Kerikeri teenager Hadassah Wharawhara is one of 12 young people selected to form a new Ministry of Education Youth Advisory Group, established to enable her generation to have their say regarding the education system and issues that affect them.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins says fees-free tertiary education and industry training will kick-off next year for some 80,000 students. However, National's tertiary education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith has "grave concerns" about the policy and its impact on tertiary education, apprenticeships, export education and the wider economy.
The government confirmed this week that it will boost financial support for tertiary students and is on track to deliver fees-free courses from next year.
Labour's planned changes to the primary school starting age has the backing of the New Zealand Educational Institute.
Changes to school entry rules that allowed some 4-year-olds to start school will be reversed by the new Government.
Tertiary student numbers could be set to rise, with new student benefits set to kick in from next year.