August 06, 2014
Green travel card for student vote
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei says her party's proposed student travel card will give welcome relief to Maori in study.
The party's Student Green Card that would give tertiary students free travel on trains, buses and ferries during off-peak hours.
It would be available to any person attending a university, polytechnic, wananga, private training establishment or in a New Zealand Apprenticeship scheme.
Ms Turei says at between $22 and $28 million a year it will cost less than one kilometre of one of National's roading projects, and it will move some private traffic off the roads.
"It will include things like teen parent units. I met a group of very young women at a teen parent unit in Mt Eden. Some of them are spending up to $50 a week getting to their course and they have to be there or they lose their benefit. Heaps of students have families, they have kids, so this will be helpful for them getting their kids around," she says.
Metiria Turei says about 350,000 New Zealanders could qualify for a Student Green Card.
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