Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Govt to Place Moratorium on Further Universities

The government has introduced legislation limiting the number of universities to eight, the Associate Education Minister (Tertiary Education) Steve Maharey announced today.

The Education (Limiting Number of Universities) Amendment Bill was introduced to Parliament yesterday. Mr Maharey said that it is Government policy not to increase the number of universities beyond the present eight institutions. The Government has established a Tertiary Education Advisory Commission to give it advice on the structure of New Zealand's tertiary education system and the bill will prevent further universities being created while the Commission goes about its work.

"New Zealand is a small country. We need to make best use of our resources to ensure that the appropriate mix of quality tertiary education and skills training is available throughout the country. The Government wants to build a coherent tertiary education system where each institution is encouraged to play to its strengths according to an agreed nationwide plan.

"New Zealand's tertiary education system has suffered in recent years from a complete lack of direction. This Government is clearly signalling that we want to be an active and careful steward of our public tertiary institutions.

"I have already established a Tertiary Education Advisory Commission to give us advice on the strategic direction our tertiary sector should be moving in and how the various players can make this happen. In the context of the Commission's work we do not believe it would be sensible to create further universities until this advice has been received.

"If this bill is passed all current applications for university status will be placed on hold.

"The bill will be referred to the Education and Science Select Committee with a report back date of 19 June 2000 and once passed will take effect from the date of introduction", Steve Maharey said.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Scaring Voters Back Into Line

Fear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. For years, the National party had painted itself as being the only reliable defensive bastion against the terrifying prospect of a centre-left government…

In fact, the polls suggest that the public seems to quite like the new government, its Prime Minister, and its proposed plan of action. Somehow, even though a Labour/Greens/NZ First government is in power, the sun is still rising and setting, on time. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Drinking Water As A Failure Of Political Leadership

It is almost possible to feel sorry for the Health Ministry in their terrible, no good, very bad week... More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On Saying ‘Work For The Dole,’ Nicely

As New Zealand First learned the hard way from its two previous periods in government, small parties in MMP coalitions get blamed for the unpopular stuff done by their senior partner in power, but no one remembers the good stuff the junior player brought to the table... More>>

ALSO:

Seismic Blasting: Greenpeace Launches Legal Challenge Against Amazon Warrior

A legal challenge against the world’s largest seismic oil exploration ship was launched at a public rally on Parliament Lawn. More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: 80,000 People Eligible For Fees Free

The Government has today made good on its 100-day promise of delivering the first year of fees-free post school training and education and industry training from 1 January next year, says Education Minister Chris Hipkins. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Presser: Rebuilding Cathedrals, Felling Trees

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attended the press conference today with Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Dr Megan Woods to announce urgent legislation this week for the rebuilding of the Christ Church Cathedral. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages