The Otago University Students' Association president has
promised to fight to make student rights an election issue if
chosen as president of the national students' association.
OUSA president Francisco Hernandez said he believed he had
what it would take to turn around the New Zealand Union of
Students' Associations (NZUSA), which had been beset with
financial problems, and accusations it was not fulfilling its
''We need an effective national body that can campaign to
make tertiary education one of the top issues of the
election,'' he said.
If elected, Mr Hernandez, who made the decision not to run
for OUSA president again after one term in the role, would
also make reform of voluntary student membership, which had
decimated some students' associations, a priority.
''If NZUSA doesn't have effective leadership next year, then
a lot more students' associations are going to die,'' Mr
He believed he had achieved a lot while president of OUSA -
including fighting a proposed North Dunedin liquor ban and
successfully pushing for cheaper student bus fares - which he
said showed he was capable of being a good NZUSA president.
The NZUSA president is to be elected by students'
associations who are part of NZUSA on Sunday.