AUSA Online Referenda
AUSA is proud to introduce AUSA Online Referenda. AUSA Online Referenda will be an easy and accessible mechanism for students from all campuses at the University of Auckland to engage with AUSA.
What is AUSA Online Referenda?
AUSA Online Referenda will be one of the ways you can have your say through AUSA. It’s a direct online vote which every University of Auckland student can use. You’ll be voting on referenda questions posed by students, and we encourage you to submit referenda questions of your own! If you’re wondering what referenda questions could actually look like, here are some examples:
- Should AUSA support a change of government in the 2017 general election?
- Should AUSA buy a speedboat?
- Should AUSA lobby for greater funding for University Health and Counselling?
Be sure when you are submitting your questions that they are clear, concise and unbiased! You will be able to send your referenda questions from Monday 26th February 9am to the returning officer, Emily McDonald at email@example.com. Be sure to send your email before Friday 16th March 4pm, when submissions close.
Why does AUSA Online Referenda matter?
You can make a difference. Sounds cheesy, but you could be leading AUSA’s policy. Your student union answer to you, the students. Let them know what you want!
All referenda questions are binding on AUSA, if a minimum of 3% of AUSA members participate in the referendum. However, there is an exception with matters concerning finance, administration, human resources or governance – these will be non-binding and indicative only. Although these matters will only be indicative, they will be considered seriously by the AUSA Executive.
How will I know the pros and cons for each referenda question?
A Student Forum for questions will be held to promote discussion and debate. All students who submitted valid referendum questions will be invited to speak, and to answer any questions from the floor. We hope that this will encourage students to make an informed vote.
If you are unable to attend the Student Forum, no worries there because AUSA will ensure a video recording is available.
The October 2017 Referenda has closed. The results are listed below.
The August 2017 Referenda has closed. The results are listed below.
AUSA Online Referendum One 2018 Questions
Upon receiving legal advice, I will be removing the following questions from the AUSA April Online referenda:
Should AUSA create a new portfolio role of Disabled Rights Officer (amending the constitution to include 27(iv)(i) Disabled Rights Officer), to cater to the needs of Disabled students, similarly to Queer Rights Officer, Womens Rights Officer, International Students Officer and other equity/pastoral care roles? Reason: Rule 23C(ii) – this question is contrary to the AUSA Constitution.
As such, the amended and final version of the referenda questions are as follows:
Should AUSA provide 1% of its budget every year to the Auckland University Pacific Islands Student’s Association (AUPISA)? Note: The AUSA 2018 Operating budget is $2 million. *This is a finance question, and is indicative only.”
AUSA Online Referenda October 2017 Results
Should the Craccum Magazine section-editors continue to be paid? (* This is a finance question, and is indicative only.)
Yes: 797 No: 298 No vote: 442 Total: 1537
Should AUSA establish a weekly honoraria for its portfolio holders of a sum equivalent to 10 hours at net adult minimum wage after tax? (* This is a finance question, and is indicative only.)
Yes: 562 No: 341 No vote: 633 Total: 1536
If the referendum question regarding the establishment of AUSA Executive pay is successful, should this payment be backdated to apply from the beginning of Semester Two 2017? (* This is a finance question, and is indicative only.)
Yes: 401 No: 620 No vote: 506 Total: 1527
Should AUSA provide 1% of its budget every year to Ngā Tauira Māori?Note: the AUSA 2017 operating budget is $1.8 million. (* This is a finance question, and is indicative only.)
Yes: 718 No: 415 No vote: 399 Total: 1532
Should AUSA only allow club disaffiliation to be based on either misconduct or violation of the AUSA Constitution? (* This is an administrative question, and indicative only.)
Yes: 798 No: 523 No vote: 215 Total: 1536
Should AUSA disaffiliate the Pro-Life Auckland Club? (* This is an administrative question, and indicative only.)
Yes: 825 No: 544 No vote: 178 Total: 1547
Should AUSA lobby for 24-hour access to the computer labs at Kate Edgar building, General Library and PhD student offices in Newmarket campus?
Yes: 1244 No: 173 No vote: 122 Total: 1539
Should AUSA in Semester One 2018 begin a campaign for free bus and train transport for all the University of Auckland students?
Yes: 1321 No: 163 No vote: 64 Total: 1548
Should AUSA campaign for more student microwaves on campus, including a vegan-food-only microwave?
Yes: 1118 No: 244 No vote: 175 Total: 1537
Should the AUSA Executive be required to host at least one executive meeting a semester in the Grafton Campus?
Yes: 519 No: 403 No vote: 615 Total: 1537
Should AUSA devote more resources to mental health awareness and support? (* Please note that an initial mistake was made regarding the submitter’s AUSA membership, but this is an accepted and valid question.)
Yes: 1262 No: 96 No vote: 182 Total: 1540
AUSA Online Referenda August 2017 Results
Should AUSA lobby for extra seating in Kate Edger Information Commons Level 0 (IC0)?
Yes: 1816 (68.48%) No: 301 (11.35%) No Vote: 535 (20.17%) Total: 2652
Should AUSA establish a weekly honoraria for its portfolio holders of a sum equivalent to 10 hours at net adult minimum wage after tax, and that this payment be backdated to apply from the beginning of Semester Two 2017?
Yes: 714 (27.02%) No: 566 (21.42%) No Vote: 1362 (51.55%) Total: 2642
Should AUSA disaffiliate the Pro Life Club and ban any clubs with similar ideology from affiliating in the future?
Yes: 1599 (59.80%) No: 1021 (38.18%) No Vote: 54 (2.02) Total: 2674