Club Awards 2014

02 October 2014

The University of Auckland 2014 Club Awards saw a total of 63 nominations come in for 25 clubs, the most nominations ever recorded to date. The nominations came from club members, club leaders, as well as bystanders aiming to recognise all the hard work that is being done by our students. The quality of the applications was excellent making it difficult for the Clubs Support Committee to choose just one winner per category.  During the awards attendees were treated to entertainment from the Tongan Students Association, the Classical Society, the Underwater Club and the Snowsports Club.

The winners of the 2014 University of Auckland Club Awards are:

Sports Medicine Soc

Best New Club in 2014: Sports Medicine Society (AUSMS)

The Auckland University Sports Medicine Society was established late 2013. 2014 has been an incredibly successful year for the Club with a full calendar of developmental events and activities.  Their membership currently stands at 249 with students from over five different fields of study – medicine, sports science, nutrition, optometry, pharmacy and psychology.

Throughout 2014 the Club has established strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.  They have staged a successful events including hosting an interactive seminar with Dr Stephen Kara, the Blues Rugby Team physician. A crucial link was established with Sports Medicine New Zealand and this has opened up opportunities with the All Whites, the Silver Ferns and the Blues.  The Club has strong plans for the future including a seminar lined up with Dr Simon Mayhew, the NZ Rugby League Medical Director for later this semester.


Best Sports Club of 2014: The Underwater Club

The Underwater Club has organised a full programme of events and activities for their members in 2014.  From dive weekends that regularly operate at full capacity, to informative meetings that present information on specialised topics.

Social functions and training courses have helped welcome new members. The Club has had a sizeable growth in 2014 and are proud to offer the cheapest PADI dive qualification in the country, making the experience affordable for students.  Mentored by more experienced members, the new student divers have learnt the skills necessary for safe diving practise.

As well as their water based activities, the Dive Club also helped in a beach clean-up at Islington earlier this year. Taking a sustainable approach to their activities they promote safe diving and awareness for the sea environment and its inhabitants.


Best General Club of 2014: The Debating Society                           

The University of Auckland Debating Society has gone from strength to strength in 2014.  An active club on campus they work with a variety of University and student groups.  They have staged a number of successful events with a focus on public engagement this year. The election provided a useful backdrop for this, with their successful election debate filling the Fisher and Paykel Auditorium earlier in the year.

The Society is focused on developing their members’ skills. They have encouraged new participants to become more involved in debates and as a result a new group of confident speakers have emerged. The Society was a finalist at Thropy, the national amateur tournament.

Outside of the University the Society collaborates with a number of community groups to discuss and debate current issues. They see the importance of encouraging debaters at school level and are active in regional competitions and provide a coaching service to high school teams.


Best Club President of 2014: William McLaren, the Snowsports Club

2014 has been an incredibly successful year for the Snowsports Club.  William McLaren is in his second year as Club President and his experience and forward-thinking has been a key element for achieving this success.

William has had extensive experience with the club, previously holding the Treasurer position in 2011.  This long term involvement has resulted in an unmatched understanding of the club operations, its needs, and what is required of the club to remain sustainable for the future.    

William’s knowledge and enthusiasm for the role has been instrumental in achieving significant lodge upgrades which have been long overdue for the Club. The lodge has undergone a number of improvements, most of which were forward-thinking and will benefit the club in the long term. To facilitate the upgrades William committed a large amount of his time liaising with contractors and conducting regular visits to Mt Ruapehu. The work began early this year and was completed in time for the start of the snow season at the end of June. As a result of William’s hard work and leadership of the UASC committee, the club is in a great position for future years.


Best Cultural Club of 2014 and Overall Supreme Club of the Year: Tongan Students' Association of the University of Auckland

In 2014 TAUA has established itself through their motto, "lototaha, lototo'a" (stand together and stand strong). They look after their members culturally, socially and in health.  An active group at the University, TAUA have been involved in the AUPISA Po Fiefia, Pacific Orientation, Epsom Campus Orientation, the Clubs Expo and have exciting plans in the works for Tongan Language Week and the AUPISA Nesian Fest.

Their most significant achievement was winning the Amatakiloa cultural competition. Tongan Tertiary Associations from around NZ met together to share their values and compete against each other.  The group won the awards for Best Tau'olunga Costume, Best Tau'olunga. There was a huge turnout from TAUA with 80 members involved.