What’s in store for you at VUWSA in 2017?

I’m honored and humbled to have been elected as your President in 2017. A fantastic new team has been elected, with a mix of experienced returning members and some fresh blood. I know they are all brimming with ideas, and keen to carry on the progress that has been made at VUWSA this year.

Here’s a few things you can expect in the new year:

1.       A stunning Oweek. Our events team have been working their butts off to put together the biggest orientation for some time. Stay tuned for announcements over the next few weeks. One thing I can say is that we’ve agreed to another partnership with Newtown Festival, so will be bringing you another year of the Newtown Ave Stage at NZ’s greatest street festival!

2.       Progress on Fairer Fares (hopefully!). For the last few weeks I’ve been working with Council staff to put together some different bus and train fare ‘options’ for the Regional Councillors. We’ll wait and see how the new Council react to them, but by mid-December we’ll know if this is hot or cold. All going well, we’ll see some student friendly policies going out when they consult on their Annual plan early next year. Keep up the pressure by emailing your local Councillor and reminding them how important student fares are!

3.       VUWSA hitting the ground with our Strategic Plan. Having passed it at the AGM earlier this year, I’m super excited about the direction it sets for us. Our student engagement focus will see an emphasis on opening up volunteering opportunities within VUWSA - there is so much we can offer students in the way of experience, whether is working at Oweek events, on political campaigns, or projects. I’m looking forward to working with you all on making your association as good as it can be.

This is just a taste. As ever, you know we’ll be here to get the best deal for students.

Happy holidays, see you in the new year!

Rory Lenihan-Ikin,

VUWSA President-elect 2017,

Welfare Vice President