Council elections

Find information about current University Council elections including vacancies, calls for nominations, candidates and results.

Meet the candidates standing for election to the University Council.

General staff candidates

Election of one member to the University Council by the general staff of the University for a four year term from 1 January 2015—31 December 2018.

  • Paul Meredith

    Paul Meredith

    Pou Hautu, PVC Māori Office

    I believe that the role of the Council is to ensure that the fundamental financial, administrative and asset infrastructure of the University is robust and of high quality, and that General Staff should be well represented in the mix of discussions and decision making. I have a background and skill-set that would allow me to make a positive contribution to Council and well serve the interests of General Staff in an environment of new leadership. My position at Victoria requires me to work across the University. It has allowed me to develop a wide network of university colleagues as well as gain a good understanding of issues that are of importance to staff.

    If elected I would advocate for a university environment where there is a shared ethos between academics and the administration, and a mutual recognition of expertise. I have a continuing interest in the remuneration and the professional development opportunities for General Staff and greater recognition of the contribution we make both to the administrative and academic life of the University. There is a saying in Māori, ka pai ki muri, ka pai ki mua. That is, if the back's right, the front's right. By working together and recognising out interdependence, we are in a much position to successfully achieve our shared goals.

  • Theresa Sawicka

    Theresa Sawicka

    Manager Research and FGR, Research Office

    Having had the honour of serving a partial term, I realise how vital staff representation on Council is. I am seeking re-election to serve to the University community.

    I have been engaged at Victoria as a manager, administrator, teacher, researcher, postgraduate supervisor and a student. These roles have enabled me to interact with a wide range of staff and students on different campuses. I have been a professional staff member at Victoria since 1998, when I joined the Research Policy Office (a unit that no longer exists), and in that time I have experienced and sometimes managed a great deal of institutional change. I am committed to seeing this community thrive. I would like to use my wide experience to serve the University and its Council, to contribute to issues like:

    • how we maintain and improve the quality of our education and research
    • how we continue to recruit and retain excellent staff, and
    • how we continue to solve creatively the problems of scarce resources

    Victoria confronts a challenging political and economic environment. To make the most of its talented staff and offer the best education to its students, it needs to find solutions to the difficult and pressing problems of increasing revenue and finding resources to invest in its future. The University Council has an important governance role in shaping this future.

Academic staff candidates

Election of one member to the University Council by the academic staff of the University for:

  • a four month term from 3 September 2014—31 December 2014, and
  • a four year term from 1 January 2015—31 December 2018.
  • Peter Adds

    Peter Adds

    Ahonuku/Associate Professor, Te Kawa a Māui

    I have been an academic in Māori Studies at Victoria for the last 30 years and have served as Head of School for around half of that time. I also have governance experience on a range of iwi, local, national and international boards including the World Archaeology Congress, the Historic Paces Trust and I am currently the Chair of the Māori Association of Social Science.

    Over the years, I have become aware of a staff perception that the Council is too removed from the daily realities and pressures on our academics, general staff and students too. I believe that I have the experience and knowledge of university systems and people to ensure that the Council sustains, and indeed enhances, its governance relationship with staff and students in our rapidly changing academic environment.

    Given the impending removal of staff representation on university councils from next year, I believe it is important for the current Council to find innovative ways for its new iteration to be responsive to the governance needs and aspirations of the university’s employees.  If elected as a non-professorial staff representative to Council, I intend to encourage a discussion amongst our own staff on this issue, and ensure an ongoing staff relationship with the Council.

  • Dolores Janiewski

    Dolores Janiewski

    Associate Professor, School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations

    Based on my past thirteen years serving on the VUW Council, I realise that it is a very important responsibility but also one that takes experience in order to become acquainted with Council processes, purposes, and obligations. Given the threat to staff and student representation posed by pending legislation, sponsored by the current Government, it is vital to have effective representation to demonstrate its importance.

    Staff representatives should provide a convincing response to the arguments made by the current Minister for Tertiary Education, Steven Joyce, who has defined tertiary education as a ‘product’ rather than a process in our oversight of strategic planning at the University.  Staff representatives need to ensure that Victoria remains committed to research-led teaching which does not simply follow a commercial mode and aims to develop research capacity in New Zealand.

    We must ensure that resources enable academic staff to engage in curiosity-driven research.  We also need to ensure that our role as ‘critic and conscience’ is able to be exercised within the University context, in New Zealand, and internationally by ensuring that we contribute to debate and decision-making about knowledge formation and public outreach as important parts of academic staff’s responsibilities.

Election date

An online election will be held on Tuesday, 2 September, with the polls closing at 5.00pm. Early voting will open on Tuesday, 26 August. Voting material will be sent from election management company, to the University email addresses of those on the General and Academic Staff Rolls.

Candidates will be elected by the single transferable vote method.

The elections are governed by the Council Election Statute available from the University website or the Returning Officer.

Caroline Ward
Returning Officer
(04) 463 5196