Parliament

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

 

$11.5 Million Cutbacks Or 27% Fee Hike At Massey

$11.5 Million Cutbacks Or 27% Fee Hike At Massey University

Students at Massey University are facing a 27% fee increase or service cutbacks of $11.5 million as a result of the Government's tertiary education funding policy, National's Tertiary Education spokesman Maurice Williamson revealed today.

Information obtained by National under the Official Information Act shows Massey University's Council is considering four scenarios in light of the Government's inadequate funding offer.

"If Massey gives in to the Government's blackmail, students will be saved from the possible 27% fee hike but they'll bear the brunt of up to $11.5 million in cutbacks as the University struggles to balance the books.

"Massey's decision will impact on students in Palmerston North, Wellington and Albany as well as thousands of extramural students throughout New Zealand.

"Massey is the hub of agricultural research and study for New Zealand. The Government has been accused of empty rhetoric by the Vice Chancellors on its commitment to a 'knowledge society'; its actions on tertiary funding prove how empty its commitment is.

"Massey University is based in the Tertiary Education Minister's own electorate. It shows how shortsighted this Government is that universities are being forced into such a predicament," Mr Williamson said.

Papers released by the New Zealand Vice Chancellors Committee yesterday show talks have stalled between the Universities and the Government. The Universities are in a dire position and the Government seems focussed on holding the Universities responsible for breaking one of its election promises.

"Steve Maharey promised to reduce the cost of tertiary education for students. All he has achieved is an attempt to blackmail our institutions to freeze fees despite evidence from universities that services will be cut and the quality of education will suffer.

"The issue is simple. Either Government funding goes up, student fees go up or the standard of education goes down," Mr Williamson said.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Bridges’ ‘Meth Crooks’ Leadership Failure

Back in June, Bridges publicly accepted that Housing NZ had got it wrong, and that the National government had acted upon bad advice.

Now, you’d think this admission would create a broad bi-partisan basis for compensation to those families who had been unfairly evicted, at considerable cost and emotional distress. Some people had lost their possessions in trying to meet the expense of the upheaval.

Not everyone felt so compassionate. More>>

 

Multimedia & Transcript: Acting PM's Press Conference

Winston Peters, Acting Prime Minister while Jacinda Ardern is in New York for the UN Leaders' Week, held a short press conference Monday after chairing this week's cabinet meeting. More>>

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Cabinet Funds Deal For Oranga Tamariki Social Workers

The Minister said that an agreement in principle has been reached between Oranga Tamariki and the PSA on a settlement worth $114.6m over five years. More>>

ALSO:

Hunting v Pest Control: Tahr Control Needed To Protect Alpine Habitats

A cull of introduced Himalayan tahr browsing conservation land in Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana/ the Southern Alps is needed to protect special alpine plants and their habitats, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

Protest At Sea: Judge Discharges Greenpeace Activists

The judge today discharged Norman and Howell without conviction, saying the cumulative consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to what was “low level” offending off the Wairarapa coast in April 2017. More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels