2021 student election information

HELP MAKE THE STUDENT VOICE HEARD BY STANDING IN THE UPCOMING ELECTIONS.
You can represent the collective student voice within Unitec and it is a great way to advocate change for your student body.

All students are encouraged to stand in the Unitec Student Council Elections.

KEY DATES

  • Nominations Open: Monday, 10 August
  • Nominations Close: Friday, 28 August at 5pm
  • Candidate Briefing & Photos: Monday, 31 August - Friday, 4 September
  • Campaigning Begins: Monday, 26 October
  • Campaigning Ends: Friday, 30 October
  • Voting Opens (Online Polling): Monday, 2 November
  • Voting Closes: Friday, 6 November at 5pm

2021 USC Elections Postponed

COUNCIL ROLES

You are able to run for more than one position, though you can only hold one role in the council. We encourage you to carefully consider which role you could best fulfil when you are to campaign.

STUDENT PRESIDENT
This representative leads the Student Council, taking part in all Council activities and will sit on Unitec’s committees and boards representing the interests of the student body.

VICE PRESIDENT
This representative co-leads the Student Council, taking part in all Council activities and will sit on Unitec's committees and boards representing the interests of the student body.

MĀORI REP
This representative will speak on behalf of Māori students and will be a student member of Rūnanga and other relevant groups.

PACIFIC REP
This representative will speak on behalf of Pacific students and will be a student member of Fono and other relevant groups.

INTERNATIONAL REP
This representative will speak on behalf of International students, and will maintain a relationship with the International Office and other relevant groups.

WAITĀKERE REP
This representative will speak on behalf of students studying at the Waitākere campus and must be based at Waitākere.

GENERAL REP
This representative will take an active part in all Council activities and will sit on Unitec’s committees and boards representing the interests of the student body.

  • The term for the Student President role is for two calendar years and is a 35 hour per week paid position. To stand for this position you must be an enrolled Unitec student and have held a position of leadership within the Unitec Student Community (e.g. sports team captain, Student Rep, member of a student club or executive).
  • The term for all of the council roles is held over a calendar year i.e. 1 January – 31 December.
  • Student Council representatives are expected to work up to 10 hours per week throughout the academic semester.
  • Student Council training will be held in early February.
  • Council members are required to be available in the week before each Semester begins to assist with the welcoming of new students.
  • All positions are paid.

HOW TO STAND AND RUN IN THE ELECTION

Please read all the 2020 general election documents below, for all you need to know about standing in the current student elections:

View Information for Student Council Candidates (PDF, 1MB) »

View Campaign Code of Conduct (PDF, 747KB) »

View Elections Fact Sheet for Student Council Nominees (PDF, 1,013KB) »

  1. All candidates must be currently enrolled students at Unitec and a current Unitec student within the period elected for (except for the President).
  2. Candidates must complete the nomination form below. You can run for more than one position but you can only hold one position during your term.
  3. Candidates must be endorsed by another current Unitec student.
  4. Candidates must submit a blurb, with a limit of 200 words. It should state why they are running and what they want to achieve. The blurb will appear on the online voting form.
  5. Attend a Candidate Briefing & Photo session between Monday, 31 August - Friday, 4 September at USC Space (Building 180).
  6. Physical campaigning on campus is encouraged.
  7. Voting opens, all students receive an email containing a voting code and link and you should encourage your peers to participate in the election process.

If you have any question in regards to the elections, email the Elections Team.

Please note by being a representative, you commit adhering to the Unitec Student Council Constitution (rules), to attending regular meetings (including preparation and pre-reading), rostered shifts at the USC Student space, and attend training.

HOW TO VOTE

All current students will be sent a voting link via email. If you have not received your link please check your spam or junk folder in your email. If you still missing your link, or have questions, please contact the Elections Team

  • Voting Opens (Online Polling): Monday, 2 November at 9am
  • Voting Closes: Friday, 6 November at 5pm

Please note it is one voting link per student, so please do not share your link as it is connected to your student ID number.

CONTACT

Email elections@unitec.ac.nz