Strategic Plan

Foundations | These are the things that ground us

Mission: why do we exist?

NZUSA exists to fight for a barrier-free education for all


Values: what drives us?


We take our place as leaders of the student movement, and strive to be representative, democratic and to speak authoritatively when we are mandated to do so


We are a collective voice based on collaboration and partnership, while recognising that students are experts of their own lived experiences, we act in solidarity with them


We behave as family and acknowledge that we are all connected by our whakapapa of student representation


We are supportive, take an intersectional approach, and seek to make visible and address the various privileges and oppressions, to build a movement that is more just, inclusive and coherent

Aspirations | This is what success looks like

Vision: where do we want to be?

To be an influential and inclusive national voice for students


Goals: what does it look like?

  • Trusted partner with a radical edge
  • A hub for supporting student representatives and their organisations
  • A representative voice that is rich in diversity
  • Delivering tangible improvements to students’ lives
  • An authority on students in the eyes of society and students themselves


Objectives: how do we get there?

  • Engagement Build systems & capability to engage directly with students from all walks of life
  • Democracy Have democratic systems that allow for students of all demographics to participate
  • Campaigns Develop locally-driven, evidence-based campaigns that make a difference
  • Student Voice Build a National Centre for Student Voice
  • Communication Measure & report internally & publicly on what we do


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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