I love Unitec; I love being a student and the one thing I can depend upon is the support from our student council. Although this is my first year studying the Bachelor of Social Practice, it is my second attempt. When I first tried, life decided that it had other plans for me and after seeking advice from a supportive student council member, I decided to withdraw. Life has now changed for me and I am fully engaged in my studies and the Unitec culture.

I believe that through listening to student’s opinions and concerns, I will be able to voice them appropriately through the student council body.

This is not only an opportunity for me to return the support that was shown to me but an opportunity to really be a voice for all the students attending Unitec. We are the future leaders of the nation and our voices count, but they can only be considered if we voice them.

Danni-Elle LINDSAY

Kia ora and warm greetings, I am of Māori and Cook Island descent, I hail from the Coromandel and Aitutaki. I’m currently in my 3rd year in the Bachelor of Social Practice.

Hapaitia te ara tika pumau ai te rangatiratanga mo nga uri whakatipu.”
(Foster the knowledge to strength, independence, and growth for future generations.)

The reason why I am running for the Unitec Student council, Te Kaunihera Akonga o Wairaka: I want to break down the belief of not being able to stand up for yourself, to break down the disbelief that your voice isn’t valuable. Students deserve to be heard and students deserve to be seen, I believe in having a great student representation for all students that is collaborative with students and for students.

Stand up for who you are! Stand up for what you believe in and be proud of how far you’ve come and how far you’ll go!

Tamatea MASON

I am passionate about te ao Māori and love to celebrate our culture here at Unitec. I am involved with tauira Māori in lots of different ways from being a mentor in the Whai Ake program, being part of Mātātupu – Unitec’s Maori association or just checking out the kura pō Māori night classes.

Being Māori is awesome so part of my vision would be to get more of us together for kaupapa Māori like kapa haka, overnight study noho, social get togethers, fun trips away together and other celebrations like Te Wiki o Te Reo and Matariki.

I truly want to see Māori thriving, succeeding and making the most of their Unitec journey. I feel the best way I can help with this is to be a welcoming ear to listen and a strong voice that will stand up and advocate for you.

If you give me your vote, I can promise to tautoko you in all ways possible and ensure that you are being heard at Unitec.

Ngā mihi.

Kararina TAITE

Ko Rangitane te Iwi
Ko Ngati Mairehou te hapu
Ko Manawatu te awa
Ko Kurahoupo te waka
Ko Motuiti te Marae
Ko Kararina Taite ahau

My name is Kararina Taite and I am a first year student completing a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Event Management. I’m passionate about making meaningful connections with the many diverse cultures that Aotearoa has to offer, and believe that my prospective career in Event Management can unite communities through something as simple as festivities and celebrations.

I am adventurous and often put myself in situations that are far out of my depth, such as running for Student Council in my first year of study, however, what I gain from the learning experience helps me to develop skills to make me more confident as a person.

In the next five years, I will have completed my degree, making sure to pick up as much experience as possible along the way, to further my industry experience which will hopefully lead to a job. Other than my professional development I also want to continue to work on my Te Reo Maori in the hopes to be fluent.