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August 29, 2014

Tertiary Education

Tertiary education should be accessible to all whānau. It should provide opportunities for students to acquire skills and knowledge that can be used to their economic, social and cultural advantage. The tertiary sector in Aotearoa should be learner-centred and whānau-driven.
Me whai huarahi ngā whānau katoa ki te mātauranga matua. Me tuku huarahi e whiwhi mātauranga ai e whiwhi pūkenga ai ngā tauira katoa hei oranga ā-ohanga, ā-hapori, ā-ahurea hoki. Me noho te tauira ki te manawa o te rāngai mātauranga matua o Aotearoa, me urupare anō hoki ki ngā hiahia me ngā wawata o te whānau.

GOING FORWARD

The Māori Party will:

  • develop a four year zero fee scholarship to target the “First in Whānau to engage in a Bachelor level qualification” programme
  • amend the Education Act 1989 to reflect a definition of education that promotes and is consistent with the principle of lifelong learning
  • lift the cap on the number of students able to take level one to four programmes (foundational and trade training level programmes) in Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs)
  • ensure ITPs develop key performance indicators to ensure that training provided at ITPs aligns with industry demand
  • increase the wānanga cap from three to five, and support them with stand-alone legislation which requires mana whenua and Māori stakeholders to be part of the review and monitoring processes
  • re-Instate student allowances for post-graduate students (scrapped in 2012)
  • support a universal student allowance
  • provide free public transport for students
  • retain interest-free loans
  • reduce the repayment levels on a student loan starting at 4% ($40,000), 6% ($50,000) and 8% (for $60,000 and over). The current rate is 12% ($19,080)
  • investigate the viability of writing off student loans for students who work in a job equivalent to their qualification for more than five years
  • repeal the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Act 2011 which undermines the student voice and find a more workable solution
  • support strong representation of tertiary students particularly Māori tertiary students at local, regional, national and international levels
  • establish a biennial tertiary summit for students, and relevant ministers (Education, Māori Affairs, Science and Innovation) to collaborate on student achievement.

BUILDING ON THE GAINS SINCE 2008

As part of the Government, the Māori Party has:

  • secured 3000 Māori and Pasifika trade training placements per annum with zero fees for the next four years (the Māori Party plans to double this number to 6000)
  • provided 350 cadetships for unemployed Māori in which employers recruit, train, mentor and provider at least six months’ paid employment to Māori cadets
  • secured $12.45 million to establish a Māori-focused Centre of Research Excellence that will produce research beneficial to whānau, hapū and iwi
  • supported the retention of interest-free loans
  • advocated on behalf of tertiary students including referring the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill to the Waitangi Tribunal before it was passed in 2011
  • supported strong representation of tertiary students in particular Māori tertiary students at local, regional, national and international levels.

References

Media Statement Download Policy Infosheet

Comments

  1. Ani Marsh

    This needs to be put out there to all communities all New Zealanders will benefit from this. US Kiwi’s deserve a break,education should be a priority in all households but in the real world sadly it’s not. If the Maori party stand by this our real world in education is going to be so much easier to learn and to up skill ourselves so exciting. Reality…… Kapai Maori Party

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