'I spend $90 a week just to get to university'- Wellington becoming too expensive to live in, students say

Tertiary students in Wellington are paying full price to get to university and saying it's just too hard to make ends meet.

Ali Leota has to travel from nearby Porirua and spends "roughly $90 a week" on buses.

"Cost of public transport outweighs other necessities and it makes basic living a challenge," Mr Leota told 1 News.

Auckland students get savings of 35 per cent or more, while Dunedin students get savings of about 33 per cent.

Victoria University Wellington Students Association President Rory Lenihan-Ikin says the cost is affecting students' ability to get to university to learn.

"By subsidising public transport for students in wellington as it is done in cities around the country and around the world, we can enable a whole lot more people to get into tertiary education," Mr Lenihan-Ikin said.

Now VUWSA has made a request to Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) to give students half price fares, with the GWRC indicating it will discuss the issue further as part of possible fare changes.

National MP Chris Bishop says that's too long and has started an online petition to accelerate the process.

"Had over 1000 people - not just students, but primarily students - from around the region having signed that petition and I'll be presenting that to the regional council as part of their annual plan deliberations," Mr Bishop said.

The capital is the only city that doesn’t offer tertiary students discounted fare on public transport. Source: 1 NEWS



Hamilton man shot in the face with a pellet gun

A Hamilton man has been shot in the face with a pellet gun last night.

A Police spokesperson has told 1 News that police were called to an incident involving a group of people on the corner of Te Rapa Rd and Church Rd at about 11:45pm.

Officers are still looking for the offender or offenders and no arrests have been made at this stage.

A St John spokesperson said the male has been transported to Waikato Hospital in a moderate condition. 

There are no reports of any other injuries.

Police car
Police car Source: 1 NEWS


Meet Whanganui's royal super fan who will follow Harry and Meghan in her campervan

A Whanganui woman who tried, and failed, to get an invite to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is excited about their upcoming royal tour of New Zealand.

So much so, that she plans to follow the newlyweds around the country in her yellow campervan.

Seven Sharp went to meet Marie Shepherd to find out more.

Marie Shepherd couldn’t score an invite to the wedding, but will still go on a royal tour. Source: Seven Sharp

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Seven Sharp tries to get summer ready in a month with the F45 workout

After a long winter of calories... can you get your summer body ready in just one month?

Three of our reporters are putting themselves through the pain and we are now at the end of week one.

Caro, Tamati and Lucas have each taken on a fitness fad.

Today Lucas, our F45 rookie is giving us the week one update.

Lucas de Jong, our F45 rookie, is taking on the fad. Source: Seven Sharp