A-Z of AUSA
Advocates at the Student Advice Hub
The AUSA advocates provide free, confidential and independent advice to students, helping with problems both within and outside University life. Our advocates can help you with issues ranging from academic grievances and compassionate consideration to renting issues, from problems with Studylink and Work and Income to harassment and bullying problems. Basically, they can help you with any problem you face as a student, no matter how big or small. Get in contact with them to figure out where to start.
95bFM is the longest-standing independent radio station in New Zealand. While bFM is now AUSA-owned, the station was created as a student’s capping stunt, broadcasting illegally from the Waitemata Harbour. It is now located on campus, but stays true to its non-commercial, student-orientated roots. Tune in for great tunes, and to support New Zealand music and student contributions. Love it as much as we do? Think about volunteering and getting involved.
Class Reps are elected by their peers to represent their course and provide feedback to their Department about coursework related issues or problems. Class Reps act as a link between students and the University, advocating on behalf of their classes. AUSA ensures that representatives are elected, organised, supported and trained for each class. Students can nominate themselves for a Class Rep position, so volunteer in your course to get involved.
Central Committee Student Representatives take an active part in the decision-making processes of a range of University Council, Senate, and Vice-Chancellor Advisory committees. This gives them the ability to actively advocate for student interests and communicate with students about how University decisions affect them. Nominations open at the beginning of October each year for candidates for the following year. A complete list of positions can be found by clicking here
Clubs and Societies
AUSA has a huge range of clubs to cater to all interests. From Politics to Sport, from Religion to Tea, we’ve got it all waiting for you. Clubs at the University of Auckland have stalls every O Week and Re-O Week, but they’re active throughout the year as well. Being in a club really makes your University experience that much more rewarding, and it means that you can develop broad interests in things outside your degree (and it’s a cool addition to your CV!).
Clubs and Societies’ Support
AUSA’s representatives comprise half of the four-person Clubs Support Committee, giving AUSA the ability to ensure that the voice of students has to be taken into account when club awards and grants are made. This also ensures that clubs administration is undertaken in a manner which addresses the needs and priorities of students. AUSA continues to provide support to clubs to supplement the assistance provided by the University and Campus Life. AUSA provides advice and support through our elected Clubs and Societies’ Officer, and also provides spaces on campus for campus groups to use with no charge, as well as a sound system. Interested in forming your own club? Check out our website for some great tips.
AUSA provides several spaces on campus for all students to use. Visit the AUSA Common Room, located on level three of the Student Union Building above the quad, to relax or study during the day. Alternatively, eat your lunch on the couches or the balcony above the quad; accessible through the Quad Cafe.
AUSA believes that letting you know about upcoming events, opportunities to get involved around campus, and ways to let your voice be heard is one of our major responsibilities in representing the interests of students. We’re active on Facebook and Twitter (but don’t worry – we won’t spam you!). Also look out for our pages in Craccum, which will let you know about the week ahead at AUSA, and what we’ve done to serve students lately.
Craccum is the University of Auckland’s free student magazine. A new issue is available each week in boxes around campus. The magazine is written by students for student consumption, and run by elected student editors. It is independent from both the University and AUSA, although it also contains updates from the AUSA Executive each week. Craccum is always on the lookout for high quality written material and artwork, so if you have something to submit, make sure you get in touch with the editors.
Cultural Space, also known as C-Space or ‘O Lagi Atea Moana, is located on Level 4 of the Student Union Building, above the Common Room. Students can go to the space to sit, shower, or use the kitchenette and bathroom facilities. The space is also the home of the Auckland University Pacific Island Students’ Association (AUPISA), a parallel organisation to AUSA with its own executive. AUPISA’s delegates sit on the AUSA exec as our Pacific Island Student Officers (PISOs).
Keen to help to improve life at University and in the wider community? Sign up and get involved with AUSA’s student-run network of volunteers. Delegates help to run events on campus, support AUSA’s welfare and advocacy program, and provide a link between the AUSA Executive and the wider student body. Delegates also volunteer and fundraise for other community groups. The program is a great way to meet new people, get involved in University life, and help other students and other members of the community.
Each year you get a chance to elect your AUSA Executive, whose role is to represent you. Unlike other parts of the University, AUSA gives you the opportunity to choose who will provide your services and be your voice. Got a problem with how we are performing? Have ideas about how we could improve? Make sure you sign up to AUSA and show up to our elections to exercise your vote.
End of Daze
It’s the end of lectures! No one can blame you for wanting to relax before exams begin, and here at AUSA we want to make that happen. End of Daze is a FREE event that happens at the end of Semester 2 and is a great chance to hang out in the quad, have a few drinks, and listen to some awesome music as you wind down from the year.
AUSA organises and hosts many social events on campus throughout the year. Our events range from Orientation festivities to the annual AUSA Ball, and also include parties, educational events and cultural weeks during semester. Keep an eye on our website and check out Craccum each week to make sure you don’t miss out.
AUSA’s Constitution recognises our relationship with four of the older faculty associations; AUCSA (Commerce), AUES (Engineering), AULSS (Law), and AUMSA (Medicine). Despite our close relationship with these groups however, we also have have a strong working relationship with other faculty associations; AUASA, AUCSA, AUESS, AULSS, AUMSA, FOSSA, SOMSA. We offer all of these groups support with administration, promotion, and funding.
If you are struggling to get by while studying, the first place to turn to is AUSA Welfare. All students in need are eligible to collect up to three food parcels per semester from AUSA House Reception at 4 Alfred St, with no prerequisites.
Grafton Student Executive (GSE)
The GSE is comprised of the AUSA Grafton Rep and the Presidents of the Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Optometry Students Associations. The role of the GSE is to represent students studying at Grafton campus and liaise with the University and AUSA executive. As well as providing them with representation; the GSE also organises awesome events for Grafton students throughout the year.
If you find yourself in a financial situation that is urgent, short-term and cannot be alleviated by any of our other services, AUSA administers grants of up to $200 to students in needs. Hardship grants can be used for assistance with food, travel, accommodation or medical issues. Visit our website for details about eligibility and to download an application form.
Hineahuone, also known as Hine or Māorispace, is located on Level 4 of the Student Union Building, above Womenspace. Hine contains the offices of Nga Tauira Maori (NTM) and their delegates to the AUSA Executive, the Maori Student Officers (MSOs). The space also features a fully-equipped kitchen, a study area, computer and printing facilities, a balcony, and shower and bathroom facilities.
ID Card Stickers
Not sure you’re an AUSA member? Check your ID card! When you sign up at the beginning of the year we will slap a sticker on your ID card. Forgot to sign up in O-Week? Pop in to AUSA Reception anytime during the year to sign up. Signing up to AUSA is absolutely free.
Jobs through Student Job Search
SJS is a free service that connects tertiary students with employers. SJS is 100% student-owned, funded by Students’ Associations around the country with help from the Ministry of Social Development, and aims to specifically support students in the job hunt. If you are affiliated with a member Students’ Association, the service is completely free.
Craccum is not the only student magazine we produce – each year your Women’s Rights Officers work hard pulling together Kate, AUSA’s annual women’s magazine. You can check out back copies in the online archive here. Impressed? If you’d be interested in contributing for the next issue, get in touch with the WROs at email@example.com
Keys and Lockers
AUSA has over 1400 lockers available for hire. Students can hire a locker, located beneath the quad, for the year. Lockers cost $55 for a top locker and $45 for a bottom locker. When you purchase a lock rental, we’ll provide you with a padlock. Visit AUSA Reception at AUSA House at 4 Alfred St on the City Campus (the villa opposite the General Library) to hire a locker.
Any lost property found around the University eventually ends up with AUSA. To collect lost property or drop off found items, visit AUSA House Reception at 4 Alfred St. If we don’t have your property you can leave your details and we will contact you if it arrives. You can also visit our Lost & Found @ UoA Facebook page for updates on lost property.
After a break in 2013, Market Days are back! Market Day will be held in the Quad every Thursday of semester when classes are on, so students can either sell their wares or buy cool stuff from other students and vendors. Stalls sell crafts, clothing, food, and other awesome things. If you are a student vendor and want to set up your own stall, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a discount for student vendors looking to enter the market.
Ngā Tauira Māori
Ngā Tauira Māori (NTM) is the University of Auckland’s Māori student’s association. NTM’s Presidents are elected at large by the Māori student body to lead NTM, and automatically become Vice Presidents of AUSA upon election. They represent Māori students on campus through a range of awesome activities. Check out Maori Day, haeranga, maori graduation, and a range of other events during the year.
The New Zealand Union of Students’ Association is a federation of 14 University and Polytechnic students’ associations from across New Zealand. NZUSA is an organisation directed by students, for students. It represents the collective interests of students to the Government, the public and the rest of the tertiary sector; providing a voice for all students by organising campaigns, reporting to the media, and undertaking research.
AUSA works together with the University to give students a stellar O-Week. All students, whether new or returning, can enjoy a range of events and activities on and off campus. Events tend to include concerts, stalls, live music and performances in the quad, stunts, and large-scale activities anyone can get involved in. Check out our website for up-to-date details.
Any student parent with a child under 16 years old of age is able to use AUSA’s Parentspaces, located at the City, Epsom and Tamaki Campuses. Parentspaces are equipped with basic facilities for parents to feed and change their children and areas for student parents to study. They also offer the opportunity to meet other students facing similar challenges and experiences to yourself. For more information including locations see here
AUSA and Wilson Car Parking have come together to offer a great deal for students at the Kitchener Street Carpark. Unlike most early bird options, you can enter the Kitchener St car park (Mon-Fri) anytime from 6am and leave anytime up to midnight on the same day and, with validation of your ticket, only pay $12. Bring your ticket into AUSA House during the day before 4pm, and we can validate it for you.
Pacific Island Students’ Association (AUPISA)
AUPISA oversee all Pacific Island Student clubs and groups. You can find them in C-Space (on Level 4 of the Student Commons). They help put on cultural days and performances; and compete at national cultural competitions. AUPISA elect a representative to sit on the AUSA executive to advise and report back on Pacific Island issues for students. You can contact them at email@example.com
AUSA’s newest safe space, Queerspace, provides a space for students who identify as queer or is questioning. Queerspace is equipped with spaces for students to relax or to study, and also has its own kitchen facilities. Queerspace is located above the Quad near the entrance to Shadows. AUSA’s Queer Rights Officer has their office in Queerspace, and is always available to talk about queer issues on campus.
Student representation exists at all levels throughout the University, giving students a voice on coursework issues, in University committees, and even on the University Council. AUSA facilitates the elections of, or provides nominations for, many of these positions. Your representatives are there to advocate on behalf of all students. To learn more about your current representative and get in touch, or to find out about how you can represent your fellow students, contact AUSA Advocacy. Alternatively, take concerns about education matters to the Education Vice-President.
The best place to buy a drink on campus is Shadows – Your Student Bar; the biggest and most well known student-owned venue in New Zealand. Wholly owned by AUSA, Shadows offers great drinks, food and events at cheap prices for all. Shadows also has an awesome schedule of events, from Pub Quiz to Karaoke to live bands. The bar is open six days a week during semester. Can’t get enough of Shadz? Shadows is available to host all of your private functions.
Student Advice Hub
Having problems with StudyLink? Issues with the legal stuff around your flat? Got a problem with the University? Just feeling a bit stressed and need a friendly face? Check out the Student Advice Hub. The Hub offers loads of services to students, including face-to-face student advocacy, advice on academic, financial and personal disputes and matters and welfare and financial grants.
AUSA seeks to hear views from as many students as possible. One of the best ways that you can make your voice heard is to come to Student Forum. The Forum meets in the Quad every Wednesdays at 1pm during the semester. At Forum students are able to discuss topical issues and make recommendations to AUSA, which our Constitution requires the Executive to consider. It is also the place for new clubs to affiliate with AUSA. Student Forum often includes free giveaways and bonus entertainment; so come along to the quad to participate in student democracy.
Students for Students
AUSA’s Students for Students Programme allows you to help your fellow students on an ongoing basis. In the programme, you set up an ongoing donation of $1 a week (or more) towards our welfare fund. This allows us to help many students each year through our hardship grants and food bank initiative. All funds raised by this programme goes directly to helping struggling students.
Since 1963, Summer Shakespeare has been staging performances at the University of Auckland. AUSA has been involved in supporting the shows since 1967. The AUSA Outdoor Shakespeare Trust now stages an annual Outdoor Summer Shakespeare performance at the University, a not-to-be-missed event of spectacular talent. Make sure you keep an eye out for tickets early in the year – shows are often sold out!
AUSA loves our environment, and we’d prefer that it sticks around for a while to come. That’s why we push for sustainability on campus. We have some awesome initiatives, including Waste Watchers – where you receive discounts from food in the quad for bringing your own crockery. We are also the proud owners of our very own Worm Farms! Look out for the worm bins around campus to put your food scraps in to support our recycling efforts.
Tamaki Students’ Association
The TSA represents those studying at the Tamaki Campus. All students studying at least one paper at Tamaki in a semester are eligible to participate in the TSA. One member of TSA sits on the AUSA Executive as the Tamaki Representative. TSA services sports equipment, and administers lost property, food banks and welfare assistance on Tamaki campus. Visit the TSA Office to apply for AUSA hardship grants, make advocacy appointments, and voice any concerns to your representative.
At the beginning of Semesters One and Two each year, AUSA in conjunction with UBS offers $2,500 worth of textbook grants to students who have persevered with study despite suffering financial hardship. Applications are open during the week prior to the start of semester and the first week of semester.
AUSA owns assets that are controlled by trusts to protect them and ensure they are kept safe for students. Whilst members of the AUSA Executive sit on these trusts to ensure that the student voice is heard, these bodies are independent from the Executive in order to prioritise good governance and the financial stability of AUSA. These trusts include:
The John Weeks Collection: A significant collection of artworks; including a masterpiece by acclaimed New Zealand artist Colin McCahon.
Property Trust: A modest portfolio trust with holdings in the Auckland region which returns a monthly dividend to AUSA used to meet operating expenses.
University Bookshop Trust: The trust owns and operates not only the Bookshop on the City Campus, but the bookshops at AUT and Unitec, serving students and returning revenue to more AUSA activities for students.
Bar Trust: As the name indicates, our Bar Trust owns Shadows – Your Student Bar.
Media Trust: The AUSA Media Trust ensures that bFM operates as a successful business.
UBS is an independent university-focused bookshop, owned and operated by AUSA. UBS sells many course books and readers necessary for University of Auckland courses – both new and second-hand – as well as stationery, gifts, a wide range of general fiction and nonfiction titles, and a selection of speciality titles. Most items are sold at discounted rates to students. Make sure that you bring your ID with you to receive your discount!
Womenspace is a safe space which provides a quiet study and relaxation space and kitchen facilities and a bathroom to all students who identify as female. You can also find our Women’s Rights Officers in the office attached to Womenspace. Womenspace is located on the third floor of the Student Union Building, opposite the Common Room above the quad.
Welfare is one of the key services that AUSA provides. This includes services such as textbook grants, hardship grants and food bank initiative. Look on the Welfare section of our website for more details about our services, or drop in to our Welfare Office. All welfare services are offered on a completely confidential basis.
Most importantly, AUSA exists to serve you. Run by students, for students, we are always happy to hear your ideas, questions and suggestions. If you would like to get involved or ask questions about our services, visit AUSA House at 4 Alfred Street.
Everything AUSA provides is at no cost to students. Our Constitution provides that we will not charge a membership fee and there is no surcharge on any of our services. The only money we receive from the University is the rent we receive for their occupancy of student owned spaces in the Student Union Building, and receive no funding for the provision of students. AUSA’s activities are funded wholly by our generous sponsors, commercial activities, dividends from our capital assets, and advertising revenue.