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To: The House of Representatives

Restore the postgraduate student allowance now

Restore the postgraduate student allowance now

Dear House of Representatives

In the 2017 general election, Labour committed, and the other coalition partners stated their intention, to restoring student allowance eligibility for postgraduates. We're calling on the House of Representatives to recommend to the Government that it keeps its promise and gives us a commitment that the postgraduate allowance will be restored before the 2020 election.

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, and NZ First and the Greens have also shown their support. 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

How it will be delivered

A rally is to take place on Parliament Lawn, and we will formally hand the petition over to Chlöe Swarbrick.

Rally Details –
Where? Parliament Lawn
When? Thursday 11th April, 12.30 – 1.30
What? Speeches, Petition Handover, Politicians and FREE FOOD!

Reasons for signing

  • Postgraduate is difficult enough without worrying about money. New Zealand is in desperate need of qualified intelligent people, that can not happen with these pay walls. Labour also promised to reinstate post grad allowance that is a government promise, if they fail it should be held against them as an incompetent political party. Instead they invested into fees free which showed a negligent increase in undergraduate enrollment.
  • Post Grad is so much more full-on than undergrad, trying to work more hours in order to keep a roof over your head leads to further stress and worse grades. Having to sacrifice one's studies in order to earn enough to eat is not inducive to getting higher qualified individuals in New Zealand.
  • Higher Education is a public good, investing in education is an investment in our society at large. Post graduate allowances should have never been removed in the first place. It speaks volumes about the previous government's priorities and perception of societal needs. Ultimately New Zealand needs to make higher education universally accessible for all, and not restrict it to those who have the means to afford it.


2019-04-11 12:54:40 +1200

5,000 signatures reached

2018-05-11 12:30:18 +1200

Chlöe Swarbrick accepts petition for postgraduate allowances

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

Students cross fingers for post-grad allowances - Newshub

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

Push for post-grad allowances to be restored - Radio New Zealand

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