NZUSA – Your National Voice

VUWSA is a founding member of the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA). Since 1928 NZUSA has been a federation of students’ associations and the largest student-body in the Country. The VUWSA President is a member of the NZUSA governing body. VUWSA dictates NZUSA’s activities in correlation with other member associations.

NZUSA’s is a national voice for tertiary students. Its purpose is to uphold student and graduate rights; fight against the student-loan scheme; support high-quality, barrier-free tertiary education; and advocate on behalf of all students' for equal access to education.

NZUSA lobbies with the Government, provides information to the general public and liaises with the media on student issues. NZUSA has successfully advocated for such things as interest-free student loans, caps on fee increases, increased pastoral care and student support, as well as other student-friendly policies.

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To be a national voice for tertiary students.


To be an influential, informed and principled pressure group representing the (best) interests of tertiary students.


For all New Zealanders to have equitable access to an adequately-funded tertiary education system. Students to be supported in high-quality learning environments. That no unfair barriers to education exist.


  • To ensure students are well represented across the sector.
  • High quality teaching and learning practices within tertiary education.
  • Decrease barriers to education, reduce the burden on graduates.
  • Outstanding learning environments and experiences.
  • Improve the outcomes of and opportunities provided by tertiary study.
  • Engage with stakeholders across the sector.
  • Strong, sustainable and valuable NZUSA and affiliated bodies.
  • Encourage strong and accountable students’ associations.