The living costs loan is designed to keep students housed and fed, but in our biggest cities it rarely even covers rent. That's where a new lobby group for legislative reform to improve students’ welfare comes in, says Jack Close, the group's founder.
It started with Stuff, was adopted with gusto by the NZ Herald, and now clickbait content is infecting 1News Now, the online news arm of TVNZ. It's yet more proof that the state broadcaster is no different from other commercial media organisation, says Jack Close – so isn't it time we abandoned the pretense it is?
‘The idea of living costs is that you’re supposed to live off it.’ An argument for letting students borrow more
The problem with the living costs loan isn't just that it's too low, says university student Jack Close. It's how it unfairly advantages those who need the help least.
A black market has emerged for on-selling tickets, but instead of suffocating the idea, the airlines should be running it themselves, writes one Wellington student.