Rangatahi in Aotearoa want to do great things. We want to learn, discover, grow and thrive in this beautiful country we call home. Young people can contribute to the betterment of society through volunteering, work and study. Our age does not stop us from contributing to change in our communities, country and the world. 


What does stop us from engaging meaningfully in the world around us, is serious income inequality. The cost of living, studying and working is increasing. Young people are not financially able to keep up with the ever growing and demanding, monetary stress we face in society. This financial stress and strain deeply affects our te whare tapa whā (physical, spiritual, family and mental health). How are we supposed to do great things, when we don’t have the resources and support to do so?


Young Greens of Aotearoa New Zealand want to know what young people think about Studylink and Work and Income in NZ. Fill out our survey below and let us know.


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* 1. How old are you?

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* 2. Have you been on/are you currently receiving a Studylink student allowance or a Work and Income benefit?

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* 3. What changes could Studylink or WINZ make to student allowances/benefits to make life better and easier for young people engaging with their services?

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* 4. What great things would you be able to do with a bit more money from Studylink or WINZ in your pocket?

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* 5. Do you think student allowance payment rates are adequate or need to be higher/less? (eg Students under 24 not living with their parents only receive up to $234.01 a week - for more SA rates click here. )

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* 6. Do you think current benefit payment rates are adequate or need to be higher/less? (eg young people 20-24 on "Jobseeker support" only receive up to $182.47 a week - for more WINZ rates click here)

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* 7. Do you think a young person's joint parents income should affect their student allowance? (eg see "Parental Earnings Threshold - Studylink" here)

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* 8. Do you think students/beneficiaries should be penalised for earning more than their MSD income? (eg 'abatement rates', see the 'Wage Deduction Table' from WINZ here and the Studylink 'How income affects your payments', here. )

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* 9. Do you think postgrad students should be able to get a student allowance? (Postgraduate students cannot currently receive SA, as it was removed by the National Government in 2013 and was never reinstated)

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* 10. Would you be interested in being interviewed by the Young Greens about youth income and well-being?

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