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


Campus Tour Ends, Concerns Grow

11 March 2002

Green MP Nandor Tanczos wrapped up his tour of around 15 tertiary institutions on Friday and says he is concerned at the state of the entire tertiary sector.

"Three terms of National Government has been a disaster for tertiary education. The funding cuts they pushed through has left a legacy of institutions starved of cash and resources.

"As a result we've had staff cuts and ever increasing fees and student debt. Academics are over-worked and struggling to get basic pay rises while this month students 'celebrated' $5 billion worth of debt since the loan scheme was introduced 10 years ago."

On the tour Nandor met with a number of branches of the Association of University Staff and student leaders at a number of campuses.

"Its important that New Zealanders don't think that students are the only losers. The underfunding of education has left university staff struggling to be paid what they are worth," said Nandor.

"Over a decade of underfunding has left tertiary institutions struggling to maintain libraries and resources, struggling to recruit and retain staff and struggling to keep class sizes down to an acceptable level. Some of the spending decisions by management haven't helped, such as the millions spent on marketing and on some pretty excessive building projects, but that does not let the Government off the hook."

During the 1990's consumer price rises totalled 18.7 per cent but, on average, a lecturers pay increased by 15.6 per cent, a senior lecturer's by 13.2 per cent and a professor's pay by 10.2 per cent. Salary increases for MPs, on the other hand, went up 37 per cent and Vice-Chancellors by 96 per cent.

"It's important that people understand how badly the universities are underfunded. The Government cannot force students into $5 billion worth of debt and force staff to strike for fair wages and then claim to support innovation," he said.

Nandor said the Greens would continue to campaign for the reintroduction of the Emergency Unemployment Benefit for students, the introduction of universal student allowances and increased Government funding for the sector.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news