Representation activities are broad and there are both structured and unstructured opportunities to represent the interests of students. Student reps proactively look for opportunities to improve student life and address student needs. They provide feedback, influence, educate and comment on the many facets of Massey’s operation. Student reps collaborate, cooperate and partner with Massey to recognise and directly involve students’ ideas, experiences, questions and concerns into decisions at all levels from course development to service delivery.
Te Tira Ahu Pae has a Tripartite structure, with three Presidents (General/Distance, Māori, and Pasifika) with equal authority who are self-determined to represent and lead student representatives from their cohort. Each campus has their own Vice-President who leads over the student representatives at each location and represents the needs of students studying from each location. Each campus has a General, Māori, and Pasifika Student Rep, and Distance has three General Reps and one Māori and Pasifika Rep, in recognition that over 50% of students studying at Massey do so by distance. There is also a International Student Rep and Post-Grad Student Rep.
Student representatives are chose via a mixture of appointments (for Presidents and Vice-Presidents) and elections (for all other positions). This process is held yearly during semester two for the following year. Below are the current student representatives for 2023.
Current Student Representatives
General/Distance President Jake Law
Jake was the 2022 Albany Student Association President and prior to that worked as the Campus Culture Coordinator. Last year Jake secured a local board seat for Hibiscus and Bays [Auckland Council].
Jake is a passionate and upbeat Student President and remains committed to fostering positive environments and supportive relationships between students and staff. Jake proactively liaises with diverse student groups and communicates ideas and concerns in a responsive manner. He is committed to consulting with students to get the best out of learning experiences and the Massey University environment. Jake has a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese language and culture, a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching and is currently a Social Policy: Politics Graduate Diploma student.
MANAWHAKAHAERE RAMAIROA TAWERA
Ko Hikurangi te maunga Ko Waiapu te awa Ko Ngāti Porou te iwi Ko Te Aitanga-a-mate te hapu Ko Hiruharama te marae Ko Ramairoa Tawera ahau
Ramairoa started his student representation journey as Kaiwhakahaere of Manawatahi, the Māori student association on the Manawatū Campus. In 2022 he was the Ex-Officio Māori member of the MUSAF board. Ramairoa believes that his current governance and exposure will help provide stability and value for Te Tira Ahu Pae in the first year, post amalgamation. Ramairoa is studying a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Finance on the Manawatū Campus.
PASIFIKA President ANIVA FEAU
Aniva is based in Auckland and studies at the Albany Campus. She was the 2021 President of Massey Albany Pasifika Students’ Association [MAPSA] and the Pasifika Ex-Officio member of the MUSAF board in 2022. Aniva has served on the Auckland Youth Advisory panel, as a Le Va Mentor and Manatoa Mentor at Massey University. She completed her Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and Psychology in 2021 and her honours in Clinical Psychology in 2022. Aniva is excited to have the opportunity to continue her journey with the new student association, Te Tira Ahu Pae, and consolidate the work of the MUSAF board and 2022 student representatives.