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WINZ 'Passing the Buck' over Tertiary Claims

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WINZ 'Passing the Buck' over Tertiary Claims.

OUSA Education Campaign Co-ordinator, Katie Grace said today that WINZ was trying to pass the buck on to the University over the confirmation of Student Loans and Allowances.

"A number of students have been told by WINZ that their loans and allowances have been processed, and that WINZ are now waiting for University confirmation," Ms Grace said.

However, when students approached the Finance Section of the University registry, they were told that all the details were correct and that the university was waiting for WINZ to contact them, Ms Grace stated.

"It is an obvious case of passing the blame to somewhat else," Ms Grace said.

Quentin Findlay, one of the afflicted students, said that he had contacted WINZ on Friday, only to be told that his Loan had been processed, and that WINZ was waiting for confirmation from Otago University.

"When I contacted them on Monday afternoon, I was told that the University had not contacted WINZ yet, but that my application would be 'flagged' and that WINZ would get onto it."

On approaching the registry, Mr Findlay was told that the University had everything in order, they just had not been contacted by WINZ.


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Katie Grace ----- Quentin Findlay
Hm: (03) 477 0000----- Hm: (03) 473 7164
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