Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 15
Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s short-term funding boost was made necessary by National’s failed tertiary education policy, the TEU said.
The TEU welcomed the $3.6 million loan but said it was frustrated by National’s failure to recognise that the problems facing Tai Poutini are partly of the government’s own making.
The loan buys Tai Poutini more time as it attempts to secure the future provision of tertiary education on the West Coast following past government funding cuts.
“We are pleased Tai Poutini has been given the funding it needs to get through this challenging period, but this situation could have been avoided had National funded the institution properly in the first place,” Sandra Grey, TEU national president, said.
Enrolments at Tai Poutini’s Greymouth base have been in decline, but the answer was not to cut funding so the situation became even harder to turn around.
National’s current approach is to cut an institution’s funding when it does not meet targets, therefore making it even harder to meet targets the following year.
“Institutions cannot perform at their best when National shoves them down a funding spiral,” Grey said.
Grey continued: “If National was committed to making sure quality tertiary education was available on the West Coast then it would provide the funding to make it happen, and the situation Tai Poutini currently finds itself in could have been avoided.”
Tai Poutini is currently being run by a Crown Manager who was appointed at the end of last year following concerns about the institution’s finances in the wake of funding cuts.
Tertiary Education Minister, Paul Goldsmith, said options for Tai Poutini’s future should be finalised by July.
Also in Tertiary Update this week:
Following a Cabinet reshuffle, Nikki Kaye will become the new Minster of Education on 1 May after Hekia Parata steps down – Beehive
The University of Waikato’s Management School will host New Zealand’s first Tourism Monitoring Observatory, which reports to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation – Scoop
New documents released show Auckland and Otago medical schools have been campaigning behind the scenes to oppose the Waikato District Health Board and University of Waikato bid to establish New Zealand’s third medical school – Stuff
Hugh Baird, President of the Otago University Students Association, spoke to Radio New Zealand about the financial pressures students face – RNZ
The latest monthly figures from Education New Zealand show total student visas were up by 17 percent in March – ENZ
A new lobby group called Aotearoa Student Alliance has been launched and is calling on the government to raise the amount of living costs students can claim as part of their student loan – TVNZ