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


Money for Reform Vocational Education

The Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi welcomes the pre-budget announcement of $197 million for the reform of vocational education saying it’s a step in the right direction.

President Michael Gilchrist says TEU has been working hard alongside Labour to ensure that in the long term students and communities have access to quality on-job and on-campus courses.

“The training of plumbers, nurses, social workers, builders, mechanics, and many more professions is central to the goals Labour has set itself.

Labour’s desire to focus on ensuring the well-being of workers and their families was looking shaky because tertiary education training spaces were looking shaky. But now we have a glimpse of a brighter future.”

At his pre-Budget speech today, Finance Minister Grant Robertson said announced the reallocation of $197 million from the underspend on the fees free policy to implementing reform of the vocational education.

“We are pleased to see a government that will put money back into our sector”, says Gilchrist.

The fees-free scheme is an important step to ensuring accessibility of access to education and should be extended in the coming years. But stabilising institutions during the vocational education reform is crucial if every New Zealander is able to find a place to learn.

Gilchrist says “putting funding into vocational spaces is a good start to ensuring the transformational power of education reaches all corners of NZ. But it is just a start.”

“We urge the government to ensure that in 2020 it begins to rebuild the tertiary education budget which was stripped bare during the term of the last National Government. Students have been struggling to live and staff have taken on more and more work because of the last government’s tertiary education budget approach which left the sector $6bn short.”

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Birds: Dunedin's Bells Ring As City Celebrates Its Albatross

The city's churches, schools and public buildings bells would chime in unison from 1pm, in what has been a long-standing tradition marking the return of the birds - and a farewell to this season's albatross chicks. More>>

Oscar Buzz: Waititi's Jojo Rabbit Wins People's Choice Award At Toronto

Taika Waititi's new film Jojo Rabbit has nabbed the coveted Grolsch People's Choice Award at the close of Toronto International Film Festival. More>>


Broken Estate: An Expat Expert Surveys Our Media

Melanie Bunce cut her teeth in journalism at the Otago Daily Times. Now she teaches and researches it at one of the UK’s most prestigious journalism schools and tracks the trends that shape the uncertain future of news... More>>

Controversial Reforms: Te Papa Chief Executive To Step Down

Te Papa’s Chief Executive Geraint Martin announced today he will step down from the role at the end of the year. Mr Martin said he had achieved what he set out to do at the museum, and Te Papa was in a strong position for the future. More>>




  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland