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Working in and around student associations, it’s super easy to get complacent. Sometimes the big picture becomes blurred by the intricacies of the work. For example, sometimes you feel like your work isn’t important, or that your abilities within these organisations are really limited. This couldn’t be further from the truth though, and we need only to look at history in order to see this.

In the ’70s, our very own student association (VUWSA) mobilised half of the Victoria student population in protest against the Vietnam War, as well as donating $2000 (~$30,000 today) to the Viet Minh to purchase a tank.

During this time, but further up Te Ika a Māui, Ngā Tamatoa emerged out of the University of Auckland (UoA), and was made up of heaps of tauira Māori. Ngā Tamatoa (and subsequently He Taua) is most known for when they disrupted the UoA’s engineering students “haka party” in 1978. This could be the perfect opportunity to draw parallels between the haka party and those muppets calling themselves the “Auckland University European Students Association”. Unfortunately there are much bigger issues at hand for our people, and especially our young people.

It’s well known that throughout the history of popular uprisings, students have always played an integral role. I’m not saying we should all revolt, but looking at those latest stats on suicide in New Zealand, as well as the state of te taiao — we HAVE to do something. We have to find that same strength and use it, because our young people are literally dying. I don’t have all the answers, but I know that a good place for us to start is by casting our votes on the 23rd. Let’s start there aye.

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