Michaela Says Goodbye

Posted 9:10am Sunday 10th October 2021 by Erin Gourley

After a year as President and a year as Welfare and Equity Representative, Michaela Waite-Harvey is moving on to bigger and better things next year. Like “just studying” at Otago, instead of being a student politician. “I’m not going to completely excommunicate myself from Read more...

Melissa Lama: Who Is She?

Posted 9:12am Sunday 10th October 2021 by Erin Gourley

“My life involves lots of different worlds,” says Melissa Lama. “There’s the Pacific community, I’m a mum, there’s student politics, and I study. I do it to myself but I wouldn’t change it, it’s who I am.” Melissa is your 2022 OUSA President. Read more...

OUSA Referendum Produces 125 Pages of Comments

Posted 8:48am Sunday 10th October 2021 by Denzel Chung

Students voted to reject only one proposal in the recent OUSA referendum: calling for an Exec member to be dedicated to distance and overseas students. Over 100 pages of comments were also submitted by students, including one student who repeatedly posted the Bee Movie script as their comment for Read more...

OUSA and UOPISA Sign First Ever MOU

Posted 3:24pm Friday 1st October 2021 by Erin Gourley

For the first time, OUSA and the Pacific Island Students’ Association (UOPISA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The MOU sets out that OUSA and UOPISA out the associations recognise each others’ roles, and that they will “actively promote their parallel Read more...

OUSA Referendum Open For Voting

Posted 3:27pm Friday 1st October 2021 by Alex Leckie-Zaharic

This week OUSA’s yearly referendum is up for voting, and it’s time to exercise those sexy democratic rights. The referendum is divided into two sections: wider initiatives and amendments to the constitution. There are plenty of extremely important initiatives this time around, and we Read more...

OPINION: A Decade On, VSM Bill Still Looms Over Students

Posted 3:57pm Friday 1st October 2021 by Elliot Weir

Ten years ago, a controversial bill was voted into law that stripped student associations of their universal funding, leaving their futures in the hands of universities. Ten years on, should the bill be repealed? Centuries ago, in 2009, ACT MP Heather Roy introduced the Voluntary Student Read more...

OUSA Dog Is The Sixth Best Dog with a Job

Posted 3:59pm Friday 1st October 2021 by Fox Meyer

Ella, who works for OUSA Student Support, placed sixth in New Zealand's Top Dog with a Job contest. There were 402 entries this year for the overall contest, up 67% from 2020. Student support said, “firstly, we would like to congratulate all of the pups who were nominated and give an Read more...

Mental Health Awareness Whiteboard Sabotaged With Humour

Posted 4:05pm Friday 1st October 2021 by Erin Gourley

Sometimes, as a treat, OUSA will do something with good intentions that is nonetheless destined for disaster. Setting up a whiteboard in the Link for Mental Health Awareness Week and allowing people to write whatever they choose on a Post-It note, anonymously, is one of those things. The mental Read more...

Starters Employees Get Wage Subsidy

Posted 2:44pm Sunday 26th September 2021 by Fox Meyer

Employees of Starters Bar (RIP) have received a government-funded wage subsidy for the lockdown period, despite the fact that the bar never actually re-opened. OUSA CEO Debbie Downs said that because OUSA “fully expected [Starters] to be reopening post lockdown,” the staff were still Read more...

Dunedinís Beerfest Moved to Crate Day

Posted 2:47pm Sunday 26th September 2021 by Erin Gourley

OUSA has changed the dates of the Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival (Beerfest) due to Covid. The dates have been changed from the end of October to early December. That means the second day of Beerfest, Saturday 4 December, will coincide with Crate Day. The press release announcing the change Read more...

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