Students protest over debt issues

Student protesters, accompanied by a police officer, prepare to cross Moray Pl, Dunedin, during a...
Student protesters, accompanied by a police officer, prepare to cross Moray Pl, Dunedin, during a post-Budget protest march yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
A group of University of Otago students concerned about student debt issues yesterday staged a brief protest outside the office of National list MP Michael Woodhouse.

After listening to protest speakers outside the University Union, the group of more than 40 chanting protesters left about 12.20pm and marched along George St footpaths until they reached Mr Woodhouse's office, south of the Exchange.

Organisers said members of the Young Labour and International Socialists student clubs and the Education Action Group had taken part in the protest.

Protest organiser and Young Labour president Ella Hardy said students had been "left out in the cold" by the National-led Government's Budget.

Finance Minister Bill English used the word "debt" many times in his Thursday Budget speech but did not mention the crippling burden of more than $10 billion of student debt, Ms Hardy said.

There was also concern about possible further student tuition fee rises, she said.

Police said protesters had been well behaved and the protest was without incident.

- john.gibb@odt.co.nz

Add a Comment

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter