Tue 10 Nov 2020

Student leaders reflect on big year

WITT student leaders celebrated the end of a challenging but rewarding year at their final hui for 2020 last week.

It’s been a big year for the team of ten – from addressing hundreds of new learners at the Orientation pōwhiri to meeting Prime Minister Jacinda Arden on campus this week, they’ve also been challenged with a global pandemic in between.

Their highlights for the year included attending student events like Orientation, Market Day, and end of trimester celebrations, as well as the opportunity to represent the student voice on the Academic Board, Health and Safety Committee and engagement with Te Pūkenga (NZIST).

WITT Director Student Support Zanetta Hinton said the unassuming but active group have done a great job listening to and representing the student body. Their advocacy has resulted in better lighting on campus, better weather coverage for the smokers’ hut, and improved Covid-19 signage.

“They have been meeting fortnightly - bringing student issues to the table, sitting on WITT committees, meeting to champion the student voice with Te Pūkenga, attending NZQA programme accreditation panels and undertaking a number of promotional events.”

Zanetta said a number of the student leaders are returning to study in 2021 and enthusiastic to return to the role next year.

“Two of the student leaders also attended the Ako NZUSA Student Leader hui in Wellington last month and have come back fired up to set up a Student Association at WITT. It’s something not seen here since 2012 when compulsory student union membership was made voluntary, a move that meant the end of many ITP’s Student Associations throughout the country,” she said.

“We look forward to what 2021 brings.”

Pictured: Arielle Grindlay-Lambert, Reham Abuharbid, Leroy Dockery, Stephanie MacKenzie, Anthony Hume, Jeremy Johnston and Alison Isaac. Stephanie Nicholson, Yvram Tumapang and Claudette Hitchcock are absent from the photo.