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Changes in student allowance entitlements for over 40 year olds

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From: Melanie Lorraine Petrowski

Dear Ministry of Education,

To whom it may concern:

I am a New Zealand citizen and I would like to know if I have the right, under the above legislation, if I can have access to the official information regarding the change in entitlements for student allowances for students over 40 years old.  

Only a few years ago (before 2013), there was no age discrimination and all (perhaps people between the ages of 18 - 55 years old) were entitled to 5 years (40 weeks per year for 5 years = 200 weeks) student allowance to correspond with their degree or study.

Under the National government, the law changed for students 40 years old and older to reduce the entitled 200 weeks student allowance to 120 weeks (3 years), introduced on 1 September 2013 (Section 20 Maximum periods of allowances in the Student Allowances Regulations 1998).

Approximately 7000 New Zealanders are affected by this change so I would like some information please.

If possible, I would like copies of minutes of committee/board meetings leading up to this amendment decision please, who attended these meetings, whose idea it was to reduce this allowance, who decided on the age of 40 (as opposed to 45, 47 or 50 years of age) and who voted on this change, if I may.  And was there educational (MOE) reports provided or any financial reporting given to those who made the changes before the amendments were made?  And if so, may I have copies of these?  Thanks.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Regards

Melanie Petrowski

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Dear Melanie

 

 

Please see attached your OIA extension letter 1175275

 

 

 

Thanks

 

Enquiries National Team | Ministry of Education | TW
33 Bowen St, Wellington

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We are respectful, we listen, we learn  He rōpū manaaki, he rōpū
whakarongo, he rōpū ako mātou
We back ourselves and others to win  Ka manawanui ki a mātou, me ētahi ake
kia wikitoria
We work together for maximum impact  Ka mahi ngātahi mō te tukinga nui
tonu

Great results are our bottom line  Ko ngā huanga tino pai ā mātou whāinga
mutunga

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Dear Melanie

 

 

Please see attached your OIA response 1175275

 

 

 

Thanks

 

Enquiries National Team | Ministry of Education | TW
33 Bowen St, Wellington

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We get the job done  Ka oti i a mātou ngā mahi
We are respectful, we listen, we learn  He rōpū manaaki, he rōpū
whakarongo, he rōpū ako mātou
We back ourselves and others to win  Ka manawanui ki a mātou, me ētahi ake
kia wikitoria
We work together for maximum impact  Ka mahi ngātahi mō te tukinga nui
tonu

Great results are our bottom line  Ko ngā huanga tino pai ā mātou whāinga
mutunga

[4]Ministry of Education logo

 

 

 

 

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