Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Shooting yourself in the foot Vuwsa-style

Some of the people doing the most to increase support for voluntary membership at Victoria University are Vuwsa executive members and supporters of compulsory membership.

First we had Kerry Tankard’s destruction of a voluntary membership petition. Then a Vuwsa exec member went on what Salient described as “an alcohol –fuelled rampage around the Vuwsa office and stairwell with a permanent marker”. Now a Vuwsa executive member has been sprung using association phone lines to rack up $4000 worth of phone calls to a psychic hotline.

This sort of stuff is not new. Compulsory associations have always attracted people who want to force their views on others or use the organisations to play out their own power trips or personal issues.

Every time an association burns an effigy, blows money on some crazy scheme or generally acts like morons, support for voluntary membership increases. Since the late 1990s some student politicians have come to understand this and have become very risk averse and conservative. But there are always a few who think the power and proximity to large amounts of money entitles them to act like jerks.

Behaviour like this further devalues Vuwsa’s reputation and causes more and more students to ask why on earth they’re forced to fund and join the association. “Bring on vsm” will only be heard more often.

The only way to rescue Vuwsa is to remove its guaranteed funding. Vuwsa needs to demonstrate it can provide value to potential members; that means membership has to be voluntary.

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At Sat Apr 28, 08:42:00 PM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: Nick Kelly []
Sent: Thursday, 26 April 2007 7:20 p.m.
Subject: Leadership award...

I recieved the following in the mail awhile ago:

The Community Trust of Wellington

4 April 2007

Nick Kelly
3/9 Claremont Grove

Dear Nick

Congratulations on being nominated for The Community Trust of Wellington Young Community Leaders Awards 2007 for your work with VUWSA. The trustees are inviting all nominees to attend the awards function and an afternoon programme designed to be interesting and informative for young community leaders like you. (The afternoon's programme is about meeting likeminded people and learning new skills - it does not form part of the judging process).

Wednesday 2 May at 1pm, Community Trust of Wellington, Level 1, 28 Grey Street, Wellington.

The awards function will be held that evening at Government House. We will arrange transport to get you to Government House following the afternoon programme.

Enclosed you will find:
* An outline of the day's programme
* An invitation to the official awards function for you and one guest (Nominees only are invited to the afternoon session, but we encourage you to

invite a guest to join you at the Government House for the awards ceremony.)

When you RSVP for the awards function, please let us know if you are also available to attend the afternoon programme.

In a few weeks time, we will send you more information about the da. In the meantime, please call me on 499 7966 or 027 24477265 or email me at if you have any questions.

Yours Sincerely

Michael Metzger
Young Community Leaders Awards


The Community Trust of Wellington

4 April 2007

Nick Kelly
3/9 Claremont Grove

Dear Nick

Their Excellencies The Governor-General The Honourable Anand Satyanand and Susan Satyanand have kindly agreed to host the Young Comunity Leaders Awards

2007 at Government House, Wellington on Wednesday 2 May at 6pm.

The Community Trust of Wellington is proud to sponsor the awards which recognise the achievements of young people working in the not-for-profit sector in our region. All nominees are under 25, live in the Wellington region and are active in a leadership role with a voluntary or community organisation.

We invite you and a guest to join us at Government House on this special occasion. Following the awards ceremony light refreshments will be served.

Yours sincerely

Frances Russell
Executive Director

RSVP to 499 7966 or youth by Friday 20 April


The Community Trust of Wellington - Young Community Leaders Awards

Programme for nominees - Wednesday 2 May 2007

1pm: Nominees arrive
1:15pm Welcome, formate of the afternoon explained 1:30pm Facilitated "icebreaker' session based areound panel discussion 2:30pm Afternoon tea 3pm Panel discussion on leadership topics 4pm Format of evening explained 4:15pm Break 5:20pm Transport to government House 6pm Welcome by Governor-General, Mc Mattie Blackburn; Chairman; The Community Trust of Wellington, Address by Tana Umaga; convenor of judging panel, Awards presented by Governor General 6:30pm Refreshments 7:30pm Ends


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