'No' to cheap transport for Wellington students

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Wellington students will continue to struggle with the cost of getting to class, after the council's inaction to create cheaper tertiary transport fares.

Members of the Victoria University Students' Association submit a bid for a student discounts in Wellington at the Greater Wellington Regional Council annual plan meeting.

Members of the Victoria University Students' Association submit a bid for a student discounts in Wellington at the Greater Wellington Regional Council annual plan meeting.

Source: Sue Kedgley / Facebook

Councillor Sue Kedgley is extremely disappointed after her bid to include a 25 per cent discount in the Greater Wellington Regional Council annual plan failed.

The amendment was proposed after an oral submission yesterday from Victoria University's Students' Association, who also presented a petition with 3,500 signatures.

As one of New Zealand's student cities, the Students' Association says transport costs in the capital compete against a 40 per cent student concession in Auckland and free transport for students in Palmerston North.

"Students need a tertiary discount now," says Students' Association President Jonathan Gee.

"We pay so much to get to class, but as the cost of tertiary education increases, we're barely able to afford to get to class."

Ms Kedgley agrees, saying students contribute "more than $2 billion to the Wellington economy".

"We need to compete for our students and do everything we possibly can to attract them to our city."

The Wellington councillor is concerned some students pay more for their bus fares than for food, which is causing real stress.

The Greater Wellington City Council said instead of a tertiary transport discount they are looking at other solutions to address cost for the future. 

This includes "looking to introduce a 25 per cent discount for all travellers who use public transport during off-peak hours, regardless of their occupation or path of study".

Councillors that voted for the 25 per cent student discount were; Councillor Sue Kedgley; Paul Bruce, Councillor Nigel Wilson and Councillor Sandra Greig.

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