NorthTec student reps head for Wellington

21 July 2016

NorthTec student reps head for Wellington

A group of student representatives from NorthTec headed off to Wellington yesterday for a two-day leadership summit.

The group of five students come from different NorthTec programme areas and were chosen for their leadership skills and potential. They hold existing roles within NorthTec as student representatives for their respective classes.

Katherine Tasker (Business), Cecil Oppert (Social Work), Tehira Baker (Nursing) and Blaize Goddard (Sport and Recreation) were joined by international business student Siyu (Simon) Shen, who also represents the Chinese Student Association.

They are meeting other student representatives from across the country at the ITP (Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics) Student Leadership Summit, to build capability and share experiences. They were assisted to make the trip by NorthTec’s Learner Support team.

Huhana Lyndon, Director Learner Support, said: “We are excited about the opportunity that this summit presents for our student leaders, and for progressing the student voice within NorthTec.”

The summit is organised by Ako Aotearoa (National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence) and the New Zealand Union of Students Associations. It features information on what Government agencies expect from ITPs, and what this means for students, and also covers the way ITPs work with regard to making the student voice most effective.

It also includes a discussion on what makes for good leadership in a representative association, plus practical advice on how best to be successful advocates for students.