Labour announces free tertiary education plan

The Labour Party, the main opposition, has announced a multi-billion-dollar plan to provide every New Zealander with three years of free tertiary education, reports the New Zealand Herald.

Party leader Andrew Little announced the long-term "Working Futures" plan last Sunday at a State of the Nation speech in Auckland, which would stretch over three terms of a Labour government. It will provide three years of free post-school education over a person's lifetime and can be used for any training, apprenticeship or higher education approved by New Zealand Qualifications Authority. It includes both full- or part-time study and does not have to be used at once.

The plan will not affect the existing living allowances and course-related costs. It would cost NZ$265 million (US$178 million) in the first year and NZ$1.2 billion once fully implemented in 2025. Little said the policy was affordable from within current budgets. It would use money the government has earmarked for tax cuts.
Full report on the New Zealand Herald site