Student election

Students elect a new representative on the University Council each year for a two-year term. View the results of the 2023 election.

Two student members of the University Council are elected by their fellow students. The student representatives serve overlapping two-year terms, which means that there is an election every year.

Declaration of result

The result of the 2023 student election that closed at 5 pm on 21 August 2023 is:

CandidateVotes received

BELL-PURCHAS, William882

QUINCE, Hannah332

MOHAMMADI, Asma Rashidi256


PRESTON, Levi173

EMMANUEL, Chand143




I therefore declare William BELL-PURCHAS to be the successful candidate in this year’s student election. William will be appointed by Council to a two-year term from 1 January 2024 to 31 December 2025 at its meeting to be held on 18 September 2023.

The voter return was 11.16%, being 2,126 votes cast from 19,049 eligible electors.

Dated at Wellington this 21st day of August 2023.

Caroline Ward
Returning Officer – Victoria University of Wellington

Election procedure

The election has been conducted in accordance with the Council Membership Statute (PDF) and the Council Elections Procedure (PDF).

To find out more

For more information, contact the Returning Officer.

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Caroline Ward

Secretary to Council

Vice-Chancellor's Office