New Zealand University Students Association (NZUSA) has come under fire, being accused of hypocrisy for increasing their
own fees while offering student money to compulsory membership campaigns.
The President of Prebble's Rebels, Clint Heine, said "if student associations are serious about cutting the cost of
tertiary education, they should look to their own fees first."
"While NZUSA claims to be concerned over possible rises in student service levies they have given a silent nod to
increases in the fee their member associations take from students."
"The most apalling example of this is Otago University Students Association, which has raised its compulsory fee for
2001 by 23%, a hypocritical move which is hardly compatible with their supposed aim to reduce the cost of attending
Mr Heine said that NZUSA has also offered to donate money to student associations at Auckland and Waikato Universities,
to help them run campaigns about compulsory membership.
Mr Heine said "accepting this offer would mean students are no longer just paying for the association elite on their own
campus, but are also acting as a crutch for the country's other failing student unions."
For more information, contact:
Clint Heine (+64) (021) 122 8544