The ODT’s front page story says the government is putting $12.5m into the country’s first design institute which is to be established in Dunedin.
It also suggests Labour will offer another student bribe:
Miss Clark is scheduled to be in the city on Monday visiting the University of Otago, where she is expected to make a “significant” announcement about student funding.
. . . Students are expecting some help with either a universal student allowance or some adjustment to tertiary fees and the Otago University Students’ Association is tipping a packed common room of up to 500 students when Miss Clark speaks there on Monday.
The announcement of interest-free student loans trumped National on the eve of the last election.
The state of the nation’s books ought to preclude such tax-payer funded largesse this time, but the need to be responsible hasn’t stopped them before.