The grant contributing to the cost of 9 of our members attending the weekend retreat AMPED with the wider Auckland campuses enabled the club to have a successful event. We had whole lot of fun and have seen greater weekly meetings attendees and participation. The general feedback from the members was they wish it was a longer time away. We are now looking forward to the conference coming up this mid-year break.
Club Meetings: We held two club meetings from the end of April to May, which were each attended by about 20 students and a few support staff. These meetings provided the opportunity to discuss local and world politics, and to reflect on the speakers from previous events, Chloe Swarbrick, Green Party candidate and Amnesty International, and to get suggestions for potential speakers and future events, all over food of course!
Amnesty International: On the 4th of May Margaret Taylor from Amnesty International talked to us about human rights violations in New Zealand and abroad. She shared what Amnesty stands for/does, her journey into being a human rights activist and some issues that have struck her during her work. Twenty students engaged in discussion about human rights abuses around the world from Saudi Arabia to Russia to Rwanda. Issues in NZ such as the poverty line debate were also touched on. We thank Margaret again for her time. It was a very interesting and thought-provoking event.
MUA Yoga Lounge had a table in the student hub area on Tuesday 9th May, during Spirituality Week and served free vegetarian healthy curry, rice and salad to over 100 students. They also handed out flyers to students when they got their meal promoting a free meditation seminar the following day and signed up many to their weekly e-mail list.
The cricket club is enjoying their new equipment purchased with the support of a club startup grant. We now having playing equipment and protective equipment and we invite all members for a hit at the nets in the Recreation Centre from 4:30 – 5:30pm on any Friday (currently till the 3rd of June).
With the continued support of CSCG grant committee, the Massey University Albany Rock Climbing Club is once again heading out on our weekly climbs to the Extreme Edge rock wall in Panmure. Securing the latest grants has allowed us to dramatically discount entry for our members. The jab to the wallet is now at the point where a night of fun and exertion is on par with a pint of Guinness in the pub. We hope to see even more happy new faces as the semester progresses!
Thank you for accepting our previous grant. With that money, we purchased our club apparel and publicly display our shirts at our weekly meetings. The remaining shirts are planned to be used with Facebook and attendance competitions which are to be implemented next semester. The movie night however was not very successful having poor attendance. We trace the issue to timing and lateness of the event. Members having to drive back to university at the end of the day only for a movie was not an effective time consideration therefore in future we would not consider doing movie nights. The vouchers have been well enjoyed, promoted the club and increased attendance as planned. We hope through future grants that we could continue those to help maintain our club numbers.
Thanks to the grant from round 2, the welcome party for the Malaysian club ended up as a success. As a club, we felt the need to interact with the club members and encourage old members to help support new members to smoothly integrate into Massey University’s student life, through sharing their experiences. Furthermore, thanks to the grant we were able to provide catering of various Malaysian snacks to allow members of other nationalities to try Malaysian cuisine and to bring back memories of Malaysian food for the Malaysian members. We also did a brief introduction of ourselves to allow everyone to get to know one other. Additionally, we played games such personality bingo, Pictionary and a Q&A. As cliché as it sounds, the games we played successfully acted as a catalyst in breaking the ice. As the club committee members, we had the chance to interact and deepen the relationships between us and the club members; which we personally think is essential in getting the members to be more engaged and committed to the club. Lastly, we are really grateful towards ASA for approving this grant application for round 2. It created the bridge to allow us to organize more exciting events in the future by having more committed members.
Fantastic news. We have an active cricket club once again. The cricket club have secured grant funding to hire the cricket lanes in the Recreation Centre and the club has a steadily growing attendance. Practising at the nets is a great build up for when the cricket season begins next season, not to mention great fun!
AMESS hosted an Easter Eggstravaganza with a 3-day long chocolate egg hunt that had the students running, crawling and climbing around the nooks and crannies of the AV campus. With photo clues that helped them guide where to go and what to do, students enjoyed a bit of friendly competition with each other in their hunt to have the biggest chocolate egg stash.
After a successful beach event, last semester, MUFF decided to host the event again this year. The club celebrated the start of the semester at Long Bay Regional Park with plenty of food and drinks but most importantly good ultimate. We are looking forward to a wonderful club year with many ultimate events coming up.
Thanks to the committee for awarding us a grant, the Japanese Club had a successful clubs day! We were able to create a fun Japanese game called “Fukuwarai” that enabled the executives to promote the club in an enjoyable way. We had many new members join the Japanese club which was more than we had imagined. The members are active as they regularly come to our bi-weekly meetings and participate in the activities we plan for them.
We wish to continue to create more fun activities that become great memories for the members. Here are some pictures from the Japanese club during the ice-breaker meeting and study group.
The previous round of grants provided us the incentive and means to hold a meet and greet for new members of MACS at the beginning of the semester. It was a successful turnout, with free pizza and drinks for all who attended. With the previous round of grants, MACS was also able to take 10 club members to a tour of The Edge radio station studios. The members thoroughly enjoyed the tour and even got to meet Jay-Jay, Dom and Randall, the hosts of The Edge’s breakfast show. These were both successful events that helped MACS in creating an impacting and sustainable club.
What a beautiful start to the year for Movie Club! With many new members, and even more returning, we have a bigger club than ever!
For the first Movie Club event for the year, we went to see Beauty and the Beast. For a first event, everything went smoothly, no-one got lost, and everyone appeared to have a great time!
We had around 60 members attend and enjoy the movie. While this is a smaller event than what we have seen in the past, we are hoping for a large number to attend our next movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, due to the high amount of interest expressed on our group Facebook page.
With an experienced executive committee on board, we have many ideas of how to improve our club over the year, and create an even higher level of engagement than we already have.
Police hope a series of videos they have developed about reporting sexual assault will help victims to come forward.
Although the weather wasn’t so great, MUFF still pulled off a successful club's day. With plenty of advertising in the form of our newly commissioned wristbands and a place to throw around a disc we recruited new members. The club is looking forward on running social events and joining tournaments this year.
Thanks to the grant from Round 1, we had the opportunity to promote our club which allows us to achieve one of our aims during Club’s Day. We also gave out some Malaysian candies sponsored by one of our members and the results were amazing. Through this event, we got a decent number of members. Also, due to the huge flag that is put up on our booth, it was able to attract a number of new Malaysian students who became club members. We can not express how much we appreciate the success of grant application that enable us to assist the club by getting more members, and also sharing the Malaysian culture to the Massey community.
The previous round of grants provided us the incentive and means to create a fun and enticing table at the Massey Albany Clubs' Day on Wednesday the 1st of March. It was a successful event (despite the rain) that helped MACS in creating an impacting and sustainable club.
For the first two weeks of semester, we hired a virtual reality set up and students tried the HTC-VR and were so impressed by the gaming technology, that the club is going to look at purchasing our own equipment.The eSports booth at clubs' day was busy and we are looking forward to a great semester.
At last we have an explanation for the dubious 2014 decision to erect a great big golden chook wing in the courtyard between Quads A and B.