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


Students challenge Maharey to watch fees go up

2 September 2004

Students challenge Maharey to clear diary and watch fees go up

Students are today challenging Tertiary Minister; Steve Maharey to clear his diary for the next few months and attend fee setting meetings at public tertiary institutions to get a first hand look at the failure of his fee maxima policy.

“Steve Maharey should come to these meetings and hear for himself the pathetic excuses for fee increases that institution managers put forward,” said Fleur Fitzsimons, Co-President of the New Zealand University Students’ Association.

“If Maharey comes to the fees setting meetings, maybe he will understand why students are protesting against fee increases, even more student debt and even longer repayment times and take steps to force fee reductions.”

Victoria University management yesterday announced that they would be seeking to put fees up by 4.5 percent and many other institutions are gearing up for fee rises when they set fees in the coming months.

“Tertiary institutions are showing complete disregard for students by attempting hefty fee hikes each year and Labour are doing nothing to stop them.”

“Labour’s fee maxima policy has failed students by leading to fee increases and set up numerous exceptions and exemptions to pander to institution managers. Poor students are funding wasteful advertising campaigns and lining coffers of public institutions.”

“Students have consistently warned Maharey about weak Councils that blindly follow the management of the institution in raising fees,” said Fitzsimons. “One look at these meetings should convince him to stop unnecessary fee rises.”


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

At Bats: Locke - The World Theatrical Premiere

On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan Locke receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job and soul... More>>

Howard Davis Review: Conflict & Resistance - Ria Hall's Rules of Engagement

From the aftermath of war through colonisation to her own personal convictions, Hall's new CD addresses current issues and social problems on multiple levels, confirming her position as a polemical and preeminent voice on the indigenous NZ music scene. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Another Time, Another Place - David Friesen Trio Live

"It has been said of David Friesen that he does for the art of bass playing what Pythagoras did for the triangle" - Patrick Hinley, Jazz Times. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Jenny Abrahamson's John & Charles Enys: Castle Hill Runholders, 1864-1891

This volume will be of interest to a range of readers interested in the South Island high country, New Zealand’s natural environment, and the history of science. More>>