Student loan borrowing limit extended to ten years

Sarah Robson Wellington, July 2, 2018 The government will lift the student loan cap for medical students and others doing long undergraduate courses, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. The previous government introduced a seven-year borrowing limit in 2011, and extended it by one year in 2016 for students on specific courses. But dozens of medical students were still being…

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Government rolls out new Families Package today

Supplied Content Wellington, July 1, 2018 Thousands of families are set for the biggest boost in household incomes in a decade when major elements of the Government’s Families’ Package take effect from today, Finance Minister Grant Roberson and Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni have said. From today (July 1), 384,000 families will be an average of $65 a week better…

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Why Housing New Zealand Chief is shy of the Media

Craig McCulloch RNZ, Wellington, July 1, 2018 Housing New Zealand (HNZ) Chief Executive Andrew McKenzie granted just two one-on-one media interviews in his first 20 months in the role. Mr McKenzie has repeatedly refused to speak to journalists about a major report into methamphetamine contamination in homes. He eventually gave a flurry of interviews on the subject in early June,…

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