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Students Grateful for Relief on Buses

Friday, 11 July 2014, 3:26 pm | OPSA

ORC announced their 25% student discount on buses will become permanent this week. For some students this discount has literally meant not having to skip classes because they can’t afford transport. Otago Regional Council recently held a trial discount ... More >>

Blatant Age Discrimination Outrageous

Friday, 20 May 2011, 8:45 am | OPSA

Today's Budget announcement that excludes 55 year old students from being allowed to borrow living and study costs has angered many students. More >>

No Future In Return To The ‘90s

Wednesday, 28 July 2010, 4:38 pm | OPSA

OPSA today welcomes John Key’s reaffirmation of National’s commitment to interest-free graduate debt, but is concerned that some people are suggesting a return to interest. This is in response to Mr Key’s recent comments that graduate debt will remain ... More >>

Is National smarter than Aussies?

Thursday, 24 September 2009, 9:43 am | OPSA

Students are today hopeful that National will keep its word and not support Roger Douglas’ voluntary membership of students’ associations bill past its first reading. More >>

Support for $3 taxi grows

Thursday, 19 February 2009, 12:52 pm | OPSA

The Otago Polytechnic Students Association is pleased to announce a third Sponsor for the $3 student taxi system today. Arrow International has matched the individual funding by OPSA and Otago Polytechnic. More >>

2009 Presidents Announced

Tuesday, 30 September 2008, 1:31 pm | OPSA

Ryan Ward and Meegan Cloughley were today provisionally re-elected Co-Presidents of OPSA for 2009, and Thomas Bloxham as Vice-President 2009. More >>

Student Debt Cuts: What about everyone else?

Sunday, 21 September 2008, 2:27 pm | OPSA

OPSA believes National's policy to wipe a portion of some health professional graduates' student debt is good for those whom it will benefit -- but asks why these breaks are not also available to all hard working graduates. More >>

OPSA Presidents Graduation Speech

Thursday, 13 December 2007, 12:17 am | OPSA

Purchasing a car.  Buying a house.  Getting married.  These are all tough decisions.  The decision to embark upon tertiary education can also be a very tough decision.  For some of you this has meant leaving home for the first time.  Moving to a new ... More >>

Stadium Stupidity Rules Supreme

Thursday, 13 December 2007, 12:15 am | OPSA

Stadium Stupidity Rules Supreme Students are today stunned that the DCC is continuing ahead with a blatantly unviable stadium proposal, and wasting further funding that could be better spent on necessary infrastructure in the city. The proposed stadium ... More >>

OPSA Presidents Announced For 2008

Thursday, 13 September 2007, 4:43 pm | OPSA

Ryan Ward and Meegan Cloughley were today elected Co-Presidents of OPSA for 2008. John Cannan was elected as Vice-President. More >>

OPSA calls for end to Undie 500

Tuesday, 28 August 2007, 3:24 pm | OPSA

The only future for the Undie 500 is if it is run as a properly and effectively organised social event, including measures to lower alcohol consumption, and totally stop fires and bottle throwing. More >>

Students Hopeful of United

Friday, 18 May 2007, 11:00 am | OPSA

Students Hopeful of United United Future today claimed they "will work to fulfil the Confidence and Supply Agreement with the Labour-led government to see lowering of the age of eligibility to a student allowance." After over a decade of 25 ... More >>

Student leader challenges the government

Thursday, 1 March 2007, 10:34 am | OPSA

Otago Polytechnic students are pleased at the government's drop in student debt interest rates from 6.9% to 6.8% for 2007-2008. The drop will mean some small relief for graduates than still do pay interest on their student debt. More >>

Blanket Raising of Drinking Age will Create Harm

Thursday, 26 October 2006, 4:24 pm | OPSA

"While there is a good case to raise the age of selling off-licence alcohol to 20 year olds, this is not so for on-licence consumption." Said OPSA co-president, Natalie Absalom said today. More >>

Brash Leap Backwards

Wednesday, 29 October 2003, 11:03 am | OPSA

It is no surprise to OPSA that Labour’s gradual rightwards drift – allowing tertiary fees to increase - has forced the National Party to also shift right in an attempt to regain votes. More >>

Students & Staff Vindicated Now What?

Monday, 11 November 2002, 8:39 am | OPSA

Audit New Zealand’s Review of the Otago Polytechnic Campus Redevelopment, released yesterday, made several critical comments on the management of the development. OPSA is not surprised at the comments - the report confirms that the warnings of staff ... More >>

Student Debt Increasing Factor in Mortgage Refusal

Thursday, 19 September 2002, 6:46 pm | OPSA

Mark Baxter, OPSA Student Liaison Officer and co-author of the 1999 “Impact of Student Loans on Finance Raising Ability” (OUSA), today commented on the recently released “Student Loans Effect on Graduates’ Borrowing: A Survey of Bank Managers & Loans ... More >>

Impact of Student Loans on Finance Raising Ability

Thursday, 19 September 2002, 6:44 pm | OPSA

The aim of this study was to investigate reports of people being refused finance because of their student loans, and to investigate the extent if such a problem existed. More >>

NZ’s Business Output Hurt by Lack of Brains

Wednesday, 4 September 2002, 12:28 am | OPSA

OPSA Vice-President, Michelle Watt, is not surprised New Zealand businesses’ biggest growth problem today is finding skilled staff. Figures released last week by the New Zealand Labour Department (‘Skill Shortages – June 2002 Quarter’) showed 39% ... More >>

Call for Immediate Govt Action

Tuesday, 20 August 2002, 9:59 pm | OPSA

Recently released figures have caused OPSA President, Phil Baskerville, to call for immediate action by the government. Women graduating from a one-year polytechnic certificate course will take 23 years on average to pay their student debt, and men ... More >>





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