Massey consults on new council

Posted By TEU on Apr 16, 2015 |

Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 10

Massey University has started to consult on the composition of its new council.  Its consultation document proposes one elected academic staff representative, one elected general staff representative and one elected student representative.

Meanwhile TEU and NZUSA have collaborated with ActionStation to launch a nationwide online ‘sign-and-click’ submission campaign at

Massey University chancellor Chris Kelly says the council wants the new maximum of 12 members. It is seeking feedback on that as well as the membership of the council and the processes that will be used to elect and appoint members.

Kelly says the council is keen to retain a representative model within the new framework set by the government.

“We want to hear from as many stakeholders as possible, including students, staff, alumni, research partners, commercial partners, professional bodies, trade unions, students’ associations, community groups, tangata whenua, local authorities and members of the public.”

TEU women’s vice-president Cat Pausé says that Massey council’s initial proposal appears to reflect an agreed position between most universities.

“It’s an improvement on the anti-democratic model that Steven Joyce and his government were attempting to impose on universities, but it is not brave enough,” says Pausé.

“Universities and wānanga need to take a strong stand against this government’s attack on their autonomy by putting in place a democratic voting bloc of local students and staff to counteract the growing voting power of the ministerially-appointed bloc of councillors.”

Most universities appear to be advocating two elected staff representatives and one elected student representative. They are also recognising the value of specific places for alumni and tangata whenua.

Public consultation continues until 18 May. The council is also consulting separately with groups that have requested a meeting, such as TEU, students’ associations, and tangata whenua.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Budget 2015’s meagre R&D spending
  2. Scientists urged to go public
  3. Debt payoff scheme encourages student drinking
  4. Steven Joyce on academic pay: Part 4

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Thanks to LSG at Flickr for the photo –

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