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Student accommodation benefit going up, “but not far enough”

News from NZUSA
The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations has welcomed an increase to the Accommodation Benefit, but says that it does not go far enough to meet rising housing costs.

The Accommodation Benefit cap for Student Allowance recipients has increased from $40 to $60 per week. Estimated new rates for Student Allowance recipients living in Wellington, Auckland, and Christchurch will be $60. Dunedin-based recipients will likely see an $11 per week increase to $51. Only 33% of students have access to the Student Allowance, due to the parental income threshold for eligibility being frozen for five years.

‘More than three quarters of students will see no change to their living situation as a result of this Budget. This contrasts with our recommendation in our Budget wishlist, calling for a housing grant for all students.’

‘It also denies the Auckland rent crisis, when the cap of $60 will be mirrored in Christchurch and Wellington. In Auckland, students are paying $70 more on rent than in Christchurch, yet they will get the same level of support through the Accommodation Benefit.’

‘When we have raised issues of student poverty, the Government has said that student support is about right. We acknowledge that the Government has accepted it was wrong on that count. However, having made this acknowledgement they really should look to fix the problem, rather than merely paper over the worst excesses of it.’

Universities and ITPs funding

‘We are still working our way through the details but on the face of it, but it seems that universities and polytechnics will be getting less money in the future while private training establishments experience a significant increase in funding. We are concerned about public money going to private pockets especially in the face of recent concerns about quality in the private training sector.’

What’s missing – locked out of tertiary education

‘It’s also important to acknowledge what’s missing from this Budget. Our Budget wishlist proposed necessary changes to improve access to tertiary education such as a national First in Family Scholarship, restoring postgraduate allowances and ending age discrimination in allowance and loan access. In its Budget the Government is wilfully ignorant in failing to address the needs of those locked out of tertiary education.’

NZUSA is the national voice of students in tertiary education. The organisation is governed by students’ associations from universities and polytechnics around the country.

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Wellington High and Otaki College win Roxy5 Short Film Competition

Press Release – Capital E
At a Red Carpet event on Wednesday night, 12 finalists selected from the original 26 entries were screened at the Roxy Cinema, Miramar, where the award winners of the Roxy5 Short Film Competition 2017 were announced by Oscar winner Jamie Selkirk. Read more »

Open Polytechnic congratulates 700 graduates

Press Release – Open Polytechnic
The Open Polytechnic held the last of its nationwide graduation ceremonies for the year in Wellington this week [23 May] with students from a wide range of diploma and degree subjects receiving their hard earned qualifications. Read more »

Marsden students learn sign language

Press Release – Samuel Marsden Collegiate School
In recognition of New Zealand Sign Language Week recently Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Preschool and Primary School students held a concert completely in New Zealand Sign Language for honoured guest Darryl Alexander. Darryl is a sign language teacher, winner of a NZSL Teaching Award, advocate for the deaf and a current member of the Deaf Blacks. Darryl was brought up in Wellington and he and his sister, who attended Marsden School, were born deaf and were brought up using sign language. Read more »

Fellowship caps PhD graduation celebrations

Press Release – Massey University
It will be a double celebration for emergency management specialist Sara McBride who is conferred with her doctorate at Massey University Graduation ceremonies in Wellington on Thursday. Read more »

Taxpayers’ Union questions video games at Wellington libraries

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union
The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the value of the most recent addition to Wellington City Council libraries: video game consoles. The Council’s Libraries team revealed that video consoles had been installed at six libraries across Wellington, at an initial capital cost of approximately $6,600. Read more »

Wellington lures linguistics conference out of United Kingdom

Press Release – Tourism New Zealand
Wellington will host the 2019 iMean (Interaction and Meaning) conference marking the first time the linguistics event will be held out of the United Kingdom. Read more »

Doctoral research informed by global and local crisis

Press Release – Massey University
Clinical psychologist Maureen Mooney has confronted crisis situations all over the world but returned to Christchurch to complete her PhD researching children’s behaviour in the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes. Read more »

Preview of Children’s Garden this weekend

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Get down with the kids and check where we’re at with the Children’s Garden at a free, fun, family-friendly event at the Botanic Garden this Sunday. Read more »

PHOTOS: Dame Patsy opens new Treaty exhibition at National Library

Dame Patsy Reddy and the Acting Prime Minister Paula Bennett arrive at the National Library for the opening of the new He Tohu exhibition.

News from the Department Of Internal Affairs
New Zealand’s newest national exhibition, He Tohu was officially opened today by the Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy, at the National Library in Wellington. Read more »

Massey-China language partnership will boost Mandarin momentum

Press Release – Massey University
The development of innovative online Chinese language programmes for learners across the Pacific region is at the heart of a new partnership between Massey University and Beijing Language and Culture University. Read more »

Upper Hutt City young people planning festival initiative

Press Release – Upper Hutt City Council
A group of 14 Upper Hutt young people have come together to plan and run an event designed specifically for the city’s youth. The group is part of the Spearhead Leaders programme, a leadership initiative developed and supported by Upper Hutt City Council, Upper Hutt Community Youth Trust, and Vibe.

“This event is going to be awesome,” says Spearhead Leader, Ryan Hooper-Smith. “We’ve designed it so that you can come for the whole day or drop in and out during the day depending on your interests and other commitments.”

The event includes guest speakers such as Patrick Gower and Billy Graham, free workshops, opportunities to meet Labour MP Chris Hipkins, comedian Fergus Aitken, and others. Attendants can hone their artistic skills in a street art workshop, with Hutt Valley artist Chimp. There will be opportunities for young people to sign up for volunteering, win prizes donated by local business, and rock out to local bands No Sleep After Midnight and Johnny Rockets.

“If you are a young person aged 12 – 24 and you want to have fun, meet new people, try new things, and find out about leadership opportunities in Upper Hutt, you should join us at Youth Fest on Saturday, 27 May, at Upper Hutt College,” says Spearhead Leader, Louise Afele.

In addition to providing the city’s youth with all day fun, food, and music, the Youth Fest event aims to inspire and empower a youth voice and youth leadership in the city. Young people attending the event will have opportunities to contribute their thoughts and ideas about their vision for future youth leadership opportunities in Upper Hutt.

The Spearhead Leaders programme is a collaborative project between Upper Hutt City Council, and Upper Hutt Community Youth Trust. The project is funded by the Ministry of Youth Development‘s Youth Fund and Upper Hutt City Council. It is also supported by Vibe.

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Toys, surfing, robots: speakers and performers announced for TEDxWellington

Press Release – TEDxWellington
TEDxWellington is excited to announce the 15 speakers/performers who will be centre stage in front of a 1,000 strong audience at the St James Theatre on Sunday 18 June. Read more »

Te Papa seeking entrepreneurs to tell stories of NZ’s sporting history

Press Release – Te Papa
Te Papa’s innovation hub Mahuki is calling for entrepreneurs to help cultural institutions in New Zealand and around the globe tell their stories of sporting identity. Read more »

WelTec’s School of Construction receives education design award

Press Release – Weltec
The Wellington Regional School of Construction has been recognised by the New Zealand Institute of Architects at the Wellington Architecture Awards. Read more »

Te Papa pleased by return of Moriori and Māori remains from Germany

Press Release – Joint Press Release
The Ubersee Museum Bremen Germany and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa) are pleased 44 Moriori and Māori ancestral remains are returning to Aotearoa New Zealand with the support of the City of Bremen. Read more »

Law, liquor and love: professor’s topic for Lecretia Seales Memorial Lecture

Press Release – Lecretia’s Choice
Professor Doug Sellman has been named as this year’s speaker for the annual Lecretia Seales Memorial Lecture in Law Reform. Read more »

$2 weekend for locals only at Zealandia and Wellington Zoo

Press Release – Zealandia

Two of Wellington’s top nature attractions are opening their doors to locals for just a couple of dollars. Open Weekend is coming back, and on the 27th & 28th May people will be able to visit Zealandia and Wellington Zoo for a $2 donation per person at each attraction. Read more »

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