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Students To Hold Loan Debt Summit

Students To Hold Loan Debt Summit
Days Before Election

The New Zealand University Students’ Association (NZUSA) in association with the Minister of Youth Affairs, Laila Harré, will host the third student debt summit in Auckland on Tuesday July 23.

The debt summit will focus on the future impact of student loan debt and what solutions political parties are offering for the student debt crisis in the upcoming election.

“This debt summit is an opportunity for us to focus on the current debt problem, look at what its impact will be if left unchanged and investigate solutions to the problem,” said NZUSA Co-President Andrew Campbell.

The summit will also look at future economic, population, workforce and equity impacts of the scheme.


Where: AUT Conference Centre, WA 209, off Wellesley Street, Auckland

Date: Tuesday July 23

When: 10am – 5pm

Debt Summit Agenda

9.30 am: Registration/Coffee

10 am: The current student debt situation and emerging trends – NZUSA presentation

10.30 am: Keynote address – Hon Laila Harré (Minister of Youth Affairs)

11 am: Economic overview and future trends – Brian Easton, economist

11.30 am: Morning tea

12 noon: Inequity of debt panel discussion – Chaired by Chief Human Rights Commissioner Rosslyn Noonan with Todd Fernie – Disabilities Co-ordinator at AUT, Efeso Collins – Careers and Course Advisor, Auckland University, Kate Oliver – Editor,, Linda Tuhiwai Smith – Director, University of Auckland's International Research Institute for Maori and Indigenous Education and Julie Pettett – President, Aotearoa Tertiary Students Association

1.15 pm: Lunch

2 pm: Population growth and debt – Professor Ian Pool - Director, Population Studies Centre, Waikato University

2.30 pm: Debt and workforce issues – Ross Wilson - President, New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

3 pm: Afternoon Tea

3.15 pm: Political panel - Chris Trotter to chair with Nandor Tanczos (Greens), Matt McCarten (Alliance), Rodney Hide (ACT), Maurice Williamson (National), Brian Donnelly (NZ First), Labour and PCP speakers tbc

4.45 pm: Concluding remarks– NZUSA and Minister

5 pm: Close


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