New hand on WISA helm
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.