Laybying our Future: The State of Student Hardship in New Zealand

CPAG invites you to attend our latest Auckland report launch of "Laybying our future: The state of student hardship in New Zealand"

The report is written by Master's student Max Lin, and takes a look at the challenges faced by tertiary students today.

While the primary focus of 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. 

When- Wednesday August 3, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM 
Where- Case Room 223, Business School, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road

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Max Lin - Max Lin is the author of this report who has undertaken this project with the assistance of Child Poverty Action Group. He is currently a Masters of Arts student in Politics and International Relations. He has a strong background in student advocacy, having served in various roles in student groups at the University of Auckland.


Sian Robertson- Sian Robertson is a student of linguistics and languages at University of Auckland. She writes for the Daily Blog and is also an organiser for the NZ Palestine Solidarity Network. Sian provides a student perspective on this panel.

Jenny Salesa MP - Jenny is the MP for Manukau East and Labour's Association Education Spokesperson. Jenny has 20 years' experience in policy, as a health specialist, as a funder and senior official in the Health and Education sectors.  Jenny was formerly the Principal Advisor Pacific at the Tertiary Education Commission.

Gareth Hughes MP - Gareth is a Member of Parliament and the Green party's spokesperson for Energy and Resources, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Science and Innovation, ICT, Broadcasting, and Wellington Issues. Since graduating from Victoria University with a degree in Religious Studies, History and Politics, Gareth has been at the centre of campaigns around many of the most pressing issues for New Zealand and the planet. He was elected to Parliament in 2010 and was then New Zealand's youngest MP.

Linsey Higgins - Linsey is the President of NZUSA the national students union. She is a recent social work graduate from Massey University and is committed to social action and social change. Her current work sees her fighting for a future where there are no barriers for people who wish to engage in tertiary study.