Presidents Update – November 2016

Kia ora everyone
Hope your exams are going well!
Our Student Friendly Wellington campaign for the local body elections came to an end a few weeks ago, with the election of a number of student-friendly candidates.
The majority of candidates (eight of the 13) elected to Wellington City Council signed VUWSA’s pledge for a compulsory rental warrant of fitness by 2019. Six out of the 13 candidates elected to the Greater Wellington Regional signed VUWSA’s pledge for a 50 percent tertiary discount on public transport be included in Wellington’s 2017/18 Annual Plan.
We still have a bit more work to do before fairer fares and a rental warrant of fitness become a reality. The plan now is to target candidates who have not yet signed our pledge for fairer fares so that we can get it over the line. We’re just one short of a majority on the Regional Council, so we’re particularly keen to focus on Lower Hutt and Wairarapa where there are newly elected councillors who have not yet signed our pledge.
A number of students live out in Lower Hutt and Wairarapa, so we want to tell these councillors that fairer fares will do a world of difference enabling their student-constituents to succeed academically.
In my last monthly update, I told you the university proposed to reduce the exam period and introduce three exam sessions in one day to create an extra week and, therefore, ‘regularise’ Trimester 3. In the discussion at Academic Board, we pushed for an assurance in the policy that no student should have to sit three exams in one day or three in a 48-hour period. We also sought to preserve your four-day study ‘week’ from being eroded. We’re pleased that both these points have been incorporated in the new policy.
That’s all for now - good luck for the rest of your exams!