2019 Student Elections

2019 Student Elections are now open for Nomination!! For all details; please see below.

Election Calendar:




Nominations & Screening

Monday 29th October - Sunday 4th November

Nominations are made by MIT students and staff via electronic online form or paper submission at campus reception area

Campaigning Workshop

Monday 5th November

Eligible students attend a half day course where you are provided with tips, materials and resources to begin your campaign.  


Monday 5th November - Friday 16th November

Students create posters and advertise around their local campus.


Monday 19th November - Friday 23rd November

All MIT students are able to vote for their Student Executive

Successful Candidates Announced

Thursday 29th November

Candidates receive the outcome of the election and Student Council/Executives are announced.  


  1. Approved nominees, if successfully elected will be invited by the current Student Council Board to attend a Special Announcement Ceremony in January 2019. (Date TBC)
  2. Successfully elected candidates agree to stand in their elected role in 2019 and will abide by the terms and requirements of their position. See FAQs
  3. The term of service for all successfully elected candidates will be from February to November 2019.

List of School Executives and their scope

Find your area of study under one of the listed Schools. This is the role you will be electing.

School of Business


School of Digital Technologies

Digital Technologies

School of Nursing and Health



Health Support

Mental Health


Public Health and Health Promotion

First Aid –Short courses

School of Engineering

Civil Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Electrical Trades

Mechanical Engineering Trades

Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

School of Trades

Building, Construction and Carpentry

Construction Management

Automotive Technology

School of Education

Early Childhood

Tertiary Teaching


Literacy and Numeracy

Pacific Languages

Te Reo Maori

Employment Preparation

Police Studies and Security

Inclusive Education

Animal Care

Foundation and Bridging Studies

School of Secondary-Tertiary Studies

School of NZ Maritime

Domestic Maritime

Marine Engineering

Nautical Foreign-Going


School of Social Sciences

Social Work

Applied Sport and Recreation

Sport and Exercise Science

School of Primary and Creative Industries


Visual Arts and Design


Creative Writing

Performing Arts



Landscaping, Nursery Production and Parks and Gardens

School of Hospitality and Tourism

Baking and Patisserie


Hospitality and Café, Barista and Restaurant

Hotel Reception, Portering and Concierge

International Diplomas in Cookery and Baking


Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the Student Voice and what is its purpose?

The student voice is a collective group of students made up of the Student Council (8 Members) and Student Executives (30 members; 3 from 10 schools who represent all the different study areas/schools at MIT. (e.g. School of Nursing or School of Creative Arts)

The main purpose is for them to engage with and represent ALL students at MIT to give them a voice; where they may have feedback or concerns about their educational journey. They are also responsible for engaging with the institute to represent students when organisational changes take place that may impact the student journey. They work alongside MIT to ensure students are heard, well informed and receiving the best education possible.

Why join the Student Voice Team?

  1. 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.
  2. You gain confidence. Sitting on different boards and committees across the institute; working with Executive and Academic Leaders and attending conferences and workshops in the education sector - so you’re work ready and
  3. You can make a real difference in your community. Being involved in decision making and the design of

Why has the model changed?

We need to make it easier for students to give feedback; so we can start to make some better changes around the education and social life at MIT. We need students from ALL areas; from ALL different Campuses around Auckland.

You can view our full change proposal here.

What is the Student Council and what are their responsibilities?
The SC holds Strategic Overview and oversight alongside the Institute's Executive Leadership Team (ELT), and works closely with the Student Executives to engage with students.

What are Student Executives and what are their responsibilities?

The SEV takes an operational and ears-to-the-ground role towards Student Representation and feedback. They are responsible for ensuring there is a student voice in their school/area of study. They hold meetings/events with their students to inform and collect feedback about the Student Journey.  

How do I apply?

There are two ways you can apply:

Online Nomination – Print, fill and sign this nomination form and then scan or take a picture of your nomination and then send it to studentvoice@manukau.ac.nz.

Paper Nomination - There are nomination forms available at your local reception area; alongside a Nominations Box. Fill in the application (ensuring it is signed by your nominee) and pop it into the box back at reception.

Who can nominate?

Both MIT Students and Staff are eligible to nominate students. However, the voting process is only open to MIT Students.

Who can be nominated?

ANY student who is enrolled for the 2019 academic year is eligible for nomination. Note: Students can only be nominated for the role in their study area / school. For a list of Study areas and their nomination – Click here

Can I be nominated for more than one role?

Technically, yes. You can be nominated for a role on the Student Council and a role as a Student Executive. However, you may only be appointed to one role. (If you are considered for both roles; you must choose only one and the other role will go to the next most eligible candidate)

What are the benefits of these roles?

  1. Leadership and Community Development
  2. Paid Opportunities throughout the year
  3. Opportunities to represent MIT in the Education Sector
  4. Be involved in the design of your own Educational experience

How much of my time will it take up? Can I do it alongside my studies?

Time: How much time it will take up will depend on how much time you want to put in. Being a part of the Student Voice you will have to opportunity to take part and/or run student events. Being in your roll you may be interested in seeing changes at and this may involve meetings with management to help see this change happen. It is flexible around your study; and you have a Team of students who are all support each other to ensure we 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.

Study: Absolutely, you can do it alongside your studies. As mentioned above there are events and meetings you're encouraged to attend. However, if you have classes or study that require your attention, this is always your priority.

Can I make a difference?

Yes you can make a difference. Being a part of the Student Voice you have the opportunity to influence what goes on around MIT. Want to see more events and social things at MIT? Is the study load difficult and need extra support? Having issues with Studylink? You can speak on behalf of the students you represent and give them a voice..

Are there rules around the role and will I receive training?

Rules: Yes, you can access our Terms of reference here which give a detailed explanation of the rules and responsibilities of members.

Training: Yes, of course. You will receive training right throughout your term, well supported by MIT and you will also have the support of previous Student Voice members who will be able to guide you in your roll.. This will cover things like:

  • An Induction to the Student Voice
  • Training in your specific role (the do’s and don’ts)
  • Leadership Training and Development
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Conflict management
  • Policy management
  • Community Engagement

Contact Details

Please feel free to contact one of the team; if you have any questions about the roles or need help with the process at any stage.

Aayla Peebles

Student Council - Chair


Connor McCormick

Student Council – Deputy Chair

Student Executive Voice – Chair


Kim Clark

Student Executive Voice – Deputy Chair


John Taufa

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