Elections and Referenda

Annual General Meeting

There is an Annual General Meeting of the Otago University Students’ Association on Friday 13th October, 2107 at 12:00pm in the Main Common Room. The agenda for the AGM is:

  • Minutes of the previous Student General Meeting
  • Breach of Constitution and rules Clause: 21.2
  • Referenda results discussion
  • Introduction of 2018 Executive
  • General Business
  • OUSA Elections

    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.

    » Click here for the 2018 Executive Elections Results »

    » Click here for the 2018 Returning Officer's Election Report »

     

    Click here to view the list of nominees for the 2018 Executive »

    Click here to learn more about the nominees for the 2018 Executive »

    Download the OUSA Elections Policy here »

    Download the OUSA Elections Rules here »

    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.

    Voting for the next OUSA Referendum (including the 2018 Budget) will be held online 9-11 October 2017. There will be a Forum on Wednesday 4th October at 12pm, downstairs at the OUSA Clubs and Societies Centre (84 Albany Street).

    Call for questions have now closed. We want to know what you think of the wording of the questions. If you think they don’t meet the constitutional requirements 20.2(d) then flick a message through to adminvp@ousa.org.nz and have chat. Otherwise – voting for the referendum opens at 9am on Monday October 9th.

    Article 37.6 be amended to read: '37.6 Every member enrolled will be entitled to exercise a vote for each Executive position by ranking any number of nominated persons, including no confidence, in order of preference, except as otherwise provided in these Rules and as follows: a. Only non-New Zealand citizen members may vote for the International Students’ Portfolio. b. Only Post Graduate members may vote for the Post Graduate Portfolio.'

    Results for October 2017 Referenda

    Download the October 2017 OUSA Referenda results here »

    For more information contact adminvp@ousa.org.nz or refer to the OUSA Constitution.

    Results for May 2017 Referenda

    Should the Otago University Students’ Association Annual Audited Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2016 be received and accepted?

  • Yes: 95.94% | No: 4.06% | Total Votes: 3840
  • Should the Otago University Students’ Association Annual Report for 2016 be received and accepted?

  • Yes: 96.27% | No: 3.73% | Total Votes: 3837
  • Should PricewaterhouseCoopers be appointed as Auditors for the Otago University Students’ Association for 2017?

  • Yes: 88.76% | No: 11.24% | Total Votes: 3834
  • Should Anderson Lloyd be appointed as Honorary Solicitors for the Otago University Students’ Association for 2017?

  • Yes: 91.16%| No: 8.84%| Total Votes: 3732
  • Should OUSA financially support the redevelopment and structural strengthening of its fully owned subsidiary the University Book Shop?

  • Yes: 75.24% | No: 24.76% | Total Votes: 3732
  • Should OUSA directly ask the Tertiary Education Minister to, “Commit to wipe all student loan debt by 2025 and make University attendance free within five years?” and then upload the Minister's response in an appropriate form on the OUSA website as soon as practicable?

  • Yes: 70.94% | No: 29.06%| Total Votes: 3730
  • Should OUSA establish an online poll to determine the most offensive costume at the Hyde Street party and then publish the three most offensive costumes each year?

  • Yes: 31.85% | No: 68.15% | Total Votes: 3714
  • Should OUSA support the Dunedin Hospital SOS campaign to keep the Dunedin Hospital rebuild in the centre city?

  • Yes: 91.89% | No: 8.11% | Total Votes: 3713
  • Should OUSA lobby the University to cease development of a new animal research facility until the University has transparently consulted with students on the financial, ethical, and scientific value and implications of investing in animal-based research?

  • Yes: 50.69% | No: 49.31% | Total Votes: 3713
  • Should OUSA support a change of government at the 2017 general election?

  • Yes: 55.72% | No: 44.28% | Total Votes: 3704
  • Should OUSA oppose the implementation of CCTV monitoring of the student residential area by the University of Otago?

  • Yes: 51.22% | No: 48.78% | Total Votes: 3702
  • Download the Report of the Returning Officer for the Referendum held 29-31 May 2017 here

    Download the Annual OUSA Report 2016 here

    Download the Annual Financial Statements and Audit Report 2016 here

    Download the Referendum Questions: Pros and Cons

     

    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

    >> Download the Returning Officer's Report for the May 2016 Referenda [PDF]

    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

    > Download the 2016 OUSA Budget PDF here

    > Download the Pros and Cons PDF here