Students expect immediate action from Hodgson
The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) is today welcoming the appointment of Pete Hodgson as the new
Minister for Tertiary Education and Maryan Street as Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, however they warn that
they’ll be kept very busy addressing the needs of students and the tertiary sector.
“After a long wait, students expect the new Minister to finally deliver on Labour’s promise of accessible and affordable
education for all” said Joey Randall, Co-President of the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA).
“With more students taking on increasing levels of debt, and Government spending on student support actually decreasing,
it’s now time for action. Students will be looking to the Minister for strong leadership and urgent progress on
improving access to student allowances”, said Randall.
A recent IRD report highlighted that average borrowing of students had increased with 499,259 New Zealanders now owing a
massive $9.4 billion.
“We look forward to a positive and constructive relationship with the new Minister, and wish him well in his new role”,
NZ Union of Students' Associations
We stand for opportunity, for all.
NZUSA is the New Zealand Union of Students' Associations, the national body that represents New Zealand's students'
associations and the interests of New Zealand's 400,000 students at universities, polytechnics and in trades training.
We conduct original research, advocate to Government and through the media, and support New Zealand's students'
associations to be more effective on behalf of their members. We advocate alongside Te Mana Akonga – The National Māori
Students' Association, and Tertiary Women New Zealand – The NZUSA Women's Caucus.
Since 1929, we've believed in a society rich in opportunity, where anyone from anywhere can become any thing. We
support accessible, affordable quality public tertiary education.