8 February 2018
Students’ associations welcome return of student seats on TEI Councils
Students’ associations around the country have welcomed today’s introduction of a new Education Amendment Bill which
will restore staff and student seats on Tertiary Education Institution (TEI) Councils. The Bill, once passed into law,
will primarily affect polytechnic councils, many of which removed student seats when the previous Government scrapped
the representation requirement.
‘This is a huge step forward in student representation,’ says Melissa Evans, National Vice President of the New Zealand
Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA). ‘Students are the primary stakeholders of tertiary education, so it only makes
sense that they have seat at the highest level of decision-making.’
‘It is wonderful to see that the Government takes the issue of student representation seriously in the tertiary sector.
It has been a long-term issue for Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and it is good they are acting on
this quickly,’ says Dallas Adams (President, Younited Students’ Association – Eastern Institute of Technology).
‘Tino pai tenei korero mo nga rangatahi te kaha kite korero mo nga rangatahi katoa ki roto Aotearoa ki runga, nga poori
o nga kura katoa. This is wonderful news that our students will have a voice at the top of institutions to be there to
represent their peers’, says Emire Khan-Malak (President, Student Pulse Te Runanga Tauira – Toi Ohomai Institute of
‘Having students involved in the ITP decision making process is not only exciting, but important as it will help to
further strengthen the student voice,’ says Izzy Paterson (President, Association of Students at UCOL).
Evans says that this is just the first step to effective and true student representation.
‘Student voice does not exist in a vacuum. In order for genuine student voice to take place on councils, institutions
must be willing to support student representatives through training, resourcing, connecting them with the independent
students’ association and instilling a culture of hearing and heeding the student voice across the institution.’
NZUSA looks forward to engaging with Members of Parliament to ensure that the legislation is as robust as possible to
facilitate effective student voice.
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.