Candidates

Alex Johnston

Hi, I’m Alex J and I am running for a position on the 2020 MUSA Exec governance team. In 2020 I will be completing the third year of my Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics with post grad development studies in my sights. I am a “mature student” having served a fair few years in retail then later IT work later however making the decision to study at Massey has been one of the greatest fulfilling decisions of my life.

I have been an active supporter of MUSA as a volunteer for the last year or so having helped out with events and assisted over the years with several MUSA affiliated clubs also featured MUSA’s own Radio station Radio Control 99.4FM. I would like to be even more involved in serving MUSA and my fellow students within my capacity as a MUSA exec.

I encourage every internally enrolled student at Massey out there from 9am Sep 23rd to 4pm Sep25th to get out and vote either online or in person in the MUSA lounge for me as your MUSA exec.Encourage your friends, classmates and everyone to be involved in the greatness that is MUSA your students association.

Gabby Fantham

Kia Ora! My name is Gabby Fantham, I grew up in Whanganui and started at Massey University in 2017. I am studying a BA majoring in Linguistics with a minor in English. I love words, and how they can be used to create art, like poetry and literature, as well as the way words are used to communicate in conversation. I think self expression is important to building a positive self identity, and cultivating a supportive environment for others. It’s important to feel apart of a community, especially when in this ever changing time period of our lives. That’s why I will aim to grow and inspire descions made for students, by students. Cultivating an inclusive environment between MUSA and students, especially for students living on campus, because connecting with students is what MUSA is here for.MUSA provides so many great events that lead to so many opportunities, like learning new skills and volunteering. These events are always filled with great music and free food, which helps to relieve the stresses of balancing your work, life, and studies.I’ve made many great friends through MUSA and I want to give every student this same opportunity.

Kelly Renata

Kia ora koutou

As I look towards the future, I can truly say that I am grateful for the opportunity to live and study in my home country. For those who don’t know me, I was born and raised in Australia and decided to relocate home to immerse myself into my Māori culture.It has been under two years since I have returned and within that time I have managed to fill my basket of knowledge by learning key Māori concepts and reconnecting with my whānau from Te Tai Tokerau (Northlands) and Taupo-nui-a-tia. We all know that every aspect of student life can be overwhelming and challenging, I believe it is important that we should endeavour to support each other mentally, physically and spiritually hence why I havedecided to run for MUSA Executives 2020 and implement strategies and tools that support all students across Manawatū campus.

Rakshan Tungala

I’m Rakshan Tungala, doing my masters in Agri commerce from Massey university.I’m keen in this opportunity with MUSA and believe that my professional experience would make me a strong candidate for this Post. As a highly motivated and dedicated student with strong interpersonal skills, would like to apply to this position.

As a student I have been extensively involved in my school community, which has allowed me to develop strong interpersonal skills. My involvement in various events, including sports has allowed me to work closely with my peers while supporting the school community.

This experience has allowed me to develop strong time management and organisational skills, whichI see as being very important when seeking to work as a MUSA while continuing to study. Personal attributes that I believe make me suitable for this position include:

  • Motivation: Volunteer participation and college results demonstrate high motivation.
  • Communication: performing in martial arts, working as an MC for school events and workingalong with supervisors has allowed the development of communication skills.

I enjoy working in a team and keen to learn new skills will ensure that I can meet the expectations of this role.

Rohit Mohan

Hello Everyone,My name is Rohit Mohan and I thank you for considering me as a candidate for the next MUSA student president. It has been 7 months since I left home to start my journey here and I have to say thatMassey has accepted me wholeheartedly.

Talking of my experiences, I have been an active volunteer with MUSA,Rotary International, and also hold the below positions:

  • Student Representative on the Massey Business School College Board
  • Student representative on the Staff-Student Liaison Committee ofMassey Business School
  • Treasurer–Rotaract Club of Massey University
  • Business Coach–Brave Thinkers, NZ Business Week

I look forward to this position of leadership as an opportunity for me to serve and to leverage my experiences and capability to bring about student friendly changes at the university. I also promise to work towards making Massey a more vibrant place to study, live and gain experiences from. I urge you to give me the honour of your vote and I promise to work together with all of you to make Massey a university everyone of us can be proud of.

Stefan Biberstein

My name is Stefan Biberstein and I need your vote for MUSA president 2020. I'm passionate about improving the massey student experience, and have contributed to positive changes already in the B.A core program. Students mental, physical and emotional health are of major importance to me. I believe issues surrounding student health services, housing and wellbeing could be greatly improved on campus with help from MUSA and buy in from you, the students we represent.

My past experiences in leadership, volunteer coordination and governance of not for profit organizations through Scouts NZ will give me a head start in the roll. This makes me the best presidential candidate to serve students here on the Manawatu campus. I want to push student health services to provide evidence of improved services after doctors visits price increases. I also believe after the many scandals that have plagued massey in the last two years, greater student voice and input in decision making processes is needed. These changes won't happen unless we make them. I'm prepared to put the pressure on the university needed to make it a better place to study, for all of us.

Vote Stefan Biberstein for MUSA president if you agree.

Tyler Truong

Hello, everyone, my name is Tyler Truong. I'm currently a first-year business student here at Massey and I'm studying Marketing. A little bit about me, I was born in the USA with a dad who is Kiwi and a mom who is American. I spent most of my life in the USA and decided to move back here to New Zealand for university. I'm running for MUSA exec because I know I can bring a positive change to the university. I'm a very friendly and outgoing person who is always there to help and I'm a very hard and diligent worker. I have experience for being an exec which will prove to beneficial. I' m currently the secretary for the Filipino Association of Massey University Students(FAMUS) and a deputy PR Manager for Viva Massey University Choir.I believe that past experiences in these positions will prove to be beneficial. If you do vote please remember to vote for me and make sure to vote, starting on 23rd of September.