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Jacinda Ardern with a group of students

Labour is committed to supporting students. From making sure your flat is healthy to helping with your living costs, we’re looking out for you so you can focus on what’s important – your studies.

Here are some of the ways we’re making progress for students.

1.

More money, less stress

We’ve given a $50-a-week boost to both student allowances and loan entitlements for living costs.

We’ve also lifted the minimum wage and, from 1 April 2020, this will rise again to $18.90 an hour.

2.

Warmer, drier flats

Everyone deserves a warm, dry place to call home. Our Healthy Homes Guarantee sets minimum standards for heating, insulating, and ventilating rentals – because you shouldn’t have to live in a cold, damp, flat that makes you sick.

We’ve also outlawed letting fees and we’re improving tenancy laws, so you can be sure you’re getting a fair deal from your landlord.

3.

First year fees-free

We’ve made your first year of post-school study and training fees-free, to make it easier for you to get the skills and qualifications you need to succeed.

4.

Taking mental health seriously

Leaving school and home can be a tough transition. We’re transforming our mental health services to help you get the support you need, when you need it.

We’re rolling out free frontline mental health and addiction services, at medical centres across the country over the next five years. We also launched Piki, a free counselling pilot for 18- to 24-year-olds, and are increasing suicide prevention services.

If you need help or support you can free call or text 1737, 24 hours a day. You’ll get to talk to (or text with) a trained counsellor. The service is completely free.

5.

Action on climate

We’re taking serious action on climate change. We set up the independent Climate Change Commission and banned new offshore oil and gas exploration permits.

We have an ambitious goal of being carbon neutral by 2050, and we’ve already made a lot of progress: like passing the Zero Carbon Bill, and making record investments in public transport and low-emissions vehicles. You can find out more about all we’re doing here.


These are just some of the ways we’re supporting students, while also tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand. There’s more to do, but we’ve made good progress.

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