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queenofmisandrists:

This week Reclaim UoA has staged a peaceful 5-day read-in outside Alfred Nathan House, home of the Vice Chancellor’s office, to protest a lack of student voice in decision-making at the university.
Today we escalated the protest and six of us, with the help of our wonderful Distractor Comrades, climbed to the roof of Alfred Nathan House, radically occupying a space which we are told again and again is not for students.
With no student voice we have:
Rising fees every year at a rate of 4%
A Vice Chancellor receiving a raw salary of $660,000 per year
The racist gutting of the tuākana programme and the māori studies department 
The university perpetuating poverty as contracted workers, including cleaners and security staff, work unstable hours for below the living wage
The cutting of support services for students
A university being increasingly run as a business for profit rather than the ‘critic and conscience of society’ that it should be
As we sat on the roof with a megaphone, we read to students and staff the very texts that the university does not want us to read. The university does not want us to read these texts because it knows that their discourse and ideologies are not in its favour. Today, we occupied forbidden physical territory and intellectual territory. 
If the university refuses to be the critical and conscientious institution it was intended to be, then we will do that ourselves. We will demand our voices be heard.

queenofmisandrists:

This week Reclaim UoA has staged a peaceful 5-day read-in outside Alfred Nathan House, home of the Vice Chancellor’s office, to protest a lack of student voice in decision-making at the university.

Today we escalated the protest and six of us, with the help of our wonderful Distractor Comrades, climbed to the roof of Alfred Nathan House, radically occupying a space which we are told again and again is not for students.

With no student voice we have:

  • Rising fees every year at a rate of 4%
  • A Vice Chancellor receiving a raw salary of $660,000 per year
  • The racist gutting of the tuākana programme and the māori studies department 
  • The university perpetuating poverty as contracted workers, including cleaners and security staff, work unstable hours for below the living wage
  • The cutting of support services for students
  • A university being increasingly run as a business for profit rather than the ‘critic and conscience of society’ that it should be

As we sat on the roof with a megaphone, we read to students and staff the very texts that the university does not want us to read. The university does not want us to read these texts because it knows that their discourse and ideologies are not in its favour. Today, we occupied forbidden physical territory and intellectual territory. 

If the university refuses to be the critical and conscientious institution it was intended to be, then we will do that ourselves. We will demand our voices be heard.