Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

WSU must reveal all plans for $148,000 surplus

The Waikato Students' Union (WSU) should reveal all the details surrounding the association's $148,000 budget surplus including its plans to spend almost $95,000 on an unidentified project, Student Choice spokesman Clint Heine said today.

Mr Heine said that the 2001 WSU budget shows a surplus of $148,000, which includes $94,476 from the proceeds of the sale of a house previously owned by the association. Notes to the budget say that the money from the house sale "should not really be counted as part of our surplus", and says the money will "be set aside for future use on a project for University Students on Campus". However the project is not priced or detailed in the budget.

Mr Heine said the proceeds of the sale must be treated as part of the surplus and the project has to be explained. "WSU can't just put this money away without gaining their members' approval through the budget process. Students have a right to know how WSU spends their money, but by failing to detail the project the association is keeping students in the dark," he said.

Mr Heine said it is possible WSU intend to use the house proceeds to purchase an FM radio frequency and broadcasting facilities. "This would be a dubious venture because radio is a risky business and Hamilton already has a highly competitive radio market", he said.

Mr Heine said WSU's large surplus was a direct result of compulsory membership of the association reintroduced this year. "At the time the Labour-Alliance government - with support of the vice-chancellors, AUS and student associations - was reimposing compulsory membership on Waikato students, we warned that it would give exorbitant amounts of money to student politicians", Mr Heine said.

"This unexplained item of expenditure shows the government gave the student politicians at WSU a blank cheque and they're now filling in their own figures," Mr Heine said.

ends

For more information contact:

Clint Heine Spokesman Student Choice NZ clint@politician.com 021 122 8544

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>


Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>


Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland