WELFARE ISSUES ARE THOSE WHICH AFFECT YOUR WELLBEING AS A STUDENT
ASA is here to HELP
Welfare issues may also impact negatively on your academic performance. They may affect you:
Common welfare issues include:
- Money – not being able to afford food, water, transport, course materials etc
- Harassment – from family, friends, peers or even university staff
- Health issues - sickness, depression etc
- Accommodation – tenancy issues, flatmate problems, housing quality
Prevention is of course the best solution for these problems so act early!
Take good care of yourself and come to us for advice and support before things get out of hand.
We can also refer you to organisations that specialise in dealing with specific welfare issues outside of the student arena.
Ask ASA for help
- Gather together any evidence you have relating to the issue (eg bills, email correspondence, quotes for repairs etc).
- If you are applying to our Hardship Fund, you will need to bring 3 months of bank statements to show us
- Request help below and click below book an appointment, we'll be in touch soon!
For certain extraordinary cases the ASA runs a Student Assistance Program (SAP) from which we can provide hardship grants for students whose financial position is:
- Unforeseen, and of a temporary nature;
- Unusual or severe; and
- Threatens your continued study at Massey University.
Covid-19 Hardship Fund (CSHF)
ASA is a member of the Massey University Students' Association Federation (MUSAF) who are working in conjuction with the University to provide additional hardship support to students who have been affected by the Covid-19 situation.
FLATTING AND TENANCY ADVICE
Where and how you live is extremely important.
You might be living away from home for the first time which can be a steep learning curve; there are pitfalls and problems associated with accommodation that can become stressful and financially draining should something go wrong.
The good news is that many accommodation issues can be prevented by some sound and commonsense preparedness.
The tenancy services website is packed with all sorts of advice, videos and templates that you can use for establishing a flatting or tenancy agreement. Understanding the differences between being a tenant and being a flatmate and whether you have a fixed term or periodic rental agreement is key to making sure you get the accommodation that will suit your circumstances.
Here are some links to check out:
- Flatting 101
- Starting a tenancy
- Maintenance and inspections
- Dealing with disputes
- Rent, bonds and bills
- Ending a tenancy
- Compliance and inspection
The Tenants Protection Association Auckland will be with us in the student lounge on Wednesday 18th March.
Come and find out about your rights and responsibilities when signing a tenancy agreement.
Get info on rent, bonds, maintenance and what to do if a dispute arises.
Bring your questions for the Q&A session.
And the best bit? We're providing a FREE lunch!
ASA can help
If you find yourself with a flatting problem that is affecting your study, we can help you negotiate your way through your problems.
Before you come along to meet us:
- Colllate and be ready to provide any evidence you have relating to the issue (eg tenancy agreement, bills, photographs ).
- Request help below to book an appointment.
SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT
Campus Consent Community
ASA is committed to the conscious creation of a Campus Consent Community.
We believe that informed, active, sober consent is mandatory for all sexual activity.
Our first initiative is getting students to come together to be part of our photographic essay.
Choose your message, contact us and we will take your photo.
Confused about what CONSENT actually means. Check out The Real Sex Talk video made by The Wireless.
If you or someone you love has been impacted by sexual abuse, Help Auckland want you to know that you can reach out to them at any time you need them.
Their service is free of charge.
- Crisis support
- 24/7 HELPline
- HELP responds to calls ranging from individuals in crisis to people seeking information, referrals or advice – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- 24-hour Crisis HELPline 09 623 1700
- 24/7 Police and Medical Call-Out Service
- HELP counsellors are called out, 24 hours a day, for those who have reported a sexual assault to the police and are going through the associated procedures.
- They will support and advocate for survivors while they give their statement to the police and go through the medical examination
- Face-to-Face Interim Support
- HELP can provide up to three support sessions to assess your needs and provide immediate support
- Referral to Other Services
- HELP can direct you to counsellors and psychotherapists who are eligible for payment by ACC.
- HELP can also refer you to other services that are best able to meet your cultural, or any other, needs.
- 24/7 HELPline
New Zealand Police Support Videos
The videos take a step-by-step look at what happens when a person reports a sexual assault to Police and show what’s actually involved in the reporting process.
The videos highlight the vital working partnership NZ Police has with support agencies in the area of reporting sexual assault and that collaboration helps ensure victims get the emotional or medical support that they may need following a sexual assault.
There are ten videos in total, six covering the reporting process and four that focus on consent, myths about sexual violence and some of the reasons why people don’t report sexual assaults to Police.
- Reporting Sexual Assault To Police - Steps 1-5
- How To Report – Step 1
- First Interview - Step 2
- Emotional Support – Step 3
- Medical Check Up – Step 4
- Formal Interview - Step 5
- Why People Don’t Report Sexual Assault - university students share their views
- Sexual Consent – university students share their views
- Quick Facts: Sexual Violence - featuring Dr Cathy Stephenson
- Quick Facts: Sexual Consent - featuring Dr Cathy Stephenson
Link to the NZ Police website: http://www.police.govt.nz/advice/sexual-assault