Manawatū Tenant’s Union and Massey University Student Association sign Memorandum of Understanding

Manawatū Tenants’ Union staff Daniel Ryland (left) and Cam Jenkins with Massey University Student Association President Marla Beissel. Photo / Judith Lacy

Going flat for the first time is often an important part of a college student’s experience.

Two Palmerston North organizations are committed to working together for the interests of these tenants.

The Manawatū Tenant’s Union and the Massey University Student Association have signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining how they will work together. They will identify complementarities between organizations and any structural issues faced by the people they work for.

MTU and MUSA will inform students of each organization’s services, advocate and work for the interests of tenants, and organize joint activities to support their missions.

A representative of MUSA will sit on the MTU committee. MTU President Lawrence O’Halloran said he wants the committee to be more representative of the different groups it tries to serve.

MUSA represents the internal students of Manawatū Massey. Negin Nematollahi, MUSA’s Senior Events and Clubs Coordinator, said international students have often never been flat before because in their home country it is easy to rent a place on your own. Kiwi students know what to do and where to go in case of trouble.

Nematollahi, who came to New Zealand from Iran in 2018, said people with international student visas tended not to complain about their housing situation.

MUSA President Marla Beissel said tenants are often unaware of their rights.

Andrew B. Reiter