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


Turner: international students need special care

Monday, 30 October 2006

Turner: international students need special care

United Future deputy leader Judy Turner today called on the Government to invest more and better resources in the pastoral care of international students who come to New Zealand.

"I am concerned that recent news reports of hundreds of Saudi Arabian and Turkish post-graduate students coming here focus almost entirely on the economic benefits to New Zealand of educating these people," she said.

"But care of these students outside the lecture room is just as important, if New Zealand is to get and maintain an international reputation for world-class education.

"The cultural shock for a Saudi student will be immense in moving from the closed theocracy of Saudi Arabia to the open, pluralistic society of New Zealand.

"Public controversy in Europe and Australia over issues such as what clothing women should wear show that the potential for public strife is very close and it would be foolish of New Zealand to pretend such rows won't occur here.

"We shouldn't be so dazzled by the education dollars international students represent, that we ignore the personal and pastoral needs of those students," said Mrs Turner.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Whether We Should Be Betting Quite So Heavily On Astra Zeneca’s Covid Vaccine

According to this week’s Speech from the Throne, maintaining public safety during the pandemic will remain the government’s top priority. Next year will (hopefully) bring the rolling out of a free vaccination against Covid-19 to New Zealander. Currently, there are three possible vaccine contenders but the effectiveness of the vaccine will be only one of the factors determining which vaccine will pre-dominate. On the basis of the cost per dose, and the ease of manufacture, storage and distribution, the Astra Zeneca/Oxford University vaccine will almost certainly be the prime choice for New Zealand, at least initially... More>>


New Zealand Government: Speech From The Throne

It is my privilege to exercise the prerogative of Her Majesty the Queen and open the 53rd Parliament.
In the October election, New Zealanders elected a majority Government for the first time under our Mixed Member Proportional electoral system... More>>

Grant Robertson: Government To Review Housing Settings

New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus More>>


Law Commission: Recommends New DNA Laws For Criminal Investigations

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission today released a report that recommends a new, comprehensive regime to control how DNA is obtained, used and retained for criminal investigations. The report has revealed significant gaps in the operation ... More>>


New Zealand Government: To Declare A Climate Emergency

The Government will declare a climate emergency next week, Climate Change Minister James Shaw said today. “We are in the midst of a climate crisis that will impact on nearly every aspect of our lives and the type of planet our children will inherit ... More>>


Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>


Green Party: Announce Portfolio Reshuffle With Talented And Energised Caucus Team

“The Green Party caucus offers a breadth of talent and energy to the Parliament this term. In ten MPs you have a small business owner, a human rights lawyer, an academic, a climate negotiator, a transport planner, and so much more”, Green Party ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels