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

 

Waikato University Wrong On WSU Money

Waikato University Wrong On WSU Money For Student Building


Media Release From Student Choice, 28 July 2009


The University of Waikato has incorrectly claimed that the compulsory Waikato Students Union contributed $1 million to a new student centre to be built at the university.

In December last year the University of Waikato issued a media release stating that the university’s fundraising trust had accepted “$1 million donations from both the Waikato Student Union (WSU) and ULeisure, the management company jointly owned by the university and the WSU.”  The release included a photo showing then WSU president Moira Neho and vice-chancellor Roy Crawford participating in a ceremony to mark the donations.

However information obtained by Student Choice under the Official Information Act shows the money did not come from the WSU.  In reply to an OIA request the University of Waikato says the “Waikato Students’ Union (Inc) has not agreed to make any contribution to the cost of the student centre.”  Instead the $1 million contribution came from the Student Campus Building Fund Trust, an entity entirely separate from WSU.

Student Choice says it’s inconceivable that the University doesn’t understand the difference between the WSU and the Student Campus Building Fund Trust.  They are entirely different organisations with separate legal identities.  The University should know this as they collect the levies for both the Trust and the compulsory WSU and send the funds to two different entities.

It’s important that this issue is clarified because compulsory student associations regularly claim credit for services they don’t provide.  The University needs to set the record straight and tell students that the money for the building is coming from the money students pay to the Student Campus Building Fund Trust and not from the WSU.

Student Choice promotes voluntary membership of all student associations including the WSU.  All University of Waikato students must fund WSU before they can study.  In 2007 WSU took $749,000 from students in compulsory fees.  WSU does not fund the health and counseling service, the recreation centre, bars or cafeterias or the construction of buildings for student use.  Most WSU money is spent on wages and administration.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

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: 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>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

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