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CANDIDATE INFORMATION

This year the WSU elections are looking a little different as we continue to face the realities of a campus moving between COVID levels. With only seven director candidates on the ballot each one of them will be part of the board in 2022 so the returning officer said an election for those positions were not required.


However, we are asking you to vote for the WSU President, the Vice-President, and the Vice-President Māori positions. We also decided that while Māhia Smith is running uncontested for the Vice-President Māori role she remains on the ballot . We believe Māhia's role is a key one for the WSU and we can't think of a better way of showing our fantastic new leadership team they all received a mandate.





As a public service we are posting the bios, videos, and photos of all candidates here with links to their social media so whether you are deciding on a new President and Vice-President or getting to know Māhia and the rest of the 2022 directors we hope you find what you are looking for.

 

CANDIDATES FOR WSU PRESIDENT 2022

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Kia ora, bwanji!  This year I’ve loved serving as your WSU Vice-President, and I’d love to continue this mahi but this time as your WSU President. I’m an Afro-Kiwi gal studying Law and Finance. When I’m not putting hard mahi into my conjoint, you can catch me hitting a new deadlift PR at Unirec or jamming to afro-beats (ayyyeee), spinning yarns or chowing down a donburi at Bongo.  I have been on the WSU Board for the past two years […]...
Kia ora, tena koutou  Ko Mitchell Jordan toku ingoa and I am running to become your President in 2022.  We need a break, we have faced so much in the last two years and we have had to endure sometimes just four walls and those inside our buddle. We have had to communicate either faceless with words or by camera.  My plan as President is to: be  more engaging with students of everyday life, ensure that everyone is supported in […]...

VICE-PRESIDENT MĀORI ELECT

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Tēnā koutou e ngā mātāwaka o te motu, Ko Māhia Smith tōku ingoa. He uri tēnei nō Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Tūhoe me Ngāti Awa anō hoki. Born and Bred where the sun begins, and red bands are life. I am known for doing mahi dawgg stuff, which is definitely a tribute to my up-bringing in Whatatutu. Third year student: Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Arts majoring in Te Reo Māori. Current board member of Te Kāuru and Te Whakahiapo, […]...

VICE-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES

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Kia ora! My name is Charlotte Mitchell and I am excited to be running for Vice President and Director on the WSU Board. I want to run to make sure that every student at this University is heard and provide outlets for those to have their views expressed. I started my University experience in 2020, so I understand how quick things can change and how to adapt to certain situations. I have been involved in many student organisations and advocacy […]...
Kia ora koutou katoa, Hi there, my name is Tommy Steele and I am a teaching and sport conjoint student. I believe that I would be an excellent addition to the WSU team because I have been heavily involved within the University so far and I have been on the boards of several University student clubs such as being the current Vice-President of the Study Abroad Network, WSU Liaison for the Association of the School of Health, Events Co-ordinator for […]...
“whaia te iti kahurangi; ki te tuohu koe, me he maunga teitei” “seek the treasure you value most dearly; if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain” This whakatauki emphasises the commitment I have towards excellence, success and aiming high. With the opportunity of being on the WSU board, I wish to embark further on a journey of self-discovery. As a leader, I wish to connect students past, present and future to each other and the […]...
Kia ora, tena koutou  Ko Mitchell Jordan toku ingoa and I am running to become your President in 2022.  We need a break, we have faced so much in the last two years and we have had to endure sometimes just four walls and those inside our buddle. We have had to communicate either faceless with words or by camera.  My plan as President is to: be  more engaging with students of everyday life, ensure that everyone is supported in […]...

YOUR 2022 WSU DIRECTORS

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Kia ora! My name is Charlotte Mitchell and I am excited to be running for Vice President and Director on the WSU Board. I want to run to make sure that every student at this University is heard and provide outlets for those to have their views expressed. I started my University experience in 2020, so I understand how quick things can change and how to adapt to certain situations. I have been involved in many student organisations and advocacy […]...
Hi everyone! My name is Aasiya and I am campaigning for a general WSU position. I’m currently in my second year of a communications degree majoring in marketing and screen and media studies. Other than studies, I enjoy watching marvel films and baking a good cheesecake but you can definitely find me in the library any day of the week. With next year being my last year I want to leave a lasting contribution. Being a member of the Waikato […]...
Teenaa tatou katoa! Ko Waikato te iwi Ko Ngaati Mahuta ki te Hauaauru, Ngaati Hikairo, Ngaati Koheriki, Ngaati Maniapoto te Hapuu Ko Marcus Fletcher ahau   If I am being honest, leadership positions will forever be intimidating and daunting to run for, however, Te Whare Waananga o Waikato encourages tauira to work outside their comfort zone. The opportunities I have received at Te Whare Waananga o Waikato has been an awesome blessing to be a part of not just academically, […]...
Hi everyone, My name is Samira Suleiman. I am originally from Somalia but was born in Yemen. I am currently pursuing a bachelor of Law degree minoring in Sociology. I am campaigning to be WSU’s general director for 2021. I am running for this position because I aim to represent the voices of the marginalised community. I know the struggles that come with being an ethnic individual therefore I want to be a role model for those who share similar […]...
Hola!  My name is Mikaela Paradizo, I’m kind, confident, passionate, and Uruguayan. No matter the time, no matter the place, you can bet I’ll have a coffee in hand, football in my mind and Taylor Swift in my heart.   The WSU is the voice of ALL students and I want to make sure that the ‘ALL’ is emphasised. I am currently finishing my BBUS and beginning a Masters in Economics next year. As a postgrad student fresh out of her […]...
Kia ora koutou katoa, Hi there, my name is Tommy Steele and I am a teaching and sport conjoint student. I believe that I would be an excellent addition to the WSU team because I have been heavily involved within the University so far and I have been on the boards of several University student clubs such as being the current Vice-President of the Study Abroad Network, WSU Liaison for the Association of the School of Health, Events Co-ordinator for […]...
“whaia te iti kahurangi; ki te tuohu koe, me he maunga teitei” “seek the treasure you value most dearly; if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain” This whakatauki emphasises the commitment I have towards excellence, success and aiming high. With the opportunity of being on the WSU board, I wish to embark further on a journey of self-discovery. As a leader, I wish to connect students past, present and future to each other and the […]...
Kia ora, tena koutou  Ko Mitchell Jordan toku ingoa and I am running to become your President in 2022.  We need a break, we have faced so much in the last two years and we have had to endure sometimes just four walls and those inside our buddle. We have had to communicate either faceless with words or by camera.  My plan as President is to: be  more engaging with students of everyday life, ensure that everyone is supported in […]...

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