A question for those who oppose this scheme ...
With National Superannuation, taxpayers fund weekly payments to many very wealthy retired New Zealanders, who don't need it, do nothing in return for receiving it, yet we continue to pay them week on week on week. Is this not a greater waste of taxpayers money than providing support to New Zealanders to study?
No it's not. National Super *is* the superannuation policy of NZ. Until it's ended and replaced solely by Kiwisaver (or other mandatory super schemes) then you can't not give people money.
It seems very clear Labour are going to backtrack on National canning National super. After National finally had the guts to do something Labour will likely change it.
I have no issue with the concept of a free education but personally can't understand why the scheme doesn't simply offer the 2nd or last year for free. That will deal with all the drop outs who will go into higher education simply because it's free no intention of ever completing their degree.