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"AUT Student Foodbank now Permanent Fixture"


Press Release
For Immediate Use
17/2/2000

"AUT Student Foodbank now Permanent Fixture"

The foodbank trialed last year at AIT (now AUT) by the Students' Association is on the cards to become a permanent feature of the beginning of the academic year.

Michael Heard, President of the Auckland Student Movement said today. "It was hoped that in the light of last years' problems, this service would be rendered obsolete by government action".

Last year, AuSM, with assistance from AIT, trialed a food bank which assisted almost 200 students with no or little income due to governmental ineptitude

"In consideration of the bungles we have witnessed so far from WINZ, we have no choice but to re-open the foodbank to assist our members through what is proving to be an extremely trying period"

"As of today, the University welfare officers are booked up to six days in advance, and the semester hasn't even started yet" Mr Heard said

"It seems to me that unless some real changes can be made to the way WINZ handles the student body, foodbanks will become a permanent feature at all tertiary institutions" concluded Mr Heard.

ENDS

For further information please contact:
Michael Heard
Auckland Student Movement President
Auckland University of Technology
Ph 307 9999 x 8571 Mobile 021 392-079

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