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February 25, 2019 | by  | in Homepage News | [ssba]

Eye on the Exec: Orientation Week

CW: Sexual Violence, Mental Illness


Pill Testing at O-Week?

O-Week this year has a focus on safety and risk minimisation at events.

In addition to more common safety measures, the possibility of pill testing was raised. VUWSA staff explained that there had been discussions with service provider KnowYourStuff.

The exec made no decision on testing itself. After further assessment, Tam decided against the initiative for practical reasons.


Presidential Report

Tam addressed the upcoming release of VUW’s sexual violence policy and the ongoing rental crisis. She is also keen to expand the recent Porirua mental health pilot to include Wellington.


Law Student Sexual Violence Letter

A recent decision by the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal allegedly understated the severity of a sexual assault in a prominent law firm.

Rhianna proposed that an existing letter to challenge this decision be supported with a parallel “student letter”.

VUWSA will support the New Zealand Law Students’ Association in this pursuit.


Digital Exams Pilot

Geo confirmed that a digital exams pilot will go ahead for seven courses in the Law and Commerce schools.


Working Groups Established

Several working groups were formed:

Rinaldo will lead a project team for his “proactive student support” scheme, Are You Okay?.

The Welfare Team (Rhianna, Kimberley and Komal) will spearhead this year’s Sex In The Hub.

Finally, a group to promote student engagement with the upcoming local body elections was created.


Strategic Planning Changes

Instead of a five-year plan, a three-year plan will be created for the IGM.

Apparently, the former hinders the rapid development of student issues.


Kawenata with Ngāi Tauira

Looking to strengthen VUWSA’s relationship with Ngāi Tauira, Puawai will reformat the current Memorandum of Understanding into a kawenata.

This has the same legal effect as an MoU, but moves beyond the narrow range of Treaty Partnership obligations.


Check the VUWSA O-Guide, Facebook page, or website for more information on the executive.

Currently vacant positions will be elected at the VUWSA IGM on April 10. Online voting will be available.


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