Your Executive

Officers 2018


The President is elected yearly as head of AUSA. They are responsible for leading the organisation, providing direction, and ensuring the Association is managed well. Day to day, they are in charge of overseeing everything to do with AUSA, from the actions of the Executive and the events put on by AUSA, to the relationship between AUSA and University staff, and the input AUSA has to its affiliated trusts and businesses. They are also chair of Executive and General meetings.
For more information read their job description here.

Administrative Vice-President

The Administrative Vice-President (known as the AVP) is in charge of overseeing the internal affairs of the Association, ensuring AUSA is well managed. They are in charge of the “nuts and bolts” of the organisation, ensuring the Association is ticking over day-to-day. As well as assisting and managing AUSA staff and Executive members, they are responsible for ensuring the Association’s policies and procedures are appropriate and correctly followed. They also serve as “chief organiser” of the Association, overseeing events, camps and other tasks.
For more information read their job description here.

Education Vice-President

The Education Vice-President (known as the EVP) is elected to be the student voice on academic issues. They are responsible for ensuring that the University provides quality teaching and learning as desired by students, communicating with University staff, committees and administration to ensure student views aren’t forgotten. They also advocate for student issues on a national level, providing advice to the Executive on national education policies, communicating with NZUSA, and lobbying political parties and national bodies. As well as being your voice on education issues, they play a role in facilitating the AUSA representation and advocacy services, through the Class Rep system and the Student Advice Hub.
For more information read their job description here.

Welfare Vice-President

The Welfare Vice-President (or WVP) works toward alleviating the practical problems that make being a student so difficult. They run and fundraise for support services like the foodbank and the Hardship Grant scheme, as well as a collection of scholarship programmes for struggling students that cover costs like textbooks and childcare. They also try to raise awareness on and off campus, by working on events like the Mental Health Awareness Day and campaigning on issues like the cost of student housing. In addition, they assist with other AUSA support services, from the Student Advice Hub to Parentspace and Womenspace, and oversee the other support roles on the AUSA Executive.
For more information read their job description here.


The Treasurer is responsible for AUSA’s financial matters. They help to write and monitor the AUSA budget, and oversee spending in all areas of the Association. They are also the chair of the Finance Committee.
For more information read their job description here.

Māori Students Officer(s)

The leaders of Ngā Tauira Māori (NTM), the University of Auckland Māori Students’ Association, serve as Officers of AUSA. The Māori Students’ Officers (or MSOs) are elected by the members of NTM. They lead NTM, supporting Māori students and running events from Katchamaori to Māori Day. They are responsible for looking after Hinehuone, the home of NTM. They bring concerns of Māori students to AUSA and ensure that the AUSA Executive is accountable to Māori students. The MSOs can be visited in their office in Hine, located in the Student Union building above the Quad.

Portfolios 2018

Culture and Communications Officer

The Cultural and Arts Officer is responsible for bringing culture to campus! They maintain strong links with cultural clubs, organise events throughout the year, and have their finger on the pulse with cultural events around Auckland.
For more information read their job description here.

Environmental Affairs Officer

The Environmental Affairs Officer takes concerns and ideas about environmental issues to students, the University and to AUSA. They are a channel for feedback on campus issues such as bike facilities, and lobby on issues such as animal cruelty, fossil fuel divestment, or AUSA’s purchasing policies. They also oversee environmental projects on campus, such as the AUSA worm farms and the Campus Dishcounts programme. They also maintain close links with environmental clubs and groups on campus, helping them access resources and communicate with students and each other.
For more information read their job description here.

Grafton Representative

The Grafton Representative is responsible for representing and serving students studying at the Grafton Campus. In their role, they lead the Grafton Students’ Executive and work with medicine, pharmacy, optometry, nursing and other Grafton-based students and their students’ associations. They run events on Grafton campus such as Welfare Day, and lobby on student issues that affect Grafton students, such as the 7 EFTS cap.
For more information read their job description here.

International Students’ Officer

The International Students’ Officer is responsible to the Executive for matters concerning international students. They ensure that international students have a voice on campus, representing their constituency to AUSA and to the University. They also work to make campus a better place for international students, hosting events and distributing information targeted at international students. The international students officer has to be either an international student, or to have lived in a country outside New Zealand immediately before enrolling at Auckland University.
For more information read their job description here.

Pacific Island Students Officer

The Pacific Island Students Officer (known as the PISO) is a delegate from the Auckland University Pacific Island Students Association (AUPISA). The PISO sits on the Executive to act as a link between AUSA and AUPISA, and to hold AUSA accountable to Pacific students.

Political Engagement Officer

The Political Engagement Officer (or the PEO) is a brand new position on the AUSA Executive this year! The PEO is responsible for ensuring that all students are aware of, and engaged with political happenings across Auckland, New Zealand and on the world stage, and will organise a number of events across the year, including seminars and debates, as well as Politics Week. They’ll also be doing fun stuff to engage students with political affairs too, including casual sit downs with MPs and other decision makers, to ensure that a whole range of students can be informed and aware.
For more information read their job description here.

Queer Rights Officer

The Queer Rights Officer (known as the QRO) was a position created by an AGM in 2012 to be responsible for supporting, representing and advocating on behalf of queer students to the University and AUSA. The QRO works closely with the Equity Office, runs events and campaigns around queer issues, and is responsible for looking after Queerspace, a safe space provided by AUSA for queer students. In the past, the QRO has lobbied for and celebrated marriage equality, successfully created a designated Queerspace, and lobbied on issues like use of preferred names and access to queer networks on campus.
For more information read their job description here.

Student Engagement Officer

The Student Forum Chair is responsible for hosting student forum each week, a forum where all AUSA members can have their say and pass resolutions for the attention of the AUSA Executive. The Student Forum Chair hosts the meeting, and runs events on either side of the forum to encourage general students to participate. They are also responsible for ensuring clubs have an opportunity to affiliate with AUSA.
For more information read their job description here.

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Women’s Rights Officer(s)

The Women’s Rights Officer(s) (known as the WROs) support, advocate for and represent women on campus. They provide support, resources and advice from Womenspace, a space exclusively for women in the Student Union building. They organise Womensfest and publish Kate magazine, and work on campaigns such as the Thursdays in Black campaign. Throughout the year, they raise money for charities that support women in trouble, and lobby the University and bring concerns to AUSA about issues that particularly affect women students, such as safety on campus.
For more information read their job description here.