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 24th July 9am to the Returning Officer, Penelope Jones at seo@ausa.org.nz. Be sure send your email before Friday 11th August 3pm, 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 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