Nominations for the 2023 University Council student representative and the AUSA student executive are open until the end of this week.
Each year, one student is elected by their peers to sit at the adult’s table, the University of Auckland’s governing body. If you are keen to influence University policy, represent student interests, and meet the University’s criteria of being an enrolled student in 2023 and not bankrupt, it could be you.
The council, which meets six times a year, is made up of University leadership, elected staff, and other members selected by the council, including a Māori member.
Responsible for axing the universal grade bump in 2021, declining to waive Aegrotat and Compassionate and consideration fees until this year, and purchasing the infamous five million dollar Parnell mansion for Vice-Chancellor Dawn Freshwater, many of their decisions have been contested by the student body.
Johnnie Wang, the current student representative who has been elected by the student body to sit on the council for the past three terms, told Craccum he will not be running this year.
“For the 2023 election, I hope more candidates better than me can join this election and serve our students and the university better,” Wang said.
And if planning Party in the Spark only for it to be cancelled, handing out hotdogs during O-Week, and advocating for students on the ground appeals to you, AUSA are also taking nominations for their 2023 student executive.
Several paid positions ranging from 10 to 40 hours a week are up for grabs, including President, Education Vice-President, Queer Rights Officer, and Women’s Rights Officer. You can nominate yourself for up to three positions.
If you would like to put yourself forward for the AUSA executive, student representative, or both, apply online before Friday 5 August (AUSA) and Sunday 7 August (University Council)