Election

                                                                        

 

President - Pierce Crowley

Vice President - Bryant McIntyre

Engagement Officer - Xavier Moir

Postgraduate Representative - Angeline Moneda

International Representative - Melody Lango

Equity and Wellbeing Representative - Jeremy Wright

General Executive:

  • Sarah Calley
  • Kaleigh Pickover
  • Aria Millar
  • Maddy McConnell
  • Renz Alvez
  • Ollie Dunshea
  • Kartikey

Read the full results (PDF).

 

The candidates

President | Tumuaki

Pierce Crowley

Kia ora koutou!

 

My name is Pierce Crowley (he/him) and I am running to be your UCSA President. I am running alongside the amazing Xavier Moir for Engagement Officer. Both of us came onto the UCSA executive this year from the outside, passionate to change the way the UCSA worked for all students in our community. We are running again to solidify the gains made, and ensure transformative change at the UCSA and within UC as a whole.

 

A (small) bit about myself: Born in Ireland (that is the accent), but Christchurch is where I call home, I study law and a BA in history. I consider myself a semi-professional plant-dad (formerly ameteur), love a swim at the beach, and having a mildly concerning addiction to acquiring vinyl records...

 

Why I am running for President: I came into the UCSA as the first president elected from outside of the executive in 15 years. At that time, I stated that many groups had felt the UCSA hadn’t been working for them, and I wanted to change this. We’ve made great strides towards this goal. We’ve strengthened our relationship with Te Akatoki. We’ve focused on engaging with under-served communities such as our International students. We established the mental health subcommittee to ensure spendingbenefits students. And we’ve brought back $2 rice(!!!) just to name a few. However, there is still more work to do. The UCSA is our association as students, and we are committed to ensuring that equity, representation, and student voice is embedded in all actions of the UCSA. Here are our policies:

 

Revamp our Events

 

Let’s make our events better, and provide fresh reasons to come together on campus again. We are proposing to bring a Bottomless Brunch to the UCSA once a term (perhaps more if the demand is there...). We want to refresh Mono, by introducing termly ‘on-repeat-night style’ themed nights where everyone can have a say on what we want to boogie to (as well as the doof and band-gig staples of olde). We want to revamp the V-Plate, modernising the system. We also want to institute a daily dinner meal deal programme at the Foundry, to provide cheap eats every day.

 

Rebuild our Community

 

We want to put in place policies that will empower students to thrive on campus again. We want to upskill our clubs, through club skill sessions – including things like finance management, alcohol licensing, event management, and more. Further, we want to lobby the university to change the library fare structure to a more equitable model. Speaking of the library, we think the space on the second floor should be utilised in a better way, bringing more study space back for students. We want to make sanitary products universally accessible on campus. This would mean whether you are in the halls, in the library, or in Haere-roa products would be free and accessible. We also would like to see sanitary bins placed in all bathrooms on campus.

 

Represent your Voice

 

We want to make sure the UCSA is catering to all students. This means a comprehensive review of all our food offerings to look at price, and types of food. We want to make the executive more transparent, by opening our offices, introducing the UCSA staff to students, and providing some free drinks and nibbles all at the same time. We also want to establish regular Vice Chancellor Forums, so students can quiz them on issues of the day. We also think anonymous marking should be the norm across campus to combat implicit bias. We are committed to continuing to deepen our partnership with Te Akatoki. This means using the mana of the UCSA to ensure that pay equity is achieved in a timely manner, among other goals. Looking at the UCSA as a whole, we want to restructure all roles on the executive, to ensure that structurally we are catering to as many students as we can.

 

Thanks for reading through this. We would love to have your vote!

 

If you want to learn more, check out www.cometogether.nz for more comprehensive details on our policies. And remember:

 

VOTE CROWLEY/MOIR 2023!

 

Luc Mackay

Hi, I'm Luc, Luke with a c. I figured I was far too social for my own good and wanted to put that energy into something positive for the students. So, I wish to represent the voice of the students as a democracy.

 

When deciding to run for this role, I threw out the prospect of a nice paycheck and a cleaner cv. I instead thought about how I and other students around me felt about current issues that plague our university. Enough with the sympathy, let's get real!

 

I am running with Renz (Engagement officer) and Leonardo (General exec). Together we share a few key ideas:

 

  • FOOD: "Rev up those fryers!" The food crisis at UC has been terrible and the UCSA has NOT been very transparent on this issue. I will RENEGOTIATE the leasing agreements and ensure that BOTH price and nutrition are put ahead of profits. The UCSA own a large number of on-campus leasing agreements which are not in the best interest of the student body.
  • CULTURE: Too many students are left out and lack a critical sense of BELONGING. Renz and I will ensure that as well as INTRODUCING more students to our way of being, we will RETHINK how events are run to ensure that events like MONO are kept fresh and relevant. Along with this, making sure new students feel ACCEPTED is a primary goal in our diverse student body.
  • TRANSPARENCY: Tackling this issue has been a problem in the past, but Leonardo is the man for the job. Together, we will ensure that INFORMATION is COMMUNICATED clearly and concisely. Our plan to CENTRALISE information fulfils our core focus of generating beneficial OPPORTUNITIES for students to thrive. No more wondering why we had to suffer without our $2 rice.

 

How will we achieve any of this? To be honest, it won't be easy. But we are confident in what we can achieve in our year in office. We have skills that put us above other candidates. Let me explain!

 

I am a double commerce major in Economics and Operations and Supply Chain Management. Enthralling, I know. I grew up in a French environment in England before moving to New Zealand. Not the most diverse member of the team, but that doesn't stop me! Growing up moving around drove my interest in the world through the ozone layer (Sorry NZ)! New Zealand is such a beautiful country and our campus is an embodiment of what it means to be an academic. I understand what it's like to be misrepresented and have great ideas shunned. I'm always here to listen and represent the majority. Democracy is a core value in our team!

 

Alright, break time! 2 truths 1 lie.
  • I've never had alcohol before.
  • I live with my parents.
  • I speak 3 languages.
A little tricky, huh? I actually only speak French and English, but am currently grinding German with an 86-day streak on Duolingo (add me Luke_with_a_C)! Also, home living is the best living, never a cold day for me. The only drawback is the short hour and a-half bus ride back to Rangiora every day, but the grind don't stop!

 

Roger Stoves

Kia Ora,

 

I am a third-year law student who is running to be your next UCSA President. Becoming UCSA President would require experience and the right mentality of genuinely wanting what is best for you. I believe I have both, because I founded BakeSoc this year to bring people together, regardless of background, to facilitate a sense of belonging, being valued and respected. This approach has proven popular and is something I wish to bring to the UCSA Executive. In my free time, I love to play tennis, go for a couple drinks and to catch up with mates, though this has changed for dancing lessons in preparation of my upcoming wedding!I have found studying at University of Canterbury to be a wonderful journey that has offered plenty of opportunities and challenges. I have significantly enjoyed my time here, but I have found some areas of student life here that could be improved, and this is why I am campaigning to become your UCSA president. I am campaigning on three key policies I believe would vastly improve student wellbeing and life on campus –
  1. Healthier Food and Support
  2. Increase Security around Campus.
  3. Improve Transparency Amongst the Executive.

 

Healthier Food and Support

 

Student wellbeing can be improved in two key ways, through providing healthier food, and by improving access to resources for students who may be at a disadvantage. Regarding food, there are plenty of cafes on campus that offer a wide variety of food, but very few options for healthier food, especially food that caters for dietary requirements such as dairy free, gluten free and vegan. If elected, I will do my best efforts to making more inclusive food available on campus, and at reasonable prices. If elected, I will also look into whether food prices can be adjusted on campus to make it more affordable all round to encourage healthier eating.Secondly, it is fundamentally important to improve funding and support for Equity and Disability Services which provides necessary resources and support for students, especially those from neurodivergent backgrounds. However, the department in its current state is reportedly underfunded, and lacks enough resources to ensure proper support for students. If I am elected, I will advocate for easier access to resources for students who need extra support regardless of background. This will improve student wellbeing because a student is less likely to leave their studies if they have the necessary support to succeed in place.

 

Security

 

Throughout my time at University, there have been several cars broken into on campus. There are security cameras present but it appears there are not enough to adequately provide information on all areas of the campus. This needs to change. Likewise, with bikes, it is not uncommon for bikes to be stolen on campus since there is simply inadequate security. Another concern about security on campus is navigating campus, and the surrounding area off site, can be quite intimidating, especially at night. I believe it is in all our interests to better security around campus, and that is what I will do as President.

 

Transparency

 

Student levies pay for the UCSA Executive, but students tend not to know where that money is going or how it is being used. As President, I will make frequent updates on what the Executive are working on. I will also make my office accessible for students to drop in between scheduled hours for a student to raise any concerns, and to provide any feedback or make suggestions of what they think we should look into. The drop in sessions will also help facilitate transparency because a student would have the opportunity to ask me what have I been working on, what has the Executive been working on, and what have we accomplished. If elected, I will also seek to provide updates for CANTA. The UCSA is meant to represent you, the student. It is difficult to feel represented by the elected Executive if communication between UCSA and students are lacking, as students generally have no idea what the Executive and UCSA does. If elected, I want to make myself and the Executive as accessible as possible to promote both transparency, and accountability.

 

 

Vice President | Tumuaki Tuarua

Tyrone Foster

Kia ora koutou e te whanau

 

Ko Tyrone tāku ingoa

 

No Ōtautahi au

 

Ko Ngāi Tahu tōku iwi

 

Ko Ngāi Tūāhuriri tōku hapū

 

Kei Pūtarikamotu tōku kaik

 

Kia ora, I'm Tyrone Foster and I'm running for the positions of UCSA Vice President and General Executive for 2022. Jahreese Dowdle, who is running for Equity and Wellbeing, and I are focusing on representing the core values of the University: pono, tika and aroha; truth, righteousness and love. We love people and want to advocate for your rights! We plan to provide support and advocacy services with our club for students on and off the campus and plan to champion health and wellbeing for our wider tauira (student) body.

 

Why vote for me? Well I have a wide range of management and service experience, as well as having completed two degrees in Engineering and Music so I bring a fresh and driven perspective. I'm currently working towards a degree in Māori and Indigenous Studies and Sociology before postgraduate studies in Political Science so I wish to increase our conscientization and return skills and knowledge to this establishment. Since starting at the University I've been a class rep and involved in different hui around the campus to help students facing struggles from the ground up.

 

The Vice President has access to academic and wellbeing meetings with the University of Canterbury and when you entrust me with this position, I will ensure to find timely and effective resolutions for students, as well as for the University of Canterbury and student association.

 

Student community and health and wellbeing are at the core of our mission. We want to explore safe options for travelling after a night out and continue to work around safety procedures our security staff employ. The neighbourhoods surrounding the University can also be dangerous for our tauira so we want to ensure that the support network for students in halls or in other accommodation have access to a neighbourhood support service which we will facilitate.

 

Being together in unity with the institution is a huge part of our studies here at the University of Canterbury. Some find this community in clubs, or in halls, and some have a harder time than others engaging in their programs or initiatives provided by students or otherwise. We want to ensure that whatever your nationality, whatever your struggles, that you feel supported to be your best you. We think our proactive policies and our personalities will make this a reality.

 

For the team that is working hard for equality and wellbeing, community development, initiatives and advocacy. For the people, who are the most important thing, vote Tyrone and Jah for 2022.

 

Wellbeing Forever.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Tyrone

 

Bryant McIntyre

Kia Ora, I’m, once again, asking you to be defiant and vote for Bryant. (He/Him)

 

I'm a 3rd-year Political Science and Economics student. I've served on the 2022 exec and was the Education Facility rep and Mental health chair. I'm running with Aria, Cassie, Kartikey, and Ruben. I have had a passion for improving mental health and volunteering since 2017. I enjoy a beer tower at the foundry and a good surf out at Taylor's Mistake in my spare time.

 

As many of you may have seen or even experienced, mental health is a significant issue that plagues the student population. It's something that this year, I have worked on bettering through the UCSA mental health subcommittee. I plan to use these lessons to further enhance UC’s mental health support to their academic side. This will be achieved within my group's mental health package, which includes ensuring lectures and deans gain appropriate mental health training. The benefit of this is that if lecturers and deans know what signs to look out for with their students, they can help get people into our support services before problems escalate. Within this, I also want this policy to include information on how lectures can work with students with neurodiversity, as we are often overlooked and abandoned by lecturers.

 

Another big part of our package is establishing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between UCSA and UC. This MOU will establish the understanding that the UCSA should be and will be consulted on how the UC spends money on mental health because at the end of the day, who knows students best but students?

 

Another policy that we have is a redevelopment of the V plate app! As it stands, the V plate app is old, outdated and logs you out for no reason. This NEEDS to change; I hate it. Our vision for the V plate app is to include a click-and-collect system to help you get food faster and on the go, plus working with our venues to make more exciting deals. You may say, “how will you pay for this?” and it's simple! We will seek out sponsorship so that it doesn't cost us, the students, anything but a name! This way, we develop a new, improved V plate app that will be better for all students.

 

The last policy I would push for is establishing exec office hours. Office hours will help the exec build pono ki te kaupapa (being true with the subject) for the exec members while also breaking down barriers between the exec and students to help encourage more engagement!"

 

Thanks again, and I look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail!

 

Bryant.M

 

 

Engagement Officer | Āpiha Pāhekoheko

Renz Alvez

Kia ora,

 

My name is Renz and I am running to be your UCSA Engagement officer/General executive for 2023 along with Luc Mackay, running for President and Leonardo Bolstad, running for General executive. I am in my 2nd year in Bachelor of Commerce, Majoring in Finance and Marketing. Yea I know, I’m a commerce student. But here are some points that we care about:

 

Engagement during Lectures

 

Are you a first-year student or were you one (ofc bruh)? Remember those days? How hard was it for you back then to socialize and meet new people? Pretty though. But don’t worry, I’ve felt and experienced the same. You wanted to create connections, make new friends, enhance your academic success and of course enjoy the bonds and memories that will be made. The goal we have in mind is to ‘umbrella’ theseaspirations to make our lectures more engaging between students. A simple “Talk to your neighbor and discuss” can start and create a relationship that may last forever. Cheesy, but fulfilling.

 

Engaging with Distant students

 

As a student who can be physically seen on campus, I wonder how distant students feel being away from campus. Do you know? Well, I don’t, but would love to know. Also, in what ways do we engage with them so that they feel like they belong with us UC? A reason why I’m running for this role is because we (with my team) would like to create an environment that is fun and captivating for the interests of students stuck at a distance. ONLINE Clubs, Activities, Events, Social nights? Imagine a silent disco but all in zoom.

 

Keeping MONO fresh and relevant

 

Our aim is to keep the culture of MONO fresh and relevant. But how far could we go with new ideas? What’s the stigma behind why people don’t go to MONO nights? Well, here’s to why I’m running for this ENGAGEMENT role.

 

MISSED OUT?

 

How long did you find out that there’s a UCSA noticeboard? ANNDDD, the UC textbooks buy and sell page?! What about UC naps? JK. Moreover, were you one of those first-year students who didn’t live in the halls and were unaware of programs that you could join to meet fellow students who were in the same boat as you? Well, there's UniLife. Our primary goal is to rethink how we could have these interactions become the status quo for the new students. Rethinking how this vital information can be spreadeffectively, especially for the ones who need it.

 

Make sure to read more words of wisdom from my papi’s Luc and Leonardo.

 

Up for a chat or a coffee and talk about zodiac signs? Email me roa18@uclive.ac.nz

 

 

Xavier Moir

Kia ora koutou! My name’s Xavier Moir (he/him) and I’m running to be your UCSA Engagement Officer for 2023, alongside the wonderful Pierce Crowley for President. We would love to have your vote in the upcoming elections and hope to represent you.

 

A bit about me: I’m finishing off my 4th and final year of my Political Science degree. I’m a Christchurch local, and have loved my time here at UC, especially all the amazing friendsand memories I’ve made. Some of my hobbies include zipping to and from Uni on my push scooter that I’ve had since I was a kid, eagerly attempting and failing at the Foundry quiz, and blasting Taylor Swift music at any opportunity.

 

While studying I’ve gotten involved as a leader for 2 years for the UniLife program that caters to first years outside of halls, and then this year I was on the UCSA executive myself as the Law Faculty rep. Working with the UCSA has been a blast and has allowed me to grow, fostering my passion for student representation and working as part of a team. Pierce and I are both proud of the work we’ve been able to do and hope to continue that work into next year, as well as hoping to launch many new projects alongside next year’s team.

 

I want to run for Engagement Officer because I believe strongly in the power of meaningful representation and allowing space for us to thrive together. This role will allow me to help advocate for what is important, coming together to achieve a better campus where all of us belong. I’ll make sure that your voice is heard, because the UCSA and UC belong to you.

 

Some of the stuff we want to achieve next year includes:

 

REVAMPING OUR EVENTS
  • Bottomless Brunch at the UCSA
  • Regular Dinner Deals at the Foundry
  • A V-Plate for a Modern Campus
  • Improving Mono & More: Doof, Themed Nights, and Gigs!
REBUILD OUR UC COMMUNITY
  • Club Skill Sessions
  • Rethinking the Library Fare Structure
  • Bringing More Study Space Back to the Library
  • Addressing Period Poverty on Campus
REPRESENTING YOUR VOICE
  • More Transparent Executive
  • Implement Anonymous Marking Across the University
  • Comprehensive Review of UCSA Food Offerings
  • Building on our Relationship with Te Akatoki
  • Restructuring our Executive
For a more comprehensive look at our policies and to find out more, visit our website at www.cometogether.nz and check out our Facebook event where we’ll be posting updates.

 

VOTE CROWLEY/MOIR FOR 2023

 

 

International Representative | Māngai Tāwāhi

Kartikey

Kia Ora Koutou,

 

My name is Kartikey (He/Him) and I am running for UCSA International Rep for 2023 | Māngai Tāwāhi. I am in my 3rd year studying towards Bachelor of Arts.

 

Moving to Aotearoa to study at UC has been one of the most phenomenal experience of life. This places has provided me with lot of opportunities for self growth, to learn about diverse culture which helped me expand my social circle. Nevertheless, moving to a new country by myself was not smooth sailing. I also experienced problems like visa issues, cultural shock to mention but a few which most international students can relate to. My experience around UC and UCSA involves being the College of Arts Rep in 2022. This was an amazing opportunity to learn more about UCSA and work for student community. I have been involved with UC’s International community. I am the Vice President for Malaysian club and this year we also started an Indian club. Involvement with these clubs and meeting international students helped me gain a lot of insight on issues affecting International students and have motivated to run for this role again!

 

If elected I want to:

 

ADVOCATE for Sexual Health coverage in student insurance for international students.

 

EMPLOY an Immigration Advisor to help and guide through visa procedures and other immigration issues. BUILD an Information hub for International students

 

DIVERSE food options across campus. We have thought a lot about these policies, and they are something we are passionate about. If elected we will Engage with a range of communities within UC, and UCSA to deliver our promises. Outside of study, I like to play badminton or other outdoor sports, go for drive, and love to paint while having some nice drink and music.

 

“VOTE LIGHTNING McQUEENS”

 

Kartikey, Bryant, Ruben, Cassie, Aria

 

Melody Lango

Kia ora, halo, rantavuha and bonjour everyone,

 

My name is Melody Lango, I am an international student studying towards a bachelor of Civil Engineering and I will be running for UCSA International Representative for 2023.

 

Being an international student to me pierces deeper than the physical appearances, the foreign accents, and high international tuition fees. It is the emotional and mental battle we fight daily from being away from our families, our norms, and our cultures, a trade we have made to receive a higher level of tertiary education. It is the expectations we have for ourselves and the expectation our families have that we carry over our shoulders daily. It is a challenge being an international student and I, myself have had an extensive among of experience from being one for more than 7 years.

 

We have all travelled near and far across the globe with a common goal, which is to graduate with our chosen degrees but also experience what New Zealand and the University of Canterbury have to offer. For that to happen I believe we need to set in place effective support systems and networks/teams for our international students. Mental health is also anissue within our international community that needs to be addressed and given the attention that it urgently needs.

 

I have an immense passion to help others around me so if I am not singing, dancing, planning events, catching up on the latest movies or TV series, or socializing (I do too much of that!), I would be helping friends and others that just need a person to talk through the hardship they are going through. I believe that my experiences, characteristics, and passion will help me succeed in the international representative role.

 

Thank you. 😊

 

 

Postgraduate Representative | Māngai Tāura

Angeline Moneda

 

 

Equity & Wellbeing Representative | Māngai Taurite Me Te Oranga

Jahreese Dowdle

Kia ora, I'm Jahreese Dowdle and I'm running for the position of Equity and Wellbeing for 2022. Tyrone Foster, who is running for Vice President and General Executive and I are focusing on representing the core values of the University: pono, tika and aroha; truth, righteousness and love.

 

I know how hard it has been for students who are struggling to find support during the past few years. It is my goal to make all tauira (students) feel welcome and safe again, reinstalling that kiwi sense of community so many of us have lost during these trying times.

 

Student community, health and wellbeing are at the core of our mission.

 

We want to explore safe options for travelling after a night out and continue to work on the safety procedures our security staff employ. The neighbourhoods surrounding the University can also be dangerous for our tauira so we want to ensure that the support network for students in halls or in other accommodation have access to a neighbourhood support service which we will facilitate.

 

Being a student at the University of Canterbury means being an active participant in the community. Some find this community in clubs, or in halls, and some have a harder time than others engaging in their programs or initiatives provided by students or otherwise. We want to ensure that whatever your nationality, whatever your struggles, that you feel supported to be your best you. We think our policies and our personalities will make this a reality.

 

For the team that is working hard for equality and wellbeing, community development initiatives, and advocacy. For the peoples team, vote Jah and Tyrone for 2022."

 

Jeremy Wright

Kia ora, Talofa, Malo e leilei and warm Pacific Greetings to you! Ko Jeremy toku ingoa, e uri ahau no Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa. I am a fourth-year law and Pols student campaigning alongside Kaleigh Pickover for the positions of Equity and Wellbeing Officer and General Executive of the UCSA for 2023. Together, Kaleigh and I are running on three major points. First, we want to advocate for stronger support given to clubs, which we believe is more important than ever given the need to bring back club engagement in a post-covid campus. Both of us are heavily involved in the club scene and have spent the last few years involved in a variety of different ways.

 

I have personally been in various positions on a variety of clubs over my time at UC, so I have seen the strengths of club support as well as where there can be improvement. Next, we want to establish and better nurture a meaningful relationship between the UCSA as an organisation with the student body. As an organisation of students for the students, student benefits should remain the top priority for everything the UCSA does, however, discussion and discourse on the famed UCSA Noticeboard suggests that this is not always the case. Finally, we want to promote campus inclusivity, while this includes ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and religion, we want this to also go beyond to include other groups such as mature and postgraduate students to ensure they feel as though they have a place and representation on campus. While this is a super brief overview of our goals, we hope that you’ll have faith in us to represent you on the UCSA and will throw a vote our way!

 

 

General Executive | Māngai Whakahaere

Renz Alvez

Kia ora,

 

My name is Renz and I am running to be your UCSA Engagement officer/General executive for 2023 along with Luc Mackay, running for President and Leonardo Bolstad, running for General executive. I am in my 2nd year in Bachelor of Commerce, Majoring in Finance and Marketing. Yea I know, I’m a commerce student. But here are some points that we care about:

 

Engagement during Lectures

 

Are you a first-year student or were you one (ofc bruh)? Remember those days? How hard was it for you back then to socialize and meet new people? Pretty though. But don’t worry, I’ve felt and experienced the same. You wanted to create connections, make new friends, enhance your academic success and of course enjoy the bonds and memories that will be made. The goal we have in mind is to ‘umbrella’ theseaspirations to make our lectures more engaging between students. A simple “Talk to your neighbor and discuss” can start and create a relationship that may last forever. Cheesy, but fulfilling.

 

Engaging with Distant students

 

As a student who can be physically seen on campus, I wonder how distant students feel being away from campus. Do you know? Well, I don’t, but would love to know. Also, in what ways do we engage with them so that they feel like they belong with us UC? A reason why I’m running for this role is because we (with my team) would like to create an environment that is fun and captivating for the interests of students stuck at a distance. ONLINE Clubs, Activities, Events, Social nights? Imagine a silent disco but all in zoom.

 

Keeping MONO fresh and relevant

 

Our aim is to keep the culture of MONO fresh and relevant. But how far could we go with new ideas? What’s the stigma behind why people don’t go to MONO nights? Well, here’s to why I’m running for this ENGAGEMENT role.

 

MISSED OUT?

 

How long did you find out that there’s a UCSA noticeboard? ANNDDD, the UC textbooks buy and sell page?! What about UC naps? JK. Moreover, were you one of those first-year students who didn’t live in the halls and were unaware of programs that you could join to meet fellow students who were in the same boat as you? Well, there's UniLife. Our primary goal is to rethink how we could have these interactions become the status quo for the new students. Rethinking how this vital information can be spreadeffectively, especially for the ones who need it.

 

Make sure to read more words of wisdom from my papi’s Luc and Leonardo.

 

Up for a chat or a coffee and talk about zodiac signs? Email me roa18@uclive.ac.nz

 

 

Claire Arthurs

Kia ora koutou!

 

I hope to represent you in the 2023 General Exec/Māngai Whakahaere.

 

I'm working towards a B.Com in economics and finance; my second attempt at uni after a false start in my younger years. I know how hard juggling uni and life's demands can be! UC and the UCSA have heaps of brilliant people working to help us with our education and wellbeing. I'd love to help these services to become more accessible and user-friendly. I'm all about making your student experience easier. Currently serving as a class rep for the sixth time. Advocating for my fellow students and making sure our voices are heard by UC and our UCSA reps gives me life. As an older-than-average undergrad I have a tonne of life and management experience through parenthood, a career as a builder, and decades of voluntary and advocacy work.

 

In my free time I love to hang out with my son, borrow my mates' dog and head off for a run along the beach. I also run a second-hand uniform shop, which I rebuilt to be successful in serving my local high school.

 

I would hugely value the opportunity to build on the good work of previous execs to:
  • Promote clearer paths for support and wellbeing.
  • Cease and reverse the reduction of study spaces (level three Puaka!)
  • Provide ideas/feedback to help lecturers to better use lecture recording technology.
  • Highlight the need for the special considerations process to be easier to navigate and fairer.
  • Further engage our community in sustainability practices, e.g. encourage reduction of all single-use items, make non-landfill options more user-friendly.
  • Be a voice for the sometimes-overlooked older students and students with tamariki.
Always up for a chat, please feel free to hit me up if you see me around!

 

Leonardo Bolstad

Kia Ora everyone!

 

I’m Leonardo, a first-year engineering (yes I apologise) student, who is confusingly in his 3rd semester. Though technically a kiwi I have had the irregular upbringing of going to a French school in Japan, hence the gap. But how did I end up here? Well last year, wishing for adventure, I left my humble 21 m^2 apartment in Paris to come to UC. To be honest, I was originally expecting a small campus with a few hundred students (maybe even some sheep) and an equally modest student life. But much to my surprise, on my first day, my stereotypes where crushed by the unchristchurchesque tall buildings and the equally numerable clubs that UC holds at its disposal . Yet as time went on, I came to find that there was a mismatch between the architectural and the organisational infrastructure.

 

I indeed believe the UCSA, despite its resources, has not managed to improve two main crucial problems:
  • Lack of infrastructure for student engagement, be it for club activities or course structuring.
  • Lack of transparency and communication, leading to much needed academic and social opportunities and support going unheard.
With these concerns and a desire to make a foray, I have decided to run for general exec and group with two of my friends Luc and Renz under a common goal. A goal to centralise, democratise and to better the lives of our fellow students by offering them the full potential of UC. We believe our diverse backgrounds will not only bring fresh ideas but also shake up the status quo and give many students a sense of belonging in a vibrant university.

 

If you want to ask any questions or just chat, please send me an email at lbo70@uclive.ac.nz and good luck with your studies!

 

Sarah Calley

You’re a busy student. You probably won’t read this unless you’re procrastinating studying, but if you’ve gotten this far, please keep reading. As a busy student I know the pressure of studying, socialising, working and other life commitments can be hard. That’s why I believe wellbeing and mental health support is important and I would like to increase this. A feeling of safety on campus is equally crucial for a student to succeed. Because of this, I want to seek out what makes students feel unsafe on campus, and hopefully remedy these issues. To be able to gauge how to best support the needs of all groups of students, I want to increase honest communication between the student body and the UCSA. I would love to hear any ideas, criticism, or feedback from any student and would use this information to betterpromote the needs of the student body. By doing this, I hope that I can create a more inclusive campus, where all students feel safe and supported. This is my motivation for running for a position as a UCSA General Executive member. If this is the type of campus you would like to see, I hope you consider voting for me.

 

Ruben Castaing

Hey, I’m Ruben (he/him) and running for general exec. I’m in my third year of data science.

I’ve got the looks, the charm, and the smarts and am not afraid to use them to create positive change for students. We often enjoy parties and drinking but are not always safe while doing so. 14% of students feel unsafe on campus. My interest is for the UCSA to set up student first aid training so we can look after each other on and off campus. Also, exams can be stressful for students. I’ll implement pleasant study spaces during exams, hopefully with food and tutors. In short, I aim to make University life safer and less stressful for students.

 

Argyle Dempster

About me:

 

I’m majoring in mathematics. That aside let me unload here and give you my life philosophies:
  • If you’re going to fail better to do so giving it your all and going down in a blaze of glory then to fade silently into the shadows.
  • Better to try stay true to yourself and what you think is right then to let the world push you into doing what everybody else is doing.
  • And the world is a better place when your positive about yourself and the things and people around you.
About what I can do for YOU:
  • Behind in your courses?
  • Don’t gel with your lecturer’s teaching style?
  • Want to get more involved in the Uni life but not sure how?
  • Ever been frustrated by the first-in first-served basis system?
  • Have other things going on in your life making it difficult to concentrate on studying?
Well I’m not God so I can’t work miracles.

 

BUT I have been there and know how you feel and can represent you on your behalf to the university. I can take in complaints and pass them up the chain to the big bosses and try to get something done about them.

 

I want to make sure you’re getting a clean, fair shot at this big adventure called university.

 

Oliver Dunshea

 

Antonios Eskander

Kia ora e te whānau! I’m running to be the UCSA General Exec for Law. In 2023 I’ll be in my third year of an LLB/BA and my twentieth year on Earth.

 

Myself

 

My mum’s from Hong Kong and my dad’s from Egypt, but I grew up here in Ōtautahi and went to Christchurch schools (I know you want to – ask me which school I went to). Unusually for immigrantchildren, I grew up close to three grandparents - including my grandfather Souvlaki Man, campus legend and retiree.

 

I support clubs

 

I’ve had five positions across three clubs. All my best mates are in clubs. I know running clubs is a lot of work. I care a lot about clubs and I’m keen to support them as a General Exec.

 

I like student culture – & my policy!

 

I want to see more space for student culture. As fun as the UCSA noticeboard is, it’s not a place where students can talk about their concerns and experiences at length.

 

My policy: I’d like to set up a new page on the CANTA websitewhere clubs and students can submit articles about anything they like.Anything unprolematic gets published. I’m thinking a smorgasbord of scandalous confessions, righteous diatribes, funny anecdotes, eventads and plain rants. Basically everything we love about uni Facebook pages, but more of it.

 

I am a good listener

 

My time as a Student Rep, President of Asian Law Soc, and a flesh-and-blood person has made me care a lot about student wellbeing. I feel that, as a student body, we aren’t very well. I’ll welcome all conversation – constructive and non-constructive alike – to better represent all students. A strict open-door, open-inbox policy.

 

I’m happy to chat - flick me an email or slide into my DMs! Kia ora.

 

Tyrone Foster

Kia ora koutou e te whanau

 

Ko Tyrone tāku ingoa

 

No Ōtautahi au

 

Ko Ngāi Tahu tōku iwi

 

Ko Ngāi Tūāhuriri tōku hapū

 

Kei Pūtarikamotu tōku kaik

 

Kia ora, I'm Tyrone Foster and I'm running for the positions of UCSA Vice President and General Executive for 2022. Jahreese Dowdle, who is running for Equity and Wellbeing, and I are focusing on representing the core values of the University: pono, tika and aroha; truth, righteousness and love. We love people and want to advocate for your rights! We plan to provide support and advocacy services with our club for students on and off the campus and plan to champion health and wellbeing for our wider tauira (student) body.

 

Why vote for me? Well I have a wide range of management and service experience, as well as having completed two degrees in Engineering and Music so I bring a fresh and driven perspective. I'm currently working towards a degree in Māori and Indigenous Studies and Sociology before postgraduate studies in Political Science so I wish to increase our conscientization and return skills and knowledge to this establishment. Since starting at the University I've been a class rep and involved in different hui around the campus to help students facing struggles from the ground up.

 

The Vice President has access to academic and wellbeing meetings with the University of Canterbury and when you entrust me with this position, I will ensure to find timely and effective resolutions for students, as well as for the University of Canterbury and student association.

 

Student community and health and wellbeing are at the core of our mission. We want to explore safe options for travelling after a night out and continue to work around safety procedures our security staff employ. The neighbourhoods surrounding the University can also be dangerous for our tauira so we want to ensure that the support network for students in halls or in other accommodation have access to a neighbourhood support service which we will facilitate.

 

Being together in unity with the institution is a huge part of our studies here at the University of Canterbury. Some find this community in clubs, or in halls, and some have a harder time than others engaging in their programs or initiatives provided by students or otherwise. We want to ensure that whatever your nationality, whatever your struggles, that you feel supported to be your best you. We think our proactive policies and our personalities will make this a reality.

 

For the team that is working hard for equality and wellbeing, community development, initiatives and advocacy. For the people, who are the most important thing, vote Tyrone and Jah for 2022.

 

Wellbeing Forever.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Tyrone

 

Cassie Goodlin

Kia Ora, My name is Cassie (she/her) and I study a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and minoring in Economics. Outside of my studies, you can usually find me reading, drinking coffee, and watching sports. I want to run for the UCSA because I want to advocate for the student voices of UC and to help improve the student experience of current and future students. An area of interest that I have within the UCSA is continuing to work on mental health support throughout the university.

Jeff Kalauta

Talofa lava, Mālō e lelei, Kia Orana, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Bula Vakana

 

Kia orana katoatoa, my name is Jeff-Jeffery Kalauta. I’m Pasifika and a third-year law student running for the position of general exec. I’m a member of PAG (Pasifika Advisory Group) & UCPLSS (Pasifika Law Student’s Society).

 

Why are you running for the UCSA Exec?

 

The UCSA does awesome mahi around campus on behalf of students. I would like to drive its advocacy further and campaign to ensure student concerns and needs are heard. As a general exec member my priority is to echo the demands of the student body and ensure all voices are heard that encompasses the range and diversity of the students at UC. All students need to feel welcome and have a place at UC. I will advocate to ensure theequity measures that uphold the mana and voice of our diverse student body.

 

What are the issues you want to work on if elected?

 

I aim to campaign on ensuring the university consults with students on all matters that concern student welfare. I aim to ensure student welfare is at the top of UC’s priority list, that students have access to culturally responsive mental health services and the University is held accountable to uphold its duty of care to us all. The current cost of living impacts on student welfare. I aim to advocate for the review of the student allowance and accommodation rates to ensure that access to education is not barricaded by rising living costs.

 

Finally, I would love to see a new and contemporary Pasifika art work in Haere-Roa.

 

What are you doing when not studying?

 

I’m usually at home with famz and my awesome seven-year-old.

 

I also create and release lofihip-hop beatz on Instagram & Spotify.

 

Kartikey

Kia Ora Koutou,

 

My name is Kartikey (He/Him) and I am running for UCSA International Rep for 2023 | Māngai Tāwāhi. I am in my 3rd year studying towards Bachelor of Arts.

 

Moving to Aotearoa to study at UC has been one of the most phenomenal experience of life. This places has provided me with lot of opportunities for self growth, to learn about diverse culture which helped me expand my social circle. Nevertheless, moving to a new country by myself was not smooth sailing. I also experienced problems like visa issues, cultural shock to mention but a few which most international students can relate to. My experience around UC and UCSA involves being the College of Arts Rep in 2022. This was an amazing opportunity to learn more about UCSA and work for student community. I have been involved with UC’s International community. I am the Vice President for Malaysian club and this year we also started an Indian club. Involvement with these clubs and meeting international students helped me gain a lot of insight on issues affecting International students and have motivated to run for this role again!

 

If elected I want to:

 

ADVOCATE for Sexual Health coverage in student insurance for international students.

 

EMPLOY an Immigration Advisor to help and guide through visa procedures and other immigration issues. BUILD an Information hub for International students

 

DIVERSE food options across campus. We have thought a lot about these policies, and they are something we are passionate about. If elected we will Engage with a range of communities within UC, and UCSA to deliver our promises. Outside of study, I like to play badminton or other outdoor sports, go for drive, and love to paint while having some nice drink and music.

 

“VOTE LIGHTNING McQUEENS”

 

Kartikey, Bryant, Ruben, Cassie, Aria

 

Melody Lango

Kia ora, halo, rantavuha and bonjour everyone,

 

My name is Melody Lango, I am an international student studying towards a bachelor of Civil Engineering and I will be running for UCSA International Representative for 2023.

 

Being an international student to me pierces deeper than the physical appearances, the foreign accents, and high international tuition fees. It is the emotional and mental battle we fight daily from being away from our families, our norms, and our cultures, a trade we have made to receive a higher level of tertiary education. It is the expectations we have for ourselves and the expectation our families have that we carry over our shoulders daily. It is a challenge being an international student and I, myself have had an extensive among of experience from being one for more than 7 years.

 

We have all travelled near and far across the globe with a common goal, which is to graduate with our chosen degrees but also experience what New Zealand and the University of Canterbury have to offer. For that to happen I believe we need to set in place effective support systems and networks/teams for our international students. Mental health is also anissue within our international community that needs to be addressed and given the attention that it urgently needs.

 

I have an immense passion to help others around me so if I am not singing, dancing, planning events, catching up on the latest movies or TV series, or socializing (I do too much of that!), I would be helping friends and others that just need a person to talk through the hardship they are going through. I believe that my experiences, characteristics, and passion will help me succeed in the international representative role.

 

Thank you. 😊

 

Maddy McConnell

Hi, I am Maddy, I am currently studying International Business, minoring in Business Sustainability and German. I am running for UCSA general exec because I would love to opportunity to continue to grow and develop UC’s support to its students. Specifically, I am passionate about the enabling students to achieve their full potential through creating beneficial learning environment, easy access to resources and adjusting learning to your personal needs.

 

I believe everyone has their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to learning. I would love the opportunity to generate a learning space that works in unity with your strengths, as-well as collaboratively working in supporting and developing your weaknesses. I am a very energetic and enthusiastic person, wanting to work on behalf of you the students to form the best University experience possible. Outside of study I love being social and outdoors. I love skiing, walking, and giving anything a go. I am a people person. I have been involved in clubs, and on execs for a few years now. I have really loved these opportunities as it has given me the ability to continue, as well as grow and develop, clubs for future needs of its members. I find it enjoyable to hear about different people's opinions and experiences. I would be honoured to represent you as a general exec in 2023. If you have any questions, or just want to say hi, please feel free to come up for a chat would love to meet you all.

 

Bryant McIntyre

Kia Ora, I’m, once again, asking you to be defiant and vote for Bryant. (He/Him)

 

I'm a 3rd-year Political Science and Economics student. I've served on the 2022 exec and was the Education Facility rep and Mental health chair. I'm running with Aria, Cassie, Kartikey, and Ruben. I have had a passion for improving mental health and volunteering since 2017. I enjoy a beer tower at the foundry and a good surf out at Taylor's Mistake in my spare time.

 

As many of you may have seen or even experienced, mental health is a significant issue that plagues the student population. It's something that this year, I have worked on bettering through the UCSA mental health subcommittee. I plan to use these lessons to further enhance UC’s mental health support to their academic side. This will be achieved within my group's mental health package, which includes ensuring lectures and deans gain appropriate mental health training. The benefit of this is that if lecturers and deans know what signs to look out for with their students, they can help get people into our support services before problems escalate. Within this, I also want this policy to include information on how lectures can work with students with neurodiversity, as we are often overlooked and abandoned by lecturers.

 

Another big part of our package is establishing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between UCSA and UC. This MOU will establish the understanding that the UCSA should be and will be consulted on how the UC spends money on mental health because at the end of the day, who knows students best but students?

 

Another policy that we have is a redevelopment of the V plate app! As it stands, the V plate app is old, outdated and logs you out for no reason. This NEEDS to change; I hate it. Our vision for the V plate app is to include a click-and-collect system to help you get food faster and on the go, plus working with our venues to make more exciting deals. You may say, “how will you pay for this?” and it's simple! We will seek out sponsorship so that it doesn't cost us, the students, anything but a name! This way, we develop a new, improved V plate app that will be better for all students.

 

The last policy I would push for is establishing exec office hours. Office hours will help the exec build pono ki te kaupapa (being true with the subject) for the exec members while also breaking down barriers between the exec and students to help encourage more engagement!"

 

Thanks again, and I look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail!

 

Bryant.M

 

Aria Millar

Kia Ora, my name is Aria (She/Her)

 

I am in my 2nd-year of studying Teaching and Learning (Primary) [BTchLn] and am currently serving as a general exec within EdSoc.

 

I have a passion for learning and helping others achieve, grow and discover their potential. When I’m not studying, I am often training for and playing volleyball or coaching netball. I can also be found relaxing at home, blasting my music or reading a book.

 

As an exec member – and the first running with an education background in many years – I would love to be actively involved in the improvement, progression and growth within the education sector and allow ākonga kaiako (pre-service teachers) extensive opportunities to impart their knowledge upon others and provide the best for all tamariki (children) and learners to explore and harness their own education and future through learning.

 

If elected, I would want to reduce the amount of negative feedback that is provided in course/lecturer feedback forums by increasing the opportunities for all students to express any course-related issues, concerns and needs throughout each semester and further, improve on these as best as possible.

 

Within BTchLn degrees, I have noticed extreme levels of student stress, anxiety and misunderstanding when it comes to pre-placement preparation. I want to provide extensive opportunities for all students to feel well prepared, organised, and relaxed leading into their professional placements within schools.

 

I would also propose that we expand the BTchLn degrees to offer additional (optional) courses that provide variety, choice and further expansion of our developing subject skills as teachers as opposed to the current set-in-stone courses. This would allow pre-service teachers to further delve into selected subject areas and increase our skills and knowledge base.

 

Xavier Moir

Kia ora koutou! My name’s Xavier Moir (he/him) and I’m running to be your UCSA Engagement Officer for 2023, alongside the wonderful Pierce Crowley for President. We would love to have your vote in the upcoming elections and hope to represent you.

 

A bit about me: I’m finishing off my 4th and final year of my Political Science degree. I’m a Christchurch local, and have loved my time here at UC, especially all the amazing friendsand memories I’ve made. Some of my hobbies include zipping to and from Uni on my push scooter that I’ve had since I was a kid, eagerly attempting and failing at the Foundry quiz, and blasting Taylor Swift music at any opportunity.

 

While studying I’ve gotten involved as a leader for 2 years for the UniLife program that caters to first years outside of halls, and then this year I was on the UCSA executive myself as the Law Faculty rep. Working with the UCSA has been a blast and has allowed me to grow, fostering my passion for student representation and working as part of a team. Pierce and I are both proud of the work we’ve been able to do and hope to continue that work into next year, as well as hoping to launch many new projects alongside next year’s team.

 

I want to run for Engagement Officer because I believe strongly in the power of meaningful representation and allowing space for us to thrive together. This role will allow me to help advocate for what is important, coming together to achieve a better campus where all of us belong. I’ll make sure that your voice is heard, because the UCSA and UC belong to you.

 

Some of the stuff we want to achieve next year includes:

 

REVAMPING OUR EVENTS
  • Bottomless Brunch at the UCSA
  • Regular Dinner Deals at the Foundry
  • A V-Plate for a Modern Campus
  • Improving Mono & More: Doof, Themed Nights, and Gigs!
REBUILD OUR UC COMMUNITY
  • Club Skill Sessions
  • Rethinking the Library Fare Structure
  • Bringing More Study Space Back to the Library
  • Addressing Period Poverty on Campus
REPRESENTING YOUR VOICE
  • More Transparent Executive
  • Implement Anonymous Marking Across the University
  • Comprehensive Review of UCSA Food Offerings
  • Building on our Relationship with Te Akatoki
  • Restructuring our Executive
For a more comprehensive look at our policies and to find out more, visit our website at www.cometogether.nz and check out our Facebook event where we’ll be posting updates.

 

VOTE CROWLEY/MOIR FOR 2023

 

Grace Nelson

Hi, my name is Grace, I don't love long walks but I love beaches.

 

I’m a third-year student studying Fine Arts, Majoring in Graphic Design and have taken a couple of papers in other departments/areas. I vote in every election I am eligible for, as I was taught that if you don’t vote, you can’t complain. As part of the executive committee for two clubs, I have found that I enjoy the paperwork that comes with the job.

 

I love chatting 1-on-1 and learning what people are passionate about, what motivates them to take a stand, and what makes them light up. For me, that thing is talking about people. I am a Christian and out of that have a strong belief that everyone is valuable. So whether I’m talking about how awesome my mum is, or how wearing a mask is an act of compassion and love towards fellow humans, you’ll find I get super passionate about it.

 

Traditionally candidates run on a particular policy, however, I am reluctant to do so as I haven’t seen any of these policies happen while I have been at uni. Part of why I am running is that I want to get elbows deep in this system, see how it works from the inside out, and see why no campaign promises ever seem to be kept.

 

If I could do anything, I would push for more mental health professionals to be hired to support students, particularly in getting formal diagnoses to access proper treatment so they succeed to their full potential. I don't know the system well enough yet to know if that or anything close is possible, but I’d love the opportunity to try.

 

Kaleigh Pickover

Kia ora! My name is Kaleigh and I am a fourth year law and pols student campaigning alongside Jeremy Wright to be a general executive member of the UCSA for 2023. Admittedly, I love being a UC student and am so passionate about the UC community and everything that it involves. Together, Jeremy and I are running on three major points, first we want to advocate for stronger support given to clubs, which we believe is more important than ever given the need to bring back club engagement in a post covid campus. Both of us are heavily involved in the club scene and have spent the last few years involved in a variety of different ways.

 

Working with the UCSA in my role as President of UC Women in Law this year and Sponsorship Coordinator of Lads Without Labels in 2021 has given me first hand knowledge of where the UCSA succeeds and fails to serve clubs and as a result of this, students. Next we want to establish and better nurture a meaningful relationship between the UCSA as an organisation with the student body. As an organisation of students for the students, student benefits should remain the top priority for everything the UCSA does, however discussion and discourse on the famed UCSA Noticeboard suggests that this is not always the case. Finally, we want to promote campus inclusivity, while this includes ethinic, gender, sexuality and religious, we want this to also go beyond to include other groups such as mature and postgraduate students to ensure they feel as though they have a place and representation on campus. While this is a super brief overview of our goals, we hope that you’ll have faith in us to represent you on the UCSA and will throw a vote our way!

 

Jeremy Wright

Kia ora, Talofa, Malo e leilei and warm Pacific Greetings to you! Ko Jeremy toku ingoa, e uri ahau no Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa. I am a fourth-year law and Pols student campaigning alongside Kaleigh Pickover for the positions of Equity and Wellbeing Officer and General Executive of the UCSA for 2023. Together, Kaleigh and I are running on three major points. First, we want to advocate for stronger support given to clubs, which we believe is more important than ever given the need to bring back club engagement in a post-covid campus. Both of us are heavily involved in the club scene and have spent the last few years involved in a variety of different ways.

 

I have personally been in various positions on a variety of clubs over my time at UC, so I have seen the strengths of club support as well as where there can be improvement. Next, we want to establish and better nurture a meaningful relationship between the UCSA as an organisation with the student body. As an organisation of students for the students, student benefits should remain the top priority for everything the UCSA does, however, discussion and discourse on the famed UCSA Noticeboard suggests that this is not always the case. Finally, we want to promote campus inclusivity, while this includes ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and religion, we want this to also go beyond to include other groups such as mature and postgraduate students to ensure they feel as though they have a place and representation on campus. While this is a super brief overview of our goals, we hope that you’ll have faith in us to represent you on the UCSA and will throw a vote our way!

 

 

Role descriptions

President Tumuaki

Vice-President Tumuaki Tuarua

Engagement Officer Āpiha Pāhekoheko

International Representative Māngai Tāwāhi

Postgraduate Representative Māngai Tāura

Equity and Wellbeing Representative Māngai Taurite Me Te Oranga

General Executive Māngai Whakahaere