I'm against it because it isn't free. It's funded by New Zealand Taxpayers who have a reasonable expectation that their Government will spend the money that is taken from them efficiently and with due diligence.
That's a minority view.
Here’s a quick thought experiment / hypothetical example.
My daughter has just finished High School. She isn’t academically gifted, but she’s good with her hands and has decided that she wants to undertake a Builder’s Apprenticeship.
Good for her, hope she does well.
The problem is that she, like all apprentices, needs to purchase her own tools. The cost of these to get started is $2.4k.
Would you commit to you, your partner, your brother, your sister, your mother, your father, your son and your daughter each paying $300 to my daughter so that she can start her apprenticeship?
(If any of those fictional characters are unable to contribute (E.g., because you don’t have a sister or because your daughter is only 4yrs old) then you would need to cover their share as well.)
Would you personally hit up your family, make up the difference, and give my daughter that money?
Yep happy to contribute. She will be earning good money soon so she'll be able to pay it all back (and more) in the form of taxes.