July 21, 2022
Poverty threat to student prospects
Māori students association head Kyla Campbell-Kamariera says poverty shouldn’t be a rite of passage for university students.
Te Mana Ākonga was part of the People’s Inquiry into Student Wellbeing, whose report shows many university students aren’t to afford basic necessities.
Ms Campbell-Kamariera says what’s available from student loans doesn’t match rising costs.
She’s concerned about the future for tauira Māori when they have already sacrificed so much for their education.
“I’ve heard of whanau doing Lotto drops and bucket raffles and money raffles to help their tauria get to university or tauira thinking of university three years ahead of time because they need to raise funds,” Ms Campbell-Kamariera says.