November Referenda Questions and Pros & Cons

Voting opens 9am 3 November, closes 4pm 6 November.
Voting is online only at voting.org.nz

 

1. Do you support the Otago University Students’ Association’s (OUSA’s) opposition to the following Dunedin City Council proposed Local Alcohol Policies a) a 1am one way door policy b) 3am as the latest closing time c) a ban on shot sales after 12am and d) an 11pm clearance of outdoor seating areas?  Yes or No? 
In order to address the issue of Dunedin’s current level of alcohol related harm, the Dunedin City Council is performing a comprehensive review of its Local Alcohol Policy. The above changes are among those proposed, and are the core focus of OUSA’s concern.

Pro: Dunedin is known for its nightlife, which is regarded by many to be one of the significant attractions of studying in Dunedin, rather than elsewhere in New Zealand.
Con: Dunedin’s drinking culture is often reported to lead to anti-social behaviour, and that it is dangerous, and unconducive to a productive study environment.


2. Should the Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) apply more funding towards student groups such as faculty clubs, social cause groups, sports teams, international clubs and student volunteer groups? Yes or No?  
Student initiated groups are often considered the life-blood of the University’s culture. Members of OUSA’s executive have recently proposed a shift in OUSA’s focus to supporting these clubs. OUSA has not only access to the necessary financial resources, but the expertise to assist some of these on-campus groups. OUSA currently commits approximately $70,000 to affiliated student clubs

Pro: A generally enriched, and more inclusive campus environment.
Con: For every dollar that OUSA commits to group funding there is another activity that may not receive support.


3. Should the Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) continue to be involved with and assist with organising the ‘Hyde Street Keg Party’? Yes or No?
Since 2012, where the Hyde Street Keg Party came at an estimated $200,000+ cost to the taxpayer, OUSA stepped in.

Pro: An incredible street party, and one of the few remaining pieces of Dunedin’s historical student party culture. For the past two years OUSA has been successful in decreasing the harm of the party to students, damage to property, and reducing the taxpayer/ratepayer burden to a fraction of what it was.
Con: More students could be harmed. Poses a risk to the image of the University should an emergency arise. The party also uses the resources of the OUSA which could be applied elsewhere.


4. Should the Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) continue to be involved with and organise the ‘Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival’? Yes or No?
The Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival has been organised by the OUSA for 2 years. The origin of the Event is that the Executive wanted a more balanced events programme throughout the year by adding an end of year event. This led to an association with the Wingatui Races which had an OUSA capacity of 250 students. After this the need was identified for an event that had greater capacity, was attractive to older including post-grad students which are served less-well by the OUSA, was of a good quality in terms of harm minimisation/ host responsibility, and supported the OUSA’s town/ gown strategy.
However the low number of students present at the event (approximately 1 in every 3 attendees) raises the question as to whether or not the event has sufficient student engagement to warrant such a high commitment of resources.

Pro: A high-calibre event, which is enjoyed by a good number of both students, and non-students alike, which promotes the moderate consumption, and appreciation of alcohol and food.
Con: The event uses significant OUSA staff resource during the second semester of the year that could be applied to other services.

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.

How to Move a motion
For more information contact secretary@ousa.org.nz or refer to the OUSA Constitution.

OUSA and Te Roopu Maori 2015 Student Executive Elections, 2014 International Officer By-Election, and Referenda RESULTS!

President Votes %
Paul Hunt 1893 59.16%
Henri Faulkner 986 30.81%
No confidence in these candidates 321 10.03%
TOTAL VOTES: 3200  
 
Administrative Vice President Votes %
Isaac Yu 2481 77.75%
No confidence in these candidates 710 22.25%
TOTAL VOTES: 3191  
 
Finance Officer Votes %
Nina Harrap 2568 80.58%
No confidence in these candidates 619 19.42%
TOTAL VOTES: 3187  
 
Education Officer Votes %
Greer Mahoney 1531 48.13%
Alexia Cochrane 1293 40.65%
No confidence in these candidates 357 11.22%
TOTAL VOTES: 3181  
 
Welfare Officer Votes %
Payal Ramritu 1630 51.37%
Taylor-Jane Cox 1247 39.30%
No confidence in these candidates 296 9.33%
TOTAL VOTES: 3173  
 
Postgraduate Students Portfolio Executive Officer Votes %
Claire Mitchell 223 86.43%
No confidence in these candidates 35 13.57%
TOTAL VOTES: 258  
 
Campaigns Portfolio Executive Officer Votes %
Alice Sowry 1821 57.63%
Henry Napier 1006 31.84%
No confidence in these candidates 333 10.54%
TOTAL VOTES: 3160  
 
Recreation Portfolio Executive Officer Votes %
Jonny Martin 1869 59.31%
Matt Ross 904 28.69%
No confidence in these candidates 378 12.00%
TOTAL VOTES: 3151  
 
Colleges Portfolio Executive Officer Votes %
Taotao Li 730 23.27%
Alex Gregory 593 18.90%
Jess McLean 588 18.74%
Anton Hovius 485 15.46%
Joel McManus 389 12.40%
No confidence in these candidates 352 11.22%
TOTAL VOTES: 3137  
 
International Students Portfolio Executive Officer - 2014 Votes %
Eric Lim Thiam Aik 186 89.42%
No confidence in these candidates 22 10.58%
TOTAL VOTES: 208  
 
Te Roopu Maori Tumuaki (President) Votes %
Deinda Stanway 269 86.22%
No confidence in these candidates 43 13.78%
TOTAL VOTES: 312  
 
Te Roopu Maori Tumuaki Tuarua (Vice President) Votes %
Tyson Tautari 253 81.09%
No confidence in these candidates 59 18.91%
TOTAL VOTES: 312  
 
Te Roopu Maori Communications Officer Votes %
Damyian Winselborn-Rawiri 278 89.39%
No confidence in these candidates 33 10.61%
TOTAL VOTES: 311  
 
Te Roopu Maori Education and Culture Officer Votes %
Kahurangi Salu 284 91.61%
No confidence in these candidates 26 8.39%
TOTAL VOTES: 310  
 
Te Roopu Maori Events and Social Officer Votes %
Franky Maslin 284 91.61%
No confidence in these candidates 26 8.39%
TOTAL VOTES: 310  
 
Te Roopu Maori Welfare and Recreation Officer Votes %
Tukohirangi Pini 282 90.97%
No confidence in these candidates 28 9.03%
TOTAL VOTES: 310  
 
Te Roopu Maori Finance Officer Votes %
Renee Brown 277 89.94%
No confidence in these candidates 31 10.06%
TOTAL VOTES: 308  

 

Referenda Yes No Total
Should the 2015 OUSA Budget be accepted in its entirety? 77.18% 22.82% 3116

May 2014 Referendum Results

Thanks to all students who took the time to be a part of this referendum. To see a full response from the association please see the media release here.

The results of the OUSA Referendum held on the 27-29 May 2014 are as follows:

 

Should the following be adopted as OUSA External Policy?
“That OUSA believes in guaranteed student representation on University governance boards and committees, and as such actively opposes the Education Amendment Bill (No 2), 2014”

  Yes: 90%
No: 10%
Vote Count: 1340
 

Should the following be adopted as OUSA External Policy? “That OUSA supports the removal of Goods and Services Tax (GST) from fruit and vegetables”.

  Yes: 86%
No: 14 %
Vote Count: 1379
  Should the following be adopted as OUSA External Policy?
“That OUSA support the move to a Universal Student Allowance.”
  Yes: 78%
No: 22%
Vote Count: 1369
  Should the OUSA Executive investigate the establishment of a student bar?

  Yes: 71%
No: 29%
Vote Count: 1379
 

Should the following be adopted as OUSA External Policy?
“That OUSA supports the legalisation of Marijuana following the ban on all existing synthetic cannabis products.”

  Yes: 48%
No: 52%
Vote Count: 1358
 

Should the Otago University Students’ Association Annual Audited Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2013 be received and accepted?    

  Yes: 96%
No: 4%
Vote Count: 1337
  Should the Otago University Students’ Association Annual Report for 2013 be received and accepted?         Yes: 94%
No: 6%
Vote Count: 1335
  Should PricewaterhouseCoopers be appointed as Auditors for the Otago University Students’ Association for 2014?     
  Yes: 88%
No: 12%
Vote Count: 1324
  Should Anderson Lloyd be appointed as Honorary Solicitors for the Otago University Students’ Association for 2014?     
  Yes: 91%
No: 9%
Vote Count: 1322
 

Should Donna Jones’s appointment as Secretary of the Association for a further four (4) years be ratified, pursuant to the executive resolution sc47/14?   

  Yes: 85%
No: 15%
Vote Count: 1323