New hand on WISA helm

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

The first steps have been taken to­ward re­build­ing the Whi­tireia In­de­pen­dent Stu­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (WISA) with the re­cent elec­tion of a new vice-pres­i­dent and ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.

Six mem­bers were elected on Novem­ber 18 to form the new com­mit­tee, which will rep­re­sent the stu­dents over the sum­mer.

The elec­tions came about a month af­ter the as­so­ci­a­tion’s act­ing pres­i­dent stepped down.

Stu­dents will vote again in March, for a pres­i­dent and more ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers.

WISA has been plagued by con­tro­versy since Au­gust, when it was al­leged that over $750,000 of stu­dent con­tri­bu­tions was missing.

While other stu­dents are fin­ish­ing their ex­ams and go­ing on break ‘‘there is no hol­i­day for us’’, new vice-pres­i­dent Mahia Fuimaono said.

‘‘What we have to work on is ori­en­ta­tion for next year and . . . we are also un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. We are cur­rently be­ing foren­si­cally au­dited and they’ve just done a foren­sic au­dit on our com­put­ers.

‘‘A lot of the work we will be do­ing is pre­par­ing for next year. We will have to pre­pare for the elec­tions and make sure ev­ery­thing is done ac­cord­ing to process, and we’re also work­ing on our re­la­tion­ship with the poly­tech,’’ she said.

WISA will adopt a new con­sti-

Newly elected Whi­tireia In­de­pen­dent Stu­dents As­so­ci­a­tion vicepres­i­dent Mahia Fuimaono, sec­ond from right, and her team of ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers. tu­tion drawn up by Whi­tireia’s lawyers once it has been re­viewed and amended to suit the best in­ter­ests of the stu­dents, Ms Fuimaono said.

The new con­sti­tu­tion al­lows stu­dents to opt out of mem­ber­ship – al­though their fees must be paid to a char­ity in­stead – and the pres­i­dent must be elected, not ap­pointed.

The sum­mer ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers are Sione Palavi, Me­morie Tay­lor, Vic­to­ria Goodin, Mar­garet Craigie and trea­surer Tanya Thomp­son.

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