Make sure your voice is heard at Unitec in 2018, by playing your part in the Student Elections.

All students are invited to stand for election to the Unitec Student Council 2018 and it’s a great way for you to take a lead in changing students’ lives. It’s also essential that every student gets to vote in the elections. Below are some key dates, descriptions of the various positions up for election, and other important details you might be curious to know about.

Key Dates

Due Date
 Nominations Open  Monday, 7 August
 Nominations Close  Wednesday, 6 September
 Candidate Information Sessions  Thursday, 7 September
 Campaigning Starts  Monday 11 September
 Voting Opens (Online Polling)  Monday 18 September
 Voting Closes  Friday 22 September, 3 pm
 Election Results  Friday 22 September*

*Timing subject to results availability.

How to Stand and Run for Election

  1. Complete a nomination form for the position you’d like to stand for: https://form.jotformpro.com/72108131489960 You’ll need to get another student to endorse you, and you’ll also need to include a 200-word piece that will be used on the voting form. This may include a biography, your priorities for change at Unitec and what students can expect from you.
  2. Attend the Candidate Briefing session Thursday, 7 September. This will give you all the information you need. Details of time and location for this session will be emailed to everyone who has completed a nomination form.
  3. Campaign for support beginning Monday 11 September and encourage students to vote for you. It’s best to get out and meet people and ask them in person, but you can also use tools like Facebook, posters etc. If you have any questions, please email elections@edcollective.org.nz

Council Roles

MĀORI REP This student will speak on behalf of Māori students at Unitec. The Māori Rep will be a student member of Rūnanga and other relevant groups. Commitment: Regular attendance at meetings, including preparation and pre-reading, and participation in the Student Council (several hours per week most weeks), shifts at the USC Student Space, plus training.

PACIFIC REP This student will speak on behalf of Pacific students at Unitec. The Pacific Rep will be a student member of Fono and other relevant groups. Commitment: Regular attendance at meetings, including preparation and pre-reading, and participation in the Student Council (several hours per week most weeks), shifts at the USC Student Space, plus training.

INTERNATIONAL REP This student will speak on behalf of International students at Unitec. The International Rep will maintain a relationship with the International Office and other relevant groups. Commitment: Regular attendance at meetings, including preparation and pre-reading, and participation in the Student Council (several hours per week most weeks), shifts at the USC Student Space, plus training.

WAITĀKERE REP This student will speak on behalf of students studying at the Waitākere campus. The Waitākere Rep will be based at Waitākere. Commitment: Regular attendance at meetings, including preparation and pre-reading, and participation in the Student Council (several hours per week most weeks), Shifts at the USC Student Space plus training.

GENERAL REP (x 2 positions) The General Representatives takes an active part in all Council activities. They will sit on Unitec’s committees and boards and represent the interests of students. Commitment: Regular attendance at meetings, including preparation and pre-reading, and participation in the Student Council (several hours per week most weeks), shifts at the USC Student Space, plus training.

  • The term for all of these Unitec Student Council positions is 12 months: 1 January – 31 December 2018. Unitec Student Council members are expected to work up to 10 hours per week throughout the academic semester and outside of this as mutually agreed. NB. Unitec Student Council training will be held in early February 2018 and Unitec Student Council members are required to be available in the week before Semester One 2018 begins to assist with the welcoming of new students.
  • You must be currently enrolled as a Unitec student, or be the sitting President to stand for any of the Council positions.
  • You must be a Unitec student whilst holding office, except for the President.
  • Training will be provided for all positions.
  • All positions are paid – the current rate for this is $15.75 gross per hour plus accrued holiday pay.
  • The position of Student President is not included in this election as this position has a two-year term and the current incumbent, Matalena O’Mara will continue in this role throughout 2018.

How to Vote

The elections are run through an online voting system. All students will receive an email in the week beginning Monday,18 September. This will contain a voting code and a link to the voting site. If you don’t receive the email with your voting code, please contact representation@unitec.ac.nz