The New Zealand University Students' Association (NZUSA) is under attack from campus political groups after urging
students to 'vote out National' in this year's election.
National President of Prebble's Rebels, Clint Heine, said "yet again we are seeing the militant minority in NZUSA,
without any mandate, taking an unreasonable position while claiming to speak for students. Professional protesters such
as Karen Skinner have prostituted their pseudo-representative organisation on the unholy altar of political bias."
"If NZUSA actually communicated with the student body instead of with their flunky puppets and socialist masters then
perhaps they could gain some small degree of legitimacy. Students do not know the day-to-day activities of NZUSA and if
they discovered how much hard-earned student money was being wasted on the extremist ideology of the NZUSA executive
they would be appalled."
"The average student has no idea who NZUSA is, what they do, or even that they are supposed to represent the student
body" Mr Heine said.
"Victoria University of Wellington Students Association President, Hamish Hopkinson, said recently that most Victoria
students did not even know they owed VUWSA the compulsory annual levy of $99. This means that students are not aware
they are VUWSA members, or that they are being forced to fund VUWSA's extremist activities."
"If students knew how much money NZUSA was collecting from students, and what they were wasting it on, supposedly on the
students' behalf, then they would be appalled. I challenge the NZUSA elite to take a walk through their closest
university and to actually listen to real students. I guarantee that students have no idea who Karen Skinner is, and
that they will not care" Mr Heine said.