Story: Nation and government

Paying for education

Paying for education

Most New Zealanders are educated at the government’s expense. Generally, primary and secondary schools are run by local boards or committees, but the government pays the bills. Tertiary institutions are funded by the government, though students also pay fees. Student loans are available to ensure that access to tertiary education is not confined to the well-off. Pictured here is Auckland University of Technology, formerly a polytechnic.

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John Wilson, 'Nation and government - The state sector and Crown entities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Sep 2016