2023 Student Council

Who will be your next Student Council?

MEET YOUR 2023 STUDENT COUNCIL (Click to expand)

Student President | Sione Ulufonua

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Student Vice-President | Matangaro La'Akulu Raea

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Māori Representative | Mary Peni

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Pasifika Representative | Dina Rahui

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International Representative | Ming Tian

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Ōtara Representative | Richard Kealey

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Manukau Representative | Liam Wilson

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Well-being Representative | Swartika Naidu 

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The Student Council is made up of 9 members across our campuses. See below for roles and the eligibility criteria:


To be eligible for the role of President you must be able to demonstrate previous leadership experience at a governance level.


To be eligible for the role of Vice-President you must be able to demonstrate previous leadership experience at a governance level.

Māori representative

To be eligible for the role of Māori representative, you must be of Māori descent.

Pasifika representative

To be eligible for the role of Pasifika representative, you must be of Pasifika descent.

International representative

To be eligible for the role of international representative you must be a current international student with a current Student Visa.

Wellbeing representative

There is no specific eligibility for the role, however we strongly encourage students with disabilities, and/or those interested in wellbeing.

Manukau Campus representative

To be eligible for the role of Manukau Campus representative, you must be a student studying at the Manukau campus.

Ōtara Campus representative

To be eligible for the role of Ōtara Campus representative, you must be a student studying at the Ōtara campus.

TechPark Campus representative

To be eligible for the role of TechPark Campus representative, you must be a student studying at the TechPark campus.

Election Process:


Monday 19 September – Sunday 2 October


Monday 17 October – Friday 6 November


Monday 7 November – Sunday 13 November


Wednesday 17 November

Nominations & Screening

Nominations are made by our students and staff via an online nomination form. They will then go through a screening process, to check the candidate’s suitability. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed. Please note: You must have the other person’s permission if you’re nominating someone else.


Successful applicants will attend a campaigning workshop a week prior to campaigning with information around campaigning rules and resources. They create promotional material to advertise around MIT in the campaigning weeks. Be as creative as you want!


All MIT students are able to vote for their President, Vice President and Student Council members. Total 9 votes. This is done through a secure online voting app.

Successful Candidates Announced

Votes will be tallied and scrutinised by a Justice of the Peace. Candidates receive the outcome of the election and Student Council membership is announced.


Successfully elected candidates agree to stand in their elected role in 2023 and will abide by the terms and requirements of their position. See FAQs.

The term of service for all successfully elected candidates will be from February to November 2023.

Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the Student Council and what is its purpose?

The main purpose of the Student Council is to ensure that students are well represented and supported across the wider Manukau Institute of Technology at all times. They will support and engage with local student representatives to gain feedback from the student body and then deliver it at a strategic level; alongside Te Pukenga Leadership.

Why join the Student Council?

  • You gain leadership skills and experience that can be used to improve your CV and Linkedin profile; which increases your chances of being employed after you graduate.
  • You gain confidence. Sitting on different boards and committees across the institute; working with MIT leaders gives you experience and the ability to grow in confidence – so you’re ready for the real world.
  • You can make a real difference in your community - Being involved in decision making and the design of the learning experience here at MIT helps to future proof the education for students now and students to come.

What are Student Council Responsibilities?

  • Keep MIT Student Centric!
    • Contribute to the decision-making at Te Pukenga
    • Represent Te Pukenga students at boards, committees and working group meetings.
    • Regularly review Te Pukenga Policies alongside policy makers ensuring they are student friendly and fit for purpose
  • Approve the Compulsory Student Services Fee and assist in setting the annual budget for student services.
  • Represent MIT at external engagements within the education sector and with New Zealand media (when required).
  • Assist with recruiting the MIT School representatives.
  • Maintain strong connections with other Student Voice Representatives at Te Pukenga to ensure feedback is being filtered up to MIT Leadership.

How do I apply?

Online Nomination – Fill in the online nomination form provided in the link and submit.

Who can nominate?

Both Students and Staff are eligible to nominate students. The student being nominated must give permission if being put forward by another person.  The voting process is only open to Students.

Who can be nominated?

ANY student who is enrolled for at least 12 weeks in the 2023 academic year is eligible for nomination.

What are the benefits of joining?

  • Paid Honorarium
  • Leadership and Community Development
  • Paid Opportunities throughout the year
  • Opportunities to represent Te Pukenga in the Education Sector
  • Be involved in the design of your own Educational experience

How much time will it take up?

Approximately 2 hours a week. This is flexible around your study; and you have a team of students who support each other to ensure you are all still receiving the same (if not better) quality of education. There are compulsory monthly meetings; that members are expected to attend; but all other opportunities are shared amongst members and completely up to you. There are also paid opportunities that are available throughout the year.