THE AUCKLAND UNIVERSITY STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION (INC.)
TE ROOPU TAUIRA O TE WHARE WAANANGA O TAMAKI MAKAURAU
20 August 2001
For Immediate Use
Fee Freeze: A bitter-sweet symphony
Auckland University Students’ Association President, Kane Stanford has described Auckland University’s decision to
freeze fees as a bittersweet decision.
“Students at Auckland University will be happy to know that tuition fees not be going up for the second year in a row.
However, the costs of obtaining a degree mean that only those from very wealthy families are going through university
without a large student loan. For a government that prides itself on reducing social inequality, this is unacceptable”
said Mr Stanford.
However Mr Stanford also believes that the fee freeze will also have additional costs to students. “For over a decade
successive governments have been under-funding universities, and the University has taken another funding cut by
accepting the Government’s fee stabilization offer. This will be passed down to students in cuts to staff and library
resources,” said Mr Stanford.
“Funding for a student studying at Auckland University is around 60 percent of that received by a student at a
comparable Australian university. Clearly the Government cannot expect New Zealand to catch the knowledge wave if won’t
provide funds for the surfboard,” concluded Mr Stanford.
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