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

 


Governor General Leaves Students Out In The Cold

Governor-General And Mayor Of Wellington Leave Students Out In The Cold

The Governor-General of New Zealand, the Hon Dame Sylvia Cartwright, and Mayor of Wellington Kerry Prendergast refused to sign the national petition in support of a living allowance for all students at the opening of Victoria University’s Pipitea campus this morning.

Guests were welcomed into Rutherford House by representatives of Te Atiawa at a bitterly cold dawn ceremony. Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) president Amanda Hill said the petition was offered to the dignitaries as they left the ceremony, and both of them refused to sign it.

“While members of Victoria University Council, and representatives of Te Atiawa signed the petition in support of a living allowance for all students, two of our most prominent leaders were not prepared to go beyond the opening of new buildings in support of tertiary students” Hill said.

“Only a third of students receive student allowances. The rest have to rely on student loan payments to live, which are a significant part of student debt. This is now over $6 billion and rising,” said Hill. “Ms Prendergast will graduate with an MBA from Victoria in May, and I believe she will be one of the few who leave without a student loan.”

“Student debt has funded these buildings. The least our civic and national dignitaries can do is go beyond official niceties and add their signature to the thousands who have given their support to changing a system that forces students to borrow to live” said Hill.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>

ALSO:

Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news