By Nikki Papatsoumas
The MAWSA presidency is heating up with two members of this year’s executive confirming to Massive Magazine they will be running for the role.
The deadline for nominations for the 2018 Massey at Wellington Students’ Association (MAWSA) President is this Friday, July 21.
Under MAWSA’s constitution, only current members of the MAWSA executive are eligible to run for next year’s presidency.
So far, College of Creative Arts Executive Jack Mayo and Education Vice President Emma Pearce have announced their intentions to run for president.
Mayo says he will be the best person for the job, bringing his knowledge of uni life to office.
“I believe I would honestly be the best person for the job, as I simply care about everyone and have an extremely good attitude towards what I do.
“The students need a friendly familiar face to represent them and with my background throughout the university over the last three years I strongly believe I can be that.”
Pearce says she decided to run because she wants to make a difference.
“After last year, with working as an RA at The Cube and seeing how much of a positive difference one person could make, then running for the VP position, I have seen how much one small idea can help students. I want to be able to do that on a larger scale.
“I just want to make a difference on campus and I believe the role would help me do so.”
Current President Adam Logan Cairns says there are six or seven exec members who would be eligible to run for president.
“Anyone of them can submit their name forward but only this week, the first week back of semester two,” he says.
Cairns says his advice for the future president is to start planning now.
“Make sure you have a vision and a goal of what you want to achieve for 2018 and don’t deter from it.
“You’ll be able to make some serious changes but it does take time, so stick to it.”
MAWSA Manager Sarah Grant-Wang says she hopes for oomph and a whole lot of student participation in this year’s elections.
She says an ideal president will be committed, adaptable and able to deal with diverse issues.
“Throughout the elections we want to see the candidates consulting with students as to what they want from their executive,” she says.
“This year’s executive has been the most pro-active exec I have ever seen, they have been great and they have really been working hard to make sure the student voice is heard.”
Massive Magazine will keep you up to date with this year’s MAWSA elections. Check back later in the semester for more updates.