President's update – September 2016

Kia ora koutou everyone,

Most of you won’t remember a time when we didn’t have The Hub. Its predecessor, the Quad, was an ugly, wet and windy place.

In 2013, The Hub was created to be the ‘heart’ of the campus. With the VUWSA Trust contributing $12 million which came from compulsory student fees (VUW’s largest single donation), VUWSA aimed to ensure students were at the heart of The Hub project. Today, it’s a bustling place, with heaps of student-friendly spaces, largely thanks to the partnership between the University and the VUWSA Trust on the redevelopment project. 

The Hub has also become the heart of debate and the contest of ideas. From political debates to VUWSA’s general meetings, The Hub reminds us that as a university community, we should be acting as the critic and conscience of society. 

Next week we continue to make The Hub the heart of debate, with the Mayoral Debate next Wednesday 14 September at 1pm. The Mayoral Debate is your chance to hear whether candidates support a city that values students, and whether they support our vision for a Student Friendly Wellington. Let’s pack out The Hub to show candidates that students care about this city. 

And...we take over The Hub again on Thursday 15 September at 1pm, with the VUWSA Candidates Forum for those who are running in the upcoming executive elections. VUWSA is a crucial part of ensuring a powerful student voice at Vic and in Wellington, so make sure you attend to hear from the candidates. Also make sure that you vote when you get your voting ballot (via email) on 20 September!

We shift the focus on Monday 19 September at 4pm, with our Rant with Grant Guilford (Vice-Chancellor) and Neville Jordan (Chancellor), who will be answering your questions on fees and other parts of the student experience at Vic.

So remember to get engaged this week and participate in one (or all) of our upcoming events in your Hub. Let’s reaffirm this space as the heart of debate in our university community.