To: Minister of Education Chris Hipkins

Restore the postgraduate student allowance now

Restore the postgraduate student allowance now

Dear Minister Hipkins,

In the 2017 general election, your party committed to restoring student allowance eligibility for postgraduates. We're calling on you to keep your promise and urgently restore the allowance in your Government's upcoming budget announcement in May.

Sincerely,
The Students of Aotearoa New Zealand

Why is this important?

In 2013, the previous Government scrapped postgraduate allowances. Last year, Labour pledged to bring them back. Now, we're looking for a start date!

Restoring the postgraduate allowance isn't just good for students, it's good for the country. Across Aotearoa, postgraduate students are studying in fields that are crucial to our country's future success - clinical psychology, teaching and learning, and environmental studies to name a few.

The current Government is committed to important national issues such as addressing the mental health crisis, uplifting the teaching profession and tackling climate change. In order for this work to succeed, we urgently need to be empowering and supporting our people to gain skills in these areas. A postgraduate student allowance is an easy first step towards making this a reality.

Supporting postgraduate success is supporting our country's success. We're calling on the Government to restore the postgraduate student allowance now!

No post-grad allowances for first semester, no set start date
http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/11/no-post-grad-allowances-for-first-semester-and-no-set-start-date.html


Reasons for signing

  • Post-graduates are putting their efforts into research - research, which in many cases, makes changes to people's lives, health and education. Some have to study at post-graduate level in order to obtain a career in their field. Post-graduate students should have the same access to support as any other student!
  • On current teachers' salaries, education students and others yet to become valuable teachers will have enough financial problems to face without having to deal with a burgeoning student loan debt. Give them a break, please!
  • Because education is a right, not a privilege.

Updates

2018-04-17 15:12:21 +1200

Students cross fingers for post-grad allowances - Newshub
http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2018/04/students-cross-fingers-for-post-grad-allowances.html

2018-04-17 15:11:55 +1200

Push for post-grad allowances to be restored - Radio New Zealand
https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2018639305/push-for-post-grad-allowances-to-be-restored

2018-04-07 08:55:17 +1200

1,000 signatures reached

2018-04-05 20:20:45 +1200

500 signatures reached

2018-04-04 15:45:09 +1200

100 signatures reached

2018-04-04 14:23:44 +1200

50 signatures reached

2018-04-04 13:41:31 +1200

25 signatures reached

2018-04-04 13:27:22 +1200

10 signatures reached