About Us

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has a long and proud whakapapa (genealogy) of supporting students. Founded in 1929 it has tirelessly advocated and represented students for over eighty years.

NZUSA has a leadership role in facilitating pro-student campaigns, undertaking research about the impact of tertiary education policy, monitoring the quality of education through NZ, and coordinating and supporting Student Job Search (SJS) to act with one unified student voice.

NZUSA has a close treaty partnership with Te Mana Ākonga (TMA), the National Māori Student Body. NZUSA makes an annual koha to TMĀ and dedicates the resources of the office towards the TMĀ Tumuaki (President). 

Supporting Students

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) advocates for the common and collective concerns of students.

NZUSA believes that tertiary education should be a right and not a privilege, and therefore, advocates for equal access and opportunity for all.

NZUSA lobbies the Government, provides information to the general public and liaises with the media on student issues.


The National Office of NZUSA is situated in Wellington at Level 8, Education House, 178 Willis Street. But NZUSA is made up of a network of student organisations all around New Zealand. 

Our national President and Vice-Presidents work in the National Office. 


The voice of New Zealand's 400,000 students.

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations exists to advance the political, social and economic interests of tertiary students whatever they study and wherever they live. NZUSA is a membership body of local students' associatons. We believe in opportunity for all.

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