About 20 University of Otago students yesterday took part in
a workshop linked to a ''constitution conversation'', being
run by the country's constitutional advisory panel.
Organisers said University of Otago students had been the
first in the country to be brought in to the public
submission process, being run by the panel, whose members
include former Dunedin mayor Peter Chin.
The Otago University Students' Association, supported by the
New Zealand Union of Students' Associations, hosted the 1pm
The gathering provided students with the first detailed look
at new internet-related resources which were launched
yesterday by the advisory panel at a special function at Te
Papa, in Wellington.
OUSA president Francisco Hernandez said yesterday's
discussion, at the association Recreation Centre, had been
''very worthwhile'', providing some student perspective on
The Otago association had been ''looking forward'' to taking
part in the discussion on a range of topics, including ''big
questions about what currently makes up New Zealand's
constitution'', as well as Maori representation in Parliament
and other electoral matters, he said.
NZUSA president Pete Hodkinson said it was ''really
appropriate'' students would have ''this opportunity to play
a key part in the conversation, and framing or reframing
their own big questions''.