Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Among the winners in the announcement by the coalition government of 'free' tertiary education for first year students will be those attempting a Diploma in Tournament Golf from IGQ Golf College in Christchurch; a Diploma in Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine from the NZ Institute of Chinese Medicine in Auckland and a Diploma in Commercial Skydiving from Skydive Auckland.

And the losers ... the long suffering NZ taxpayer who will pick up the tab.

One might have expected a tad of academic rigor to be applied in determining the courses of study to benefit from the government's largess but perhaps not ... you will recall the last Labour led administration sanctioned taxpayer funding funding for 'homeopathy for pets' courses.       

Government on a spending spree with 'your' money.    Get used to it folks.


pdm said...

I heard a radio host in his 50's say yesterday he was going to take advantage and do a Te Reo course. Not sure if he was serious or taking the mickey.

Snowflake said...

Oh well, the previous government gave massive chunks of money to wealthy corporate dairy farmers to hasten their pollution production in the pursuit of personal profit, so you know, cry me a river.

The Veteran said...

Snowflake in meltdown supporting crappy government spending ... is that rather stupid comment the sum total of your case for the defense?

The ingrained hate of the farming sector by idiots on the left is sad, really sad.

George said...

So, the Commercial Skydiving ticket.
Does this include the A,B,C and D Licenses?
And having a PPL or a CPL count?
Is BASE included ?

The Veteran said...

George ... dunno. Ask Cindy. My own 'skydiving' was of the military variety and limited to a PX2 at 900 feet (mostly).

Anonymous said...

A chap I knew many years ago completed a Masters degree in Ancient Greek at Cambridge. When I met him again after many years he told me he taken up Law and was successful barrister. The point is that the completion of a complex course is an indication of self discipline and the training of the mind and has no bearing whether what was learnt was of any value in a future career of which, Ancient Greek, as my friend assured me did not.

George has a point.

Lord Egbut