Merlinda ANDO

Hey, y’all! Merlinda Ando here. I’m running as a candidate for the General Student Council seat and I am hoping to gain your vote.

I’m currently studying Bachelor of Communications, majoring in PR/Event Management. I aim to use the skills and understanding I have learned throughout my studies and apply them directly to assist fellow students in bridging a better and open form of communication.

Unitec is a dynamic community, rich in diversity. Which is why I want to ensure that every one of you will have equal opportunity to have a voice.

I’m pretty easy to spot since I’m probably ‘that loud girl’ and I’d love the chance to get to know you all, so, definitely feel free to strike up a conversation with me.

Molly DENG

I am Molly. Before I came to New Zealand, I have worked in the Student Council in the President position for 2 years in my university, ultimately gaining experience at a variety of different things.

I am always striving to bring 100% to the work that I do, and my goal is to drive the Unitec Student Council forward by finding the best and brightest way.

I am a huge people-person and there is nothing greater than finding an opportunity for people to do awesome things, and it is a fantastic process that I feel lucky to participate in.


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!


My name is Manoj Padmanaban and I am doing Postgraduate Diploma in Computing at Mount Albert Campus. I came to New Zealand last February 2017 and started my college life from there. I have recently completed my first semester in Computing.

I’m an international student and I am pleased to represent the people who came from different cultural and traditional background around the world. I can understand and relate the challenges faced by every international student in terms of Education, Insurance and Jobs. The biggest challenge that students facing here is finding the right person at the right time. As a student representative, I’m committed to helping the student to achieve their respective goals. I will be available all the time for the students who are in need of help and whoever is facing challenges to get the right information. Furthermore, I will try to get more details about the job opportunities and the visa formalities to help the students to secure a safe journey.

As an international representative, I would like to act as a bridge connecting the people from different backgrounds together and helping them to achieve their goals by guiding them in the right direction.

Shiwangi SHAH


Hi there! I’m Rosie and I am in my third year of Screen Arts. I’m re-running for my seat on the Student Council because over the past year I’ve come to see what a difference it can make having a seat at the table and represent the students’ voice, YOUR voice in fact.

Life as a student can be tough, the academic side of things is difficult enough but when you add in the extra financial, mental, and physical stress of study, it can all be a bit much sometimes. I want to be there to ensure Unitec is serving YOU and doing everything it can to remove those extra barriers to study. After all, YOU are their customer, YOU are paying a lot to be here, and YOU should be getting the best that Unitec has to offer.

Being able to influence what our student experience looks like, and seeing the positive results of our team’s efforts have made me even more determined to keep speaking up for your rights and striving to make our time here the best it can be. I would be honoured if you voted for me so that I can continue to serve you.

Helen VEA

Kia Ora, Malo e lelei, Fakaalofa atu and Warm Greetings!

My name is Helen Vea. I was born and raised in Auckland. I am of Tongan and Niuean descent. My parents taught me to be Honest, Respectful and to Work Hard. Growing up in a big family helped space the person I am today. I am the third youngest of 8 children, an aunt to 4 handsome nephews, and a mother to a beautiful daughter. And I also care for two energetic Huskie dogs, Bones and Bobby Ray.

I am studying a Bachelor of Social Practice. I chose this career path because I am passionate about providing support for people. Social Workers are “Agents of Change”, and my hope is to use my passion to create Positive Change for You, by Representing Your Voice.

Here is a quote that represents what I wish to do if given the opportunity to be on the council.

“Do the best you can until you know better, then when you know better, do better.”
– Maya Angelou

I look forward to meeting you and talking about what I can do, to best support you, on your journey here at Unitec.

Thank you very much.