Youth Affairs Policy
Work and Income Support
- Reintroduce a benefit for unsupported unemployed and sick young people aged 16 and 17, extend the adult minimum wage to 16 and 17 year olds and introduce a student emergency benefit over the summer holidays.
- Provide greater opportunities for student work experience.
- Work towards te reo and tikanga Maori being available to all young people.
- Increase the number of teen parent support programmes.
- Support human rights education as a core part of the curriculum and protect the interests and identity of gay, lesbian and other queer students in schools and tertiary institutions.
- Assist schools to develop and review strategies to ensure schools are safe for young people in New Zealand as international students, and that adequate English for Speakers of Other Languages services are provided.
- Work to ensure that no student misses out on education through exclusions, suspensions or prolonged or persistent absenteeism.
- Introduce a universal student allowance, at the level of the unemployment benefit, for full-time students, including 16 and 17 year olds in tertiary education.
- Immediately cap student fees at $1,500 per annum; progressively phase out the student fee system; and, for people who are contributing in paid or unpaid work in New Zealand, each year write off the student debt that it took them one year’s worth of study to accrue.
- Make study costs tax-deductible for part-time students who do not qualify for an allowance.
- Make all unemployed students eligible for the unemployment benefit over the
summer holiday, irrespective of parental income.
- Introduce a student emergency unemployment benefit for students over the
- Introduce a universal student allowance, at the level of the unemployment
benefit, for full-time students, including 16 and 17 year olds, in tertiary
- Work towards establishing a public ‘fee-free’ tertiary education system. As steps
towards this, the Green Party will:
- Cap and then progressively reduce student fees.
- Make study costs tax-deductible for part-time students who do not qualify for an
- Write off each year, the debt that it took them one year’s worth of study to
accrue, including all interest and living costs debt, for all those students who are
contributing in paid or unpaid work in New Zealand