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Fact check: Student Allowance increase is not a rort – NZUSA

By   /  November 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Fact check: Student Allowance increase is not a rort – NZUSA

The National Party’s claims that the Student Allowance increase will be easy money for the unemployed are incorrect, says the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA). Responding to news first published in the NZ Herald today, National President Jonathan Gee says: ‘Simply comparing the Student Allowance figure with Jobseeker Support does not show the […]

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Students congratulate Labour-led Government – NZUSA

By   /  October 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Students congratulate Labour-led Government – NZUSA

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) says that student issues should be a top priority in the first 100 days of the new Labour-led Government. ‘We congratulate the New Zealand Labour Party on forming a Government with New Zealand First and the Greens. All three parties have pledged increases in student financial support […]

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Lack of financial support and tertiary enrolment decline – NZUSA

By   /  October 11, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Lack of financial support and tertiary enrolment decline – NZUSA

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) says that financial support is failing to meet the rising costs of being a student, amid tertiary enrolments reaching its lowest point in more than a decade. Ministry of Education figures show that there were 353,000 enrolments in 2016, down from 423,000 in 2009. While part of […]

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Greens’ policy would improve tertiary students’ lives – NZUSA

By   /  September 13, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Greens’ policy would improve tertiary students’ lives – NZUSA

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has called the Greens’ student policy announcement today a positive step forward in improving students’ lives. The policy includes introducing a universal student allowance for postgraduate students and brings together past announcements relating to free off-peak public transport for students, free counselling services for under-25s and winter […]

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Students welcome free public transport announcement – NZUSA

By   /  August 22, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Students welcome free public transport announcement – NZUSA

Students have welcomed the Green Party’s announcement today of free off-peak public transport for tertiary students. The policy covers students at university, polytechnic, wānanga, private training establishments, and people training through apprenticeships. The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) says that free public transport for students puts the country one step closer to a […]

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Students launch campaign to transform politics – NZUSA

By   /  August 7, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Students launch campaign to transform politics – NZUSA

Students and young people across the country have joined a national movement to change the way we do politics in Aotearoa. Unashamedly ambitious, the We Have Power campaign aims to get every student to vote in the upcoming general election. The campaign launches digitally on social media today. The website, wehavepower.org.nz, will also go live […]

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TOP’s youth UBI policy a step in the right direction – NZUSA

By   /  July 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on TOP’s youth UBI policy a step in the right direction – NZUSA

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed a recent policy announcement by The Opportunities Party (TOP) for a universal grant to young people aged 18-23. NZUSA has long called for a universal student allowance, noting the inefficiencies, unfairness and invasiveness of means-tested allowances in recent decades, and it has encouraged explorations into […]

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Medical student debt study highlights need for national conversation – NZUSA

By   /  June 17, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) is calling for a national conversation about student debt in light of a recent study about rising loans for medical students. A recent University of Auckland study has found that medical students are carrying higher levels of student loan debt year on year; and that this could […]

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Students release Budget wishlist – NZUSA

By   /  May 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has released a list of changes it says will begin to restore access to tertiary education ahead of this Thursday’s Government Budget announcement. The desired changes come amid findings of student hardship in a recent Unitec survey, as well as NZUSA’s 2017 Income and Expenditure Report. National […]

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Unitec survey renews calls for urgent student support increase – NZUSA

By   /  May 17, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Unitec survey renews calls for urgent student support increase – NZUSA

A recent survey by Unitec Institute of Technology has renewed calls by the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) for an urgent increase in student support. The Unitec survey found that a third of students seriously considered dropping out mainly due to financial or work-study-life pressures. For Maori students, nearly half consider withdrawal before […]

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Kiwis Studying Across the Ditch Receive Double Standard – NZUSA

By   /  May 3, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has labelled recent changes for New Zealand students in Australia as a double standard. The Australian Government yesterday announced their Higher Education Reform Package, including removing the ability for New Zealand students to pay domestic fees in Australia. ‘There exists a double standard when Australian students are […]

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Tertiary students call for change in light of rape culture protest – NZUSA

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Tertiary students call for change in light of rape culture protest – NZUSA

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) and Thursdays in Black today stand in solidarity with students from three Wellington high schools as they take their protest against rape culture to Parliament. The students from Wellington East Girls’ College, Wellington Girls’ College, and Wellington High School are taking action after comments from students at […]

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Any Discussion about Retirement Must Address the Issue of Student Debt – NZUSA

By   /  March 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Any Discussion about Retirement Must Address the Issue of Student Debt – NZUSA

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) says that any discussion about retirement must address the issue of student debt. ‘With those born after 30 June 1972 affected by the government’s proposed new pension age, it is precisely the generation of student loan borrowers and who have had to pay for their tertiary education […]

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Customised Careers Advice a Solution Long Time Coming – NZUSA

By   /  July 28, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Customised Careers Advice a Solution Long Time Coming – NZUSA

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations applauds the moves of the Labour Party to acknowledge the need for good careers advice. “We’ve heard multiple stories of students who given poor or no careers advice when at secondary school and the negative impact that this has on people as they attempt to move through the […]

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Arrest at Border Does Little to Solve Problem – NZUSA

By   /  June 6, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  7 Comments

With the recent arrest to an overseas based borrower at Auckland Airport the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations ask, if this scheme is really how our country wants to be known. NZUSA President Linsey Higgins is dismayed at the continual use of draconian techniques to recoup student loans. “Pushing borrowers to repay using harsh […]

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Arrest Sends Chilling Message – NZUSA

By   /  January 23, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) is warning that the recent arrest of a student loan borrower as he left New Zealand for his home overseas sends a chilling message. “We are concerned that this will turn those who are overseas with student loans into permanent refugees, and do little to encourage further […]

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