President

Benjamin Schmidt

Benjamin Schmidt
Kia Ora! As President I will fight for later and wider bus services for students, to improve the academic support available to international students, and to provide more free and cheap food options on campus. As students struggle with mental health and dodgy landlords, we will work to build a stronger campus community and empower students to claim their rights as renters. I am passionate about student voices being heard, and as MUSA Welfare Officer I worked to get free food on campus and start up our lifeskills workshops. Vote for an engaged and proactive MUSA that listens to you!

Board Members

Callum Goacher

Callum Goacher
I guess I’m an art student starter pack. Goes to local music shows, works on student radio, studies English, writes poetry… I’m involved in the art community, helped with Sad by Sad Festival in Wellington, and ran a poetry event for MUSA’s Arts and Cultures Fest. Volunteering on Radio Control has given me experiences to work with a diverse range of people. I’m also on the Badminton Club’s student board. Involvement in student run activity has pushed me to discuss issues, negotiate, and put forward solutions. That’s what I want to do for you, with the rest of the MUSA team.

Gary-Paul Smythe

Gary-Paul Symthe
Hey, I’m Gary, otherwise known as GP; a BSc Zoology major trying(!!!) to work towards a Vet degree. Since Sem. 1 I have been a MUSA Class Rep and am incredibly passionate about student issues; I’m bubbly, I’m fun and I get the job done! :P. I am wanting to run for MUSA Executive because I believe all students should have the best Uni experience possible. The areas I’m particularly interested in improving are on-campus health and disability services, making academic support more consistent across colleges, LGBT issues, and strengthening the student voice at the classroom level.

Juliette Hendry

Juliette Hendry
Hello fellow student body! I’m Juliette and I have been your dedicated Equities Executive on MUSA for this year of 2017. This role has been extremely complimentary to my growth as both a student and general human being, and in the same way I feel like I have seasoned the role well with my own quirky personality. I have been working really hard this year to ensure that this role really has a clearly set out structure to it, and I feel like one more year in this role would truly help me create it into something that next year’s Equity can come into with confidence in knowing they have the relationships, timeline and work put in place to be an amazing Executive. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this amazing crew, who work for you!

Kyle Fitzgerald

Kyle Fitzgerald
Día Dhuit fellow students! I’m Kyle and I’m running for a position a MUSA Executive role for 2018. Firstly, I will tell you a bit about myself. I’m a first-year student studying a Bachelor of Psychology, Vice president of Uni Q and an active volunteer for MUSA and like many students I live in a substandard student housing which has at times negatively affected my studies. My main issues that I am running for are student welfare specifically mental health and mature students. Also, I am heavily invested in democratic values and would represent the students with the most passionate voice I have. Thank you for taking the time to read this and hopefully I will have the great opportunity to represent you all.

Ngahuia Kirton

Ngahuia Kirton
I’m a first year science student, originally from the North of England. I’m hoping to be selected into vet next year. When I’m not studying or working my two jobs, you can find me hiding in obscure coffee shops or dusty record stores. I’ve spent a lot of time volunteering for MUSA this year – now I’m ready to take the next step in representing the student voice. I’m super passionate about student welfare and improving our education, and I have heaps of enthusiasm and new ideas to bring to the table.

Shailah Anderson

Shailah Anderson
Kia ora e te whānau, Nō Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Maniapoto me Nga Puhi hoki au. I was born in Waipukurau, raised mostly in Waipawa and moved to Napier, Australia, Wellington and now in Palmerston North. I have a diverse identity that I am still getting to know and embrace such as Māori, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish, Scottish, English and recently discovered I also have African-American decent.
I am currently studying a Bachelor of Arts, double major in Psychology and Māori and am in my second year. I hope to work in Māori mental health. I am passionate about people’s well-being and networking them to the best care. I believe to make a difference it comes from engaging with people by speaking face to face.