Massey University Council student membership role

As a governance body, the Council requires decisions to be made that are in the best interests of the Institution as a whole. Each member of Council is asked to make contributions to decision making that reflects their individual perspective and knowledge, while recognising that decisions should deliver the best outcome for Massey University.

The student position on Massey University Council ideally requires a person who:

  • is in touch with students' needs and wants;
  • has the relevant knowledge, skills, or experience;
  • is likely to be able to fulfil their individual duties on Council; and
  • together with the other members of the Council, is capable of undertaking the responsibilities, duties and functions.

Written and spoken communication, an understanding of the tertiary sector and trends in education are all valuable in the Council environment. Students on Council are expected to consider and include the needs of students in efforts to constantly improve Massey University.

As a Council member, opportunities exist for improving knowledge of governance and verbal and written communication, both formally and informally.

All members of Council are expected to attend the five scheduled meetings per year, as well as any planning days, committee meetings and other Council meetings that may be called. Preparation, predominantly reading, is required for each meeting. Attendance at a number of graduation ceremonies is also a part of official Council duties.

Declaration of result

Ngahuia Kirton has been elected to the Massey University Council by students enrolled at Massey University.

The Chancellor thanks all those who stood in the elections and to those students who took the time to vote.

Stuart Morriss
Returning Officer
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Operations
23 August 2018

Find out about Ngahuia Kirton


Ngahuia Kirton Ngahuia Kirton

I’m a vet student and the Welfare Executive of the Massey University Students’ Association, striving to keep my fingers firmly on the pulse of student life. It is essential to recognise the different experiences that students have, due to their mode of learning, their degree type, or many other factors.

Well-developed online learning is an essential aspect of study for many, but often papers at Massey aren’t delivering this. Extramural students don’t have easy access to the support which internal students have, so it’s vital that Stream and Portal are improved to offer different support. This will remove barriers to education for all students, whether internal and extramural.

Studying isn’t a walk in the park – students take time away from family, work and life to learn and grow. This investment has to be acknowledged and championed! I have faith in the positive impact that Massey University can have, but I am not uncritical. In the rapidly changing tertiary sector, the University Council could benefit from student-driven innovation and a fresh voice.

I ask for your vote, so I can ensure your voice is heard at the table and that Massey continues to grow and support diverse styles of learning.


Opportunity to talk with the Chancellor

If any student standing in this election would like to talk with Chancellor Michael Ahie about a Council member’s role and responsibilities he would be very happy to do this. This can be arranged by contacting the Council’s Executive Secretary Priscilla Jeffrey at election@massey.ac.nz

Eligibility to stand and vote

Students must be enrolled at Massey University as at 9.00am Friday, 20 July 2018 to stand and/or vote in the election, the term of which is for two years from the date of appointment by Council in September 2018.

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