Elections and Referenda
2017 OUSA Executive Elections
Nominations will soon be open for the 2017 OUSA Executive. Are you up to the challenge?
Fill out our Candidate Expression of Interest Form here.
OUSA is a multi-million dollar organisation with one overarching aim: to make the student experience at Otago University the best it possibly can be. From protesting against fee increases and occupying the Clocktower in the 1990's, to successfully pushing for the rebuild of Student Health and protecting the Hyde Street tradition, OUSA has always put students first.
Have you got what it takes to step up and lead OUSA into its 127th year? In September students will elect 10 people to the OUSA Executive for 2017. If you, or somebody you know is interested, come along to the information evening on the 22nd August at 7pm in the Evison Lounge, Clubs and Societies Centre.
Candidate Information Evening
7pm, Monday 22 August
Evison Lounge, Clubs & Societies Centre
22 August - Candidate Information Evening
5 September - Nominations Open
8 September - Nominations Close
13, 14, 15 September - Candidate Forums
19 September - Voting Opens
22 September - Voting Closes
May 2016 Referenda Results
Should the Otago University Students’ Association Annual Audited Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2015 be received and accepted?
- Yes: 73.23% | No: 2.96% | Abstain: 23.81% | Total votes: 3205
Should the Otago University Students’ Association Annual Report for 2015 be received and accepted?
- Yes: 75.87% | No: 2.69% | Abstain: 21.44% | Total votes: 3199
Should PricewaterhouseCoopers be appointed as Auditors for the Otago University Students’ Association for 2016?
- Yes: 65.54% | No: 8.47% | Abstain: 25.99% | Total votes: 3201
Should Anderson Lloyd be appointed as Honorary Solicitors for the Otago University Students’ Association for 2016?
- Yes: 69.85% | No: 5.28% | Abstain: 24.87% | Total votes: 3201
Should OUSA regulate what costumes can be worn to the Hyde Street Party by prohibiting offensive costumes?
- Yes: 33.29% | No: 61.67% | Abstain: 5.04% | Total votes: 3154
Should OUSA support Helen Clark's bid for United Nations Secretary General?
- Yes: 81.7% | No: 7.61% | Abstain: 10.69% | Total votes: 3153
Should OUSA oppose potential University support staff redundancies/layoffs as a result of the University's Service Level Review?
- Yes: 48.6% | No: 26.95% | Abstain: 24.44% | Total votes: 3150
Should OUSA have a spa pool or communal bathing house?
- Yes: 54.14% | No: 40.69% | Abstain: 5.17% | Total votes: 3151
Should OUSA lobby the University to allow all University students to have physical access to all University facilities during weekend hours?
- Yes: 76.04% | No: 19.3% | Abstain: 4.67% | Total votes: 3151
Should OUSA lobby the University to make a commitment not to invest in fossil fuels?
- Yes: 72.79% | No: 16.11% | Abstain: 11.1% | Total votes: 3153
Should OUSA initiate a campaign with the Dunedin City Council and University to have large glass rubbish bins (like yellow top bins) replace the current glass bins throughout North Dunedin and the student living vicinity to reduce the glass problem?
- Yes: 85.18% | No: 9.23% | Abstain: 5.58% | Total votes: 3152
Should the following administrative/general changes be made to OUSA’s constitution?
- Yes: 55.18% | No: 8.95% | Abstain: 35.88% | Total votes: 3130
Should section 39.5 of the Constitution be
amended to make the Secretary responsible for
appointing the Independent Arbitrator of
elections instead of the Executive?
- Yes: 37.56% | No: 16% | Abstain: 46.44%| Total votes: 3131
Should the following changes be made to the conduct/execution of referendums under OUSA’s constitution?
- Yes: 49.47% | No: 9.72% | Abstain: 40.81% | Total votes: 3129
Should section 23.7 of the Constitution be amended to restrict the Executive spending above total budget expenditure?
- Yes: 52.52% | No: 14.57% | Abstain: 32.91% | Total votes: 3130
Should section 35.1 and 35.2 of the Constitution be amended to give certainty to the OUSA election date from year to year?
- Yes: 59.09% | No: 12.49% | Abstain: 28.42% | Total votes: 3107
Should section 36.3 of the Constitution be amended to introduce an additional method of nominating a candidate for the OUSA elections?
- Yes: 57.31% | No: 13.84% | Abstain: 28.85% | Total votes: 3106
Should section 37 of the Constitution be amended to introduce a minimum 3 working day voting period for OUSA elections, a maximum of 7 days voting for all elections, and a minimum of a one day voting period for by elections?
- Yes: 58.66% | No: 12.3% | Abstain: 29.04% | Total votes: 3106
Should section 38 of the Constitution be
amended to give the Returning Officer the
power to require assistance from OUSA staff in
the execution of their duties?
- Yes: 49.48% | No: 12.2% | Abstain: 38.31% | Total votes: 3106
Online Referenda and Student Forums
Online referenda are one of the many ways you can have your say through OUSA. Whether it's about university policy or a wider issue, you can change OUSA's stance.
Online referenda are used to guide OUSA policy; it's a direct online vote allowing every University of Otago student to have their say.
Student forums provide an opportunity for students to discuss the questions that will be in the Online Referenda. You can also submit your own questions/motions for online referenda. For example, if you think OUSA should support or oppose the Stadium, you can submit a referendum question so that students can have a say.
There are three easy ways to get your question into an OUSA Referendum. You can:firstname.lastname@example.org or refer to the OUSA Constitution.
October 2015 Referendum Results
Do you support OUSA increasing the amount of funding it provides sports teams and international clubs?
Yes 61.07% | No 30.85% | Abstain 8.08% | Total: 953
Do you support OUSA increasing the amount of funding it provides to groups who promote causes students have a specific interest in (e.g. child poverty, environmentalism)
Yes 71.56% | No 23.89% | Abstain 5.14% | Total: 953
Do you support the OUSA executive’s attempts to reform NZUSA?
Yes 58.76% | No 21.09% | Abstain 20.15% | Total: 953
Should OUSA retain or withdraw membership of the New Zealand Union of Students’ Association (NZUSA)?
Yes (Retain) 56.22% | No (withdraw) 29.99% | Abstain 13.79 | Total: 957
Do you support OUSA’s role in continuing the Hyde Street Party?
Yes 76.62% | No 19.52% | Abstain 3.86% | Total: 958
Do you support OUSA’s involvement in the Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival?
Yes 60.8% | No 31.13% | Abstain 8.07% | Total: 954
Should the OUSA Budget be accepted in its entirety?
Yes 58.07% | No 13% | Abstain 28.93% | Total: 954
Should OUSA alter the structure of its Executive?
Yes 37.08 | No 38.97% | Abstain 23.95% | Total: 952
Which of the following alterations to the Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) Executive is most desirable?
Yes: Adding one full time Vice President to replace the current part-time positions of Administrative Vice President, Finance Officer and Campaigns Officer.
No: Adding one part time Vice President of Internal Affairs, one part time Vice President of External affairs and a part time generalist executive position to replace the current part time positions of administrative Vice President, Finance Officer and Campaigns Officer.
Yes 38.34% | No 30.04% | Abstain 31.62% | Total: 952