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


National tells Kiwis they’re over the hill at 40

National tells Kiwis they’re over the hill at 40

Slashing eligibility to student allowances for over-40s is proof that the government has no commitment to supporting people wanting – or needing to – further educate themselves, says Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson, Megan Woods.

“This move takes opportunity away from a group of people in mid-career.

“There are not many people who would consider 40 to be old, let alone too old to learn new skills. They deserve the Government’s backing not abandonment.

“We live in an ever-evolving world, one that requires most people to retrain at some stage over their working life, and one where people are being made redundant on a weekly basis.

“For the government to turn its back on any New Zealanders wanting to better themselves is alarming.

“It is also a significant shift for the National Party. It used to encourage life-long learning. Under Steven Joyce it no longer does. 

“His claims that students can still take out a loan is disingenuous. Many will have minimal income and part-time work is scarce.

“The Government is already aware of a link between a drop in post graduate numbers – deferring study because of financial pressures - and previous cuts to allowances.  This move will drive yet more students from tertiary education.

“Steven Joyce talks about an ‘innovation-led’ economy. In doing so, he misses the point of needing a skilled workforce to achieve that.

“It seems that Steven Joyce’s sole goal as Minister of Tertiary Education is to dampen demand and drive people away.

“He sees education as a cost to be cut. Labour sees it as an investment in our future.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election