INDEPENDENT NEWS

Students Vote For Voluntary Membership

Published: Tue 7 Nov 2000 08:52 PM
7 November 2000
Media release
STUDENTS VOTE FOR VOLUNTARY MEMBERSHIP
University of Auckland students have voted to maintain voluntary membership of the Auckland University Students’ Association (AUSA).
Fifty nine percent of students who returned postal ballot papers voted in favour of retaining voluntary membership.
Returning Officer, Warwick Nicoll says 5545 students voted in favour of voluntary membership, while 3814 voted to return to compulsory membership. There were 30 informal votes.
More than twenty seven thousand enrolled students were eligible to vote in the referendum. Some 34% of these (9389 students) returned postal ballot papers.
Membership of AUSA was compulsory until a student-initiated referendum in April 1999 determined by a narrow margin of just 108 votes that AUSA membership should be voluntary from 1 May 1999.
Subsequently the University has entered into new arrangements to provide some services to students which had previously been funded from the AUSA membership fee.
AUSA has continued to function as a students’ association under the voluntary membership provisions.
Media inquiries:
Bill Williams
Public Relations Officer
University of Auckland
Tel. (09) 373 7599 x7698
Or
Kane Stanford
President, Auckland University Students’ Association
k.stanford@auckland.ac.nz
09 3090789 x373
(021) 656795

Next in Lifestyle

Margaret Atwood announces three NZ tour dates
By: Fane
Mercury transit: Stargazers mark historic moment
By: RNZ
Hoiho crowned Bird of the Year for 2019
By: Forest and Bird
Very Silly Stormtroopers - 'Jojo Rabbit'
By: Howard Davis
Hoiho get extra support
By: New Zealand Government
Without Paris Accord, emperor penguins are in dire straits
By: University of Canterbury
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media