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.
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
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.
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.