The Unitec Student Council, chaired by the Student President, is the elected representative of Unitec students. The role of Student Council is to improve students’ lives and experiences at Unitec by communicating and collaborating with the management and services of Unitec, government, and media.

You can make sure your voice is heard at Unitec in 2017 by playing your part in the Student Elections. All students are invited to stand for election to the upcoming Unitec Student Council 2017. This is a great way for you to take a lead in changing your fellow students’ lives. It is also essential that every student votes in the elections. Below are key dates, descriptions of the various positions up for election and other important details.

Key Dates

Monday, 29 August: Nominations Open

Friday, 23 September: Nominations Close

Monday, 26 September –
Friday, 7 October: Candidate Information Sessions

Monday, 10 October: Campaigning Open

Monday, 17 October: Voting Opens (Online Polling)

Friday, 21 October, 5pm: Voting Closes

How to stand and run for elections

  • Complete a nomination form for the position you would like to stand for. The nomination form is here. You will 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.
  • Attend the Candidate Briefing sessions in the Semester 2 break. This will give you all the information you need.
  • Campaign for support beginning Monday 10th October 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@unitec.ac.nz or phone 09 815 4321 x7924

Council Roles

Student President

The Student President chairs the Unitec Student Council and speaks on behalf of students to Unitec, to the government, and to the media.
Commitment: 35 hours per week.
Please note that the role of Student President imposes considerable burdens on your time and for this reason, you do not need to be a current student whilst holding office. This role would best suit a student who is due to graduate from Unitec in 2017.

Vice President

The Vice President works closely with and in support of the Student President in addition to playing an active role in the Council.
Commitment: 15 hours per week
This is a significant role which requires flexibility and dedication. For this reason, you do not need to be a current student whilst holding office.

Māori Rep

This student will speak on behalf of Maori students at Unitec. The Maori Rep will be a student member of Runanga 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), 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), 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), 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), plus training.

General Rep

This representative 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), plus training.

Important Information about Rep Positions:

  • The President’s term is two years: 1 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2018. The term for all other positions is 12 months:  1 January – 31 December 2017.
  • 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 and Vice President.
  • Training will be provided for all positions.
  • All positions are paid.

How to Vote

The elections are run through an online voting system. All students will receive an email in the week beginning Monday, 17 October. This will contain a voting code and a link to the voting site.

If you do not receive the email with your voting code, please contact representation@unitec.ac.nz