Quote of the day

June 26, 2015

NZ Young Nats's photo.

 Climbed on to Parliament’s roof, breached security, broke the law, risked safety of themselves & others, took up police resources, got a lot of attention, caused a shutdown of parts of Parliament, triggered a security review of one of the world’s most open Parliaments. Then climbed down before it got cold. – Young Nationals


Cheaper loans, better budgeting

May 6, 2014

The government announced two initiatives which will help people manage their money better.

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett announced today a new community finance partnership that will see interest free and low interest loans made available to New Zealanders who need them.

The Government is partnering with Bank of New Zealand, Good Shepherd NZ and The Salvation Army to develop a finance initiative that will offer people on low incomes affordable and sustainable credit. Good Shepherd will bring many years of delivering community finance programmes in Australia to the table.

“People on low incomes are vulnerable in their credit options with many tempted by easy finance. The initiative will see sustainable loans available for some people that might not otherwise be able to service a loan with high interest rates and hidden fees,” says Mrs Bennett. 

Beginning with a one-year pilot, BNZ is committing $10 million to the initiative for up to five years that provides a real alternative to loan sharks and pay day lenders.

Today’s announcement honours commitments made in last year’s Budget to boost practical support for people on low incomes.

Mrs Bennett says this is the latest in a string of initiatives by the Government to help people access everyday necessities.

“We’re already helping beneficiaries and people on low incomes buy whiteware and more children are being fed in schools. Now we’re focused on increasing the wellbeing of families by assisting them to avoid unscrupulous lenders and their crippling interest rates,” said Mrs Bennett.

Loan sharks and pay-day lenders pray on the poor.

This initiative will give people a safer and much more affordable alternative to the usurious loans they resort to now.

The government also announced new operating funding of $22 million over four years for non-government organisations delivering community budgeting services to families.

“Budgeting services are providing critical help to thousands of Kiwis who are able to make a real difference in their lives with new money management skills,” Mrs Bennett says.

“This new investment sees baseline funding rise by 61 per cent from $9 million a year to $15 million a year by 2015/16 and will ensure the services are able to keep up with demand.

“Being able to manage your money is vital to be able to improve your living standards. 

“This Government is committed to helping people to help themselves. It’s far better for people to learn and develop budgeting skills and avoid being caught in a constant cycle of bills and debts.

“Budgeting services have helped to reduce repeat hardship assistance requests. The work of providers in this sector deserves our recognition and support,” Mrs Bennett says.

Sustainable loans and budgeting advice are two great initiatives to help people manage their money.

It’s not only poor people who have problems budgeting.

Apropos of that a suggestion from the Young Nats at National’s Northern conference at the weekend for financial literacy education has merit.

 

Photo: Northern Young Nats have pushed for a policy of financial literacy education in schools. What do you think?


In praise of VSM

April 29, 2013

Opponents of Voluntary Student Membership predicted the sky would fall if people weren’t compelled to join students unions.

It hasn’t and here’s proof of its benefits.

It enabled some Young Nats to choose to join the Otago University Students Association and then use the OUSA van to get to the National Party’s Mainland conference in Hanmer at the weekend.

Like a boss

They’re pictured here with two of the MPs who voted in favour of VSM – Prime Minister John Key and Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean.


1 Young Nat beats Labour Party

October 19, 2012

A Young Nat took part in Live Below the Line – living on just $2.25 a day for five days.

She raised more than $2,000 in sponsorship.

The Labour Party took part and raised $1,986.

One student managed to make more money for charity than Labour.

Can we claim another victory for the principles of self-reliance and capitalism against socialism?

 

 


Young Nats important part of brighter future

April 30, 2012

Sitting at the top table at a conference gives you a good view of participants and one thing which stood out at this weekend’s National Party Mainland conference was the number of young people.

Young Nationals made up about 15% of delegates and it’s not just a matter of quantity but quality too. Their intelligent and articulate contributions to discussions were appreciated and their enthusiasm and energy contagious.

Bucking the trend of most parties, National’s membership has increased over the past few years and Young Nats are making a significant contribution to that increase.

The party campaigned on, and the government is committed to, building a brighter future for New Zealand, Young Nats are helping to build a brighter future for the party.

P.S.

Declaration of bias – Southern young Nats have made me an honorary member, which I regard as an honour.


With friends like this . . .

December 2, 2011

Young Nats have officially endorsed David Cunliffe for the Labour leadership.

“David Cunliffe is a member of the Young Nats, and we’re endorsing him to be the next Labour leader” says Northern Young Nationals Chairman, Sean Topham.

“Cunliffe signed up at the University of Auckland O’Week stall in March and put his name in the draw to win a BBQ”

“Cunliffe’s candidacy is bloody exciting! He’s a whole package of disloyalty, dishonesty and extravagance – he absolutely embodies Labour values. Shearer may be spiking the guns in caucus, but Cunliffe’s epic support of Phil throughout the campaign just shows how effective he would be at uniting the freshly decimated Labour caucus.”

Young Nats Vice President, Zach Castles also added “The sheer charm and personality that David will bring to a factional Labour caucus would be really inspiring.” . . .

Goodness only knows what’s motivated this support but I suspect Cunliffe will be thinking that with friends like this he doesn’t need any enemies.

 


Young Nats concerned over legitimacy of OUSA

April 8, 2011

A very low turnout in recent by-elections for the Otago University Students Association has led Southern Young Nationals to question OUSA’s legitimacy:

The Postgraduate Representative, Thomas Koentges, received a total of 83 votes, and the International Student Officer, Art Kojarunchitt received 64 votes. 166 people voted in the by-election for the post graduate officer, and 102 voted in the by-election for the international student officer.

“This number is not at all representative of either the postgraduate or international communities. We are concerned at the legitimacy these two have in making decisions about such a large amount of capital students pay into each year” Liam Kernaghan, Chairman of the Southern Young Nationals said.

“But this goes further than these two elections. OUSA elections, like every other student association around the country, are notoriously unrepresentative of the student body, and for the power which is vested into the elected officials. We don’t think it’s fair the 20,000 students who pay levies to OUSA should be bound to decisions made by less than 0.005% of the campus population.”

“Democracy only works when everyone turns up. When 100 people turn out to vote, you really have to consider the benefits of a ‘democratically elected’ compulsory union.”

If this is how few people bother to vote when membership is compulsory OUSA will have to work to show it is relevant to students once they can choose to join the association or not.

By-elections almost always attract fewer voters but the turnout at annual elections is low too.

Currently less than 10% of the entire student populace votes at the major elections every year. This says to me either the students don’t care for the OUSA, and in which case the OUSA should recognise the inherent rights to freedom of association, or the students don’t understand what the OUSA provides, and therefore should make a better effort to consolidate student support”.

The Southern Young Nationals are not “against the OUSA. We think they provide some fantastic services which benefit the vast majority of students. We’d just like students to have the choice to be part of it, rather than be made to”

“We strongly encourage OUSA to take proactive steps to building a fantastic organisation that can both better represent the student voice, and that can stand up in a voluntary environment.

OUSA does provide a good range of services for students, it is also has some good investments which reduces its dependence on student fees. But it has a problem if only 10% of its members are sufficiently informed or interested in the association to vote.


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