The New Zealand Union of Students' Associations welcomes today’s release of the new draft Code of Wellbeing and Safety
for Tertiary Learners.
"Students across Aotearoa have been calling out for more support and more consistency for years. It is fantastic that
the Government have heeded these calls and have published a Code that truly embeds student partnership at every level,"
says National President Andrew Lessells.
"For too long tertiary institutions have ignored the voices of students when it suits them. They’ve been providing
services that simply don’t work for their learners. Students are the experts at being a student and it is heartening
that the draft Code recognises this."
The new Code comes after the tragic death of University of Canterbury student Mason Pendrous at a hall in 2019. Lessells
says that “while the Code is well overdue, and far too many students have had to suffer through poor support in the
interim, it does address many of the concerns that have been consistently raised by students”.
The Government’s commitment to learners, whānau and communities in the Code needs to filter through to tertiary
institutions across Aotearoa.
Engagement with students in the consultation will be vital and NZUSA is looking forward to working with the Ministry of
Education and NZQA on ways to meaningfully engage with learners in the coming weeks. Consultation runs from 7 April to
21 May and NZUSA encourages students to have their say at Te oranga me te haumaru ākonga | Learner wellbeing and safety
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.