Jack Close

Jack Close is a public policy and economics student based in Wellington

Society
Oct 18, 2017

Forget cancelling student fees. Let's focus instead on fixing student welfare

With three out of the five parties in parliament keen on some form of free tertiary education, reform seems inevitable. That might be great news for graduates, writes Jack Close, but for students it's a raw deal.

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Politics
Jun 26, 2017

So it's unanimous: all parties want to act for students, and the minister must respond

The National Party has voted: something needs to be done to improve students’ welfare. A new consensus has been formed, which may change the lives of struggling students across New Zealand, writes Jack Close

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Society
Jun 12, 2017

More must be done to meet NZ's climate challenge – but slashing agriculture isn't the answer

As emitter-in-chief Donald Trump pulls out of the Paris Climate Accord, the time has come for a top-down approach to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. Jack Close explains.

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Society
Apr 12, 2017

The student living costs loan is no match for sky-high rents. It needs to be raised, now

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.

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Media
Oct 25, 2016

Remind us: why do we own TVNZ again?

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?

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Media
Sep 16, 2016

‘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.

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Society
Aug 19, 2016

The doctor won’t see you now: on NZ’s shameful mental health wait times

In the midst of a suicide crisis, why are people waiting so long for mental healthcare? Jack Close attempts to find out.

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Society
May 20, 2016

On the growing black market for domestic air travel – and why airlines should take it over

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.

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