Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Vuwsa: how much money????

With all the coverage of the $4000 phone bill, it’s worth looking at how much money Vuwsa gets through compulsory membership each year.

So how much money do you think Vuwsa took from students this year?
- $250,000?
- $500,000?
- Surely not $750,000???

Well try
$1.8 million. That’s right, $1.8 million of students’ money. That’s the same amount that it costs to run a medium sized primary school.

And what has Vuwsa done to earn $1.8 million? Absolutely nothing. As soon as you enroll to study at Vic you have to pay money to Vuwsa. The association never has to sell itself to you or convince you that it’s worth $120 a year. You can see why some exec members develop an entitlement mentality.

And what does Vuwsa do with this $1.8 million? Does it provide:
- the Student Union facility? No
- the Rec Centre? No
- the student health service? No
- Student Learning Support? No
- Disability support? No
- Crèches? No
- Career development? No

So where does the money go?
- Over $1 million on administration
- $158,000 to Ngai Tauira
- $142,000 to clubs
- $122,000 on publications
- $98,000 on activities
- $22,000 on welfare
- $10,900 on education
- $61,000 on ‘other’

Do you think you’re getting value for your $120? Would you like the freedom to choose whether or not you pay Vuwsa?

Vuwsa’s student politicians don’t think you should have the freedom to choose. Student Choice thinks you should – that’s why we support voluntary membership.

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At Wed May 02, 03:18:00 PM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually $175K goes into the student union building
and about a similar portion goes into the building fund for building projects like the quad redevelopment and the student union extension.
Good on you guys for mentioning that...

At Thu May 10, 06:01:00 PM 2007, Blogger peteremcc said...

I suspect that hasn't been mentioned because until this year, VUWSA just decided not to pay that.

At Mon May 28, 03:45:00 AM 2007, Blogger Alexander said...

Peter, Anonymous

VUWSA is paying the JSUB contribution and you will have seen this in the budget. We do help pay for Student Union Complex, Rec Centre, and Crechés on campus.



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