Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Pacific Students Deepest In Debt

New figures released today by the New Zealand University Students’ Association (NZUSA) show the average annual borrowing of full time, full year Pacific Island university students is higher than any other ethnic group and points towards actual graduate debts being much higher than previously thought.

The average annual amount borrowed by Pacific Island students is $7,575.46 compared to $6848.16 by Maori and $7042.88 by Pakeha students.

“It’s clear that Pacific students are doubly disadvantaged by the loans scheme. They borrow more than their classmates, and then go on to earn less income and so take longer to repay,” said NZUSA Co-President Andrew Campbell. “Pacific people are a growing sector of our population, and in years to come their debts will be a massive social problem none of us can afford to ignore.”

“This effect is exacerbated for female Pacific graduates, who will take even longer on average to repay their debts because of the time they take out of the workforce to have and care for children and other family members,” said Campbell

“These figures reveal the ethnic inequities inherent in the student loan scheme. How can we accept a scheme that creates such vastly different outcomes for people from different socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds?” said Campbell.

“These figures also indicate that the average debt for a bachelors degree is over $20,000 dollars. This is much higher than the average student debt of around $12,000 promoted by the Inland Revenue Department. The public is being duped about the real costs associated with getting an education,” said Campbell.

“The government was needs to commit to funding tertiary education and back that commitment with cash. If it doesn’t the $5 billion of student debt will evolve into an even bigger millstone around the neck of our nation,” said Campbell.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis Review: A Bigger Splash - Te Papa Celebrates Twenty Years

Considering the available resources, this is a decidedly hit-and-miss affair, mainly due to some highly questionable curatorial decisions. In their overweening wish to "push boundaries," Charlotte Davy and Megan Tamati-Quennell have made a number of serious miscalculations by ignoring a basic rule - keep it simple. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Smelling the Merchandise - The Death of Stalin

Having satirised British democracy with such devastating effect, Armando Iannucci has now turned his lens on the dangers inherent in Soviet authoritarianism. Every gag is girdled with fear and the bleak humour is so pitch black it could only have been pumped from deep underground. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Creole Stylings of Cécile McLorin Salvant

"You only get a singer like this once in a generation or two," commented Wynton Marsalis, who has repeatedly hired her to front his jazz orchestra and mounted a 25 foot high portrait of her on the exterior of Lincoln Center. “She radiates authority. She has poise, elegance, soul, humour, sensuality, power, virtuosity, range, insight, intelligence, depth, and grace.” More>>

Max Rashbrooke Review: The King's Singers and Voices New Zealand

To be good at one thing is impressive; to be so versatile across a range of genres is truly exceptional. The latest incarnation of this six-strong male singing group includes Kiwi Christopher Bruerton, and it was a delight to hear him sing the solo on the achingly beautiful My Love Is like a Red, Red Rose. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland