President's update - December 2016

2016: the year that Trump got elected, Brexit happened, a 7.8M earthquake hit Wellington, and John Key resigned. It certainly has been a crazy year.

At VUWSA, we aren’t quite winding down yet as we cram in all that we can before we close for the year. The year started early in January when we spoke before a parliamentary select committee on the proposed minimum standards on rental housing, telling them the reality of cold and damp student flats.

We thought we were winding down at the end of Trimester 2 until the 14 November earthquake shook Wellington, which meant rolling our sleeves up and supporting the recovery effort with our Student Volunteer Army.

It has been an exceptionally busy year for VUWSA, and I’m incredibly proud to say that we delivered a successful Student Friendly Wellington campaign and launched our new Strategic Plan for the next five years, while continuing to get the best deal for you in everything that we have done. Thank you so much for sticking with us throughout 2016.

For me, I’ve reached the final leg of my time as VUWSA President. I want to thank you for the faith you have put in me to serve you this year. Running for election has been one of the best choices I have made in my life and I have absolutely loved being your President. As for my next adventure, I’ve recently been elected National Student President at the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA). I have the great privilege of serving students for another year and I look forward to working with you as we aim to get students issues on the General Election agenda in 2017.

What a year it has been. Thank you again for allowing me to be your President. It’s been an absolute privilege.

In service,

Jonathan Gee

VUWSA President