OUSA 2022 Executive Election Nominees

OUSA 2022 Executive Election Nominees


Josh Stewart:

Kia ora mai tātau katoa

My name is Joshua Stewart and it is my pleasure to be running for President. OUSA has and continue to provide so many services and duties to students, and it would be my privilege to continue this work and bring my own fair to the role! 
My platform is simple. I am running...
-For a Safer campus
-For a Rainbow campus
-For a Te Tiriti-led campus
I bring both a range of experience in leadership roles, and activism. I believe that I have the passion for advocacy and the experience in governance to be your most effective voice and represent the student body.
Ngā mihi

Quintin Jane:

Kia ora, I’m Quintin, and I’d love to be your OUSA President for 2023. If elected, I’d increase OUSA’s engagement with students, to prioritise direct involvement in OUSA’s advocacy within the university and wider networks. I’d continue to work with the current landlord, and other vendors, to reopen Starters Bar, and I’d also work with the University to develop clear, universal guidelines around supporting students isolating with COVID-19.

Currently, I’m in the final year of my BASc, studying Politics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. I’m also a News Reporter with Radio One, where I’ve regularly published content about student issues and politics. I’ve been the President of the Otago Mathematics and Physics Students for the last two years, and I founded the Otago Chemistry Students Association in 2020. I’ve also been the student representative on the Science Divisional Board since 2020. If you want experience and unwavering student focus, then Vote Quintin!

Administrative Vice President

Sean Teow:

Kia ora everyone,
Being Admin Vice-President requires experience within OUSA and
knowledge of how uni systems work which I have both of having been on
this year’s Exec. Being a student leader isn’t just about the advocacy
work and meetings, it’s actually being there for the students, knowing
from those dusty mornings to heavy assignment grinds that there are
real issues we face at Uni.

I’ve managed teams for the past 2 years and know what obstacles face
the Exec, obstacles we can avoid with my experience. A vote for me
means a vote for a well-prepared Exec.

Imogen Macalister:

My name is Imogen Bring-Back-Student-Bars Macalister. 
Stats: 90words/min, 100% accuracy 
There are two things I would love to achieve as Administrative Vice-President 2023. 
ONE: hearing the concerns of students (I love partaking in worthwhile complaining), AND ensuring exec feel supported in their role to address these concerns (I got you). thats  some goodshit rightth  ere if i do ƽaү so myself  i say so . 
TWO: bring back student bars (at least ONE for the LOVE of big tiddy goth gf’s everywhere). and those are my goals. right there (chorus: ʳᶦᵍʰᵗ ᵗʰᵉʳᵉ).
IMOGEN bring-back-student-bars MACALISTER

Mac Dean:

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International Students' Representative

Cyrus Yam:

Hello, I’m Cyrus Yam from Hong Kong, running for the 2023 International Student Rep. I’ve been an international student since 2020 and this is my first year at Otago. I have had a great experience as an international student in Dunedin, which is why I want to help international students fuse with the local community by introducing the Aotearoa culture to them, creating opportunities for international students to consider Otago as their second home - improving relations between international and local students. I commit to creating a safe space dedicated to international students and promote cultural diversity through different intercultural events.

Cyrus Yam

Keegan Wells:

Kia ora, 
My Name is Keegan, and I stand for your rights and a good time Since I came out the womb in California I knew I had a greater purpose in life. That purpose is being your international student rep for 2023. If you choose me to represent all the diverse international student voices, I will lobby for more international scholarships, free te reo Māori classes for internationals, and to stop the uni from shutting down our blackboards when we forget to submit our visas to the office. Also student bars. The university takes great advantage of international students and if elected I will fight anyone who keeps trying to do that. 

Finance and Strategy Officer

Peter Barclay:

Hi, My callsign is flaming dragon! I recently completed my masters in finance by watching the wolf of wall street twice and I'm here to run this association into crippling financial disarray.
My first and most important policy for OUSA is tax evasion, FREE MONEY!! I'm thinking we spend it on a student bar, and if taxes aren't enough, I'll liquidate as many of OUSA's assets as needed until we can afford a [redacted] bar, I think we should call it puzzles. My last policy is to rave in the marsh until they turn it back into the Gardies, xoxo

Emily Fau Goodwin:                                                                             

Kia ora,
I’m Emily, and I am extremely excited to be re-running for the Finance & Strategy Officer
role for 2023! I have been the FSO for almost a year now, but one year is too short to
achieve all the things I would like to within OUSA. One major achievement of the role this
year has been helping make financial decisions to bring OUSA out of a deficit and working
on business plans for the future. If I was to be re-elected, I would like to continue work on
current projects and find ways to introduce more student-oriented events/venues!

Welfare and Equity Representative

Connor Mousley:

Kia ora,
My name is Connor, born and raised in South Africa, I came to NZ to study at the University of
Otago. I am currently studying Psychology which is one of my many passions, alongside mental
health. I am running for Welfare and Equity representative because I am keen to make mental
health services more accessible for students in order to better support the people studying here
at UoO. I hope to make a difference for you and your future here in Otago, and if you vote for
me, I can!

Connor Mousley

Kaia Kahurangi Jamieson:

Kia ora! Ko Kaia toku ingoa. As Welfare & Equity Rep, I would work to keep student life exciting, memorable and outrageous, while ensuring we are all looked after. This means a ground-up approach to supporting mental wellbeing, more student bars, alignment with Te Tiriti, a level playing-field for disadvantaged students, and support of initiatives like The Sophia Charter, to guide us in prioritising student welfare and safety. I want Dunedin to be a place where everyone can have as much fun as I do (whatever fun means for them); unobstructed by financial, residential, safety, academic, mental health or social stressors. 

Lydia O’Callaghan:

Hi! I'm a Theatre Studies major and am passionate about mental health advocacy, environmentalism, and promoting a safe drinking culture for students. As a queer student, I am hoping to be able to amplify the voices of others, improve access to mental health support for all students and work alongside other environmentally minded organizations to better the community. We need to get parties out of flats and reopen student bars, like Starters, so we can combat overcrowding and have designated security for when conflict arises.
I am also a Cancer.

Postgraduate Students' Representative

Keegan Wells:

Aha, no, don't vote no confidence, you're too sexy!
I really can't do worse than an empty seat, right? Please just vote for me. I can't go back to the bug dimension, please I'll do anything.

Academic Representative

Mia Heaphy Butts:

I've been engaged with several academic support systems over my four years at university. I understand what the university does effectively and where there are gaps in academic assistance for students. I am committed to becoming a voice for all students to ensure that all forms of support are available throughout your university experience. I have three main goals as academic rep. Increasing your accessibility to academic support by offering more papers for PASS tutorials. Easier access to academic pathways, includes a faster process of requesting course advice appointments. Improving academic assistance by reforming the application process for special consideration.

Tom Bolus:

Kia ora, I’m Tom. I am 20, originally from Tauranga but slowly acclimatising to this cooler end of the country. I’m in my second year at Otago, on a journey to one day combine my love of learning and teaching with the challenge of neuro. I want to be helpful. I want to make a difference. I can promise you that I’ll always keep an ear out because I want you to be heard. Make sure to scan the QR code on my poster to have your say on what you want me to change. Let’s make next year better.

Clubs and Societies Representative

Reid Eberwein:

Clubs and Socs Rep? Isn’t that just a fancy way of saying freeloader? Maybe. But maybe not! I'm running for this position because I’m passionate about how the importance of clubs and societies can impact a person's time at university. I hope to increase interclub relations while increasing the outreach of clubs and societies to more students, especially first-years. And remember, a vote for Reid is a vote for a scabies-free campus by 2030.

Political Representative

Lily Stock:

Kia ora! My name is Lily Stock and I’m running to be your Political Representative for 2023. I’m currently in the final year of my BA majoring in Politics, entering postgraduate study next year! Three key priorities I have if elected into this position are being someone who is approachable, tackles the disconnect of communication between students and OUSA and ensures Otago students are advocated for as we undergo an election year. Wellbeing is at the forefront of my desire to be on the exec, ensuring students are not being put under increased stress due to local and national government decisions.  

Will Murrell:

Politics. Politics? Politics! Vote Will. Vote Will. Vote Will. Vote Will. I am an apolitical conduit for all of your political desires. Have something you want changed? Have something you DON’T want changed? I’m your man! Vote Will. Vote Will. I am super keen to get involved and get the student body involved in local, national, international, intergalactic and interdimensional politics. What makes me a good candidate?  I will sell myself out to the highest bidder, immediately. I also have a really sore tummy, but I am being very brave about it! Vote Will. Vote Will 4 a student bar.

Tessa Campbell:

Kia ora,
I’ve got all the skills and experience you could ever want for your political rep. An experienced submission writer, I will represent you with quality submissions for the issues that matter most to you - renting, climate change, diversity, inclusion, mental health, and more. I plan to make concise, easy to access information for the general election, giving you the power to make an informed vote without all the hassle. With my event management experience, I’ll make grilling your local MP candidates more fun than ever! I’ll work hard to give your voices the power they deserve. Vote Tessa!

Residential Representative

Lilly Baird:

Approaching my final year, I have seen the good & bad of living in Dunedin. Over this time my passion to represent the student's voice has only increased. Flatting in Dunedin is well-known across the country, unfortunately not for all the right reasons. If elected, I aim to reduce the amount of rubbish on the North Dunedin streets, creating a cleaner living environment. Secondly, I aim to form a partnership with the university colleges where leftovers are offered to local students to combat high food wastage and limit occasions that students must choose between heating and eating.

Vote Lilly!

Tom Bolus:

Kia ora, I’m Tom. I am 20, originally from Tauranga but slowly acclimatising to this cooler end of the country. I’m in my second year at Otago, on a journey to one day combine my love of learning and teaching with the challenge of neuro. I want to be helpful. I want to make a difference. I can promise you that I’ll always keep an ear out because I want you to be heard. Make sure to scan the QR code on my poster to have your say on what you want me to change. Let’s make next year better.

Millie Hogg:

I’m Millie and I’m running for Residential Rep. I’m four years into a double degree, with majors in ecology, statistics and data science. When elected I will continue to advocate for your safety and support. I believe implementing practical ways to support residents is key to this, such as night-shift guards in colleges being trained in handling mental health crises to ensure ongoing mental health support, talks in colleges every semester on consent and anti-hate to cultivate respect, regular visits to colleges/flats, and getting rid of the Wall People (people who live in the walls). Vote HOGG

Bob Lee:

Hey guys, Bob is not my real name. I am a 2nd year who is doing first year law AGAIN along
with media studies. I lived at Knox for two years and I am moving to a 6 man flat in Dundas
next year. Originally from Malaysia and have been in Dunedin for 6 years, so I would say I
am pretty immersed in the dunners culture with a hint of Asian values. I will advocate for
the residential hall that I had so much fun at and advocate for the relatable problems that
arise when flatting next year.

This article first appeared in Issue 24, 2022.
Posted 7:27pm Saturday 24th September 2022 by Critic.