About Working With Te Awhioraki.
We are always looking out for people to stand for positions on the executive, so if that might be you, keep reading! The executive is just the fancy word for the group of students responsible for governing Te Awhioraki, including things like finances, planning events and advocating for tauira Maori. The positions that make up the executive are;
The Tumuaki is responsible for chairing executive meetings, and also holds the deciding vote where required. They also hold a seat on LUSA, and are generally the person that is invited to any board meetings. However, there are a lot of hui! Because of this, the Tumuaki may also delegate certain responsibilities to the Vice (or Co-) Tumuaki, or to another member of the executive.
Vice (OR Co)-Tumuaki
This role is flexible, and it is up to the elected executive each year to decide whether this role is expressed as a Vice Tumuaki (ie a second-in-command to the Tumuaki) OR as a Co-Tumuaki (which is a more collaborative style). The option exists in order to allow the tauira elected to choose the leadership style that they feel best fits them.
This role is typically called the “Secretary” in other governance groups, and they are responsible for taking minutes at meetings, sending out the agenda and managing the Te Awhioraki email account.
Otherwise known as a “Treasurer”. This role is ideal for accounting students in particular, but that’s not a requirement! Typically responsible for collecting receipts, and doing regular shops to keep Te Whare Whakakotahi well stocked for tauira.
There are three kaimahi positions available on the executive each year, and each tauira typically chooses a portfolio that they are interested in holding for the year. Examples include: arts and culture; social events; social media, or; writing up Te Awhioraki events for the RAM student magazine. Portfolio’s are flexible though—if you have a particular passion, we wanna hear about it! Kaimahi are also not responsible for the portfolio all by themselves. For example, if you are interested in making sure tauira Maori have events to socialise at together, you are the ideas person and might organise things like dates and details, but you can also ask the rest of the executive to support your events.
These positions are elected—meaning that while any student registered as a Maori student be nominated, other Maori students vote to determine who ends up in that position. You can find more information about the elections process here. Tauira elected to these positions also receive a small amount of pūtea as thanks for the work they do throughout the year.
While these roles make up the executive, that doesn’t mean you can’t be involved in other ways! In fact, we encourage you to come along and be involved as a member of our community before putting yourself forward for election to the executive, so that you can get some experience and a strong understanding of what you’re in for!
There can be a lot of mahi involved in what we do, but it can also be very rewarding to see the benefits we can bring for tauira Maori on campus. See What we do at LU for more info about what we do, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or grab an existing member of the executive to ask them about their experience.
About Our Elections.
Elections for Te Awhioraki are generally held at the same time as the elections for LUSA each year, early in Semester 2.
Nominations for the 2022 Exec open later in the year, so be sure to keep an eye out for the announcement! Any student at LU registered as Māori is eligible to be nominated. You can nominate yourself, but TWO other tauira Māori need to endorse your nomination by signing your nomination form. We encourage you to reach out to us to hear more about what the roles really mean by contacting us by email, facebook, instagram or just grabbing one of us for a korero. You can use the nomination form below.