Isabella Lenihin-Ikin: Greens planning inquiry into student accommodation

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Thu, 28 May 2020, 3:11PM
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Isabella Lenihin-Ikin: Greens planning inquiry into student accommodation

Author
Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Thu, 28 May 2020, 3:11PM

The Green Party are planning a select committee inquiring into student accommodation, which was exposed during the national lockdown.

The sector has revealed to be crippling students with debt.

Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick describes the situation as the wild west saying protections for student renters does not exist.

President of the New Zealand Union of Students' Association Isabella Lenihin-Ikin told Tim Dower it is a relief people are looking into it.

"The New Zealand Union of Students' Association has been calling on this Education Workforce  select committee to undertake such an inquiry, and it is really pleasing to see that they've followed through.

"We've had such great cross-party support both Nikki Kaye form the National Party and Chlöe Swarbrick from the Greens have been great champions for students during this time."

Ms Lenihin-Ikin says there are a myriad of issues, including poor employment conditions within student accommodation and accommodation being expensive, which she believes brings into question the accommodation service's main objective.