To: Minister of Education Chris Hipkins
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.
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