Student Leadership

Student Connection

Student Connection is an established student representative body which ensures that important student matters are voiced and considered. Run by students for students, Student Connection facilitates opportunities which champion the student's voice and enhance student life and learning. Members are elected annually by their peers, with the aim of representing student interests across a wide range of student demographics.  

Student Voice

Student Voice Representatives are important contact points for both students and staff. All students at Whitireia and WelTec | Te Pūkenga can be a Student Voice Representative, you need to be elected by your peers.  

Each class is required to elect a Student Voice Representative, to be the communication link between students. Once nominated, the tutor will advise the Student Voice rep's details to the appropriate Student Advocate, who will arrange training and support. Student Voice Reps will also meet regularly with their tutor or programme manager. Reps provide information to fellow classmates, bring ideas and issues of concern on behalf of the class to the attention of the Student Advocates. Student Voice Reps act as an important point of contact for both students and staff. For more information, visit or contact the Student Helpdesks on any campus.  


Leadership - Employability - Action - Participation

LEAP is our student volunteer and leadership programme that has been developed to support students to become more community-minded and work-ready. This programme connects Whitireia and WelTec students with their local community and industry. It’s a great way to gain leadership experience, enhance your employment prospects, and form valuable connections within the community. LEAP is open to all Whitireia and WelTec students enrolled in a qualification of at least 34 weeks. Students enrolled in a 17 week course will be assessed on a one to one basis. 

How it works: 

Start by attending a welcome event where you’ll meet other LEAP students and staff. During your time with LEAP, you will be invited to complete team activities, and talk to inspiring community and industry leaders. 

In order to successfully complete LEAP, students need to complete at least 20 hours of voluntary work experience either on or off-campus and attend at least two workshops during their time with us. Following the completion of the programme, you will gain a certificate marking your achievement. 

Student Advocacy

Student Advocacy is provided through our Student Advocate who provide a listening ear, guidance, and support you through the process of resolving any issues, concerns or questions you may have including but not limited to the following; 

  • Courses 
  • Tutor/Programme Managers 
  • Class/Course Resourcing 
  • Personal/Peer Concerns 

To arrange a confidential discussion with a Student Advocate, make an appointment or request their contact details through any of the Student Helpdesks. 

If you have any concerns or issues with your courses or your tutors, our Student Advocate is here to help you. They provide a listening ear and advice and can guide and support you through the process of resolving your issue.  

Student Surveys

Student surveys are our most effective way to collect evidence on the opinions and experiences of our students to improve the programmes and services provided at WelTec and Whitireia. We therefore strongly encourage and appreciate your participation. 

You can expect a ‘First Impressions Survey’ within the first six weeks of beginning your studies, while a ‘Student Experience Survey’ will be available about six weeks before the end of your programme or the academic year. You may also be requested to complete a survey on one or more of your courses and tutors. 


Whitireia and WelTec are committed to supporting the inclusion and wellbeing of students who identify as sex, gender and sexuality diverse as part of the LGBTQIA+ community.  

Rainbow is a multi-campus student group dedicated to supporting and raising awareness of LGBTQIA+ matters on behalf of both our students and staff. 

Rainbow is a social, educational, safe support network for all LGBTQIA+ students and staff. We extend this support to all those in your circle: allies, friends, family, whānau and 'aiga. We are connected with a number of external agencies who we work with to provide appropriate support, networking and referrals.


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