Tiana Jakicevich is a candidate in the 2020 election of one student member to the University Council.
Course of study: Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts
He uri ahau nō Ngāti Kahungungu ki te Wairoa, Te Whakatōhea me Ngāi Tūhoe anō hoki.
Ko Tiana tōku ingoa.
He Māori ahau. As a climate activist, I was part of an indigenous collective who went to the United Nations in Spain to fight for indigenous climate justice. I am an executive member of Ngā Rangahautira (Māori Law student’s association) and have advocated for students as the secretary, academic officer and faculty rep within this university.
The values I bring to university governance are:
Manaakitanga. He tangata takahi manuhiri, he marae puehu. A person who does not care for their guests will have a dusty marae. Students are the heart and blood-flow of the university and are integral to decision-making processes at all levels. Students must have reasonable access to support when needed; this means financial, educational, well-being and everything in between.
Kotahitanga. When our people in the most challenging circumstances succeed, we all succeed. As university students, we should all be able to achieve the best we can and the university has a responsibility to ensure we are all provided with equitable opportunity to do so.
Rangatiratanga: With the University’s new commitment to honouring the treaty, rangatiratanga will be central. This means individual students, representative groups and faculty should be able to take charge of their university experience.