Waikato Students' Union
The Waikato Students’ Union (WSU) is an incorporated society and a member
of the New Zealand University Students’ Association (NZUSA). It is governed
by an elected executive, who take care of the day-to-day business of representing
its members’ interests to the University and the wider community and promoting
educational, social, cultural, and sporting life on campus.
Academic Representation and Support
The WSU represents its members’ academic interests by working with the University
on such key committees as the University Council, Finance Committee and the
Academic Board. At a national level, students interests are represented by
NZUSA, which is concerned with Student Job Search, government policy on user-pays
education, the student loan scheme, and other issues affecting members. The
WSU is also a member of the national sporting body University Sports New
The WSU provides various scholarships like the WSU Scholarship for cultural
contribution and the John Houston Memorial Scholarship for academic/cultural
contribution. The union also has a small fund to help students whose attendance
at university is threatened by financial hardship.
The WSU has an Advocacy Service that provides professional and confidential
assistance free to members. The service deals with problems ranging from
academic and financial troubles to employment, tenancy and accommodation
Other Activities and Services
The WSU represents its members’ sporting, cultural, political, religious and
ethnic interests by providing services for clubs and help to members wanting
to set up or join a club. Affiliated clubs can apply for grants for a project
or to run an event. Campus Movies has regular screenings of recently released
movies and the occasional film festival. The union publishes a weekly magazine,
Nexus, and a free student diary and wall planner. It also provides other
services such as a telephone for free local calls, a discount bus service
and discount cards for students. Through sponsorship, the union helps students
to participate in specific events including the New Zealand University Games
and Blues Awards.
The WSU organises Orientation Week at the beginning of A and B semesters to
welcome new students on campus. The WSU also promotes and coordinates a range
of events and activities including open forums on current and contentious issues.
Through a joint venture with the University, the WSU owns a 50% stake in Campus
Services Ltd (CSL), which controls the Uni Rec Centre and Campus Pools.
The WSU is situated in the Student Union Building (SUB). Office hours are
8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. More information can be found on the WSU website: http://www.wsu.org.nz,
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.