopped onto their own. The cover invoked a strong reaction from the Wellington Chinese community, with Pro-China students removing the magazine from distribution at the Universities Karori Campus. To date, Salient has not apologized.


Salient has been a home to a number of comics and cartoons and they traditionally have their place on the last page of the magazine. Past comics such as Grant Buist's Brunswick have won critical praise and/or awards.

Partial list of comics from recent years:

  • Being Blind
  • Man
  • ASCII (originally published in Waikato University's Nexus)
  • Newtown Ghetto Anger
  • The Chronical
  • Tip Of The Iceberg
  • Uni Life
  • Super Academic Friends
  • The Academic Idol Comic


  1. ^ History of VUWSA. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association.
  2. ^ "Death to Islamofascism", Salient Magazine 2007. Retrieved 23 August 2007.
  3. ^ "Death to Islamofascism, Pt.2", Salient Magazine 2007. Retrieved 23 August 2007.

The Victoria University of Wellington Students Association (VUWSA) is the official students association at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. ...

External links

  • The magazine's site
  • The students' association's site

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