Nikita Skipper has been elected as the new Vice President of the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA),
after a Special General Meeting on Friday 25 May. Nikita takes over from Melissa Evans, who resigned in April.
‘This is the association that helped me to plant my feet, that empowered my voice and enabled me to grow into the person
I am. I cannot wait to do the same for the next generation of NZUSA leaders,’ says Nikita, who has been serving as
National Women’s Rights Officer since January.
Nikita won with 25 votes in her name, against her opponent Finn Shewell who received 4 votes. Students’ Associations who
are members of NZUSA are given a proportional number of votes based on the student population of their institutions.
National President Jonathan Gee says ‘Nikita has been totally committed to serving students throughout her time at
university. I’m stoked to have her by my side in this crucial year of rebuilding NZUSA so that it thrives in the
Nikita studies at Massey University, where she is working towards a Bachelor of Business Studies and Bachelor of Arts
conjoint. She is currently NZUSA’s National Women’s Rights Officer, and before that served two terms as President of the
Massey University Students’ Association (MUSA). AS National Women’s Rights Officer, she has also been helping to manage
the Thursdays in Black campaign against rape and violence.
Nikita’s term runs until 31 December 2018. She will also serve as Acting President from 16 July – 6 August when
President Jonathan Gee is overseas.
We stand for opportunity, for all.
NZUSA is the New Zealand Union of Students' Associations, the national body that represents New Zealand's students'
associations and the interests of New Zealand's 400,000 students at universities, polytechnics and in trades training.
We conduct original research, advocate to Government and through the media, and support New Zealand's students'
associations to be more effective on behalf of their members. We advocate alongside Te Mana Akonga – The National Māori
Students' Association, and Tertiary Women New Zealand – The NZUSA Women's Caucus.
Since 1929, we've believed in a society rich in opportunity, where anyone from anywhere can become any thing. We
support accessible, affordable quality public tertiary education.