A momentous Wednesday night for our Student Friendly Wellington campaign

Last Wednesday just passed we made a massive win on the Fairer Fares campaign. 

We made the extra vote needed to have majority support around the Council table on this issue. 

We co-hosted a meeting together with students from Porirua, about how the cost of public transport greatly impacts on those living in the wider Wellington region; Hutt Valley Porirua, Wairarapa, Kapiti Coast. 

Until now, one of the Councillors representing Porirua, Jenny Brash, had consistently voted against a student fare, despite the struggle faced by thousands of students in her community to get to university each day. 

Five local students spoke at the event, and each brought a unique and powerful story to the table. Saleima Samuelu spoke of her first attempt at getting a degree at Vic a number of years ago, which she had to relinquish because of the cost of getting into the city every day, and Elyjana Roach spoke of the need to design our cities in a way that people can actually get around, and have access to things like higher education. 

Each speaker was moving and persuasive, and the message clearly got through to Jenny Brash. During her response, Brash agreed for the first time to sign VUWSA’s pledge for a Student Discount on public transport!

This is a massive step forward for the Student Friendly Wellington Campaign. It means that of the current sitting councillors, we now have a majority support around the table for a 50% discount on public transport for tertiary students. 

However, the job is a long way from being done. This is all the more reason why it’s important to vote in these local body elections and ensure the supportive candidates all get elected. 

Jump on our website to see the updated list of supportive candidates, and keep an eye out for voting papers in your mailbox from the 16th September. 

Rory Lenihan-Ikin

Welfare Vice President