2 Aug 2019

Invercargill mayor 'disgusted' by polytech overhaul

From Morning Report, 8:46 am on 2 August 2019

Not everyone is happy with the government's plan to merge all the country's polytechs - the Southland Institute of Technology for one.

Invercargill's zero fees polytech has bucked the trend for failing institutions across the country - it's never recorded a deficit and has seen student numbers steadily grow.

Its chief executive says it's unfair that a centralised agency will now get to decide how its hard-earned $36-million surplus will be spent in the region.

Invercargill's mayor Tim Shadbolt says he's disgusted by the announcement. He speaks to Corin Dann.