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Laybying our future: The state of student hardship in New Zealand

On 3rd of August, Child Poverty Action Group held a very successful report launch of Laybying our future: The state of student hardship in New Zealand at the University of Auckland Business school. 

While the primary focus of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is on children under 18 who are living below the poverty line, we know that childhood poverty can have an effect on educational outcomes in later life, and can impact upon those who strive to obtain higher qualifications. Some tertiary students are also parents of young children, so it is important to consider how a range of student groups can be disadvantaged by current policies. CPAG’s latest report “Laybying our future: The state of student hardship in New Zealand” is written by Master’s student Max Lin, and takes a look at the challenges faced by tertiary students today.

The speakers at the event included Max Lim, Julie Timmins and a panel of guest speakers including Labour MP Jenny Salsea, Green MP Gareth Hughes, former student Sian Roberston and Linsey Higgins President of NZUSA.