Logan Edgar has come a long way from the "super green" Otago
University Students' Association (OUSA) candidate who stood
for president last June.
After almost a year and a-half in the job and with only a few
months left, Mr Edgar feels as if he has finally got a handle
"It's taken me a good year to get the feet under the table,
which I think is probably the unfortunate thing about the
annual appointment of president."
Elected president of OUSA in a by-election in June last year
- much to the annoyance of the tried and tested student
politicians he stood against - he freely admits he did not
really know what he was doing at first.
"Until half way through my campaign I didn't even understand
what the letters VSM [voluntary student membership] stood
After he was elected things were a struggle at first.
"There were definitely a few challenges from the word go,
because the top three that would have otherwise educated me
had all lost to me in my first election.
"We get on really well now, but it was definitely really
tense times for a bit there. Every day I would just wake up
and be screamed at down my phone," he said.
However, Mr Edgar quickly got into his work and from not
knowing what VSM stood for, he went on to lead a campaign
against the Bill, which included a 48-hour stint behind bars.
Having taken on the role without any media training, he
admitted his "tongue was pretty loose" initially, which was
highlighted in an expletive-ridden post he made on the
Facebook wall of Act New Zealand's former finance spokesman
Sir Roger Douglas, criticising his support of VSM.
VSM passing did not stop him winning the presidency in
another landslide victory at the end of last year.
Even after gaining an understanding of the position, he still
found the job "really intense", he said.
"You have to have all the emails done by the end of the
night; the inbox is just always chocker; it's ridiculous."
Now, with his tenure almost over, he felt he had a lot to be
"I have definitely got all my ducks lined up for some of my
key projects," he said.
Among those projects was the OUSA investing in a new student
pub and making sure the Hyde St keg party was a safer event
"I've pretty much defined the model that we are going to do
for Hyde St and I've had buy-in from almost all city council
members and our own university management team," he said.
This included making it a ticketed event with people having
to pre-register to attend, and having plenty of food stalls.
"It's basically just going to be a whole lot more regulated.
It's going to take it back to the student party," he said.
Asked what he would do with himself next year, he said he was
tossing up whether he would stand for council.
"I've had a lot people tell me that I should, but I still
need to be conscious that I am still really young and there
are other opportunities for me out there." If he did stand,
he would fight for better infrastructure in the student
"I feel that students are not well represented and well
looked-after in the wider scheme of the city."
He would also be joining the board of Upstart Business
Incubator after winning the director award earlier this year,
which he felt would be a "huge string" to his bow.
Asked if he thought the OUSA would be in safe hands next year
under new president Francisco Hernandez, he said: "I am
really glad that Fran has got the job. I think he is going to
"I just get to sit back and hopefully he doesn't make too
many muck-ups like I made towards the start."